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This Week in PLoS Medicine: Serologic data on flu infection; HIV self-testing; Disparities in DNA databases

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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.

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