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  • Second HIV test helps prevent incorrect HIV diagnosis in infants

    Confirmatory HIV testing can substantially reduce the number of infants in South Africa who may be falsely diagnosed as HIV-infected and started on unneeded treatment, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine.

    22 November 2017 | EurekAlert (press release)
  • Japan to offer free HIV testing in annual company health checks to encourage early detection

    In a bid to encourage more people to undergo HIV tests, the health ministry is planning to offer testing as a free option during companies’ annual health checks. The free HIV test will be optional at the annual health checks companies carry out on employees, and the ministry will send the results directly to the patients instead of together with all of the usual health check data, the official said.

    30 October 2017 | The Japan Times
  • Patients suffering injuries in low & middle-income countries have higher prevalence of HIV

    Patients suffering injuries in low and middle-income countries have a higher prevalence of HIV than baseline populations. Given the fact that injuries most commonly occur in young adults, a population that is difficult to access for HIV services, opportunities to develop integrated HIV engagement strategies in injury care settings may exist.

    20 October 2017 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Reconsidering Primary Prevention: a Call To Action For The Global HIV Response

    "The [HIV] prevention toolbox is getting bigger, but the application of the tools is getting smaller. For...prevention to stand a chance, the silence, denial, negativity, and moralism surrounding sex and drug use must end. Policy makers and donors, including governments, must shed their reluctance to openly and positively address sex and drug use in their public health discourse and responses to HIV."

    09 October 2017 | MSMGF
  • Is DIY HIV testing the latest Cape Town trend?

    It starts with a swab but does it end with a diagnosis? Why the trickiest part of DIY HIV testing happens after the test.

    11 September 2017 | Bhekisisa
  • CDC, San Francisco providers disagree on HIV testing

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reaffirmed its recommendation that sexually active gay and bisexual men should undergo at least annual HIV screening, but some local providers advise more frequent HIV and sexually transmitted disease tests.

    07 September 2017 | Bay Area Reporter
  • President of Zambia declares HIV testing mandatory

    Zambia is moving forward with mandatory HIV testing for all patients who visit government health facilities, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya told The Lancet, confirming President Edgar Lungu's surprise announcement of the new policy in mid-August.

    04 September 2017 | The Lancet (free registration required)
  • WHO, UNAIDS statement on HIV testing services: new opportunities and ongoing challenges

    The statement says that HIV testing, no matter how it is delivered, must always respect personal choice and adhere to ethical and human rights principles. It makes it clear that WHO and UNAIDS do not recommend mandatory, compulsory or coerced HIV testing of individuals on public health grounds.

    29 August 2017 | UNAIDS
  • Health or human rights? False dichotomy could fuel a resurgence in forced HIV testing

    More than three decades ago, HIV activists fought against mandatory testing. Now an old battle is finding new life.

    29 August 2017 | Bhekisisa
  • Zambia offering antiretroviral therapy regardless of CD4 count

    Of the estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV in Zambia, only 67% know their status.

    21 August 2017 | UNAIDS
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