HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
12 February 2016




HPSC - Weekly HIV & STI Report - Weeks 5, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show 18 new cases for week 5-2016, bringing the total to 54 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.

1st All-Ireland Conference for People living with HIV
Positive Now, 11 February 2016
Positive Now, network organisation for people living with HIV, has announced the 1st All-Ireland Conference For People Living with HIV - 27th February 2016. The conference will include talks on collaborative research, immune response and therapy, HIV transmission criminalisation, and clinical information for stigma reduction. For more info email

Around 200 people in Northern Ireland are HIV positive but don't even know it, research finds
Belfast Live, 11 February 2016
NI HIV charity Positive Life has called on “people to take charge of their sexual health in response to the increasing prevalence of HIV in Northern Ireland”.

HIV Surveillance by Race/Ethnicity - U.S.
HIV Insight, 6 February 2016
Detailed presentation on HIV infections in the U.S. The demographics include ethnicity, gender, age groups, sexual orientation, stage of infection, modes of transmission, and geographic areas.

New Report and Monitoring Tool: HIV, HCV, TB and Harm Reduction in Prisons
IRHA, 11 February 2016
According to a new report from Harm Reduction International, there is an enormous gap between health and human rights standards and their effective implementation in places of detention. The report identifies some of the most important human rights and public health standards relating to HIV, HCV and TB in prisons, and the vital role of harm reduction provision in ensuring them.
You can read the report here:
HIV, HCV, TB AND HARM REDUCTION IN PRISONS Human Rights, Minimum Standards and Monitoring at the European and International Levels

First ever HIV-positive to HIV-positive liver transplant to take place in a move that will 'give thousands a new chance at life'
Daily Mail, 8 February 2016
HIV-positive patients in the U.S. will now be able to donate their organs to save the lives of others. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore has been given the green light to become the first center in the country to perform HIV-positive to HIV-positive transplants.
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Survival and outcome analysis shows that selected HIV-positive patients are good candidates for liver and kidney transplant
Aidsmap, 11 February 2016

Gilead Seeks Approval of Truvada as PrEP in Europe
Poz, 1 February 2016
Gilead Sciences has filed for approval of Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis with the European Medicines Agency (EMA). If validated by the EMA, PrEP will be approved for use along with safer sex practices in all 28 member states of the European Union.

Editorial: Consistent use of ART vital in HIV/Aids fight
The Herald, 9 February 2016
A study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal reviews the recent reports of HIV drugs resistance and links this problem to poor adherence.

Neurosyphilis present in 90% of HIV-positive patients with early syphilis in Warsaw
Aidsmap, 9 February 2016
Polish investigators report that there is a significant relationship between HIV viral load and the risk of neurosyphilis. Incidence of the sexually transmitted infection syphilis is high among patients with HIV, most especially among men who have sex with men, and incidence has risen since 2000.

Study: Sending fewer men to prison may slow spread of HIV
UPI, 9 February 2016
According to a computer model developed at the University of Michigan, reducing the number of men who go to jail could help to slow the spread of HIV, as well as decrease the number of sexual partners both men and women have.

Positive Proof
Poz, 9 February 2016
How one couple lives and loves long-term with HIV.

Online HIV tests to be expanded in B.C.
CBC, 9 February 2016
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control is expanding an innovative pilot program that lets patients sign up and get test results for HIV and other STIs.

Home HIV testing gets the green light
Health 24, 9 February 2016
South Africa pharmacists are now allowed to sell take-home HIV testing kits.



Are States Obligated To Provide Expensive Hepatitis C Drugs?
KHN News, 10 February 2016
Several class actions have been filed in the last eight months in US federal courts against states that have denied highly effective but costly hepatitis C drugs to Medicaid patients and prisoners.




Students’ union campaigns on STIs
Clare Champion, 8 February 2016
Students at six campuses around the country are taking part in "Shag Week", the annual sexual health campaign organised by the Union of Students in Ireland. Students are being urged to get themselves tested for STIs.

Can herpes contribute to cognitive decline?
Medical News Today, 5 February 2016
A new study finds that certain chronic viral infections - including HSV-2 - may contribute to cognitive decline in healthy older adults.


Sexual Health

Women in Zika-hit areas told 'cover up your skin and practise safe sex'
Irish Independent, 11 February 2016
The World Health Organization has advised women in areas with the Zika virus to protect themselves, especially during pregnancy, by covering up against mosquitoes and practising safe sex.


Sex Work

Resolution on Sex Work
TENI, 11 February 2016
Transgender Equality Network Ireland has published a resolution supporting the human rights of  all sex workers and acknowledges trans sex workers as valued members of the transgender community.


Other Articles

Ministers Flanagan & Sherlock announce over €60 million in funding for Irish NGOs
DFA, 8 February 2016
Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Development Minister Sean Sherlock have announced €61.34 million funding for 2016 to support NGOs carrying out long-term development programmes across Africa, Asia, South and Central America and the Middle East.
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Let’s Talk About Sex

COCO Television is getting flirty with ‘Pixie’s Sex Clinic’, a new 3-part series for RTÉ2 that explores the world of sex amongst young adults in Ireland, and are looking for people between the ages of 18 and 30 to get involved.  More information at


Free HIV testing
clinic at HIV Ireland

The next HIV and STI testing clinic at HIV Ireland takes place on Wednesday 24th February.  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 20th February. 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


Let’s Talk About…Safer Sex
Our next four-day training for trainers programme commences on Tuesday 23rd February.  Details at


Join the Just Carry One campaign and promote safer sex at

HIV: Laid Bare

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

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.

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Gay Switchboard Ireland
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