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U=U (Undetectable equals Untransmittable)

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U=U (Undetectable equals Untransmittable)

What does it mean? Possibly the end of the epidemic? If you are a person living with HIV, antiretroviral treatments (ART's) are now so effective, that if they are taken correctly the HIV virus can be supressed to undetectable levels (also known as viral suppression). This is because the ARTs stop the virus from reproducing and that means your immune system can repair itself and isn’t further damaged. This means that you can live an active and healthy life and have a normal life expectancy. But, obviously that can only happen if you test and know your status. The totally amazing...

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What is a regulated HIV Self Test?

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What is a regulated HIV Self Test?

South African Pharmacy Council Test must be CE marked or FDA approved as a self test To gain CE marking a test must have gone through a user study to evidence that untrained people from a variety of backgrounds, can perform the test and read the result as accurately as a trained healthcare professional There can be no deviation from the product sold in Europe as sold in South Africa The product must go through European batch certification and be certified A professional test cannot be repackaged and sold as a self test Pre test counselling Through our work with...

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10 things you need to know about HIV self-testing

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10 things you need to know about HIV self-testing
The BioSURE HIV Self Test is now available in South Africa at select Dischem branches‚ Spar stores and Pick n Pay supermarkets making it possible for people to test their HIV status in the privacy of their homes.

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Hanx condoms

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BioSURE are delighted to be working in partnership with HANX and believe our collaboration can continue to drive the conversation we are both so passionate about – sex, HIV and empowered choices   As part of our World AIDS Day 2017 awareness campaign, a free HANX condom was included with each BioSure HIV Self Test. We believe it is absurd that in this day and age, buying and carrying condoms as a woman is still taboo. HANX new condoms (for penises!) are stylish and luxurious and are designed so women can be proud to be seen with a HANX. HANX condoms...

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BioSure’s Role in "Delivering the First 90” - The Potential of HIV Self Testing

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BioSure’s Role in "Delivering the First 90” - The Potential of HIV Self Testing

The global community has come a long way in the fight against AIDS. In the last decade AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 45% and new HIV infection rates by almost 10%. On top of this, there are currently over 17 million people receiving anti retroviral treatment (ART). These are impressive sounding statistics, but do they point to the near-defeat of AIDS?  Despite such exciting figures, they do not actually reveal a potentially dangerous trend. We could, in fact, be heading towards an outcome whereby the epidemic outruns the response. Time is of the essence. Rather than approaching a world with “zero new...

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