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Ex-nurse accused of raping woman loses appeal over HIV test

A former nurse charged with raping and impregnating an incapacitated patient at a long-term care center in Phoenix has lost his appeal of a court order requiring a test to determine if he has HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases.

17 June 2019
Associated Press
Here’s why you test positive for HIV if you’re undetectable

Why might people living with HIV get tested for HIV? Now that we know undetectable equals untransmittable (U=U), some people may have the misconception that if you’re undetectable, you will no longer test positive for HIV. They may think that if they test HIV-negative on an HIV test, they’ll be able to show this to their sex partners as a way to “prove” that they’re undetectable and untransmittable. Or, they may think it will be easier to tell partners they’re HIV-negative rather than undetectable and uninfectious.

11 June 2019
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
More support needed to increase HIV testing in GP practices

One-off training sessions for GPs are not enough to increase rates of HIV testing in general practice and greater support is needed, according to researchers.

10 June 2019
University of Bristol
Government is accused of 'not caring' about HIV after 'disgraceful' decision to deny people in England access to free self-testing kits

Public Health England last year offered firms the chance to sell their self-testing kits to the NHS, but later withdrew the offer completely. In a scathing attack on the move, the manufacturer of a type of testing kit branded it 'disgraceful', 'discriminatory' and 'small-minded'.

10 June 2019
Daily Mail
FDA Approves First Throat and Rectal Tests for Detecting Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on May 23 that it had cleared the Aptima Combo 2 Assay and Xpert CT/NG to detect chlamydia and gonorrhea by using throat and rectum samples, potentially making it easier for physicians and public health programs to diagnose and treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that are often undertreated for lack of testing in those areas.

02 June 2019
The Body Pro
Churches can help increase HIV testing in South African men

Religious leaders can play a critical role in reaching hard-to-reach groups with HIV testing, including men and first-time testers.

21 May 2019
England: Sexual Health Checks Fall By Almost 250,000 As Services Suffer Severe Cuts

Sexual and reproductive health checks have fallen by 245,000 in three years, amid “swingeing” cuts to the vital services, new figures published by the Labour party show. Spending on the facilities by local authorities fell by £56 million over the past five years, according to House of Commons library data.

14 May 2019
Huffington Post
Abbott gets WHO prequalification for point-of-care HIV test

The World Health Organization has granted prequalification to Abbot's point-of-care test of HIV viral load. WHO's action confirms the diagnostic, m-PIMA HIV-1/2 VL, meets its quality, safety and efficacy standards, potentially giving ministries of health and other funders the confidence to buy the test. Abbott said the diagnostic can expand access to viral load testing in resource-limited settings and, by extension, improve management of HIV.

12 May 2019
Med Tech Drive
Confidentiality breaches, stigma and a lack of time are stopping men in Côte d’Ivoire from getting tested and treated for HIV

Interviews with men in Côte d’Ivoire reveal radical differences in the perceptions of those who do and don’t access care. Research, published in PLOS ONE, found many of the worries of men out of care are not reflected in the experiences of those with regular contact with services. Men’s perceptions were linked with their level of engagement with HIV care, with men who have regular contact with HIV testing and treatment services displaying more positive attitudes than those with little or no contact with such services. The paper can be seen at

24 April 2019
Thailand: Self-test kits for HIV now available at pharmacies

Thanks to the latest move by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), people no longer have to visit a medical centre to undergo an HIV test. If they are worried that they may be infected, people can just buy a self-test kit from a pharmacy and check on their own.

23 April 2019
The Nation
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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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