HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
14 October 2016




HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Week 40, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 8 new cases for week 40 - 2016, bringing the total to 403 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.

HIV in Ireland Quarter 1&2 2016 (Provisional)
HPSC, 14 October 2106
The HPSC has released the 2016 HIV annual report, Quarter 1 and 2.

Hospitals and GP practices fail to check for HIV
BBC News, 12 October 2016
A BBC investigation has found that many hospitals and GP practices in England and Scotland are not following the BHIVA guidance recommending that people living in high-prevalence areas should be offered an HIV test when they register with a GP or are admitted to hospital.

Nine ways funding for the global HIV response could go further
The Guardian, 10 October 2016
A serious funding shortfall threatens the prevention and treatment of HIV. A panel of experts share their ideas on how to do more with less money.

Budget 2017: Charities welcome move to review VAT payments
The Irish Times, 11 October 2016
The European Union’s VAT current directive does not allow charities to claim back directly VAT incurred on goods and services, but charities could benefit by up to €40 million a year if they were able to claim back VAT.

The Trauma of Hope: A Psychotherapist Reflects on False Cure News
The Body, 6 October 2016
A psychotherapist counselling for people living with HIV explains how stories and headlines can be devastating for long-term survivors, as hope can trigger further trauma.

How Does Incarceration Impact the Spread of HIV?
The Body, 10 October 2016
The cycling of people in and out of prisons contributes to the spread of HIV, hepatitis and tuberculosis. People living with HIV in prison are heavily affected by stigma, misinformation, and inconsistent care causing disruptions in treatment.
See also:
Global burden of HIV, viral hepatitis, and tuberculosis in prisoners and detainees
The Lancet, 14 July 2016
Extensive data on the global epidemiology of HIV, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and tuberculosis in prisoners.

No HIV test, no marriage – Jigawa State tells intending couples
Daily post, 13 October 2016
Jigawa State, Nigeria, has passed a bill which makes it mandatory for all intending couples to undergo test for HIV/AIDs, twice, in the last three months, before marriage is contracted.

Less than 100% adherence to HIV therapy, even with viral suppression, can lead to more inflammation and immune activation
Aidsmap, 12 October 2016
A study carried out on men on HIV treatment and with undetectable viral load has revealed that imperfect adherence to therapy is associated with higher levels of inflammation and immune activation. Adherence is therefore paramount despite apparent HIV suppression.

Choosing the Best Contraceptive for Adolescents with HIV
Pharmacy Times, 11 October 2016
An overlook of various contraceptive methods and their interactions with HIV treatment.

Educational attainment associated with health outcomes after starting HIV therapy
Aidsmap, 11 October 2016
According to data from a large European study, HIV patients with lower educational achievements have poorer outcomes and increased mortality rates than HIV patients with higher education.

By adding an antibody to HIV treatment, researchers send virus into 'sustained remission' in monkeys
LA Times, 13 October 2016
A clinical trial in monkeys has found that by augmenting the standard HIV treatment with an antibody developed in the lab, the animals were able to enter a state of sustained remission.



Concerns over many Hepatitis deaths
NL Times, 11 October 2016
According to a Dutch study, the number of deaths from hepatitis C in the country is higher than expected, and it could be largely avoided.
See also:
Local Hepatitis C survivor: Why you should get tested
KEPRTV, 13 October 2016



Minister Catherine Byrne announces additional funding of €3m in Budget 2017 for drugs and social inclusion measures
Department of Health, 13 October 2016
Part of the additional funding will be used to support the establishment of a pilot supervised injecting facility in Dublin city centre during 2017.
See also:
How would a Dublin drug injecting room operate? We spoke to the boss of the Sydney centre
The Journal, 3 September 2016

France opens its first supervised injection centre for drug users
Reuters, 11 October 2016
A Paris hospital is now housing France's first "shooting gallery" - a safe place where drug addicts can inject under medical supervision.

Sexual Health

Irish Contraceptives Were Illegal Until When?!
Let’s get checked, 10 October 2016
For younger readers and those who are not familiar with Irish law, it may seem unbelievable that the sale of contraceptives was illegal in The Republic of Ireland until 1985.


Chemsex: fuelling STDs
Hippocratic Post, 10 October 2016
Chemsex has been identified as a ‘health priority’ for MSM. The practice has been linked to a steep rise in the number of STIs among men who have sex with men.
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HIV: an overview for Counsellors

This popular HIV training for counsellors, therapists and other mental health workers takes place on Thursday 3rd November 2016.  Further information and booking forms at





Free HIV testing
clinic at HIV Ireland

The next HIV and STI testing clinic at HIV Ireland takes place on Wednesday 26th October.  This is a free, walk-in service.  For more details and further testing dates see


Free HIV and STI testing at The Red Door Project, Drogheda

***New*** Free HIV and STI testing clinics at the Red Door Project, St. Mary’s School Convent, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.  Third Wednesday of every month.  The next clinic takes place on Wednesday 19th October.  This is a free, walk-in service (no appointment needed).

GMHS Outreach Clinic
The Gay Men’s Health Service outreach testing clinic takes place in Outhouse LGBT Community Centre on the third Saturday of every month.  The next clinic date is Saturday 15th October. Doors open 1:30 pm.


***New*** Free Rapid HIV testing @ GMHS

Free rapid HIV testing now available at a new Monday clinic at the Gay Men’s Health Service, Baggot Street Hospital, Dublin 4.  Clinic times: 2pm to 4pm.  Drop-in service.  Full STI screening also included.

GUIDE Clinic

Free HIV and STI testing at the GUIDE Clinic, St. James’s Hospital every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  See more at


KnowNow Rapid HIV Testing (Dublin)

Free, friendly and confidential rapid HIV testing available at Outhouse LGBT Community Centre, at PantiBar, at The Boilerhouse sauna and at the George Bar.  For days and times of testing see

Online Testing Locator Map
Find your nearest HIV and STI testing clinic with this handy locator map at  All testing services at these clinics are free of charge.


Free Condoms @ HIV Ireland
HIV Ireland offers a free condoms service.  Drop into our offices during opening hours for your free condoms, and follow our social media STIs prevention campaign at

Join the Just Carry One campaign and promote safer sex at

A new harm reduction information campaign about Snow Blow and HIV launched on Irish AIDS Day 2016 by HIV Ireland the Ana Liffey Drug Project.  More information at

Had Unprotected Sex?

A handy web-enabled infographic highlighting the dual risk of contracting STIs and/or experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and signposting to key services and information.  View the infographic at

HIV: Laid Bare

HIV prevention and awareness campaign by the Gay Health Network partnership as part of the programme.  #GetTheBareFacts at


HIV and Sexual Health Helpline

Freephone or email the HIV and sexual health helpline for confidential support and information.
Gay Switchboard Ireland
Gay Switchboard Ireland volunteers are trained to take your calls on HIV and sexual health.  Lines open 7 days a week.  See more at
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