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What needs to be done to make HIV self-testing a reality?

Self-testing for HIV has great potential to broaden access to HIV testing, the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne heard last week. But for self-testing to play

Published
28 July 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Australia: HIV home-tests ban lifted but patience required for an accurate result

People needed to be aware it could take up to three months from when first becoming infected until the home oral-swab tests could detect the infection. Those who believed they could have been infected within the past three months should see their doctor for one of the other kinds of HIV tests available instead.

Published
09 July 2014
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The Guardian
HIV testing: Home Sampling vs. Home Testing, a primer for users (and others)

Home testing and home sampling are not one and the same and it is important for potential users  and their providers to understand the key differences between the two.

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07 April 2014
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UK law passes sales of HIV home tests before they exist

Kits allowing people to test themselves for HIV at home can be bought over the counter in the UK for the first time - but no kits exist yet in Britain.

Published
06 April 2014
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BBC Health
Home sampling for HIV testing – high demand, 1 in 60 are HIV positive

Pilot projects, testing innovative ways for individuals to take their own saliva or blood sample and return it to a laboratory for analysis, have found that the

Published
04 April 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Self-testing encourages very high uptake of HIV testing in Malawi study

A community-based self-testing programme achieved 76% uptake of HIV testing in urban Malawi, with very high accuracy of test reading and linkage to care, researchers from Malawi,

Published
07 March 2014
By
Keith Alcorn
Modelling study – self testing could lead to more HIV infections

If gay men replace clinic-based HIV testing with less sensitive home tests, the prevalence and incidence of HIV could rise, American researchers report in the January edition

Published
20 January 2014
By
Roger Pebody
HIV Home Testing: A cautious welcome

A critical perspective on recent claims for the potential impact of self-testing for HIV.

Published
16 August 2013
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Legal barrier to self-testing for HIV in UK to be lifted

The Department of Health announced an important change to HIV testing policy for the United Kingdom this week. From April 2014, HIV self-testing kits approved by the

Published
15 August 2013
By
Keith Alcorn
HIV Home Testing: Not a free cuddly toy

The French and other similar studies point towards the need for a very cautious and structured approach to home testing for HIV and for pilot studies that are culturally and contextually sensitive to be conducted before national roll-out of what could be a costly and lame intervention.

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13 August 2013
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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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