HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
10 March 2017



HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Week 9, 2017
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 13 new cases for week 9 - 2017, bringing the total to 104 HIV new notifications for 2017 to date.

AIDS United Affirms Evidence That Proves People Living With HIV With a Sustained, Undetectable Viral Load Cannot Transmit HIV to Sexual Partners
The Body, 7 March 2017
The US-based AIDS United Public Policy Committee has released a statement on strong evidence proving that people living with HIV who have achieved a sustained, undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to sexual partners.

Researchers report case of bone marrow transplant patient off ART for 288 days without HIV rebound
Aidsmap, 6 March 2017
An HIV-positive bone marrow transplant recipient has experienced prolonged viral remission for nearly 10 months and after interrupting ART treatment. His viral load eventually has rebounded, but his HIV reservoirs appeared to be reduced.

Advocates hope for change in HIV non-disclosure law after Ottawa meeting with provinces
The Star, 7 March 2017
Under Canadian law, people with HIV are required to disclose their health status to their partner before engaging in sexual activity. Those who don’t can be charged with aggravated sexual assault, whether or not HIV is actually transmitted, and face a maximum sentence of life in prison as well as permanent status as a registered sex offender.

HIV Tragedy: Woman’s Suicide Case Reaches HC
An Indian man and his mother have been charged with murder for HIV non-disclosure after his wife committed suicide when she found out her husband was HIV-positive.

Stop Stigmatizing HIV-Positive Sex
Vice, 8 March 2017
The reaction to the sex life of a newly crowned Mr Gay New Zealand is a reminder that our cultural baggage surrounding HIV is as heavy as ever.

5 Ways to Disclose Your Status on a First Date
HIVPlus Mag, 6 March 2017
First dates are always awkward, which is why disclosing should never be.

From Behind Bars To The Front Lines Of Anti-Criminalization Advocacy
Positive Lite, 6 March 2017
Chad Clarke was charged with aggravated sexual assault charge as he failed to disclose his HIV status to his partner. He is now campaigning against HIV criminalisation.

HIV notifications fall to five-year low
Health NSW, 4 March 2017
New data show a decline in HIV transmission in NSW Australia. This decline is deemed to be the result of large-scale implementation of PrEP.

PrEP approved but difficulties remain says NZAF
Gay NZ, 7 March 2017
PrEP implementation is not easy in New Zealand because of difficulties in accessing this medication and GPs’ poor training.

Researchers develop new programme to better assist HIV patients with medication adherence
News Medical, 6 March 2017
An international team has carried out a study showing that a combination of self-management strategies, counselling and medications electronic tracking can significantly improve adherence.

HIV misconceptions leading to delayed diagnosis for some women, advocacy group says
Radio Australia, 9 March 2017
The National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) said stereotypes persist in the medical community around who is likely to contract HIV, and so it is often left out of standard sexual health tests for women.

Breastfeeding With An Undetectable Viral Load: What Do We Know?
Positive Lite, 7 March 2017
Undetectable does not equal untransmittable in the case of breastfeeding, but women should be supported to make an informed choice anyway.

South Africa Launches Clinical Trial to Cut Heart Disease in HIV Positive People
AllAfrica, 27 February 2017
Reprieve is the first large-scale randomized clinical research trial to test a statin to reduce the risk of heart disease for people living with HIV.

Insulin has potential to prevent brain dysfunction in HIV patients, University of Alberta study finds
Edmonton Sun, 8 March 2017
A new study suggests that intranasally-delivered insulin could provide a protective shield for brain cells while suppressing inflammation and obstructing HIV virus replication.



Hepatitis C patients and nurses highlight impact of the virus in new reports
HepC Trust, 7 March 2017
Two reports, launched by the HepC Trust, highlight the challenges faced by people living with Hepatitis C, including stigma and on-going restriction on access to treatment.
Patient Perspectives report
Nurses' Perspectives report



Supervised injection centre location will be ’carefully selected’
Breaking News, 9 March 2017
Minister Catherine Byrne said there will be consultation to select the most suitable location for the new injection centre in Dublin.

Warning of obligation to comply with international drug laws on plan for injecting facilities
Irish Examiner, 8 March 2017
The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has warned that countries such as Ireland that plan to introduce drug consumption rooms are obliged to ensure they comply with international drug laws.



Increase in gonorrhoea cases in the South-East: heterosexual transmission a feature
Epi-Insight, March 2017
After a 50% increase in the number of gonorrhoea cases notified in the South East Ireland in 2016, a multi-disciplinary prevention and control group has implemented a local safer sex campaign. Local control groups will continue to meet to review surveillance, prevention and control actions in 2017.


Sex Work

“We’re a Risk Taking Population”: An Interview with Sex Workers Alliance Ireland’s Kate McGrew
Head Stuff, 8 March 2017
Kate McGrew talks about the Swedish model, the laws criminalising purchase of sex and how this will affect sex workers’ safety.

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National HIV Stigma Survey
Living with HIV in Ireland? Share your voice and your experiences in the National HIV Stigma Survey at


Dublin Pride Run 2017

The annual Dublin Pride Run takes place on Friday 16th June 2017 in the Phoenix Park.  This year funds are being raised to support the work of HIV Ireland, Outhouse and ShoutOut.  Registration is now open at




Free HIV testing
clinic at HIV Ireland

The next HIV and STI testing clinic at HIV Ireland takes place on Wednesday 8 March 2017.  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 18 March 2017. Doors open 1:30 pm.


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

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

Chlamydia booklet

HIV Ireland recently published a new information booklet about Chlamydia.  The publication is supported by the Union of Students in Ireland, and the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme.  The booklet can be viewed at

Gettin’ It On

HIV Ireland has re-published this popular guide to using condoms correctly.  Complete with a fresh new design, Gettin’ It On can be viewed at

Join the Just Carry One campaign and promote safer sex at

A harm reduction information campaign about Snow Blow and HIV.  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’

The joint Gay Health Network and HSE campaign promoting HIV prevention and sexual health awareness for men who have sex with men in Ireland.  Learn more 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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