HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
11 March 2016



HPSC - Weekly HIV & STI Report - Week 9, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show 10 new cases for week 9-2016, bringing the total to 104 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.

This new research rewrites the history of HIV in America
VOX, 5 March 2016
Researchers have now debunked the myth of flight attendant Gaëtan Dugas as the "Patient Zero" who spread the HIV virus to the gay community in North America. Scientists have compared the full DNA of the HIV virus from Dugas’ blood with those from other gay men taken in the late ‘70s, and they found that, by the late 1970s, the HIV epidemic in the US "already exhibited extensive genetic diversity”.
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The Man Who Was Wrongly Labelled As HIV’s ‘Patient Zero’
NY Mag, 7 March 2016

Straight Up: Why the Heterosexual Story Matters
The Body, 8 March 2015
HIV infection epidemiology differs from country to country, and the majority of new HIV infections happen from heterosexual contact.

15 Things That Women Need to Know About HIV
HIV Plus Mag, 10 March 2015
The CDC reports that one in four people living with HIV are women. Here are answers to the most frequent questions about HIV among women.

Rapid rise in PrEP awareness in US gay men, but only 5% have used PrEP
Aidsmap, 10 March 2016
US surveys show that a high percentage of gay men is informed about PrEP, but just a small percentage concentrated in a few urban areas actually use it.
See also:
In Their Own Words: Why We Take PrEP
HIV Plus Mag, 3 March 2016
Interview to gay and bi men who explain why they decided to go on PrEP.

Crystal Meth Use is Strongly Linked to Sexual Acquisition of Hepatitis C in HIV-Positive Gay Men
Poz, 6 March 2016
A Canadian study has examined the factors associated with Hepatitis C infection in MSM.

Aging and HIV: Top Questions and Answers
The Body, 8 March 2016
Health experts -- a few of whom are experiencing growing older with HIV firsthand -- respond to a wide range of readers' questions about ageing with HIV.
See also:
First Look at Big 75-and-Older HIV Group--Diagnosed at Age 62.....much higher rates of comorbidities among older HIV+ - 40% with 2 or more, 14% with 4 or more comorbidities
NATAP, 25 February 2016

Switzerland: Two (alleged) HIV transmission convictions this month despite many positive changes in law
HIV Justice, 22 February 2016
Despite a Supreme Court ruling that HIV transmission may no longer be automatically considered a serious assault, in Switzerland there have been two HIV transmission prosecutions using the old article 122.
See also:
Study: Laws Making HIV-Positive People Tell Their Sex Partners Don’t Actually Accomplish Anything
Think Progress, 4 March 2016

One dose does NOT fit all for HIV: Drugs that prevent infection are 'less effective in women - meaning they need higher doses'
Daily Mail, 7 March 2016
Scientists at the University of North Carolina have found that - while men can take PrEP just twice a week - women need a daily dose because the drug accumulates in a different way in the various body tissues.

Updated U.S. Guidelines for Antiretroviral Treatment of Children with HIV
HIV and Hepatitis, 8 March 2016
The guidelines now recommend that all children with HIV start antiretroviral therapy regardless of CD4 T-cell count, viral load, or clinical symptoms.

START study shows that people starting HIV treatment earlier have better quality of life
Aidsmap, 7 March 2016
This large randomised START study shows a modest but statistically significant improvement in the quality of life for people who start HIV treatment. This study also takes in consideration the concerns about the medications’ side effects.

Antioxidants improve lung immune markers in HIV-infected patients who are immune non-responders
Medical Xpress, 8 March 2016
Some people with HIV infection can experience a limited recovery of their T cell counts after they start treatment, even though the virus is well controlled.  Scientists have found that some supplements can improve the function of immune cells in some organs.

The Rare Super-Antibodies That Destroy HIV
The Atlantic, 10 March 2016
Scientists are studying the origin of the elite antibodies. These antibodies are sometimes produced by the body in advanced phase of HIV infection, when the virus is already mutating. Researchers are trying to induce them in the early stages of the infection.


HIV and hepatitis C co-infect over 2 million people worldwide
Medical News Today, 9 March 2016
A study on HIV/HCV coinfection has found that an estimated 2.3 million people living with HIV are co-infected with hepatitis C.



How to Have Sex in a New Epidemic of STIs
The Body, 2 March 2016
LGBT health expert and HIV activist talks about PrEP and STIs and gives advice on prevention, testing and education.



LGBT detainees suffer higher rates of violence, states new UN report
United Nations, 9 March 2016
A new United Nations human rights report explores the link between gender and torture and shows that LGBT detainees suffer more acts of violence than the general population in custody.

CROI 2016: Transgender People at High Risk for HIV, But Little Is Known About Prevention and Treatment
HIV and Hepatitis, 8 March 2016
A growing number of studies and prevention and treatment programs are addressing transgender populations. Various factors make transgender people more susceptible to HIV infection and less likely to use prevention methods or access treatment if they become infected.

This is why intersex people are fighting for their rights in the UK
Gay Star News, 7 March 2016
The UK medical establishment routinely treats intersex people with cruelty and disrespect: yet public and politicians remain woefully unaware of this. Activists are now starting a campaign for intersex rights.
See also:
How would you feel if your doctor mutilated your genitals without your consent?
Gay Star News, 8 March 2016


Sexual Health

TUSLA and the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme Publish Report on the Sexual Health and Sexuality Education Needs of Young People in Care (SENYPIC)
HSE, 10 March 2016
The report describes the sexual education and sexual health needs of young people in care in Ireland, the approaches used by professionals engaged in providing sex education and sexual healthcare and the challenges they experience in undertaking this work.

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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 23rd March.  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 19th March. Doors open 1:30pm.

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

Join the Just Carry One campaign and promote safer sex 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

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


VHI Women’s Mini Marathon
Taking part in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in June? Join ‘Team HIV Ireland’ and help raise vital funds for our range of services.  Email brona.cousins@hivireland for details.
Diceman 20th Anniversary Posters

Thom McGinty – The Diceman and HIV Activist - 20th Anniversary Commemorative Limited Edition Posters for sale at HIV Ireland.  All proceeds go to HIV Ireland.  Email for details.

HIV and sexual health information for men who have sex with men.

HIV and Sexual Health Helpline

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Gay Switchboard Ireland
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