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  • Testing

    HIV testing in the UK is free, voluntary and confidential. You can be tested at an NHS sexual health clinic, a GP surgery or a...

    From: The basics

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  • HIV testing

    HIV tests are available in lots of healthcare settings. Home HIV testing is also available.Laboratory tests are the most accurate but rapid tests can be...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Home HIV testing

    Self-sampling and self-testing are new options for taking an HIV test.You don't need to see a doctor or nurse to use home testing kits.HIV tests...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV testing technologies

    This briefing paper, produced by NAM for HIV Prevention England, provides an overview of HIV diagnostic tests for people planning, commissioning or providing HIV prevention...

    From: HIV prevention briefing papers

  • Types of test

    A number of different testing techniques are available and will be used in different circumstances. As well as laboratory-based third and fourth generation tests, there...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

    Information level Level 4
  • Understanding test results

    Technical reports on the accuracy of different tests (described in a later section) analyse tests in terms of their ‘sensitivity’, ‘specificity’ and ability to detect...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

    Information level Level 4
  • What tests look for

    The most widely known tests detect HIV antibodies. However detection of p24 antigen is now an important part of HIV-testing strategies....

    From: HIV transmission & testing

    Information level Level 4

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  • Seroconversion

    I was given my diagnosis over the telephone after spending four days in hospital with meningitis. I now realise it wasn’t meningitis, it was an...

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  • MHRA seizes more than 100 unreliable HIV home-testing kits

    MHRA are investigating a number of Hightop HIV/AIDS Home Test Kits that may be unreliable and may provide false results.

    22 August 2017 | Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  • OraSure Technologies Receives World Health Organization Prequalification of OraQuick® HIV Self-Test

    OraSure Technologies, Inc., a leader in point of care diagnostic tests and specimen collection devices, today announced that its OraQuick® HIV Self-Test (HIVST) has been Prequalified by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    22 July 2017 | Orasure press release
  • South Africa: First HIV test approved for home use to hit shelves

    BioSURE HIV Self Test is described by its makers as “South Africa’s only CE-marked HIV self-test and the first HIV test approved for use at home without a medical professional”.

    12 May 2017 | The Citizen
  • Kenya launches self-test kits and PrEP

    The Government of Kenya has reinforced its commitment to end AIDS by 2030 by launching two innovative technologies: self-testing for HIV and PrEP.

    05 May 2017 | UNAIDS
  • Point-of-care test performed on oral fluid failed to detect HIV-1 infection

    The OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV-1/2 Test, a point-of-care test able to detect HIV-specific antibodies in blood and oral fluid, frequently failed to detect HIV-1 infection in Botswana and Thailand, suggesting that negative oral fluid results should be confirmed by testing blood samples in longitudinal trials, according to recent study results.

    28 March 2017 | Healio
  • Australia urged to fast-track approval of HIV self-testing devices

    The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations has urged the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to fast-track the national approval of HIV self-testing devices.

    07 February 2017 | Star Observer
  • Recommendations for the Rapid Expansion of HIV Self-Testing in Fast-Track Cities

    IAPAC launched Recommendations for the Rapid Expansion of HIV Self-Testing in Fast-Track Cities during a joint Brazilian National STI, HIV/AIDS & Viral Hepatitis Program - IAPAC meeting of that country’s cities held January 26, 2017, in Brasília. Developed in collaboration with ASLM, the recommendations promote interventions to break down barriers to this testing technology and promote linkage to HIV care and prevention.

    31 January 2017 | IAPAC
  • Chembio wins approval to sell HIV-syphilis test overseas

    Chembio Diagnostics Inc. has secured approval to sell its combination test for HIV and syphilis in most of Europe and the Caribbean, officials said.

    24 January 2017 | Newsday
  • DIY test for HIV comes to a pharmacy near you

    For R59.95 South Africans can now purchase an HIV testing kit from a local pharmacy and screen themselves for infection in the privacy of their homes – effectively by-passing the health system altogether.

    17 January 2017 | Health-e
  • Reuters–along with many other news sites–parrots erroneous news release on HIV testing via USB stick

    This Reuters story draws readers in with news that scientists have developed a quick HIV test on a USB stick, which could be useful in the developing world. The story confuses the effectiveness of the traditional, test tube-based method with that of the experimental USB stick test that researchers hope will replace it, ultimately overstating the latter’s sensitivity. The reason this happened is because it seems to be based entirely on a news release, which also seems to misunderstand the study’s design.

    15 November 2016 | Health News Review
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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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