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  • Ex-nurse accused of raping woman loses appeal over HIV test

    A former nurse charged with raping and impregnating an incapacitated patient at a long-term care center in Phoenix has lost his appeal of a court order requiring a test to determine if he has HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases.

    17 June 2019 | Associated Press
  • England: Sexual Health Checks Fall By Almost 250,000 As Services Suffer Severe Cuts

    Sexual and reproductive health checks have fallen by 245,000 in three years, amid “swingeing” cuts to the vital services, new figures published by the Labour party show. Spending on the facilities by local authorities fell by £56 million over the past five years, according to House of Commons library data.

    14 May 2019 | Huffington Post
  • US: The Porn Industry Is Rethinking How It Works With HIV Positive Performers

    In late January, tucked away in a fluorescent-lit conference room at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, dozens of porn industry insiders gathered for a panel on the latest in HIV research.It was a lightning rod for industry debates around HIV, sex worker rights, and homophobia because it raised the possibility of introducing a testing system that meets the needs of performers with HIV.

    27 March 2019 | Jezebel
  • US: 80% of new HIV cases transmitted by undiagnosed or untreated people

    In 2016, more than 80% of new HIV infections in the United States were transmitted by individuals who either did not know they were infected with HIV or had been diagnosed but were not receiving care, according to data released on the first day of the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta.

    19 March 2019 | Healio
  • No HIV test, no marriage license, Jakarta tells couples

    No HIV test, no marriage license, Jakarta tells couples -  UCA NewsAuthorities in the Indonesian capital Jakarta have introduced a regulation requiring couples to take an HIV test in order to obtain a marriage license.

    18 January 2019 | UCA News
  • Malaysian AIDS council slams proposed mandatory HIV tests for non-Muslims

    The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) has panned a proposal by the women, family and community development ministry to make HIV tests compulsory for non-Muslims intending to tie the knot. In a statement, MAC said conducting compulsory HIV screenings is not an “effective, long-term solution” to combat rising HIV cases, adding that HIV testing should only be done on a voluntary basis.

    20 December 2018 | Free Malaysia Today
  • 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
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