HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
1 July 2016



HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Week 25, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 16 new cases for week 25 - 2016, bringing the total to 270 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.

Chemsex: How Ireland can get ahead of the curve
The Irish Times, 28 June 2016
Adam Shanley, director of Gay Switchboard Ireland, talks about the rise of the chemsex scene in Dubllin.

Lifting of blood ban welcome - but system will still discriminate against gay men in relationships
The Journal, 27 June 2016
Ireland’s total ban on MSM donating blood will be lifted, but with a one year deferral period after last sexual contact.

Canada’s limitations on gay blood donations ‘ridiculous’: HIV researchers
Global News, 28 June 2016
Canada’s current limitations on blood donations from MSM don’t match the science, according to some HIV researchers. Currently, Canadian gay men can donate blood if they have not had sex with a man for at least five years. On next August, that waiting period will be reduced to one year.

UK HIV charities make history in campaign for PrEP at Pride in London
Gay Star news, 25 June 2016
The biggest HIV and LGBTI sexual health charities - including Terrence Higgins Trust, National AIDS Trust, GMFA, and 56 Dean Street – have marched together at the Gay Pride in London demanding the NHS to implement PrEP in the UK.

Why We Should Pay for the Pill to Stop You Getting HIV
The Huffington post, 27 June 2016
Gus Cairns, HIV prevention campaigner explains why the UK National Health Service should fund to implement PrEP.

At Sex Parties, PrEP Takes HIV Disclosure Off the Table
Beta Blog, 27 June 2016
PrEP is changing the landscape of sex parties and other group sex events, helping to break down barriers between people who are positive and negative and helping people who are HIV-negative stay that way.

Free home HIV tests offered to gay men and black Africans in ‘groundbreaking’ pilot scheme
THT, 27 June 2016
Terrence Higgins Trust has linked up with BioSure to launch a new pilot scheme, releasing 4,500 free HIV tests which are available to people at high risk of HIV, including MSM and Africans.

This interactive map shows where people with HIV live in the US — and it points to some distressing trends
Business Insider, 23 June 2016
AIDSVu – a project presented by the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in partnership with Gilead Sciences - has launched new maps visualising changes in the US HIV epidemic.

When and How to Treat Depression -- and How to Make It Easier
The Body, Summer 2016
Guidelines for healthcare providers on when and how to start treating depressive symptoms in people living with HIV and when to refer these patients to a specialist. The article also examines non-drug therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy and pharmacological treatments.

Antiretrovirals: A Success Story. Celebrating 20 years of effective HIV treatment
Poz, 24 June 2016
Evolution of the ART treatment, from the devastating side effects caused by the first generation drugs to safer and more manageable new medications.  
See also:
Which First-Line HIV Treatment Regimen Is Least Toxic? An HIV Doc Responds
The Body, 27 June 2016

The HIV Treatment Pipeline
Poz, 24 June 2016
Review of established and new HIV treatments available, not only for the virus itself, but also for co-morbidities.

Five Exciting HIV Prevention Studies We’re Paying Attention To
Beta Blog, 1 July 2016
Here are some clinical trials which might the next breakthrough for HIV prevention and treatment: long-acting PrEP injections, vaccines, vaginal rings, and antibodies.

Scientists stabilize HIV structure, design potential AIDS vaccine candidates
Medical Xpress, 28 June 2016
Study on the shape-shifting ability which allows the HIV virus to infect new cells, and on nanoparticles – already used for other vaccines - that could mimic HIV causing the body to produce antibodies for long-term protection against the real virus.

ART use averting huge numbers of opportunistic infections among children living with HIV in lower-income countries
Aidsmap, 27 June 2016
A new meta-analysis shows that - thanks to antiretroviral therapy - there has been a decrease in cases of many opportunistic infections among children living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries.

Could mimicking infants' immune response produce a faster-acting HIV vaccine?
Medical News Today, 27 June 2016
Various studies now focus on infants antibodies, on how they differ from adults antibodies in producing a neutralising response, and how this could be used to produce a fast-acting HIV vaccine.

PRO-140 antibody injections maintain viral suppression in phase 2 study
Aidsmap, 28 June 2016
According to a recent study, subcutaneous injections of PRO 140 (a monoclonal antibody that blocks HIV entry into cells) have been well tolerated and have maintained undetectable viral load for more than a year after stopping ART in people with viral suppression.



Joined-up service delivery is key for Hep C care
Irish Medical Times, 29 June 2016
An Irish-led collaborative initiative involving four EU countries is aiming to improve the efficacy of hepatitis C treatment by bringing point-of-care testing to ‘at-risk’ groups and supporting them through their treatment.

Vaccination could have important role in control of UK HCV epidemic among people who inject drugs
Info Hep, 29 June 2016
A model study shows that vaccination could reduce the incidence and prevalence of hepatitis C virus among people who inject drugs.



NUI Galway students' union secures on campus STIs clinic
Campus, 27 June 2016
From September, NUI Galway students will be able to get tested for STI’s for free at the clinic which will operate from the Student Health Unit.


LGBT community calls for hate crime legislation in Ireland
Newstalk, 30 June 2016
The 'Burning Issues 2' research carried out by the National LGBT Federation shows that Ireland is in need of hate legislation as bullying and violence are the biggest concerns facing the gay community.
You can read the full report here: Burning Issues 2
See also:
Consultation with LGBT community discovers hate crimes are going unpunished
Irish Examiner, 30 July 2016


Sex Work

Sex work must be decriminalised, government report warns
UK Independent, 1 July 2016
The Home Select Committee report has warned current legislation means sex workers are at risk of abuse and violence and called for urgent reform.

How sex work can improve your neighbourhood
UK Independent, 1 July 2016
The sex industry, specifically sex work and prostitution, has long been perceived and regulated as a “dirty and disorderly” feature of residential communities. So far, there has been little detailed or systematic research on the impacts of sex work on residential communities.
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Flash! PrEP in Europe – online survey

A Europe-wide online survey which aims to assess the acceptability of PrEP as a HIV prevention method, exploring attitudes based on knowledge of, interest in and intention to use PrEP, as well as the actual use of PrEP.  The survey is available online until 13th July 2016 at




Free HIV testing
clinic at HIV Ireland

The next HIV and STI testing clinic at HIV Ireland takes place on Wednesday 13th July.  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 16th July. 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

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

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


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