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HIV testing rates in rural Uganda rose by 77% when traditional healers were trained to carry out HIV tests
World Health Organization releases new toolkit to ensure HIV testing remains accurate as HIV prevalence falls
Trial offering health workers ‘blended’ training results in a two-fold increase in the number of people diagnosed with HIV
Evidence review suggests digitally-supported HIV self-testing increases testing and engages first-time testers, paving the way for greater use
Research with around 400 parents and caregivers in Zimbabwe found the majority performed HIV tests accurately, even without a demonstration.
Data from six countries’ public health programmes suggests the introduction of new testing technologies have significantly increased same-day diagnosis for babies born with HIV and sped up treatment.
Providing a variety of ways to test for HIV resulted in high rates of young people coming forward and reduced the gap between men and women.
Testing rises 40-50% in 10 years, but half of young men and one-third of young women are still not coming forward.
HIV self-testing is found to be more popular than standard testing, particularly among men, but accessing treatment after a positive result is an issue.
Waiting time for results dramatically reduces when sample analysis happens in health facilities rather than centralised labs – but increased viral loads often go unaddressed