Four new articles were published this week in PLoS Medicine, including a Research Article and Perspective on an HIV self-test method.
Joseph Wu and colleagues report that using serological data coupled with clinical surveillance data can provide real-time estimates of the infection attack rates and severity in an emerging influenza pandemic.
Augustine Choko and colleagues assess the uptake and acceptability of home-based supervised oral HIV self-testing in Malawi, demonstrating the feasibility of this approach in a high-prevalence, low-income environment.
Rochelle Walensky and Ingrid Bassett discuss new research in PLoS Medicine that assessed the feasibility of home-based oral HIV self-testing in Malawi, and suggest that linkage to care must be demonstrated before the success of oral self-testing can be determined.
Peter Chow-White and Troy Duster examine the question of whether the “digital divide” in health and forensic DNA databases is contributing to racial disparities.