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Study: Many Gay Men Would Support 'Home HIV-Test'

Yet again, studies show that there is a place for home HIV-tests.  In this study, it's gay men with multiple sexual partners, and who do not routinely practice safe-sex.  According to the principal investigator of this Columbia University study, these tests could be a great harm-reduction tool.  To put it simply, by having the test present in the room it brings consciousness to...

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: a strategy, or part of an "all of the above" strategy?

Gilead Pharmaceuticals has applied to the FDA to allow for Truvada, one of its HIV-treatment medications, to be marketed as a prevention pill.  This is all part of the narrative that calls for more funding for treatment and for "treatment as prevention."  There are some serious implications and concerns with this - most importantly the false sense of...

Same data, different message

Two days ago, I wrote about a study out of Montreal showing that the oral swab test is just as effective in detecting HIV as the rapid blood test in high-prevalance settings.  There is much to celebrate in this study, as it will hopefully open the door to more access and options for testing.  

Compare, however, the tenor and order of optimism of...

"Some of the Above"

In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, President Obama said that, when it comes to addressing the energy challenges we face and what we need to do to keep energy flowing while transitioning to more sustainable and secure energy, we need to do "all of the above."  It's too bad we don't see more of the same attitude from leaders when faced with the challenge of ending the HIV/ADIS pandemic.  We have the technology to do so much more, but when the list of things we can do is...

Saliva HIV test passes the grade

A just released study from McGill University in Montreal found that the saliva test is just as accurate as the blood test for detecting HIV in high-risk populations. The study, according to this release, "has major implications for countries that wish (ital.mine) to adopt self-testing."   I'm going to cheat here and, rather than pontificate, simply let lead researcher Dr. Nikita Pant Tahi's speak...

FDA Routinely Recalls Products

Many of the people in the HIV/AIDS industry and/or activists who denounce the idea of self-administered HIV rapid tests often paint a "doom and gloom" scenario about all the bad things that will happen if these products are allowed on the market.  Sometimes it helps to refresh our memories about how the system works.  The FDA requires products to be vetted for glaring dangers and or harm - that the products cannot be used appropriately in sampling studies, the products don't have the...

Should all 13-year olds be tested for HIV?

According to just-released results of a 2009 survey, only 1 in 5 teens has had an HIV-test, including less than half of the teens who acknowledged being sexually active.  According to this posting about the results, an MD in the DC-area is calling for ALL 13-year olds to be tested for HIV, and for this to be repeated...

Orasure Finishes FDA Submission for HIV-Test

It looks like progress is really coming with regards to FDA approval of over-the-counter sales of HIV-tests.  This is the third and final phase of clinical testing meaning it is now up to the FDA to do its part.  

What is interesting is that the media outlets that are reporting this news are all from the business/financial industry.  With very few exceptions, based on twitter feeds, the AIDS activist...

"Man Intentionally Infects Thousands"

What a way to start the New Year.  The above statement was the headline of a news report making the rounds of the internet.  The 51-year old man has now turned himself in because he was emotionally despondent.  Despite the fact that the news stories refer to the people he had unprotected sex and/or shared needles with as "victims...

 

Science, morals, politics and public health: What the "Plan B" debate exposes

I was reading recently about the Obama administration’s recent restrictions on the Plan B (also known as “The Morning After” pill).  The restriction placed by HHS does not allow for the over-the-counter sale of this medication for women under the age of 17.  In reading about this, there are two factors that are considered:

1.      Can females under the age of 17 be responsible in...