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46% of people living with HIV do not know they have it. Stigma surrounding HIV remains one of the biggest reasons people are not testing.
Good news for HIV treatment monitoring from The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund), the largest funder of the international HIV response. The Global Fund is taking action to make viral load testing more accessible. These crucial tests check that people are taking the correct HIV treatment, and are prohibitively expensive in many countries. The Global Fund has teamed up with seven manufacturers of the test to bring down the cost.
Britain’s first legally approved HIV self-test kits are on sale as of today in England, Scotland and Wales. The HIV self-kit allows people to do an HIV test in the safe environment of their home without the need to fill out paperwork or the intervention of a clinic.
The UK lifted its legal ban on HIV home testing in April 2014, but manufacturers were not able to market a test with a CE mark - indicating that the test conforms to minimum European standards for accuracy and ease of use - until today.
Researchers from Colombia University have developed a device that can be plugged in to a smartphone, and has the ability to test for both HIV and syphilis. The dongle can conduct point-of-care testing from a finger prick of blood, using cheap and disposable cartridges, delivering a result in just 15 minutes, and at a fraction of the cost of a typical HIV test.
Extensive efforts to test all adults for HIV in a rural area of Kenya has resulted in the discovery of 1,300 people newly infected which HIV. However, only a few of these newly diagnosed took up treatment after diagnosis, as concluded in a new study in the Lancet HIV.