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  • I Found Out I Was HIV Positive at a Gay Bar

    What it's like to emerge from a life-changing moment into the arms of strangers.

    21 June 2017 | Vice
  • DIY HIV Prevention (#DIYHIVPx)

    No. I do not want to test for HIV in the “comfort of my home.” There is a real danger that such form of testing becomes a one-size-fits-all tool and that we will repeat the errors of the past (that of condom-only prevention, or abstinence-only). Home testing/sampling should not become a replacement for testing in conventional and community settings and disinvestment in this form of testing is a mistake.

    19 June 2017 | Incidence 0
  • Thailand: Woman wrongly diagnosed with HIV 15 years ago seeks to sue

    A 23-year-old woman whose blood test showed that she is free from HIV disease is taking legal action against a hospital that diagnosed her with the disease 15 years ago.

    05 June 2017 | The Star Online
  • Terrence Higgins Trust gives away thousands of HIV home testing kits

    Seven volunteers for the charity have shared videos of themselves using the bioLytical INSTI HIV self test kit, which is said to be the world’s fastest.

    18 May 2017 | PinkNews
  • HIV test kits sold in China's university vending machines at massive discount

    The move is part of an HIV prevention initiative by the Chinese Association of STD and HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control (CASAPC), which installed nine of the specialised vending machines in five universities across China last year. Students can purchase the test kits for 30 yuan (US$4.35), almost 10 times less than the average market price.

    18 April 2017 | South China Morning Post
  • Terrence Higgins Trust: Why we’re embracing digital innovation

    One of Terrence Higgins Trust’s strategic priorities is to end HIV transmission. A key part of this is to get more people, and particularly those most at risk, testing regularly for HIV. That means we need to look at new ways to reach people, deliver testing and normalise the whole experience.

    15 February 2017 | Charity Comms
  • Patients with severe mental illnesses slip between cracks in HIV testing

    People with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depression with psychosis may be up to 15 more likely than the general population to be HIV positive, but are only marginally more likely to be tested for the virus, according to a study headed by UC San Francisco.

    18 January 2017 | Medical Xpress
  • Governor of California signs law requiring education about HIV-preventing PrEP drugs

    Governor of California Jerry Brown today signed a law introducing education about PrEP into the standard routine for those undergoing HIV tests.

    30 September 2016 | Pink News
  • The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options. And it is foot-stomping fabulous. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_espkK-vLgc

    27 September 2016 | My Fabulous Disease
  • Prince Harry's HIV test inspired a 500% increase in people checking their status, says charity

    The Terrence Higgins Trust described the effect of the prince’s social media appeal as a “groundbreaking moment in the fight against HIV ”. The charity was running a pilot scheme offering people the chance to find out their status by sending off for a 15-minute HIV self-testing kit when Harry sat down for his test on Thursday July 14.

    27 July 2016 | Daily Mirror
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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.

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