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HIV testing: Home Sampling vs. Home Testing, a primer for users (and others)

Home testing and home sampling are not one and the same and it is important for potential users  and their providers to understand the key differences between the two.

Published
07 April 2014
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HIV Testing and Self-Testing: Answers to frequently asked questions

This document provides important information for people thinking about buying a self-test kit for HIV, or having an HIV test. UK law changed in April 2014 and self-test kits for HIV can now be sold in England, Scotland and Wales. At the moment no self-test kits for HIV have been CE marked for the UK or EU market, but this is expected to change in 2014/15.

Published
06 April 2014
From
Public Health England
UK law passes sales of HIV home tests before they exist

Kits allowing people to test themselves for HIV at home can be bought over the counter in the UK for the first time - but no kits exist yet in Britain.

Published
06 April 2014
From
BBC Health
Home sampling for HIV testing – high demand, 1 in 60 are HIV positive

Pilot projects, testing innovative ways for individuals to take their own saliva or blood sample and return it to a laboratory for analysis, have found that the

Published
04 April 2014
By
Roger Pebody
MedMira Receives Approval To Market Reveal® Rapid HIV Test With New Features in Europe

MedMira Inc. (TSXV: MIR) has received approval to market an enriched version of its Reveal HIV test that simplifies the test procedure, enabling direct use of whole blood specimens – making the test even more convenient for point-of-care test users, especially in emergency situations when every second counts.

Published
13 March 2014
From
MedMira press release
Self-testing encourages very high uptake of HIV testing in Malawi study

A community-based self-testing programme achieved 76% uptake of HIV testing in urban Malawi, with very high accuracy of test reading and linkage to care, researchers from Malawi,

Published
07 March 2014
By
Keith Alcorn
Roche announces launch of the Dual Target HIV-1 Qualitative Test in markets accepting the CE mark

The new test will help increase access for early infant HIV diagnosis and makes sample collection and transportation easy, including in rural areas.

Published
18 February 2014
From
PR Newswire (press release)
Modelling study – self testing could lead to more HIV infections

If gay men replace clinic-based HIV testing with less sensitive home tests, the prevalence and incidence of HIV could rise, American researchers report in the January edition

Published
20 January 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Large US study shows which HIV tests are most accurate

Differences in the performance of commonly used HIV tests lead to substantial differences in the number of infections which are diagnosed in everyday clinical practice, according to an

Published
06 January 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Study finds youth prefer and benefit more from rapid point-of-care HIV testing

Youth prefer, accept and receive HIV results more often when offered rapid finger prick or saliva swab tests rather than traditional blood tests according to a study by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital.

Published
21 November 2013
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
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