7 October 2016
HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Week 39, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 6 new cases for week 39 - 2016, bringing the total to 396 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.
Report on Antenatal HIV Testing in Ireland
HPSC, 6 October 2016
This report is based on data from the antenatal HIV screening programme in Ireland in 2015.
No Proof of New HIV Cure, Despite Headlines -- Here's What We Know
The Body, 3 October 2016
Article debunking the recent media headlines on the recent ‘HIV cure’ story, explaining the facts behind the news.
A new treatment appears to have erased HIV from a patient’s blood
Science Alert, 2 October 2016
The first of 50 patients to complete a trial for a new HIV treatment in the UK is showing no signs of the virus in his blood. Scientists warn that the presence of anti-HIV drugs in the man's body mean it's difficult to tell whether traces of the virus are actually gone for good.
'Infuriating': People With HIV, Doctors, Advocates Speak Out on Bad 'HIV Cure' Reporting
The Body, 4 October 2016
Misleading media headlines on the ‘HIV cure’ can create false hopes, confusion and distress in many people living with HIV.
'Remarkable' progress made with new HIV treatment
RTE, 2 October 2016
A HIV-positive British man has shown "remarkable" progress after a pioneering treatment.
HIV charity chief warns against 'false hope' of scientific breakthrough and calls for more support for patients
Evening Standard, 4 October 2016
The CEO of the Terrence Higgins Trust has praised a potential cure for the virus but warned it should be treated with “cautious optimism” to avoid giving false hope to patients.
Interview: Panti Bliss on the long-haul flight that is life with HIV
Daily News San Francisco, 30 September 2016
Panti Bliss talks about activism, HIV and older age, encouraging people living with HIV to take control of their lives.
HIV infections in gay men remain at record-high levels
Pink News, 4 October 2016
Public Health England has released a new report
on HIV transmission, with latest data showing that transmissions among MSM have reached a new record high.
Promising trends continue in UK diagnosis and treatment rates
Aidsmap, 7 October 2016
Public Health England has published partial data from the upcoming full report on HIV diagnoses, late diagnosis, and treatment uptake in the UK.
Study provides important insights into impact of late HIV testing
News Medical 7 October 2016
This study, carried out at the Riverside University of California, reviews data from HIV surveillance and medical records to identify risk factors for late-testing.
Gay men with overlapping partnerships are more likely to be recently and locally infected
Aidsmap, 7 October 2016
A study analysing transmission patterns between gay men in a cohort of patients on San Diego, California has found the strongest scientific evidence so far that concurrency – having ongoing sexual relationships with more than one partner at the same time – is an independent predictor of HIV transmission.
Ireland gives Shs74b to fight HIV in Karamoja
Daily Monitor, 5 October 2016
The Irish Ambassador to Uganda has launched a new five-year Shs74b programme to support the fight against the epidemic in Karamoja. Irish Aid is also funding in the same area on education, social protection and governance.
Terrance Higgins HIV charity fears for its patients as funding for services is moved to “mainstream” providers
Southwark News, 7 October 2016
The Terrence Higgins Trust will no longer operate in Southwark, Lewisham and Lambeth – a decision made by each borough’s NHS clinical commissioning group. These services will be managed by Lambeth Council, while HIV patients in Southwark will be seen to by Citizens Advice and other “mainstream services”.
NICE backs efficacy of Truvada for HIV PrEP
Pharma Times, 7 October 2016
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published an evidence summary on the use of Truvada for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis in adults at high risk of infection.
Ban on gay men giving blood to end in new year
Irish Independent, 2 October 2016
Gay men will be able to donate a year after being sexually active or five years after being cleared of a sexually transmitted disease.
AIDS2016 discussion held in Dublin
Yeah English, 29 September 2016
The Irish Forum for Global Health, Concern Worldwide, Dochas and the Centre for Global Health have co-hosted a feedback session on the Aids2016 conference which recently took place in Durban.
Most gay men not aware of treatment to protect them from HIV
Eureka Alert, 6 October 2016
A new study carried out in the US, Baltimore area, shows that only four in 10 MSM are aware of PrEP as HIV prevention option, even those who had recently visited a doctor or been tested for a STI..
Cells infected by HIV defend themselves, research shows
Science Daily, 4 October 2016
T cells, important in the immune system, defend themselves when infected by HIV. Until now, it was considered that these cells were not aware of their infection by the virus.
Study finds patients diagnosed late are more likely to transmit HIV to others
Medical Xpress, 4 October 2016
New research from the UCR School of Medicine and the Riverside University Health System shows that patients diagnosed late in the course of HIV infection are more likely to transmit HIV to others