HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
9 June 2016



HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Weeks 22, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 17 new cases for week 22 2016, bringing the total to 231 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.
HIV In Ireland - 2015 Provisional Data
HPSC, 9 June 2016
Presentation report on HIV cases diagnosed in Ireland notified to HPSC in 2015.

On the Fast-Track to end AIDS
UNAIDS 2016–2021 Strategy
UNAIDS calls to action to get on the Fast-Track in order to drastically reduce new HIV infections, to give everybody access to life-saving services, while defending civil, cultural, economic, political, social, sexual and reproductive rights.

2016 United Nations political declaration on ending AIDS sets world on the Fast-Track to end the epidemic by 2030
UNAIDS, 8 June 2016
A new Political Declaration on Ending AIDS has been adopted by Member States at the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS. The Political Declaration includes a set of specific, time-bound targets that must be reached by 2020 to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: On the Fast-Track to Accelerate the Fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030
UNAIDS, 7 June 2016
Full text of UNAIDS declaration.

UN pledges to end Aids epidemic but plan barely mentions those most at risk
The Guardian, 8 June 2016
Activists have criticized the summit for excluding gay and transgender organizations and have walked out in protest after the new strategy has been adopted.

Cost is biggest barrier to PrEP in Europe, ECDC declares
Aidsmap, 3 June 2016
Results of ECDC survey of 31 European countries and PrEP use. The cost of pre-exposure prophylaxis medications seems to be the biggest barrier to implementation, followed by moral or medical objections and by the difference among healthcare systems.

NHS watchdog to weigh cost of HIV prevention drug Prep
BBC News, 7 June 2016
After campaigners have declared they will seek a judicial review of NHS England's decision not to commission the HIV prevention treatment, the NHS watchdog NICE has been asked by government to look at the cost of providing Prep.

Legal Move To Force NHS To Provide HIV Drug
Sky News, 7 June 2016
National Aids Trust is launching a legal battle to push the NHS into providing the HIV prevention treatment.
See also:
National AIDS Trust letter to NHS

WHO validates countries’ elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis
WHO, 8 June 2016
The World Health Organization congratulates Thailand and Belarus for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis and Armenia and Moldova for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis..
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Thailand becomes first country in Asia to eliminate mother-child HIV spread
Telegraph, 8 June 2016
As announced by the WHO, Thailand has become the first country in Asia to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.

The Two Main Reasons HIV is Still Around After All These Years
Undispatch, 6 June 2016
Health services are failing in both prevention and treatment among young women, and among drug users, sex workers, transgender people, and men who have sex with men.

Gay sex in Australia: casual sex up, condom use down as drug reduces fear of HIV
The Age, 9 June 2016
An increasing number of MSM in Australia is using PrEP to prevent HIV transmission buying the generic and much cheaper version of PrEP from abroad.
See also:
Gay Community Periodic Survey: Melbourne 2016
The Melbourne Gay Community Periodic Survey is a cross-sectional survey of sexually active MSM recruited from various gay communities in Melbourne. The survey provides data on sexual, drug use and testing practices related to the transmission of HIV and other STIs among MSM.

Nearly 100 British troops have caught HIV, with more than 10,000 STD cases since 2012
The Mirror, 6 June 2016
Figures released in a Freedom of Information request show that in the last four years almost 10,000 British troops contracted various kinds of STIs, including syphilis and HIV.

June 5 Marks 35 Years Since First Report of AIDS
HIV and Hepatitis, 6 June 2016
The 5th of June 1981the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published an article about a mysterious cluster of Pneumocystis pneumonia cases among formerly healthy gay men in Los Angeles, followed by multiple cases of PCP and Kaposi sarcoma, in the MSM population in California and New York.


How to meet the first-ever global hepatitis targets
IA Society, 6 June 2016
The first-ever global targets on viral hepatitis have been recently declared at the 69th World Health Assembly: reduction of hepatitis B and C infections by 90% and mortality by 65%, through universal coverage with prevention, testing and treatment services.

France to provide universal access to hepatitis C treatment
Aidsmap, 2 June 2016
France will provide access to hepatitis C treatment to everyone diagnosed with hepatitis C from September 2016. Immediate access to hepatitis C treatment will also be granted to groups at high risk of transmitting hepatitis C. Access to treatment will however not be available for people who acquired hepatitis C through transfusion or contaminated blood products.

New HCV therapies unaffordable to health systems and individuals
Aidsmap, 9 June 2016
According to a new study, the pricing of the new Hep C treatments makes them unaffordable for many health systems even in richer countries.


Sex Work

No charges under Northern Irish sex work law
The Times, 8 June 2016
No one has been charged under legislation that makes it illegal to pay for sex in Northern Ireland, a year after it was introduced.

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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 22nd
June.  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 18th June. 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

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


HIV and sexual health information for men who have sex with men.

HIV and Sexual Health Helpline

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Gay Switchboard Ireland
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