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HIV and drug resistance

A recent study found more resistance to the antiretroviral medicine tenofovir than had previously been reported, with 20% resistance to tenofovir in patients with treatment failure in Europe and over 50% resistance in patients with treatment failure in sub-Saharan Africa... The study underlines the importance of rapidly identifying treatment failure through routine measurement of viral load suppression—this is the basis of the third pillar of UNAIDS’ 90–90–90 treatment target, that 90% of people accessing HIV treatment have suppressed viral loads.

Published
09 February 2016
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UNAIDS
South Africa: Home HIV testing gets the green light

After years of debate about the merits of home HIV testing, a ban has been lifted on pharmacist sales of do-it-yourself HIV tests.

Published
09 February 2016
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Health-E News
Opt-out approach can boost HIV testing rates

A large randomised study in an emergency department in San Francisco clearly shows that an ‘opt-out’ approach to seeking consent for HIV testing can increase the number

Published
04 February 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Tinder now helps you locate the nearest STD, HIV testing clinic

Tinder wants you to play safe while swiping right. The dating mobile app added a new Health Safety section on their website this week that helps users locate the nearest clinic to get tested for STDs and HIV.

Published
22 January 2016
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New York Daily News
Can we improve acceptance of HIV testing?

However, the researchers suggest that active choice testing (directly asking patients if they would like an HIV test) may best reflect patients' true preferences, and they call for further work to assess the effects of different approaches on patient.

Published
20 January 2016
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Medical Xpress
HIV Testing Uncommon in Teens Despite Recommendations: CDC

Fewer than 1 in 4 high school students who've had sex have ever been tested for HIV, a troubling low rate that didn't budge over eight years, government researchers say. Young adults fared slightly better, although testing rates have declined in black women, a high-risk group.

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20 January 2016
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ABC News
Malawi: Govt Launches HIV Viral Load Scale Up Strategic Implementation Plan

Government on Wednesday launched the Viral Load scale Up Strategic Implementation Plan for the years 2015 to 2018.

Published
19 January 2016
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AllAfrica
PrEP, plus increased testing and treatment, could prevent nearly half of HIV infections in gay men in the UK by 2020

A new British mathematical modelling study published in The Lancet HIV has found that adding pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for gay men at high risk of HIV to

Published
18 January 2016
By
Gus Cairns
A Bill Gates backed fund is investing in an Aussie HIV testing company

The US based Global Health Investment Fund (GHIF), which was set up by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and investment bank JPMorgan in 2013, will hand Sydney based Atomo Diagnostics fresh funds as it seeks to scale up production of its self testing devices, expand its sales activities and the commercial rollout of its products in developing countries.

Published
14 January 2016
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Sydney Morning Herald
Annual testing and scale-up of PrEP could slow the Dutch gay HIV epidemic

Phylogenetic analysis of the source of HIV infections in Dutch gay men over more than a decade shows that 71% acquired HIV from a man who was

Published
07 January 2016
By
Roger Pebody

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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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