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  • HIV self-testing kits to become available on high street with Superdrug leading initiative

    HIV self-testing kits are to be available to buy on the high street for the first time, it has been announced. Superdrug will become the first retailer to offer the kit across its 200 stores for £33.99.

    08 August 2018 | ITV
  • DIY tests for HIV beat stigma in Zimbabwe's fight against AIDS

    Under an initiative launched in 2016, the kits are sold for $3 to $5 in pharmacies and are free at public health centres as part of a drive to ensure 90 percent of Zimbabweans know their HIV status by 2020 and receive treatment quickly if needed.

    06 August 2018 | Reuters
  • Prince Harry joins Elton John to launch HIV campaign targeting men

    The billion-dollar project “MenStar” will target men living with or at risk of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, which has been ravaged by AIDS since the 1980s.

    25 July 2018 | Reuters
  • Many high-risk patients report not being tested for HIV at clinical visit

    Despite CDC guidance that high-risk individuals be tested for HIV at least annually, about half of men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs in the United States who were unaware of their HIV infection reported not being offered testing in the past year even though they had visited a clinician, according data published today in JAMA.

    02 July 2018 | Healio (requires free registration)
  • Vietnam pilots oral HIV testing

    Vietnam is conducting 80,000 HIV tests via saliva in high-risk populations in Hanoi and southern Ho Chi Minh City.

    11 June 2018 | Xinhua
  • Rwanda to allow pharmacies sell oral HIV self-testing kits

    Selected pharmacies in the Rwandan capital Kigali are in line to begin selling over-the- counter oral HIV self-testing kits, Rwanda’s New Times Daily has reported. The report added that the price of the kit had also been slashed by half as a result of a government-private sector partnership. It said over 20 pharmacies in Kigali were receiving training on how to administer the kits.

    01 June 2018 | Africanews
  • Spring European Testing Week pilot

    We have read your comments, listened to your requests and have given them a lot of thought... therefore, we are pleased to announce a Spring European Hepatitis-HIV Testing Week pilot! It will take place on 18-25 May 2018. This pilot aims to promote wide-scale testing and related activities and seeks to complement the November campaign.

    11 April 2018 | European Hepatitis-HIV Testing Week
  • National HIV self-sampling service: 2 year service report

    The service aims in particular to increase HIV testing among the most at-risk groups, including men who have sex with men (MSM) and black African communities, as well as other individuals at increased risk of HIV. This report summarises who is using the service, the proportions of people testing positive and the costs of the service.

    04 April 2018 | Public Health England
  • Canada: Fear of Prosecution Over HIV Non-Disclosure Reduces HIV-Negative MSM Testing

    According to a recently published study, fear of prosecution over HIV non-disclosure was reported to reduce HIV testing willingness by a minority of HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM).

    03 April 2018 | MD Magazine
  • Grindr, Popular Gay Sex App, to Offer HIV Test Reminders

    Grindr, which claims to have 3.3 million daily users from every country in the world, will send men who opt into the service a reminder every three to six months, and simultaneously point them to the nearest testing site. It will also let clinics, gay community centers and other testing sites advertise for free.

    27 March 2018 | New York Times
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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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