HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
26 August 2016




HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Week 33, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 16 new cases for week 33 - 2016, bringing the total to 342 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.

EU clear’s Gilead’s Truvada for HIV PrEP
Pharma Times, 23 August 2016
European regulators have issued a green light for the use of Gilead's Truvada to cut the risk of HIV infection in adults.
HIV effort let down by test shortages, says WHO
BBC News, 23 August 2016
Experts from the World Health Organization warn that a shortage of HIV testing could undermine global efforts to diagnose and treat people with the infection.
What happened when I organized a free HIV testing session at my workplace
Gay Star News, 25 August 2016
Activist Marty Loukes reckons that every workplace should think of organising HIV testing, as HIV doesn’t affect only gay men and bringing the testing to people would de-stigmatise getting tested.
How violence could be hurting kids with HIV
The Washington Post, 25 August 2016
A study, recently published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, reviews violence exposure in HIV positive children in relation to their environment.
Bug Chasing Online: Where Men Still Seek Out HIV
Vocativ, 25 August 2016
Interviews to various men involved in ‘bug-chasing’ using social media platforms.
Exclusive: HIV-positive Charlie Sheen praises new doctors' advice that says meds make risk of spread negligible
Daily Mail, 22 August 2016
Charlie Sheen celebrates the news that doctors believe people with undetectable viral load carry a 'negligible risk' of transmission.
Canada’s HIV disclosure law ‘unfair,’ say advocates calling for change
The Star, 22 August 2016
Canadians living with HIV are legally required to disclose their status to their partner before engaging in sexual activity. Those who fail to do so can be charged with aggravated sexual assault, whether the virus is transmitted or not.
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The Law of Positive Attraction
PS Mag, 22 August 2016
A case of non-disclosure: HIV exposure laws criminalize private lies in the name of public health, but also perpetuate the stigma that leads people to hide their status in the first place.
HIV criminalisation global report
HIV Justice, 2016
This report by the HIV Justice Network and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) documents how the movement against HIV criminalisation laws is gaining strength.
HIV-infected adults with depression have increased risk for heart attack
Science Daily, 24 August 2016
This large study on adults living with HIV shows how those suffering with depression are more likely to experience a heart attack than the others.
Two Experts Discuss HIV, Abdominal Fat and Body Shape Changes
The Body, 17 August 2016
Lipodystrophy can affect many people living with HIV: two health experts talk about the causes of this condition and what it can be done about it.
HIV-1 versus HIV-2: What’s the Difference?
Medscape, 24 August 2016
The human immunodeficiency virus is classified into two main types: HIV-1 and HIV-2. The diagnosis is important because they have a different progression that might require a different treatment.
Temple researchers explore effects of tobacco smoke, opiates on HIV patient tissue damage
Eureka Alert, 24 August 2016
This upcoming research will address the combination of both opiates and tobacco smoke on the pathology of HIV infection. It is also among the first studies to assess tobacco smoke's contribution to HIV-induced pathology in both the brain and the lungs.
Drug Maker Ignored HIV Groups Before Failed Bid To Have Crucial Drug Subsidised
Buzzfeed, 24 August 2016
The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee has rejected Gilead Australia’s application to have Truvada included on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. The Committee has cited Gilead’s proposed pricing structure as the main reason for rejecting the submission.



After the Hepatitis C Cure: Post-Treatment Care
The Body, August 2016
New recommendations and guidelines for the follow-up of Hepatitis C after a sustained virological response is acquired.


Could mouthwash combat gonorrhoea?
BBC News, 23 August 2016
Recent studies have shown people that can carry this STI in their throats for weeks or months without symptoms. A Professor from Monash University has been testing the mouthwash to check what impact daily gargling might have on gonorrhoea throat carriage.
Tackling Shigella in gay and bisexual men
Gov UK, 23 August 2016
New NHS figures show an increase in Shigella cases in MSM while diagnoses in women remain stable.
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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 14th September.  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 17th September. Doors open 1:30 pm.

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

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

The new HIV prevention and awareness campaign by the Gay Health Network partnership as part of the programme.  #GetTheBareFacts at


HIV and Hepatitis C

This popular one-day training takes place on Thursday 22nd September 2016 at HIV Ireland.  More information and booking forms available 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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