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Ahead of World AIDS Day, Avert’s Sarah Hand argues that testing services must engage men in a more meaningful way if we are to tackle the rising epidemic among young women.
Mandatory HIV testing is a ‘knee-jerk and untenable reaction’, and it ultimately does not get more people testing for HIV.
Near-universal uptake of HIV testing among men who were given self-tests by their partners in Kenya shows its feasibility as an intervention to reach hard-to-reach groups.
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.
New research from Lesotho provides more insight into what types of community-based HIV testing and counselling (HTC) are most effective in reaching people with HIV services in resource-limited settings. The cluster randomised control trial, published in PLOS One, looked at whether home-based HTC (HB-HTC) resulted in a higher uptake of HTC than delivery through community gathering and mobile clinics (MC-HTC).
HIV testing and counselling services are to be integrated into provider-initiated health services to try and get more people tested for HIV in South Sudan. Since South Sudan’s independence in July 2011, a lot of progress has been made in bringing health services to the country after 30 years of civil war. However, still more needs to be done to alert people about HIV and to get them on treatment.