HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
1 April 2016



HPSC - Weekly HIV & STI Report - Weeks 10 and 11, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 19 new cases for weeks 10 and 11-2016, bringing the total to 123 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.

Free national HIV testing programme is launched
The Outmost, 30 March 2016
The testing programme will be community-based and provided by volunteers. Testing points will be located in a variety of places in Limerick, Cork and Dublin, including Pantibar, on Capel Street.
See also:
Ireland’s first rapid HIV test launched in Pantibar
Video of the ‘KnowNow’ launch.

England’s PrEP policy in disarray after NHS U-turn
Aidsmap, 22 March 2016
Activists, individuals at risk of HIV, and clinicians have reacted with anger to an official U-turn on provision of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). NHS England officials have refused to allow a draft policy on PrEP to go forward for further consideration.
Update on commissioning and provision of Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PREP) for HIV prevention
NHS England, 21 March 2016
Official statement by the NHS.

PrEP - What went wrong? What should happen?
NAT, 22 March 2016
NAT comments on NHS U-turn on PrEP commissioning. NAT is calling on Ministers to intervene and reverse the NHS decision “securing a process to provide PrEP on the basis of evidence and need.”

NHS refusing to offer PrEP is insulting in the face of thousands of gay men who will be diagnosed with HIV without it
Gay Star News, 22 March 2016
Comments by Matthew Hodson, chief executive of GMFA, on the NHS decision and the impact it can have on the MSM community.

Why a London sex clinic is taking on the dark side of internet dating
The Telegraph, 31 March 2016
56 Dean Street clinic has developed a new service designed to tackle sexual and emotional wellbeing issues caused by the use of dating apps.

Cuba's Gay Scene and HIV Education Are Impressing Americans
The Advocate, 30 March 2016
Phill Wilson, the president of the Black AIDS Institute, says that “from a public health perspective, from a human rights perspective, Cubans are light years ahead of where we are with HIV.”

Why We Shouldn't Stop Talking About Being 'Undetectable'
HIV Plus Mag, 28 March 2016
What ‘undetectable’ really means, and how information and open dialogue are so important in tackling HIV stigma.

30 Things You Should Know About HIV But Were Afraid to Ask
HIV Plus Mag, 21 March 2016
Questions and answers on what you need to know to stay healthy, and protect yourself and others.

Get Smart: Social campaign seeks to change how we look at HIV
The Body, 29 February 2016
Social media campaign raising awareness of how we mentally see people with HIV and HIV itself. This campaign targets not just MSM but also women and heterosexual men.

Drug-Fuelled Indiana HIV Outbreak Was 'Preventable'
Med Page Today, 26 February 2016
A new research shows that the recent HIV outbreak in Indiana was preceded by an epidemic of Hep C, but the authorities missed the warning signs.

CDC Guidance on HIV Testing in Nonclinical Settings
CDC, March 2016
CDC has issued new guidance for HIV testing providers in non-clinical settings in the United States. The guide includes a wide range of topics including legal considerations, technical and quality standards, referring and linkage to care.

NHS green light for Janssen HIV drug
Pharmafield, 31 March 2016
NHS England will fund Janssen's HIV new combination drug. The medication is once-daily fixed dose and could help improve adherence in adults living with HIV-1.

World-first HIV-to-HIV liver transplant performed by doctors in the United States
ABC News, 31 March 2016
US doctors have performed the first liver transplant from HIV-positive donor to HIV-positive recipient. This kind of transplant can carry unique risks such as the possibility of being exposed to a different or resistant strain of HIV from the donor.

ART has averted over 850,000 HIV-related opportunistic infections in low and middle income countries
Aidsmap, 21 March 2016
A meta-analysis of a large number of studies carried out in 38 countries has revealed that ART treatment has been able to avert HIV-related opportunistic infections and their potential cost.



Dublin Mayor throws weight behind ‘What’s in the Powder?’ drugs campaign
The Journal, 1 April 2016
The Ana Liffey Drug Project has launched an awareness campaign especially aimed at students who take drugs.

Glasgow HIV cases reach highest in decade as numbers quadruple
Daily Record, 27 March 2016
This outbreak has mainly affected people who inject drugs.

Poppers 'will remain legal' despite ban on legal highs
The Telegraph, 16 March 2016
A review by the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs has found that akyl nitrates are 'not psychoactive' under the terms of the new Psychoactive Substances Act.

Heroin Epidemic Is Yielding to a Deadlier Cousin: Fentanyl
New York Times, 25 March 2016
An illicit version of Fentanyl, a powerful painkiller used since the 1960s in medical settings, has been linked to the increase in deaths by overdose in the US.

Obama: 'Drug addiction is a health problem, not a criminal problem'
The Guardian, 30 March 2016
Speaking at a drug abuse summit in Atlanta, the US president committed to tackling heroin and prescription opioid epidemic with prevention and treatment.



HPV vaccination programme
The Scottish Government, 23 March 2016
The Scottish HPV vaccination programme has been extended: MSM will now be eligible to receive the HPV vaccine.



Gay teenagers continue to endure widespread bullying
The Irish Times, 22 March 2016
Findings of the largest study to date of LGBT community in Ireland, carried out by a research team at Trinity College Dublin.

Study: Young Trans Women at Risk for HIV, Mental Illness, and Substance Abuse
HIV Equal, 21 March 2016
A study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that more than 41 percent of young transgender women participating in an HIV prevention trial had a diagnosis of a mental health or substance abuse disorder.
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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 13th April.  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 April. 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


VHI Women’s Mini Marathon
Taking part in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in June? Join ‘Team HIV Ireland’ and help raise vital funds for our range of services.  Email brona.cousins@hivireland for details.
Diceman 20th Anniversary Posters

Thom McGinty – The Diceman and HIV Activist - 20th Anniversary Commemorative Limited Edition Posters for sale at HIV Ireland.  All proceeds go to HIV Ireland.  Email for details.

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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