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Government is accused of 'not caring' about HIV after 'disgraceful' decision to deny people in England access to free self-testing kits

Public Health England last year offered firms the chance to sell their self-testing kits to the NHS, but later withdrew the offer completely. In a scathing attack on the move, the manufacturer of a type of testing kit branded it 'disgraceful', 'discriminatory' and 'small-minded'.

10 June 2019
Daily Mail
Thailand: Self-test kits for HIV now available at pharmacies

Thanks to the latest move by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), people no longer have to visit a medical centre to undergo an HIV test. If they are worried that they may be infected, people can just buy a self-test kit from a pharmacy and check on their own.

23 April 2019
The Nation
Australia's first HIV self-testing device goes on sale today

Australia's first approved HIV self-testing device goes on sale today, allowing those who think they've been exposed to HIV to test themselves at home.

04 April 2019
Self-testing helps the partners of people with HIV to test, but not to link to care

Asking people living with HIV in Malawi to pass on HIV self-testing kits to their sexual partners was an effective way to encourage partners to take a

12 March 2019
Roger Pebody
Public Health England warns that improved treatment and testing rates for STIs in the UK could be imperilled by cuts

A review of one hundred years of diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK confirms that there have been sharp increases in gonorrhoea and syphilis

18 December 2018
Gus Cairns
How the government wasted 25 years before letting people home-test themselves for HIV

It took FDA until 2012 to finally lift its ban on rapid home HIV tests. Tragically, countries around the world had followed FDA’s 1988 ban, believing it was based on science, and also banned home HIV tests, resulting in countless additional people being exposed to or contracting HIV.

05 December 2018
Washington Examiner
The Independent launches Christmas charity appeal for essential HIV testing around the world

Funds raised for Elton John AIDS Foundation will pay for those at risk to be able to get tested, and will make sure they have access to the treatment they need.

03 December 2018
The Independent
Unitaid drives expansion in HIV self-testing to get more people to know their status

A report launched jointly today with Population Services International (PSI), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and WHO unveils results of our HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Initiative, which is generating the evidence for countries worldwide to scale up HIV self-testing and encouraging millions more people to find out their HIV status.

01 December 2018
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
INSTI HIV Self Test Earns WHO Prequalification Status for Home Testing

bioLytical Laboratories, a world leader in rapid infectious disease tests, is pleased to announce that its INSTI® HIV Self Test has been Prequalified by the World Health Organization (WHO). INSTI, the world’s fastest home test providing results in 1-minute, becomes the first and only blood-based HIV self-test to be WHO Prequalified.

29 November 2018
bioLytical Laboratories press release
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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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