HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
2 September 2016




HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Week 34, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 11 new cases for week 34 - 2016, bringing the total to 353 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.

Should a gay man tell his doctor he has sex with lots of men?
Daily Xtra, 26 August 2016
Honest communication with an informed and sympathetic health professional is extremely important for the sexual health of gay men looking for advice on HIV prevention.

Can We Finally Say That “On-Demand” PrEP Really Does Work?
Poz, 29 August 2016
Scientists reckon that there is now enough evidence to support a non-daily PrEP regimen scheduled just around the timing of intercourse.

Science vs. Stigma: The Continued Criminalization of HIV
Undark, 30 August 2016
Failing to disclose one's positive HIV status to a sexual partner may be objectionable, but is prison the answer? Science and medicine suggest not.

Northern Ireland relaxes permanent gay blood ban from today
Pink News, 1 September 2016
MSM can now donate blood in Northern Ireland if they have abstained from sex for one year. Northern Ireland’s blood donation rules are now in line with the rest of the UK. Activists will however continue to campaign for a completely risk-based blood donation system.

Neglect of infectious diseases in prisons highlighted at AIDS 2016
Aidsmap, 25 August 2016
AIDS 2016 Conference: Overview of the current global situation of HIV prevention, treatment and care in prisons, and policies implementation. 

HIV Survivors Face Their Own Vietnam
Advocate, 31 August 2016
Long-term HIV survivors share a suffering—and an invisibility—with war veterans who live with PTSD.

Logo's 'Finding Prince Charming' will show HIV-positive people are worthy of love
Identities Mic, 30 August 2016
US: In an upcoming gay dating reality show one of the contestants will disclose his HIV positive status on TV.

40 companies enforce code of practice to accommodate people living with HIV/AIDS
The Star, 31 August 2016
Kuala Lumpur: Forty local companies have put into place recommendations by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health to enable people living with HIV to work alongside others in a safe environment.

Raising my HIV family
Mosaic, 30 August 2016
When one Romanian doctor became ‘father’ to 16 HIV-positive orphans in 1999, many thought there was no hope for them – or for the thousands of other children infected. What followed was something of a miracle. Here is their story.

A soccer club cancelled a player’s four-day old contract for testing HIV positive
QZ, 30 August 2016
A Cameroonian footballer had his contract with an Egypt’s Premier League club cancelled after a routine medical test found he was HIV positive.

Realism needed about the benefits and risks of taking part in HIV cure studies
Aidsmap, 31 August 2016
AIDS 2016 Conference: Many people living with HIV would be willing to take part in studies and medical trials. Researchers have reviewed the motivations, expectations and comprehension of potential trial participants.

A closer look at cancer among people living with HIV
Beta Blog, 31 August 2016
AIDS Conference 2016: Report on the risk and incidence of various types of cancer in people living with HIV, how some types of cancer have decreased while other have increased over time, and the connections of these trends to ART treatment.

The tenuous tale of contraceptive hormones and HIV risk
Popular Science, 30 August 2016
Researchers are discussing whether some specific types of hormonal contraception may increase women’s vulnerability to HIV.

Elevated lipids associated with cognitive decline in middle aged HIV-positive men doing well on ART
Aidsmap, 29 August 2016
Study on cognitive functions in older HIV positive men on successful treatment. These patients were affected by a faster cognitive decline than HIV negative men, and the follow up showed a further increased decline among those with higher lipids levels.

Vaginal ring for HIV prevention effective and acceptable
Aidsmap, 2 September 2016
The results of a new trial carried out in various African countries show a high level of effectiveness. The study also reviews the correlation between demographics and adherence.



One person a day in Ireland dies from an overdose
The Irish Times, 27 August 2016
Ireland has the third highest level of overdose deaths in Europe, however it is possible to take action and help reduce these deaths.

A new heroin overdose drug has saved five lives under a HSE pilot programme
The Journal, 31 August 2016
The HSE has launched a new report supporting the use Naloxone in the event of overdose. The Naloxone Project was established by the HSE in 2015 to test the feasibility of Naloxone use for overdose deaths’ prevention.
You can read the HSE Naxolone report here.


Growing antibiotic resistance forces updates to recommended treatment for sexually transmitted infections
WHO, 30 August 2016
WHO has released new treatment guidelines for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis. These STIs are growing resistant to the effect of antibiotics and are now more difficult to treat.


Sex Work

“We are compelled to work alone, attackers know that”
Last Round Blog, 30 August 2016
Activist Laura Lee talks about sex work in Northern Ireland, the difficulties posed by the recently approved Morrow’s law and the need for decriminalisation.
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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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