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High uptake of HIV testing when self-tests are offered to outpatients in Malawi

Most models of HIV self-test distribution are based on community settings, but providing self-tests to outpatients at health facilities is a promising strategy, Kathryn Dovel of Partners

25 July 2018
Roger Pebody
Average Interval Between HIV Tests is 1.4 Years in High-Risk Patients

Although a recent report indicated that health care providers may not be offering HIV tests to all higher-risk individuals, further research has found those patients that are getting tested for HIV are not testing annually, as recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

03 July 2018
Many high-risk patients report not being tested for HIV at clinical visit

Despite CDC guidance that high-risk individuals be tested for HIV at least annually, about half of men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs in the United States who were unaware of their HIV infection reported not being offered testing in the past year even though they had visited a clinician, according data published today in JAMA.

02 July 2018
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Adults at High Risk for HIV Not Testing as Often as Recommended

Only about 60% of U.S. adults with recent HIV-related risk behaviors were ever tested for the virus, and those high-risk individuals who have been tested are not getting tested as frequently as recommended, researchers found.

22 June 2018
MedPage Today
Loss of lay counsellors leads to fall in HIV testing in KwaZulu-Natal

The withdrawal of lay counsellors from primary health clinics in KwaZulu-Natal led to a sharp fall in the number of people taking an HIV test

21 June 2018
Keith Alcorn
Federal jury awards HIV patient $18.4 million in medical malpractice lawsuit

A federal jury in Boston on Monday awarded $18.4 million in damages to a man who alleged that two of his former physicians failed to test him for HIV despite risk factors that made him more vulnerable to contracting the disease.

20 June 2018
The Boston Globe
Self-testing HIV kit goes on sale in Switzerland

The screening tests can be obtained in pharmacies and drugstores nationwide and are also available via the internet.

19 June 2018
‘Opt-out’ testing for HIV and hep C is seen as coercive by many prisoners

A new study among people entering prison in the USA suggests ‘opt-out’ testing approaches for HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) may need reconsideration.

15 June 2018
HIV self-testing kits to go on sale in Germany

German Health Minister Jens Spahn has said he wants people to be able to buy a test they can use at home to check for the immune-deficiency virus HIV. The proposal has been welcomed by a major German AIDS charity.

08 June 2018
Deutsche Welle
This is what happened when I ordered my first home-testing STI kit

David Hudson says LGBTI people living in London are increasingly going to be asked to test themselves when it comes to their sexual health

25 May 2018
Gay Star News

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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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