HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
27 May 2016



HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Weeks 20, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 4 new cases for week 20 2016, bringing the total to 206 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.

DIY sampling kits accessed through gay men's social media unearth new HIV cases
Medical Xpress, 24 May 2106
Results of the testing programme carried out by 56 Dean Street Clinic show that outreach on social media can encourage men at high risk for HIV to get themselves tested.

The First Dates star with HIV who lost his partner to the disease - and his desperate race to help the charity that saved his life
Daily Mail, 24 May 2016
Thomas Lange – living with HIV since he was 18 - has launched a petition to stop the cut of funding which will affect HIV support services and charities across the UK.
See also:
HIV services 'under threat' from funding cuts
ITV, 24 May 2016

HIV ‘test and treat’ strategy can save lives – but it needs to be easier for patients to start treatment
The Conversation, 19 May 2016
Under the new WHO “test and treat” global guidelines, it is crucial to get people started on treatment without long waiting times or multiple clinic visits.

American gay men’s use of condoms has been falling for a decade, regardless of serosorting or PrEP
Aidsmap, 24 May 2016
According to CDC researchers, there has been a long-term decline in condom use by MSM in the USA, and this trend cannot be explained by or linked to serosorting, seropositioning, PrEP use or HIV treatment.

The stigma around not using HIV medication
Star Observer, 26 May 2016
When Sarah was first diagnosed with HIV, she was advised by her doctor that she didn’t have to go on treatment if she didn’t want to. After a while she began to feel the pressure and stigma faced by HIV-positive people who choose not to go on treatment.

Thousands of men sign up to trial HIV drug in NSW
ABC, 23 May 2016
The Kirby Institute in Australia will carry out a PrEP trial in order to reduce the high number of new HIV cases among MSM.

National Nurse-led Audit of the Standards for Psychological Support for Adults Living with HIV
National HIV Nurses Association, 2016
Results of a survey on how the standards of care for psychological support for people living with HIV are being met within HIV specialist services across the UK.

Positive on PrEP
Poz, 16 May 2016
Meet three men who got HIV after starting PrEP. How did this happen, and how are they doing today?

How I tested HIV positive — nine times — while pregnant
Ozy, 26 May 2016
A story of false-positive test results during pregnancy, and why this can happen.

HRC participates in ‘HIV is not a crime II conference’, advocates to end bad HIV laws
HRC, 24 May 2016
Review of the international conference on HIV criminalisation held at the University of Alabama.

Poor mental health more commonly experienced by gay and bisexual men who are younger, poorer, less educated or black
Aidsmap, 20 May 2016
According to the Stonewall Gay & Bisexual Men’s Health Survey, in addition to an overall mental health inequality between the sexual majority and sexual minorities, other common inequalities persist within sexual minorities.

Young Women In Kenya More Likely To Get Tested For HIV When Sent Weekly Texts About Sexual Health
Medical Daily, 24 May 2016
A new study reviews the results of sending once-a-week texts about HIV, contraceptives, sexually transmitted disease, and pregnancy to college students in rural Kenya.

Increase in number of New Zealanders diagnosed with HIV
NZ Herald, 24 May 2016
Data recently released by the AIDS Epidemiology Group at the University of Otago in New Zealand show an increasing number of HIV cases in recent years.
HIV activism: 'It feels more like social work than my day job in adult services'
The Guardian, 25 May 2016
“I want people with HIV to live free from oppression, and for the NHS and social services to become HIV-neutral in their activities.”

Antiretroviral therapy may not be enough to reduce HIV-associated arterial inflammation
Eureka Alert, 25 May 2016
There is strong evidence that people living with HIV have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke compared with uninfected individuals with the same traditional risk factors. New findings suggest that additional strategies may be needed in order to reduce dangerous arterial inflammation among HIV positive patients.



Spike in youths coming out after Irish referendum
Star Observer, 23 May 2016
The number of young people coming out in Ireland has increased by almost 40 per cent since a referendum for marriage equality passed a year ago.

Gay men will be offered HPV vaccine under new pilot scheme
Pink News, 26 May 2016
UK government has confirmed that gay men will be offered HPV vaccines in England for the first time, as the vaccination scheme included so far only young girls.


Sex Work

Amnesty International publishes policy and research on protection of sex workers’ rights
Amnesty International USA, 26 May 2016
Amnesty International has published its policy on protecting sex workers from human rights violations and abuses, along with four research reports on these issues in Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Norway and Argentina.
You can read the policy here:
Amnesty International policy on State obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of sex workers
Amnesty International, 26 May 2016
See also:
Amnesty International Ireland report backs decriminalisation of consensual sex work
Breaking News, 26 May 2016
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HIV Ireland Annual Report 2015
The 2015 Annual Report of HIV Ireland has been published and can be viewed at


Free HIV testing
clinic at HIV Ireland

The next HIV and STI testing clinic at HIV Ireland takes place on Wednesday 8th 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

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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