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The Charlie Sheen effect on HIV testing

Charlie Sheen's HIV-positive disclosure corresponded with record levels of HIV testing On November 17, 2015, actor Charlie Sheen publicly disclosed he was HIV-positive on NBC's Today Show. How might such…

WHO: Trained lay providers can perform HIV rapid diagnostic testing

Based on the results of a systematic literature review, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert panel concluded that trained and supervised lay health workers should be permitted to provide HIV…

South Africa: First HIV test approved for home use to hit shelves

Last year the World Health Organisation released new guidelines on HIV self-testing to improve access to and uptake of HIV diagnosis. Pre-testing counselling before taking an HIV test can be…

Kenya launches self-test kits and PrEP

There are around 1.5 million people living with HIV in Kenya, around 400 000 of whom are unaware that they have the virus. If people do not know their status,…

Avoiding false positives: rapid HIV tests vary in their accuracy, so need to be used in combination

An evaluation of eight rapid diagnostic tests widely used in a variety of African countries by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) shows that the tests vary in their performance, with false…

ECDC Dublin Declaration 2016 progress reports published

Following ECDC’s 2010, 2012 and 2014 progress reports, ECDC presents a new series with the main findings from the 2016 Dublin Declaration monitoring process, discussing key issues and assessing the progress made…

MedMira receives CE Mark for syphilis/HIV multiplex rapid test

Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 1, 2017 – MedMira Inc. (MedMira) (TSXV: MIR), a developer of rapid diagnostic technology platforms and testing solutions, has received CE Mark on its syphilis/HIV rapid…

Blood donor screening for hepatitis E reveals incidence is higher than previously reported

Results from a hepatitis E virus (HEV) RNA screening centre in Germany suggest need for routine screening to prevent viral transmission to the immunocompromised April 21, 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands:…

New Canadian guideline: No screening for hepatitis C in adults not at increased risk

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommends against screening for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) in adults at low risk in a guideline published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical…

MSF publishes study on the accuracy of HIV rapid diagnostic tests

‘Towards more accurate HIV testing in sub-Saharan Africa: a multi-site evaluation of HIV RDTs and risk factors for false positives’, March 2017, Journal of the International AIDS Society Amsterdam –…

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