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  • ILO and WHO promote workplace HIV self-testing

    A new policy brief to encourage HIV self-testing at the workplace is being launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

    01 December 2018 | World Health Organization
  • New York State May Soon Finally Eliminate Explicit Consent From HIV Testing in Care Settings

    Most of the HIV advocacy community in New York City and the state at large now agree that the current law still obstructs testing for health providers -- largely because they find it awkward asking patients if they can test for HIV.

    30 November 2018 | The Body
  • Marking European Testing Week: ECDC issues integrated hepatitis and HIV testing Guidance

    Targeted testing to reach those most at-risk of infection is an essential element of any strategy to eliminate viral hepatitis and HIV across the countries in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA). To mark European Testing Week from 23 to 30 November 2018, ECDC publishes its new Guidance on integrated viral hepatitis and HIV testing which provides options and ideas based on the latest scientific evidence for national or local hepatitis B, C and HIV testing guidelines and programmes.

    27 November 2018 | ECDC
  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statements on HIV Screening and Prevention

    Based on its review of the evidence, the Task Force recommends that clinicians screen everyone ages 15 to 65 years and all pregnant women for HIV. In a separate draft recommendation, the Task Force recommends that clinicians offer pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)—a daily pill that helps prevent HIV—to people at high risk of HIV.

    20 November 2018 | US Preventive Services Task Force
  • Switzerland: Historic drop in reported HIV cases in 2017

    HIV is on the decline in Switzerland, according to the latest figures of the health ministry, with only 445 new cases reported in 2017. That's a 16% decrease relative to 2016. The Federal Office of Public Health credits increased screening among at-risk groups through targeted campaigns and earlier treatment of HIV-positive individuals for the achievement of this historic low.

    19 November 2018 |
  • Why almost no one in Nigeria is using HIV prevention drugs

    In Nigeria, more than 3 million people are living with HIV, but less than 400 people at the highest risk of infection are using PrEP, widely regarded as a key tool in the battle against the disease’s spread.

    08 November 2018 | Devex
  • Too Few Teens and Youth Adults Using Opioids Are Screened for Hepatitis C and HIV, New Study Finds

    Despite their increased risk, only one-third of adolescents and young adults with known opioid use disorder (OUD) were screened for hepatitis C, according to a study released at the IDWeek conference in San Francisco. Furthermore, of those screened for hepatitis C, only 11% were also screened for HIV.

    10 October 2018 | The Body PRO
  • How age and ethnicity impact HIV testing

    Researchers in California argue that interventions are urgently needed to reach older adults and Hispanics to address HIV testing and beliefs. Older adults, in particular women, did not see themselves at risk of HIV.

    06 August 2018 | Science Daily
  • At AIDS 2018, a strong push for HIV self-testing. But is everyone on board?

    HIV self-testing received an additional boost at the 22nd International AIDS Conference held last week in Amsterdam. Unitaid, one of its champions, announced two new projects promoting self-testing to a wider population in sub-Saharan Africa.

    03 August 2018 | Devex
  • Outcry in Uganda over compulsory HIV test

    Uganda wants to begin compulsory HIV/AIDS testing of students due to the rising number of new infections. The proposal has raised concerns over privacy.

    02 August 2018 | Deutsche Welle
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