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Amber Rudd takes HIV test to reduce stigma

The home secretary and a host of cross-party MPs have been tested for HIV - to encourage others to do the same. Amber Rudd took the blood test with Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, Public Health Minister Steve Brine and Labour's Liz Kendall to to promote National HIV Testing Week.

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2 hours ago
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BBC News
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.

Published
22 November 2017
From
EurekAlert (press release)
Schistosomiasis increases risk of infection with HIV, especially for women and is also associated with a higher HIV viral load

Infection with schistosome parasitic worms has an important role in HIV transmission, especially for women, and may accelerate HIV disease progression, according to research published in PLOS Neglected

Published
20 November 2017
By
Michael Carter
Prince Harry Hands Out HIV Self-Testing Kits to End Stigma

The royal visited the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) HIV testing center in Hackney, north London Wednesday to launch this year's National HIV Testing Week. During his visit he watched a live demonstration and met some the shop's volunteers.

Published
15 November 2017
From
PEOPLE.com
Who is taking an HIV test in England and where?

The range of settings in which people test for HIV has expanded significantly in recent years in England, according to a new Public Health England

Published
15 November 2017
By
Roger Pebody
A reduction in new HIV diagnoses is no reason to reduce effort

The drop in new diagnoses among gay and bisexual men must be seen as an indicator of the reductions that are possible, rather than meaning that the job is done or that a downwards trajectory in new diagnoses will continue in the future. Importantly, so far these reductions have only been seen in one population group.

Published
15 November 2017
From
The King's Fund
HIV diagnoses in English gay men have been falling since 2014

A new analysis by Public Health England of testing rates and HIV diagnoses from all of England’s sexual health clinics shows that the decline in

Published
08 November 2017
By
Gus Cairns
Americans Are Still Dying From AIDS. We Need More HIV Prevention

The ravages of advanced HIV infection, the nearly-forgotten news items of the 1980s like PCP — Pneumocystis pneumonia -- and Kaposi Sarcoma, are still afflicting those diagnosed late, even if this fact is no longer news.

Published
07 November 2017
From
WBUR
From More PrEP to State-of-the-Art STI Clinics, Here Are 4 Strategies to Reduce HIV Worldwide

Here are 4 strategies noted by the European CDC to reduce HIV worldwide: Quick and easy HIV/STI testing centers, Solutions tailored to specific gay populations, Greater access to PrEP and ongoing medical monitoring, and Help from gay social apps.

Published
02 November 2017
From
Hornet
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.

Published
30 October 2017
From
The Japan Times
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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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