HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
18 November 2016




HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Week 45, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 11 new cases for week 45 - 2016, bringing the total to 447 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.

GOSHH Offers Free HIV & Hep C Tests In Limerick City
The Outmost, 15 November 2016
Between 18 and 25 November, GOSHH will be coordinating with organisations in Limerick to encourage people to know their status and get tested for HIV and Hepatitis C.

'IT'S ALARMING' Sharp rise in people being diagnosed with HIV LATE is ‘driven by straight men not getting tested
The Sun, 17 November 2016
UK: Four out of 10 people diagnosed with HIV last year were told they were already in an advanced state of the infection- when the virus has begun to attack the immune system.

Fear of HIV tests despite ‘Prince Harry effect’
The Scotsman, 17 November 2016
Official statistics released today reveal very high rates of late-stage HIV in Scotland.
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Prince Harry meets with gay men and other minorities for HIV awareness campaign
Gay Star News, 16 November 2016

Long term decline in consistent condom use among Australian gay men
Aidsmap, 15 November 2016
Data from the last ten years of the Australian Gay Community Periodic Surveys shows a steady decline in consistent condom use, with more gay men attempting to minimise their risk by serosorting or by having an undetectable viral load.

Video: Dr. Anthony Fauci Talks About the Possibility of an HIV Cure
HIV Plus Mag, 14 November 2015
Fauci talks about the latest in cure research and treatment as prevention, and explains the difference between a full cure and a "functional cure".

Czech Republic: Police Drop Charges Against All 30 Gay Men Living With HIV Following Prague Public Health Authority ‘Witch Hunt’
HIV Justice Net, 17 November 2016
Three of the 30 men had been charged with potential HIV transmission (under a law criminalising ‘the spread of infectious human diseases‘) but prosecution authorities withdrew the charges due to lack of evidence.

Scientists have identified an antibody that neutralises 98% of HIV strains
Science Alert, 17 November 2016
Scientists have discovered an antibody produced by an HIV-positive patient that neutralises 98 percent of all HIV strains tested - including most of the strains that are resistant to other antibodies of the same class.
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One patient’s blood might hold a new weapon against HIV
The Verge, 17 November 2016
While the Berlin patient has T cells HIV can’t bind to, this patient’s blood contains antibodies that block the virus from infecting cells.

Tina And Slamming, A Report On Crystal Meth In A Sexual Context
Main Line, 17 November 2016
This report addresses the use of crystal meth and HIV risk in the Netherlands.

HIV survives in our chromosomal DNA
Medical Xpress, 17 November 2016
Various theories try to explain why it has not been so far possible to cure HIV.
The Feds Declare HIV a Potential Cause of Cancer
HIV Plus Mag, 16 November 2016
The US Department of Health and Human Services has added the HIV virus to its list of known carcinogens.



A new survey shows there is almost 50% support for the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use
NewsTalk, 17 November 2016
The poll, carried out for Citywide - Drugs Crisis Campaign shows that 49% of people are in favour of changing the law to allow for decriminalisation while 51% are not.

Students Unions renew drug harm reduction effort
The Irish Times, 15 November 2016
The UCD Students Union and the National Union of Students will advocate for a harm reduction approach to drug use.

Global State of Harm Reduction 2016
Harm Reduction International, 2016
According to a new report released by HRI, harm reduction services, opioid substitution therapy and HIV prevention strategies for PWID are failing.


Sex Work
The Case for Legalizing Sex Work
Project Syndicate, 14 November 2016
Professor of Bioethics Peter Singer talks about sex work decriminalisation and social issues.
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European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week
This annual event takes place from 18th to 25th November 2016.  More information available at




Free HIV testing
clinic at HIV Ireland

The next HIV and STI testing clinic at HIV Ireland takes place on Wednesday 23rd November.  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 21 December  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

Hands Up for #HIVPrevention

The UNAIDS global World AIDS Day campaign for 2016.  More information available 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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