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There's an uptick in HIV in these millennial groups. Here's why.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released a report about HIV trends for people under 30 in the U.S., and the numbers show an increase in one particular group: 25- to 29-year-olds. Rates of HIV testing are low among millennials.

27 February 2018
Study finds more than half of patients worldwide don’t access HIV treatment until immune systems are severely compromised

Data from nearly a million patients starting treatment for HIV across the world over the last decade shows 55 percent of them accessed antiretroviral treatment only after their immune cell — or CD4 — counts had dropped below 200, leaving them extremely vulnerable to illnesses and infections.

02 February 2018
Science Speaks
Using social and risk networks helps identify people undiagnosed with HIV

Conducting HIV testing among the social and risk networks of those recently diagnosed with HIV helps identify undiagnosed cases of HIV at significantly higher rates and at a lower cost than other testing approaches, finds a new study conducted in Ukraine by an international research team.

22 January 2018
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Internet-based STI testing nearly doubles uptake vs. clinic visits

Introducing patients to internet-based STI testing services could increase testing uptake compared with traditional face-to-face clinical services, according to study findings.

31 December 2017
New evidence supports HIV screening in young adulthood

Study indicates that age 25 would be better than younger ages for a single HIV screening test among those without symptoms.

20 December 2017
Science Daily
1 in 2 people living with HIV in Europe is diagnosed late: ECDC and WHO urge improvement in testing practices

The HIV epidemic continues to rise at an alarming pace in the European Region, mostly in its eastern part, which is home to almost 80% of the 160 000 new HIV diagnoses. Over half (51%) of the reported HIV diagnoses happen in a late stage of infection and the proportion diagnosed late increases with age.

28 November 2017
World Health Organization
Second HIV test helps prevent incorrect HIV diagnosis in infants

Confirmatory HIV testing can substantially reduce the number of infants in South Africa who may be falsely diagnosed as HIV-infected and started on unneeded treatment, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine.

22 November 2017
EurekAlert (press release)
Who is taking an HIV test in England and where?

The range of settings in which people test for HIV has expanded significantly in recent years in England, according to a new Public Health England

15 November 2017
Roger Pebody
Japan to offer free HIV testing in annual company health checks to encourage early detection

In a bid to encourage more people to undergo HIV tests, the health ministry is planning to offer testing as a free option during companies’ annual health checks. The free HIV test will be optional at the annual health checks companies carry out on employees, and the ministry will send the results directly to the patients instead of together with all of the usual health check data, the official said.

30 October 2017
The Japan Times
Patients suffering injuries in low & middle-income countries have higher prevalence of HIV

Patients suffering injuries in low and middle-income countries have a higher prevalence of HIV than baseline populations. Given the fact that injuries most commonly occur in young adults, a population that is difficult to access for HIV services, opportunities to develop integrated HIV engagement strategies in injury care settings may exist.

20 October 2017
Eurekalert Inf Dis
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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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