HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
21 October 2016




HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Week 41, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 6 new cases for week 41 - 2016, bringing the total to 409 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.

Healthy Ireland Survey 2015-2016 Full Report
The annual Healthy Ireland Survey, commissioned by the Department of Health, has examined 7,500 people aged 15 and over. The Survey provides up-to-date data on various topics including sexual health, mental health, smoking, and alcohol consumption.

Highest rate of HIV diagnoses in Republic recorded in 2015
The Irish Times, 20 October 2016
Figures from HSE show that HIV positive rate was almost twice that of other EU states.

Second case report of PrEP failure due to drug-resistant virus
Aidsmap, 18 October 2016
HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P 2016) Conference: A PrEP user in New York City has become HIV positive with a virus with multiple resistance mutations.

Despite Second Case of HIV, PrEP Still 'Most Effective Tool for HIV Prevention'
The Body, 18 October 2016
HIV expert Howard Grossman explains the specifics of the second case of PrEP failure.

'Curiosity About Any Failure of PrEP Is Healthy Because It Is So Extremely Rare'
The Body, 18 October 2016
Experts are planning to develop a protocol to track people who experience the very rare event of acquiring HIV while on PrEP.

New research reveals more people than ever living with HIV in Northern Ireland
Belfast Live, 20 October 2016
The last year has seen a 15% increase in HIV diagnosis. Northern Ireland HIV campaigners are now calling for a Sexual Health Promotion Strategy focusing on awareness raising and education.
See also:
Living with HIV: ‘We should not be made to feel like lepers’
The Irish Times, 20 October 2016
Five people describe their experience living with HIV in Northern Ireland.

The Undetectable = Uninfectious Doubters
Positive Lite, 18 October 2016
If your virus is undetectable you can’t transmit HIV, but why do some people living with HIV and their service providers struggle with that concept, or even deny its truth?

Mum floored by shock HIV diagnosis after 30 years of symptoms: ‘My reaction was awful - I just thought I was going to die imminently’
Irish Independent, 19 October 2016
A British mother has spoken about the life-altering moment doctors told her she was HIV Positive. The woman had remained undiagnosed for more than 30 years.

Brryan Jackson: My father injected me with HIV
BBC News, 19 October 2016
When Brryan Jackson's father injected his son's infant body with a syringe full of HIV-infected blood, he hoped he'd never see him grow up.

Feds sue Houston club for firing waitress over HIV rumor
Centre Daily, 16 October 2016
A nightclub owner is accused of asking a waitress to provide health records to disprove that she was HIV-positive. The waitress was fired after she refused to provide documentation. The Federal Government has subsequently sued the nightclub for discrimination.

I slept with 6 other ladies, says man accused of infecting girlfriend with HIV
Vanguard, 17 October 2016
A Nigeria-based Irish man has been accused of infecting a woman with HIV.

A startling reminder that HIV isn’t just for gays
Beta Blog, 10 October 2016
HIV affects people of every race, age, sex, and gender identity, and their exclusion from the HIV community can be a problem.

How well do condoms protect gay men from HIV?
Beta Blog, 17 October 2016
A CDC study examines condoms’ effectiveness for HIV prevention among gay men, taking in consideration sexual roles and consistency of use. Condoms are still an easily accessible and affordable prevention tool that can be used in addition to PrEP in order to prevent STIs transmission.

Anal sex may transmit four in ten HIV infections in US women at high risk
Aidsmap, 19 October 2016
HIVR4P 2016 Conference: a new study suggests that, in women at high risk of HIV infection, 40% or more of the HIV infections in this group might be transmitted via anal intercourse.

Policy makers’ inaction is leading people to take PrEP ‘in the wild’
Aidsmap, 19 October 2016
HIVR4P 2016 Conference: The lack of PrEP provision and regulations in many countries is leading people to take PrEP without medical supervision, undermining the safety and effectiveness of PrEP.
See also:
Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures: DIY PrEP in Europe
AVAC, 17 October 2016

See also the full PrEP Access in Europe Report by PiEi (PrEP in Europe Initiative),a coalition of European organisations and activists campaigning for HIV prevention and access to PrEP.

Norway to provide free HIV-preventing PrEP drugs to at-risk gay men
Pink News, 20 October 2016
Norway is going to make HIV-preventing PrEP drugs available through its National Health Service.

European delays on HIV prevention drug endanger gay men and others at risk of HIV
AIDSMAP, 18 October 2016
HIV organisations, activists and campaigners are urging authorities to make PrEP available to groups at risk of HIV.

Ghana passes law to fight discrimination against persons living with HIV
Xinhua News, 19 October 2016
According to the new bill, a person who discriminates against a HIV-positive person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine or a term of imprisonment.

7 Insurers Alleged To Have Discriminated Against HIV Patients
NPR, 18 October 2016
Several US insurers don't cover drugs essential to HIV treatment or require high out-of-pocket spending by patients, therefore discouraging people living with HIV from buying a particular health plan or getting the treatment they need.

BRICS countries underline the imperative of advancing cooperation and action on HIV and tuberculosis
UNAIDS, 17 October 2016
Press release: At the close of the 2016 BRICS Summit in Goa, India, leaders of the BRICS countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) have underlined the imperative of advancing cooperation and action to respond to the epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis.

Crohn’s disease drug produces long-lasting viral undetectability and T-cell restoration off treatment in monkeys
Aidsmap, 14 October 2016
A drug used to treat gut inflammation has produced persistent viral load control and T-cell restoration in monkeys taken off antiretroviral therapy.


Gay men are battling a demon more powerful than HIV – and it’s hidden
The Guardian, 20 October 2016
Mental distress triggered by deep-rooted homophobia in society drives many LGBT people to substance abuse, and to self-harm.

Thousands of gay men in UK to be pardoned for now-abolished sex offenses
CNN, 20 October 2016
UK government has announced that thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted under historical anti-gay laws will be posthumously pardoned.


Sex Work

‘Paying for Sex’ TV debate
RTE 2, 17 October 2106
Podcast of the documentary exploring the current debate on sex work. 
See also:
There was a huge reaction to RTE show ‘Paying For Sex’
Goss, 17 October 2016
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HIV: an overview for Counsellors

This popular HIV training for counsellors, therapists and other mental health workers takes place on Thursday 3rd November 2016.  Further information and booking forms at





Free HIV testing
clinic at HIV Ireland

The next HIV and STI testing clinic at HIV Ireland takes place on Wednesday 26th 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 16th November.  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 19th November. 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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