HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
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.
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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



Hepatitis B testing should be done before hepatitis C treatment due to risk of HBV reactivation
Aidsmap, 7 October 2016
Recent updates to American and European hepatitis C treatment guidelines recommend that people considering treatment for Hepatitis C should be first tested for Hepatitis B, as HepC treatment can cause HBV reactivation and worsen liver disease.


Sexual Health

Young people say that sex and relationships education in schools is negative and out of touch
Aidsmap, 4 October 2016
A review of 55 separate studies of sex and relationships education (SRE) in UK schools shows that young people consider the SRE provided as narrow-minded and badly delivered by untrained teachers.


Sex Work 

Groundbreaking Legal Opinion Finds Government Bill Harmful for Sex Workers
SWAI, 4 October 2016
SWAI has released a pivotal legal opinion by Senior Counsel Michael Lynn on Part 4 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015 which deals with sex work.
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Criminalising the purchase of sex ‘likely to violate human rights’
Irish Legal News, 4 October 2016

Sex Workers Speak: What Our Work Means
HIV Plus mag, 5 October 2016
LGBT sex workers talk about their jobs, activism, gender, and HIV.
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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 12th October.  This is a free, walk-in service.  For more details and further testing dates see


Free HIV and STI testing at The Red Door Project, Drogheda

***New*** Free HIV and STI testing clinics at the Red Door Project, St. Mary’s School Convent, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.  Third Wednesday of every month.  The next clinic takes place on Wednesday 19th October.  This is a free, walk-in service (no appointment needed).

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 15th October. Doors open 1:30 pm.


***New*** 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


KnowNow Rapid HIV Testing (Dublin)

Free, friendly and confidential rapid HIV testing available at Outhouse LGBT Community Centre, at PantiBar, at The Boilerhouse sauna and at the George Bar.  For days and times of testing see

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

A new harm reduction information campaign about Snow Blow and HIV launched on Irish AIDS Day 2016 by HIV Ireland the Ana Liffey Drug Project.  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

HIV: Laid Bare

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