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Market constraints and uncertainties may limit the scale-up of HIV self-testing

Four different HIV self-test products are now manufactured and approved for sale in the US and Europe, with a further nine in the pipeline, but uncertainties about

Published
21 July 2016
By
Roger Pebody
AVAC Report 2016: Big Data Real People

This year’s AVAC Report takes on one of the most urgent issues facing biomedical HIV prevention today: gaps in the type and quality of data collected on prevention for HIV-negative people. Globally, the number of new HIV infections is not declining. In the places where gains have been made, continued progress is not guaranteed. Fixing core problems with how prevention data are collected and reported is key to slowing the rate of new cases of HIV.

Published
15 July 2016
From
AVAC
HIV self-testing has several advantages, but some barriers to HIV testing likely to remain

A service offering kits for HIV self-testing in South Africa has the potential to improve uptake of HIV testing by individuals who fear breaches of confidentiality or

Published
07 June 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Zimbabwe: Mandatory HIV testing for kids ill-conceived

The decision by the Harare Municipality to embark on a mandatory HIV testing of pupils in all council-run primary schools as part of a health education, is ill-conceived and could entrench stigma and traumatise those suspected to be infected.

Published
24 May 2016
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The Herald
Successful diagnosis of acute/early HIV infections may have contributed to fall in HIV incidence in San Diego

An HIV testing programme targeting individuals with acute/early infection likely contributed to a decline in incident infections in San Diego after 2008, investigators report in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Published
17 May 2016
By
Michael Carter
New York: Cuomo’s HIV/AIDS legislation targets 2020 to end epidemic

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced legislation Sunday that would implement parts of his plan to eliminate HIV/AIDS as an epidemic by 2020, but advocates said it leaves out some of his task force’s recommendations.

Published
17 May 2016
From
Newsday
South Africa moves to ‘test and treat’

Treasury has allocated an extra R1-billion to finance this “universal test and treat” (UTT) programme, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced during his budget speech in Parliament today.

Published
16 May 2016
From
Health-e News
Is the UK meeting its national guidelines for HIV testing of MSM?

The potential role of frequent HIV testing in curbing the HIV epidemic among the MSM population has long been recognized. The introduction of the strategy of ‘opt-out’ testing in the UK (2007), as in other countries at around the same time, brought a steep rise in testing, followed by stabilization (McDaid & Hart (STIs); Saxton […]

Published
10 May 2016
From
BMJ Group blogs
Why We're Missing Some Acute HIV Diagnoses

A test for acute HIV infection should be offered to those who report having symptoms within the last two weeks, not just those experiencing them at the time of testing, a new study suggests.

Published
04 May 2016
From
MD Magazine
First data on uptake of HIV self-testing in the UK

Between April 2015 and February 2016, almost 28,000 people have paid £29.95 for a kit allowing them to test for HIV at home, according to a presentation

Published
26 April 2016
By
Roger Pebody

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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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