HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
3 June 2016



HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Weeks 21, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 8 new cases for week 21 2016, bringing the total to 214 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.

NI ban on gay men donating blood will lift as of September 1st
The Irish Times, 3 June 2016
Gay men who had not had sex with another man for a year or more will be allowed to make blood donations.

NHS England won’t be rolling out HIV-preventing PrEP drugs
Pink News, 31 May 2016
A few weeks after promising to reconsider its decision not to fund a roll out of the HIV prevention treatment NHS England has now confirmed that it will not be commissioning PrEP.
NHS refusal to fund HIV prevention treatment is shameful, say charities
The Guardian, 31 May 2016
UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charities have attacked the decision by NHS England not fund the prevention treatment method proven to drastically reduce transmission risks.
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Every major UK HIV organisation calls on NHS to provide HIV prevention drug
BuzzFeed, 28 May 2016

We report on Dublin's gay chemsex party scene in the new Hot Press
Hot Press, 26 May 2016
Special report on drugs like GHB and crystal meth, which are fuelling the gay chemsex parties that are taking place every week in private Dublin homes.

UNAIDS announces 2 million more people living with HIV on treatment in 2015, bringing new total to 17 million
The Body, 31 May 2016
A new report from UNAIDS shows that the number of people accessing antiretroviral medicines has more than doubled since 2010.

New UN treatment targets for HIV/AIDS would be 'expensive but worth every penny'
Medical Xpress, 30 May 2016
Researchers have estimated the likely impact of the "90-90-90" program and have found that implementing the UN targets for HIV testing and treatment would be an expensive but ultimately very cost-effective way to contain the global AIDS epidemic.

LGBT Communities Silenced in HIV Reduction Efforts
IPS, 2 June 2016
UNAIDS fast track approach and communities left behind in HIV global responses.

Phone Calls Key in Improving Retention in Higher-Risk Patients Living With HIV
The Body, 31 May 2016
After linking newly diagnosed higher-risk patients to care, retaining them in care is the next step. An intervention based on phone calls aimed to this portion of patients has been found able to improve the percentage of their retention in HIV care nearly matching the level of lower-risk patients.

South London Boroughs Worst-Hit By HIV
The Voice, 31 May 2016
Vital services provided by the Terrence Higgins Trust could disappear by October 1 as a result of cuts.

California rushes to allow HIV-positive organ transplants - to save the life of a man in desperate need of a liver
Daily Mail, 27 May 2016
The new law will allow a man living with HIV to receive part of his HIV-positive husband's liver before the surgery becomes too dangerous to be carried out.

Men who have sex with men in small cities less likely to be tested for HIV
Eureka Alert, 2 June 2016
This Canadian study also shows that the lower testing rates are likely connected to internalised shame and reluctance to disclose sexual orientation because of stigma.

WNTD 2016: Living with HIV, dying with NCDs
Inis Communication, 31 May 2016
Supporting tobacco cessation for people living with HIV could make a significant difference in these patients’ health.

Russian state experts blame condoms for HIV spread
Newsweek Europe, 1 June 2016
The Russian Institute for Strategic Research is disputing the validity of statistics showing the increase of HIV epidemic in Russia stating that “traditional values” are the route to stopping the spread of HIV.

‘HIV And Insurance – Cancellations’
My So called Gay Life, 30 May 2016
Results of HIV and Insurance survey carried out in order to clarify misconceptions and raise awareness of insurance policies among people just diagnosed or living with HIV. Researchers have found out that a good percentage of people surveyed have cancelled their insurance following their diagnosis with HIV even though the most of them would have still been covered by their policy.


FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence
FDA, 26 May 2016
The FDA has approved the first implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. This implant is designed to provide a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine for six months in patients as part of a complete treatment program.


Quebec bill proposes legal name and gender change for transgender children
Montreal Gazette, 31 May 2016
A new bill recently introduced in Quebec will allow transgender children as young as 14 to be legally entitled to modify their birth certificate to indicate their gender of choice.


Sex Work

Sex workers say government ignoring their safety
Newstalk, 2 June 2016
On International Sex Workers Day, activist group SWAI say sex workers safety is being ignored by the Irish Government after fines and prison sentences for sex workers caught working together indoors have been doubled.

Law on sex work needs reform
Irish Times, 30 May 2016
Letter by SWAI and other organisations against sex work criminalisation.
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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 8th June.  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 June. 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


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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