HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
9 October 2015



HPSC - Weekly HIV & STI Report - Week 39, 2015
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show 8 new cases for week 39-2015, bringing the total to 349 HIV new notifications for 2015 to date.

Healthy Ireland Survey 2015 – Summary of Findings
Department of Health, 7 October 2015
The Department of Health has published The Healthy Ireland Survey. Sexual health findings at page 56.
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Fears over gay men practising unsafe sex
Irish Independent, 9 October 2015
More than half of men who recently had sex with another man did not use a condom. Results from the Healthy Ireland Survey show that risky sex is widespread among gay men and also people who are not in committed relationships.

Dear Candace and Raven, Here's How Not to Interview a Person Living With HIV
HIV Plus Mag, 7 October 2015
Actor Danny Pintauro has recently disclosed that he is HIV positive. During a TV interview, almost every single question that he has been asked can serve as an example of what not to ask a person who just revealed their HIV-positive status.
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Who’s the Poz? Danny Pintauro and the HIV blame game
Gay News Network, 7 October 2015
A public disclosure on HIV status is powerful, but it is not easy to manage.

Can HIV Be Transmitted Orally?
Care2, 8 October 2015
Danny Pintauro interview raises various issues about HIV and MSM, including meth use, low-risk activities and transmission, and stigma affecting people living with HIV.

Not Suppressed: Managing Feelings When Undetectable Remains Elusive
The Body, 1 October 2015
Despite HIV treatment, the viral load can fluctuate from undetectable to detectable again, depriving the patient of the psychological and medical safety net of being "undetectable".

Providing education and care for the newly diagnosed patient
The Body, 5 October 2015
HIV patients can find difficult to adhere to their antiretroviral treatment. Many are unable to take medication because are struggling to meet other basic needs, while others face mental or social challenges that undermine their HIV treatment.

Why Some HIV-Positive People May Be Reluctant to Start Therapy
The Body, September/October 2015
Researchers in Australia have conducted a study to understand the reasons why some HIV positive people have either not started HIV treatment or did initiate therapy but later interrupted it and have not resumed taking it.

Recent infection and ART treatment interruptions are key periods for HIV transmission
Aidsmap, 5 October 2015
According to a new study, a large proportion of HIV transmissions occur during the first stages of infection or during treatment interruptions. Experts therefore highlight the need for early diagnosis, retention in care and adherence.

Ending the workplace stigma of HIV
HR Magazine, 5 October 2015
Ruth Burns - Work Positive programme co-ordinator at the Terrence Higgins Trust - explains how with the right training and support HIV positive people can be valuable additions to any workforce.

HIV carrier's 'nightmare' move
West Briton, 5 October 2015
Britain's longest surviving HIV positive man John Percy is still being bullied because of his condition - nearly 35 years after he was diagnosed.

Sick ‘joke’ apps allow users to ‘prank’ friends into thinking they are HIV positive
Pink News, 1 October 2015
Charity THT says that apps like these undermine efforts by people living with HIV to normalise and destigmatise HIV that - although now a long-term, manageable condition - is not a joke for people living with it.

Almost 70 patients tested for HIV and hepatitis after nurse is caught reusing a syringe while giving flu shots at New Jersey offices
Daily Mail, 6 October 2015
Healthcare provider confirmed that the nurse contracted to carry out the flu shots had 'failed to follow proper medical procedures and safeguards' as she reused the syringe multiple times.

What to Eat When You Have HIV
Web MD, October 2015
Nutrition and weight loss/gain advice for people living with HIV.

Starting HIV Treatment for Newly Diagnosed Patients
The Body, 5 October 2015
For HIV care providers, one of the most debated questions has been when to start antiretroviral therapy for patients living with HIV. However, now the answer to when to start is the same for all patients, including those newly diagnosed.

HIV vaccine to be tested on people
Baltimore Sun, 8 October 2015
The Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland has launched its Phase 1 clinical trials of a novel HIV vaccine developed by a research team led by Dr Robert C. Gallo.

Women are missing from HIV drug trials
Reuters, 2 October 2015
A research review confirms that, although women make up nearly half of the world’s HIV cases, they remain largely excluded from clinical trials testing drugs, vaccines and potential cures for the virus.

WAVES Study Shows HIV Treatment Efficacy Differs Between Women and Men
The Body, 2 October 2015
WAVES is the first-ever clinical trial of antiretrovirals enrolling only women. Results indicated that an all-female group of patients might respond slightly differently to ART regimens.

Women with HIV at greater risk for cancer
The Peak, 5 October 2015
A new study suggests that – despite the advance in HIV treatment - women who are living with HIV may be more likely to develop certain types of cancer.

Detecting HIV diagnostic antibodies with DNA nanomachines
Eureka Alert, 6 October 2015
A nanoscale machine composed of synthetic DNA can be used for the rapid, sensitive and low-cost diagnosis of many diseases, including HIV.

Science won't stop until it beats AIDS, says HIV pioneer
Yahoo News, 9 October 2015
Francoise Barre Sinoussi talks about HIV cure and remission.



A Brief Insight into Public Injecting in Glasgow City Centre
Word Press, 5 October 2015
NHS Addiction Services, drugs use and harm reduction in Glasgow.


Police say man with hepatitis charged with assault for attempting to spit on officer
Union Leader, 7 October 2015
US: a man with Hepatitis C has been charged with attempted second degree assault and reckless conduct with a deadly weapon charges for allegedly trying to spit on a police officer.

People who inject drugs should have access to hepatitis C treatment, expert panel recommends
Aidsmap, 7 October 2015
The recommendations are published in the International Journal of Drug Policy and encourage health professionals to offer treatment and social support to all people who inject drugs diagnosed with Hepatitis C.
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Human rights and access to hepatitis C treatment for people who inject drugs
Drug Policy, October 2015

9 Things People with Hepatitis C Wish Their Doctors Would Do
Everyday Health, October 2015
Based on their own experiences, here are nine things hepatitis C patients and advocates wish their doctors would do.



Why some women get HIV but others don't: Bacteria in the vagina dubbed a 'biological condom TRAPS the virus, preventing infection'
Daily Mail, 7 October 2015
HIV particles are effectively trapped by the cervicovaginal mucus from women who harbour a particular vaginal bacteria species. The findings could lead to new ways to reduce or block vaginal transmission of HIV and other STIs.



Gay couple lose court fight for equal pension rights
BBC News, 6 October 2015
A gay man has lost a legal bid for his husband to be recognised with the same pension rights as a wife would have in a heterosexual relationship.
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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 October.  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 17th October. 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

GMHS Clinic
Free HIV and STI testing at the Gay Men’s Health Service Clinic (GMHS) every Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.  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

HIV and STIs: a one-day Workshop
Our next one-day workshop on HIV and STIs takes place on Tuesday 3rd November.  More information and booking forms at

 Personal Development Course
Brought to you by the Gay Health Network, the next Personal Development Course for gay and bisexual men commences on Tuesday 3rd November for six weeks.  For more info and bookings email

Join the Just Carry One campaign and promote safer sex at
Stigma Experiences:
Gay Men living with HIV

Queens University Belfast are conducting a study that aims to explore stigma in gay men living with HIV, and how this influences well-being and management of HIV medication.  Participation in the study is in the form of an online questionnaire available here:



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HIV and Sexual Health Helpline

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Gay Switchboard Ireland
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