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Around 40% of all HIV infections are left undiagnosed worldwide, and new approaches such as self-testing are needed to ensure 90% of all people with HIV by 2020 are aware of their status.
Healthcare workers should help people living with HIV to get their partners to test, says an analysis which informed updated World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.
HIV home-testing kits are available in a growing number of countries. They offer you the convenience of taking an HIV test in your own time and in the privacy of your own home – but are they for everyone?
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.
The world’s fastest HIV testing kit is to be launched in the United Kingdom (UK) ahead of European HIV Testing Week (18-25 November).
Informing patients that they will receive an HIV test and giving them the option to decline it, yields a significantly higher HIV testing rate than simply informing them that testing is available.
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.