HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
25 November 2016




HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Week 46, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 6 new cases for week 46 - 2016, bringing the total to 453 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.

Considerable Number Of Men In Dublin Don't Know They Have HIV
98FM, 22 November 2016
The ‘Know How’ Rapid HIV Testing Project has been running for the past 8 months in various venues including Pantibar and The George. Adam Shanley, spokesperson for the program, says a considerable number of men in Dublin are living with undiagnosed HIV because they have never been tested.

In 1983, I Used A False Name To Get Tested For HIV - Today, It’s Something To Be Proud Of
The Huffington Post, 19 November 2016
Ian Green, of Terence Higgins Trust, talks about his own experiences of HIV testing in 1983, and explains why nowadays HIV test is nothing to be feared.

HIV Prevention Among Key Populations
UNAIDS, 21 November 2016
While the annual global number of new HIV infections among adults has remained static, members of key populations accounted for 45% of all new HIV infections in the last year. The creation of an enabling social and legal environment is the basis of effective HIV prevention and treatment of these groups.
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Will the global HIV response fail gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men?
JIA Society, 21 November 2016

Get On The Fast-Track — The Life-Cycle Approach To HIV
UNAIDS, 24 November 2016
In this report, UNAIDS is announcing that 18.2 million people now have access to HIV treatment. The Fast-Track response is working and increasing treatment coverage is reducing AIDS-related deaths among adults and children.

Straight woman living with HIV says she feels ‘superhuman’
Metro, 22 November 2016
Becky Mitchell, who contracted HIV in her 40s, talks about being HIV positive.
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One man’s story of what it is like to find out he has HIV and how it’s not a death sentence
Metro, 21 November 2016

Tanzania suspends HIV/AIDS programs in new crackdown on gays
Chicago Tribune, 23 November 2016
Tanzania government is criminalising gay sex, while Tanzania Minister of Health has announced the ban of HIV outreach projects for gay men.

Advocates Unanimously Condemn ‘Pointless’ HIV Spit Test
Star Observer, 21 November 2016
HIV advocates and researchers have unanimously passed a motion condemning laws in Australia that force people to take a HIV test if they spit on or bite a police officer.

McDonald's franchise to implement new disability training following HIV lawsuit
HR Grapevine, 23 November 2016
The fast food chain has settled a complaint brought by an employee fired for being HIV-positive. In addition to the payment, the company will also conduct disability training for its managers.

Nigeria accounts for over 25 % of new HIV child infections
The Nigeria Guardian, 24 November 2016
Nigeria accounts for more than a quarter of all new HIV infections among children globally and only half of pregnant women living with the virus are tested for the disease.

Freddie Mercury's Life Is the Story of HIV, Bisexuality, and Queer Identity
Advocate, 23 November 2016
This book talks about Freddy Mercury’s life alongside with the social history of HIV.

The AIDS Fight: Andrew Sullivan on a History of the Movement
New York Times, 21 November 2016
‘How To Survive A Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS’. This book is the prose version of the Oscar-nominated documentary of the same name.

HIV Testing Week: Shocking ads show the fear of living with HIV and AIDS in the 80s
Metro, 24 November 2016
Shocking images from various official HIV prevention campaigns in the 1980s and 1990s.



'When there is somewhere safe for people to go and inject they will use it - I will use it'
The Journal, 22 November 2016
The Ana Liffey Drug Project is raising awareness of the importance of the importance of supervised injection facilities.
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Free HIV testing
clinic at HIV Ireland

The next HIV and STI testing clinic at HIV Ireland takes place on Wednesday 14th December.  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 21 December  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 19th November. 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

Hands Up for #HIVPrevention

The UNAIDS global World AIDS Day campaign for 2016.  More information available 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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