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HIV self-testing may help the 'hard to reach' learn their status, but uncertainties remain

HIV self-testing (or ‘home testing’) is likely to have an important place in future global HIV strategies, but at the moment there are significant gaps in the

Published
26 July 2015
By
Roger Pebody
NHS hospital to carry out 'automatic' tests for HIV when you get a blood test

A&E patients at a London hospital will automatically get tested for HIV when they have blood tests – in a bid to help diagnose people who are unaware of their status. St Thomas’ Hospital will become the first in the UK to take the proactive new approach – which means that standard practice will be to test emergency patients for HIV, as part of routine blood tests.

Published
21 July 2015
From
Pink News
World Health Organization urges more HIV testing by non-medical staff, outside of clinical settings, targeted to those who need it the most

In addition to recommending that routine HIV testing in medical settings be expanded to reach new groups of patients, the World Health Organization’s new guidance on HIV

Published
20 July 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services

The Consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services bring together existing guidance relevant to the provision of HIV testing services (HTS) and addresses issues and elements for effective delivery of HTS that are common in a variety of settings, contexts and diverse populations.

Published
19 July 2015
From
World Health Organization
HIV testing to become routine in innovative Coventry GP pilot

HIV testing in Coventry (UK) is to become a routine part of registering with a GP at ten surgeries across the city, which has the highest prevalence of the condition in the West Midlands.

Published
17 June 2015
From
Medical Xpress
Hepatitis cases responsible for 93% of prison disease reports

The increase in reports reflects significant improvements in testing for hepatitis and other blood borne viruses (BBV) in prisons, which in a major change is moving from an ‘opt-in’ to an ‘opt-out’ policy to help reduce transmissions.

Published
16 June 2015
From
Public Health England press release
More men test and treat early for HIV, but fear and stigma remain barriers

Men who have recently tested positive for HIV are more comfortable with the idea of committing to a treatment regimen soon after diagnosis than they were a few years ago, suggest results presented in the latest HIV Seroconverstion Study Report, released today by the Kirby Institute at UNSW Australia.

Published
12 June 2015
From
Kirby Institute
Many undiagnosed HIV infections picked up when testing people who have other medical conditions, but implementation challenges remain

A Europe-wide project offering HIV tests to hospital patients with glandular fever symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, a low white blood cell count, a low platelet count or

Published
30 April 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Screening for HIV in GP surgeries leads to increased and earlier diagnosis

Training general practices to offer rapid HIV tests leads to increased detection and earlier diagnosis of patients with HIV infection – according to a new study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and published in The Lancet HIV.

Published
29 April 2015
From
Queen Mary press release
Why I Wish I'd Received My HIV Diagnosis At Home

I received my HIV diagnosis nearly four years ago, on 4th August 2011, through an NHS clinic. The experience was horrific and, given the choice now, I think I'd have preferred home-testing.

Published
29 April 2015
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Vice

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