Category Archives: Behavioural Intervention

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HIV Home Testing: A cautious welcome

The much awaited Department of Health announcement of the “Modernisation of HIV rules to better protect public” is finally available online. In this statement Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies announced that “outdated rules designed to combat the threat of AIDS in the 1980s

HIV Home Testing: Not a free cuddly toy

As a follow up on yesterday’s posting about the forthcoming legalisation of HIV home testing, I’d like to look into a French study investigating access to and use of unauthorised online HIV self-test by Internet-using French-speaking MSM. The study was conducted in 2009 and the

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On the fence: HIV home testing

Public Health Minister Anna Soubry is expected to announce that home testing for HIV will no longer be illegal. This decision signals the end of a ban on the sale of HIV testing kits put in place in 1992. It is hoped that making the

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PrEP and MSM: Ready for each other?

A survey conducted by SIGMA Research is the first to provide some insights into the prospective attitude of gay and bisexual men towards PrEP in England following the release of the iPrEX study in 2010. Knowledge of PrEP, its acceptability, dosage preference and potential effects

PrEP: for whom are these pills?

The results of the iPrEX study announced in November 2010 have brought some hope back into the field of HIV prevention. The clinical trial,which investigated the effectiveness of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis mostly amongst men who have sex with men (MSM), showed that daily dosing of the

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