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South Africa: Home HIV testing gets the green light

After years of debate about the merits of home HIV testing, a ban has been lifted on pharmacist sales of do-it-yourself HIV tests.

Published
09 February 2016
From
Health-E News
A Bill Gates backed fund is investing in an Aussie HIV testing company

The US based Global Health Investment Fund (GHIF), which was set up by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and investment bank JPMorgan in 2013, will hand Sydney based Atomo Diagnostics fresh funds as it seeks to scale up production of its self testing devices, expand its sales activities and the commercial rollout of its products in developing countries.

Published
14 January 2016
From
Sydney Morning Herald
Largest HIV self-testing project launches in Africa

At the 18th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), the Self-Testing Africa (STAR) project announced the launch of the largest HIV self-testing project ever seen in Africa. Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe are taking part, and in the first year alone, nearly 750,000 self-testing kits will be distributed. Over four years, an estimated 2.7 million kits will be made available to the people that need it.

Published
03 December 2015
From
Key Correspondents
Detecting HIV diagnostic antibodies with DNA nanomachines

A nanoscale machine composed of synthetic DNA can be used for the rapid, sensitive and low-cost diagnosis of many diseases, including HIV.

Published
07 October 2015
From
HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
TV star Dr Christian condemns ‘joke’ HIV test apps and calls on app stores to ban them

Television star Dr Christian Jessen has condemned mobile apps which allow users to “prank” friends into thinking they are HIV positive.

Published
03 October 2015
From
Pink News
DIY HIV tests go on sale in France

Do-it-yourself HIV tests went on sale in France for the first time on Tuesday as part of the government's plan to reduce the incidence of HIV in the country. French company AAZ's Autotest VIH kits will be available in pharmacies for 25 euros.

Published
16 September 2015
From
RFI
HIV Self-Testing Raises Testing Rate in Randomized Trial of Seattle MSM

Men randomized to HIV self-testing reported significantly more HIV tests through 15 months than men randomized to standard testing in a trial enrolling Seattle men who have sex with men (MSM). Self-testers also acquired fewer sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during this 230-man study.

Published
27 July 2015
From
NATAP
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
Cheap blood test reveals every virus you've ever been exposed to

Cheap and rapid test allows doctors to access list of every virus that has infected or continues to infect a patient, and could transform disease detection

Published
05 June 2015
From
New Scientist
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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