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UNAIDS teams up with Google and Makhulu Media to release virtual reality educational films about HIV testing

Ahead of World AIDS Day, which takes place on 1 December, UNAIDS is releasing a series of virtual reality (VR) films focused on HIV testing.

Published
20 November 2018
From
UNAIDS press release
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.

Published
20 November 2018
From
US Preventive Services Task Force
HIV testing should be seen as routine as protecting yourself against flu, Prince Harry says

HIV testing should be seen as normal and sensible a precaution as getting a flu jab to protect yourself over winter, according to Prince Harry who is heading a campaign to end stigma that is leading to late diagnosis.

Published
19 November 2018
From
The Independent
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.

Published
19 November 2018
From
swissinfo.ch
New HIV testing centers open in the Philippines as HIV crisis worsens

More HIV testing centers have opened in the Philippines as the country struggles to curb the growing number of new cases. Already this year there have been more than 7,600 new HIV diagnosis in the Philippines. The south-east Asian nation has experienced a 174% increase in new infections since 2010. LoveYourself is an organisation mostly made up of volunteers who take multi-layered action on the HIV epidemic through promoting self-worth.

Published
16 November 2018
From
Gay Star News
Portable Device Provides Low-Cost Solution to HIV Detection

Researchers from the Brigham and Women's Hospital have designed a portable diagnostic tool to detect and monitor the HIV virus. Using a cellphone and the power of nanotechnology, the device could help with the early detection of the virus in resource-limited environments.

Published
14 November 2018
From
Interesting Engineering
Trying to prevent and diagnose HIV at the same time – a Catch-22?

The doctors were puzzled by the fact that it wasn’t quite HIV. If it became HIV they could treat it. If it didn’t become HIV and went away they could discharge him. But this just being short of HIV all the time confused them.

Published
11 November 2018
From
Daily Maverick
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.

Published
08 November 2018
From
Devex
Have Tent, Will Do Pop-up HIV Screening

One Tent Health provides pop-up HIV screenings of Washington, DC, residents in its eponymous 10-foot-by-10-foot white tent. Area college students volunteer to conduct the screenings, and the DC Department of Health (DOH) provides the rapid antibody test kits free of charge.

Published
08 November 2018
From
JAMA
Regulator seizes almost 10000 unsafe STI + HIV test kits

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is warning people who buy STI test kits and HIV test kits online to make sure that they are purchasing from safe and legitimate sources

Published
17 October 2018
From
GOV.UK

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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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