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NewsDesk Weekly
26 June 2015


How to prevent HIV and STI in men who have sex with men: an ECDC guidance
ECDC Europe, 19 June 2015
ECDC has issued a new guidance for HIV prevention that identifies seven key services to reduce and prevent HIV and other STIs among MSM.
You can read the full guidelines here: HIV and STI prevention among men who have sex with men
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Infographics: HIV and AIDS in Europe
ECDC Europe, 19 June 2015

HPSC - Weekly HIV & STI Report - Week 24, 2015
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show 15 new cases for week 24-2015, bringing the total to 193 HIV new notifications for 2015 to date.

Deadly new HIV strain found in Myanmar truck driver near Chinese border
South China Morning Post, 24 June 2015
According to a new study, an extremely strong strain of HIV virus has been discovered in China. The virus carries 14 mutations throughout its genome, more than any other strain isolated so far.

BHIVA guidelines for the treatment of HIV-1 positive adults with antiretroviral therapy 2015
BHIVA, 22 June 2015
Draft of the new guidelines for treatment and management of HIV positive adults on ART.
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New British guidelines recommend treatment for everyone with HIV
Aidsmap, 24 June 2015

6 Life Sentences That Come With HIV
Advocate, 24 June 2015
HIV may no longer be a 'death sentence,' but it does still come with lifelong consequences that you want to avoid.

Four in ten people diagnosed with HIV in Europe are migrants
Aidsmap, 24 June 2015
New detailed figures on new HIV cases in the European Economic Area, in regard of migration, countries of origin and related demographics.

Adherence All-Stars
CATIE, Summer 2015
Study on HIV positive people with “chaotic lifestyles” who still manage, despite major obstacles, to strictly adhere to their meds.

In search of the invisible man: Straight men living with HIV
CATIE, Summer 2015
One group of people with HIV has remained largely invisible in the history of HIV epidemic: straight men. This invisibility is also linked to lack of specific services for HIV positive straight men leading to isolation and lack of diagnosis. 

Ask the experts: HIV and inflammation
CATIE, Summer 2015
HIV causes long-term inflammation that can lead to other chronic and serious diseases. Three healthcare providers give advice on how to manage and reduce inflammation and its consequences.

What Happens When An HIV-Positive Man Asks Strangers To Touch Him
BuzzFeed, 25 June 2015
In this experiment carried out for the HIV awareness and Pride Week in Helsinki., an HIV-positive man stands on the street next to a sign that read, “I’m HIV-positive, touch me,” to see if the negative stigma attached to HIV/AIDS still exists. 

“No one will ever have sex with me again”: Why I stayed in the closet about my HIV
Salon, 21 June 2015
Blog about HIV diagnosis and relationships, and how disclosure can defeat stigma and shame.

What Happened When I Got My False-Positive HIV Test Results
Refinery 29, 23 June 2015
The author of this article, who received false-positive readings on two separate HIV tests, talks about her fear and dismay while waiting for the follow-up tests.

AIDSVu Releases New Maps that Depict Impact of HIV across America
PRNewsWire, 24 June 2015
This map has various filters that provide extremely detailed data on HIV prevalence and new diagnosis at national, state, and local levels, and by different demographics, including age, race, sex and ways of transmission. You can access the interactive map here: AIDSVu

Living in a stigmatizing country increases HIV risk for MSM in Europe
Aidsmap, 22 June 2015
Stigma and discrimination can push MSM to conceal their sexual orientation, therefore making HIV prevention more difficult because of lack of access to specific health services, poorer knowledge of HIV prevention and higher levels of risk taking.

HIV prevention pill test begins in Amsterdam gay, transgender community
NL Times, 23 June 2015
Health Services in Amsterdam have launched a medical study on PrEP, enrolling people from the LGBT community. 

World must drastically accelerate AIDS efforts or face more HIV infections and deaths than five years ago—says UNAIDS and Lancet Commission
UNAIDS, 25 June 2015
Press release: UNAIDS and The Lancet call for more funding and increased access to HIV treatment.
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A UNAIDS–Lancet Commission on Defeating AIDS—Advancing Global Health
The Lancet, 25 June 2015

More evidence for possible link between cocaine use and HIV infection
Science Daily, 19 June 2015
New UCLA research offers further evidence that cocaine use disrupts the immune system, making people who use it more likely to become infected with HIV.

Risks vs rewards: why people with HIV volunteer for ‘cure’ research
The Conversation, 24 June 2015
A recent survey of people living with HIV in UK has found that more than half would participate in a clinical study to develop a cure for HIV, despite this can pose risk to their health, as they can be required to stop using antiretroviral treatment.

HIV drug PrEP not linked to greater risk for depression
Science Daily, 19 June 2015
A new randomised placebo study on Pre-exposure Prophylaxis in men and transgender women who have sex with men – has reported no link between taking PrEP and experiencing depression.

This is Why Developing an HIV Vaccine is Really Hard
Smithsonian Magazine, 19 June 2015
As the HIV keeps on mutating and hiding in the host cells, scientists need to find strategies to fight this virus at various levels.

UTIs and STIs 'often mixed up'
NetDoctor, 25 June 2015
According to a new study, symptoms of STIs are often misdiagnosed as urinary tract infections, putting the patients at risks of long-term health issues.


Call for Rights Show of Pride at Dublin Parade 1992
RTE Archives, 1992
So much has changed: an RTÉ News report broadcast shows a Dublin Pride march organised by the Dublin Aids Alliance on 4 July 1992.

6 ways LGBT patients can get the most out of their health care
Mashable, 21 June 2015
Visiting the doctor can be a high-anxiety experience for any patient, but those who identify as LGBT are especially prone to discomfort. Standard interactions with medical professionals often revolve around the assumption that a patient is straight, causing distress and fear of discrimination.

Sexual Health
This condom changes colour if it detects STIs - and it was invented by teenagers
The Mirror UK, 23 June 2015
The invention has won the health category at the TeenTech Awards in London. The condom has a built-in indicator that alters its colour depending on what infection it picks up.

Fake condoms putting millions of Brits at risk of sexually transmitted infections
Daily Star, 19 June 2015
Counterfeited condoms that can split easily or have tiny holes in them are being imported to the UK and sold in market stalls, in corner shops, or online.
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Free monthly HIV testing
clinic at HIV Ireland

Our next HIV and STIs testing clinic takes place on Wednesday 8th July 2015. 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 18th July, 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

GMHS Clinic
Free HIV and STI testing at the Gay Men’s Health Service Clinic (GMHS) every Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.  See more at


Just Carry One
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



Speaking Volumes
HIV stories, HIV experiences...this exhibition is continuing its tour around Ireland and is in Outhouse LGBT Community Centre from 22nd June to 10th July.  More information on this Irish tour at

Dublin Pride Festival

The annual Dublin Pride Festival is underway for another year and culminates in the Pride Parade on 27th June.  Keep up to date on events at


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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

Sexual Health Drop-In

A Drop-In Service for sexual health information and support takes place every Saturday in Outhouse LGBT Community Centre from 2pm to 4pm.  This is a free, non-judgemental and confidential service.  For more information email
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