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Reconsidering Primary Prevention: a Call To Action For The Global HIV Response

"The [HIV] prevention toolbox is getting bigger, but the application of the tools is getting smaller. For...prevention to stand a chance, the silence, denial, negativity, and moralism surrounding sex and drug use must end. Policy makers and donors, including governments, must shed their reluctance to openly and positively address sex and drug use in their public health discourse and responses to HIV."

Published
09 October 2017
From
MSMGF
HIV diagnoses on the rise among over-50s in Europe

Just over one in six people diagnosed with HIV in Europe between 2004 and 2015 was over 50 years of age, and new diagnoses in

Published
27 September 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Is DIY HIV testing the latest Cape Town trend?

It starts with a swab but does it end with a diagnosis? Why the trickiest part of DIY HIV testing happens after the test.

Published
11 September 2017
From
Bhekisisa
CDC, San Francisco providers disagree on HIV testing

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reaffirmed its recommendation that sexually active gay and bisexual men should undergo at least annual HIV screening, but some local providers advise more frequent HIV and sexually transmitted disease tests.

Published
07 September 2017
From
Bay Area Reporter
President of Zambia declares HIV testing mandatory

Zambia is moving forward with mandatory HIV testing for all patients who visit government health facilities, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya told The Lancet, confirming President Edgar Lungu's surprise announcement of the new policy in mid-August.

Published
04 September 2017
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WHO, UNAIDS statement on HIV testing services: new opportunities and ongoing challenges

The statement says that HIV testing, no matter how it is delivered, must always respect personal choice and adhere to ethical and human rights principles. It makes it clear that WHO and UNAIDS do not recommend mandatory, compulsory or coerced HIV testing of individuals on public health grounds.

Published
29 August 2017
From
UNAIDS
Health or human rights? False dichotomy could fuel a resurgence in forced HIV testing

More than three decades ago, HIV activists fought against mandatory testing. Now an old battle is finding new life.

Published
29 August 2017
From
Bhekisisa
Zambian Health Minister - It’s not Mandatory HIV Testing

Government appears to have backed down on its decision to introduce mandatory testing for HIV in Zambia. Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya clarified that what Government will be implementing is routine testing for HIV as part of diagnostic screening to be initiated by the health care provider.

Published
21 August 2017
From
Lusaka Times
Zambian President announces compulsory HIV testing

HIV Testing, Counselling and Treatment has been made compulsory in Zambia in all government-run health facilities, President Edgar Lungu today announced. He said the new policy measure is in response to the government’s HIV agenda of eradicating the virus by 2030.

Published
16 August 2017
From
CGTN Africa
No change in CDC's HIV screening recommendation for MSM

The CDC said it would not change its long-standing recommendation on how frequently to test men who have sex with men for HIV. The agency has recommended since 2006 that U.S. providers offer HIV screening to all sexually active MSM “at least annually".

Published
14 August 2017
From
Healio
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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