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FDA Approves First Rapid HIV Test That Can Detect Acute Infection

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this month approved a new rapid diagnostic test that detects antibodies against both HIV-1 and HIV-2, as well as the HIV-1 p24 antigen. Detection of the antigen but not antibodies indicates acute infection, allowing for the possibility of improved prevention and earlier treatment.

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June 27 Is National HIV Testing Day

Today (June 27) is National HIV Testing Day, started by the National Association of People with AIDS and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2 decades ago to raise awareness about HIV and encourage people to learn their status.alt

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FDA Approves OraQuick Home HIV Antibody Test

On July 3, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, the first over-the-counter self-administered HIV antibody test that can be performed entirely outside a medical setting.

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Routine HIV Screening for Adolescents and Adults

On April 30 the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a "Grade A," or highest-level, recommendation that all adolescents and adults ages 15 through 65 years should receive routine HIV screening. "These recommendations...reinforce the importance of people everywhere knowing their HIV status and, if positive, accessing care, receiving treatment and other prevention services," said CDC's Jonathan Mermin.

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Bathhouses Can Be Good Venues for HIV Testing and Linkage to Care

Bathhouses frequented by gay and bisexual men may be good places to find people with undiagnosed HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases and encourage them to enter ongoing care, researchers reported in the February 1, 2012, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. alt

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Only 1 in 5 Medicaid Users Linked to Care Within a Year After HIV Diagnosis

Only about 20% of adult Medicaid recipients who tested positive for HIV during the past decade began receiving appropriate care -- including CDC T-cell count and viral load monitoring -- within a year of diagnosis, and the rate did not improve much within 5 years, according to an analysis described in the January 2013 issue of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

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National HIV Testing Day -- Take the Test, Take Control

Today, June 27, is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), initiated 19 years ago by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to raise awareness about HIV and encourage people to learn their status.alt

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U.S. Task Force Recommends HIV Screening for Teens, Adults, Pregnant Women

Adolescents and adults between the ages of 15 and 65 years should be routinely screened for HIV, and people outside this age range should also be tested if they are at risk of infection, according to draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued this week. The Task Force also advised that all pregnant women should be screened for the virus. alt

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FDA Committee Recommends Approval of First Home HIV Test

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee this week unanimously recommended approval of the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test. While the test can sometimes give false-negative or false-positive results, the committee decided the benefits of more people learning their HIV status outweigh the potential risks.alt

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