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World Health Organization urges scale-up of HIV self-testing

HIV self-testing (sometimes called ‘home testing’) should be offered as an additional approach to HIV testing services, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends in new guidelines issued

Published
29 November 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Self-sampling for HIV testing popular with gay men who have not recently tested, but less uptake by African people

Three quarters of those using England’s free self-sampling service are men who have sex with men, with the service particularly popular among younger men and men who

Published
15 November 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Reuters–along with many other news sites–parrots erroneous news release on HIV testing via USB stick

This Reuters story draws readers in with news that scientists have developed a quick HIV test on a USB stick, which could be useful in the developing world. The story confuses the effectiveness of the traditional, test tube-based method with that of the experimental USB stick test that researchers hope will replace it, ultimately overstating the latter’s sensitivity. The reason this happened is because it seems to be based entirely on a news release, which also seems to misunderstand the study’s design.

Published
15 November 2016
From
Health News Review
bioLytical Launches World's Fastest HIV Self Test in UK

With one finger prick and a single drop of blood, the INSTI HIV Self Test provides instant results and is over 99% accurate. With other home tests, individuals must wait 15 to 20 minutes (after the test is conducted) for a result to be produced or several days or weeks in the case of laboratory tests.

Published
15 November 2016
From
bioLytical press release
Dodgy kits give dodgy results

We are reminding people to be careful when ordering STI test kits or HIV self-test kits online and to always make sure medical devices used for sexual health has a CE mark and is bought from a legitimate online retailer.

Published
19 September 2016
From
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agenc
Where would gay men prefer to take their next HIV test?

Among English gay men who have never previously taken a test for HIV, self-testing and self-sampling are the most popular options for a future HIV test, but

Published
15 September 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Prince Harry's HIV test inspired a 500% increase in people checking their status, says charity

The Terrence Higgins Trust described the effect of the prince’s social media appeal as a “groundbreaking moment in the fight against HIV ”. The charity was running a pilot scheme offering people the chance to find out their status by sending off for a 15-minute HIV self-testing kit when Harry sat down for his test on Thursday July 14.

Published
27 July 2016
From
Daily Mirror
Access to HIV home tests doubles the frequency of HIV testing in Australian gay men

A randomised trial conducted with Australian gay men has shown that easy access to self-testing kits can double the frequency with which men test for HIV, with

Published
24 July 2016
By
Roger Pebody
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
Alere HIV Combo Test Receives WHO Prequalification

Alere, a global leader in rapid diagnostics, today announced that its Alere HIV Combo, a rapid point-of-care fourth-generation test that detects both HIV-1/2 antibodies and the HIV-1 p24 antigen, has been awarded World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification, making it available for public sector procurement in resource-limited countries.

Published
17 July 2016
From
Alere press release
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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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