HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
24 February 2017



HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Week 7, 2017
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 12 new cases for week 7 - 2017, bringing the total to 52 HIV new notifications for 2017 to date.

New Survey Seeks to Tackle HIV in Ireland
The Outmost, 23 February 2017
HIV Ireland is about to launch a National Survey on HIV. The survey will examine the experiences of people living with HIV in Ireland, especially in regard of stigma and discrimination. The survey will also explore the knowledge and attitudes of the general public towards HIV and HIV positive people.

One in five ‘heterosexual’ men in the UK caught their HIV from another man
Aidsmap, 18 February 2017
A genetic analysis of a large database of people with HIV in care in the UK shows that 18% of HIV-positive men who claim to be exclusively heterosexual in fact belong to clusters of linked infections that consist only of men.

Spanish vaccine induces viral control off ART in nearly 40% of recipients
Aidsmap, 17 February 2017
The ‘HIV Conserv’ vaccine has produced significant prolonged viral control in a large minority of patients after they were taken off antiretroviral treatment.
See also:
HIV vaccine therapy lets five people control virus without drugs
New Scientist, 22 February 2017

The Abbey runs Living With HIV community workshops
The Outmost, 21 February 2017
The Abbey Theatre is inviting people who are HIV-positive to participate in workshops around the themes of stigma, disclosure and empowerment.

A Long-Term Survivor Speaks Out
Poz, 21 February 2017
HIV survivor Sean McKenna reflects on the urgency of overcoming isolation and depression for people who tested HIV positive before 1996.

One-stop sexual health: PrEP services at your local pharmacy
Beta Blog, 15 February 2017
Just a small portion of people in the US have access to PrEP, but pharmacists may provide medically supervised screenings and patients care for PrEP implementation.

Europe Is Seeing Vast Growth in HIV-Positive Migrants
HIV Plus Mag, 20 February 2017
Despite the vast majority of migrants in Europe living with HIV being from Sub-Saharan Africa, the number of people from Central America and the Caribbean is growing fast.

Don’t Be Fooled: PrEP Failures Imply Nothing About U = U
Positive Lite, 22 February 2017
Activist Bob Leahy talks about PrEP: even though PrEP has occasionally failed, a sustained undetectable viral load is still an effective prevention strategy.

How should HIV self-testing services be provided?
Aidsmap, 17 February 2017
A new research examines the best way to implement self-testing, how to reach people who would not otherwise test, how to link testers to HIV medical care or PrEP and how to support STI testing alongside HIV self-testing.

Better depression care could improve outcomes for HIV treatment programmes
Aidsmap, 21 February 2017
Mental health care should be integrated into HIV services in resource-limited settings to improve the outcomes of HIV treatment programmes.

Mr Gay NZ defends his view that having unprotected sex with HIV can be safe
NZ Herald, 21 February 2017
The new Mr Gay New Zealand is defending having condomless sex, saying he is on ART and undetectable, and always informing sexual partners of his HIV-positive status.

Should failure to disclose HIV or AIDS be considered rape?
KSL, 23 February 2017
Lawmakers in Utah have voted to hold an amendment to the Sexual Offences Bill that would redefine sex without disclosure of HIV-positive status as rape.

How to Keep HIV Cure-Related Trials Ethical: The Benefit/Risk Ratio Challenge
BMJ, 20 February 2017
Ethics, risks, uncertainty, and participants’ fully informed consent in HIV cure-related trials.

New nano approach could cut dose of leading HIV treatment in half
Physio Org, 21 February 2017
The new nano-technology can improve drug absorption into the body, reducing both the dose and the cost per dose and enabling existing healthcare budgets to treat more patients.

No evidence of accelerated brain ageing in HIV positive people on effective ART
i-base, 16 February 2017
A European study has reported no evidence of accelerating brain ageing in HIV positive people on ART, compared to HIV negative people with similar background risks. The study was based on brain imaging scans and cognitive testing over two years.



New hepatitis C infections among HIV-positive gay men drop by half after direct-acting antiviral roll-out in Netherlands
Aidsmap, 17 February 2017
A little more than a year after the Netherlands allowed unrestricted access to direct-acting antivirals for the treatment of hepatitis C, researchers have already seen a dramatic decline in acute hepatitis C infections among HIV-positive MSM.

Deal reduces price of life-saving hepatitis C drugs for Canadians
The Globe and Mail, 21 February 2017
Tens of thousands of Canadian patients with mild versions of chronic hepatitis C could soon receive public funding for medications that cure the infection.

Guidelines on hepatitis B and C testing
WHO, February 2017
These are the first WHO guidelines on testing for chronic Hepatitis B and C and follow the already published guidance by WHO on the prevention, care and treatment of these infections.



Over 12,400 drug users infected with Hep C, study finds
Irish Examiner, 20 February 2017
A study by the Health Research Board has provided the first comprehensive national figures about the incidence of hepatitis C among people who regularly inject drugs.

FactCheck: Do supervised injection centres reduce drug-related deaths?
The Journal, 20 February 2017
FactCheck examines a claim Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn that SIFs do not reduce drug-related deaths.
See also:
FactCheck: Do supervised injection centres reduce drug-related crime?
The Journal, 19 February 2017



This Antibiotic Drastically Reduced the Transmission of Chlamydia & Syphilis
HIV Plus Mag, 21 February 2017
According to results presented at CROI2017, the use of an antibiotic called doxycycline as on-demand post-exposure prophylaxis produced a 70 percent drop in Chlamydia and a 73 percent drop in syphilis.


Sex Work

“Treated Like Trash” - Why Irish Sex Workers don’t report assaults to the Gardaí
Headstuff, 22 February 2017
Article on sex workers’ safety, and how cases of sexual assault against sex workers are handled by Gardai and Courts in Ireland.
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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 8 March 2017.  This is a free, walk-in service.  For more details and further testing dates see

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 18 March 2017. Doors open 1:30 pm.


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

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

Chlamydia booklet

HIV Ireland recently published a new information booklet about Chlamydia.  The publication is supported by the Union of Students in Ireland, and the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme.  The booklet can be viewed at

Gettin’ It On

HIV Ireland has re-published this popular guide to using condoms correctly.  Complete with a fresh new design, Gettin’ It On can be viewed at

Join the Just Carry One campaign and promote safer sex at

A harm reduction information campaign about Snow Blow and HIV.  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’

The joint Gay Health Network and HSE campaign promoting HIV prevention and sexual health awareness for men who have sex with men in Ireland.  Learn more 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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