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New York City Health Department Announces 28 Percent Increase in HIV Testing Since Launch of "The Bronx Knows" Initiative One Year Ago

This Wednesday, the Health Department and community partners will gather at the New York Botanical Garden to celebrate the anniversary of "The Bronx Knows," a borough-wide HIV testing initiative launched one year ago. During the event, Dr. Monica S...

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Illinois Program Uses Text Messaging to Encourage HIV Testing

The Illinois Department of Health has launched a program, "Text 2 Survive," that uses cell phone text messaging to encourage residents to be tested for HIV, nbcchicago.com reports. Through the program, individuals can send a text message to a designa...

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London Health Service Begins Offering Rapid HIV Tests

Barts and the London NHS Trust has become the first National Health Service provider in the United Kingdom to offer rapid, oral HIV tests, BBC News reports. Officials hope that the service will increase the number of people who seek testing because r...

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Targeted Testing for Acute HIV Infection in North Carolina

Because people with acute HIV infection contribute disproportionately to transmission of the virus, identifying these persons is a critical public health challenge. The current cross-sectional study outlines targeted approaches the authors developed ...

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FDA Approval of NAT for Detection of HIV-2, HIV-1 Groups O and M, and Hepatitis B and C

On December 30, 2008, FDA approved the first nucleic acid test (NAT) that screens for the presence of two divergent types of HIV in donated blood plasma and human tissue. Nucleic acid is the term commonly used to refer to the chemical compounds that ...

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Chicago Hospital Continues Program Offering No-Cost HIV Tests

Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago will continue a program offering no-cost oral HIV tests to patients waiting to be seen in its emergency department, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The hospital launched the program in May 2008 with a $150,000 gra...

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JAMA Perspective Piece Examines Routine HIV Screening

"Clinicians Advised To Step Up HIV Tests," Journal of the American Medical Association: The article examines recommendations from HIV/AIDS experts regarding routine HIV testing and suggests that many medical service providers miss opportunities to co...

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West Virginia County Passes Resolution to Drop Written Consent Requirements for HIV Tests

The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health in West Virginia on Tuesday approved a resolution requesting that state legislators repeal a law requiring written consent prior to HIV tests, the Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register reports. The resolution s...

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Palm Springs, Calif., Sees Increase in HIV-Positive Test Results; Advocacy Group Seeks Additional Funding

An increase in HIV-positive test results is leading the Palm Springs, Calif.-based Desert AIDS Project to request additional funding from the Riverside County Department of Public Health for more testing resources, the Palm Springs Desert Sun reports...

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New York City Hospitals to Offer Rapid HIV Tests

New York City hospitals will soon begin offering rapid HIV tests to "tens of thousands" of people, the New York Daily News reports. Under a deal negotiated by New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D), OraSure Technologies will provide hospit...