HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
6 May 2016



HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Weeks 17, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 13 new cases for week 17 2016, bringing the total to 186 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.

HIV diagnoses in Ireland
RTE Radio 1 Drivetime, 2 May 2016
Niall Mulligan Executive Director at HIV Ireland talks about the dramatic increase in HIV new diagnoses in Ireland. (Podcast – Interview starts at 01:08:00).

Ten diagnosed with HIV every week
Irish Examiner, 30 April 2016
Ten people are diagnosed with HIV every week in this country and HIV Ireland has said the incoming government must take urgent action to address the crisis.

Which men stand to benefit most from access to PrEP?
Aidsmap, 3 May 2016
More results from the PROUD study: Gay men most likely to benefit from PrEP are the ones with rectal STIs and the ones who have unprotected sex with more partners.

Study of HIV and STIs risk is a “wake-up call” for health providers serving young gay men
BetaBlog, 4 May 2016
This study documents the incidence of HIV and STIs among very young MSM - including those under age 18 - who were followed over a period of two years.

How do gay men diagnosed with HIV change their risk behaviour?
Aidsmap, 2 May 2016
Two Australian surveys carried out over the last few years have examined the behaviour of gay men in the period immediately after being diagnosed as HIV-positive. Researchers found considerable changes in sexual activities, an increase in disclosure and in condoms use. The survey also found that support from other men already living with HIV had a beneficial effect on the newly diagnosed.

How to Disclose Your HIV Status in 5 Easy Steps
HIV Plus Mag, 5 May 2016
“When you first learn that you are HIV-positive, one of the immediate, dreaded thoughts that can come to mind is this: How will I ever tell my family and friends that I’m positive? What will they think of me?”

Number of HIV infections falling in United States, but fails to meet reduction goals
Eureka Alert, 3 May 2016
Fewer Americans are becoming infected with HIV, but researchers say that the decline still doesn’t meet national goals and more diagnostic, prevention services and treatment services are needed.

Elton John AIDS Foundation Calls for End to HIV Criminalization
HRC, 3 May 2016
The Elton John AIDS Foundation has called on “federal, state, and local governments to put an end to the use of criminal law to target the conduct of people living with HIV and other diseases.” EJAF Chairman David Furnish has pointed to the negative impact these laws have on public health and the real and lasting harm done to people living with and affected by HIV.

High prevalence of geriatric conditions in HIV-positive patients aged over 50 in San Francisco
Aidsmap, 5 May 2016
This research carried out in San Francisco clinics for HIV positive people reviews the prevalence and variety of age-related and HIV-related physical and mental health problems experienced by these patients.

HIV-positive patients get organs from donors with HIV in UK transplant first
The Guardian, 5 May 2016
Two livers and a pair of kidneys have been transplanted while doctors hope more people living with HIV will join donor register.
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HIV kidney transplant patient reveals why he decided to be medical pioneer
The Mirror, 4 May 2016

There Are Proven Ways to Fight HIV. Telling People Not to Have Sex Isn’t One
Motherboard, 4 May 2016
The US has been funding abstinence and faithfulness education in sub-Saharan Africa to prevent HIV transmission, but a new study shows that this strategy doesn’t work.

Antibody injections could be stepping stone to HIV vaccine
The Conversation, 6 May 2016
New studies have showed that monkeys injected with neutralising antibodies were shielded from HIV infection for as long as six months.

HIV charities express caution at NHS sharing medical records with Google
GayStar news, 4 May 2016
Google has now been granted access to 1.6 million personal medical records by the UK’s NHS. The tech giant will have access to patients’ data including  details of HIV-positive people, drug overdoses and abortions. The opt-out is complicated and it doesn't cover data on admission, discharge and transfer of patients.


Hepatitis C now kills more Americans than HIV, tuberculosis and 60 other infectious diseases combined
Daily Mail, 5 May 2016
According to a new CDC report, Hepatitis C is now infecting millions of people in the US and is more deadly than every other infectious disease combined.

Hepatitis C therapy improves quality of life for people who inject drugs, but reinfection risk remains
Aidsmap. 6 May 2016
A study presented at the 2016 International Liver Congress shows that people on opiate substitution therapy infected with Hep C can be successfully treated, but the risk of reinfection is quite high.



Home Testing Kits Are a New Way to Fight the STIs Epidemic
Vice, 5 May 2016
Researchers and activists in the US reckon the increase of STIs is due to various factors including cutting of funds for testing programs, closure of clinics around the States, online dating, and inadequate sexual education. Various organisations are now trying to fight the stigma and the shame attached to sexual transmitted infections, offering home self-testing kits for STIs and HIV.

Crisis over syphilis treatment as Canada running out of drug used to treat potentially deadly infection
Vancouver Sun, 5 May 2016
Doctors in Canada are facing a shortage of the main drug used to treat syphilis. The Public Health Agency of Canada has posted guidelines on how to ration the medications available for treatment and given suggestions on alternative drugs.
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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 11th May.  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 21st May. 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

HIV and Hepatitis C
The one-day training takes place on Tuesday 17th May.  Further information and booking forms 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

What’s in the Powder?

This new harm reduction information campaign is a collaboration of the Ana Liffey Drugs Project and three third-level colleges in Dublin – TCD, DIT and UCD.  More information at

A new campaign launched by the Irish Pharmacy Union encouraging people to ask their pharmacist for advice about their sexual health and family planning needs.


VHI Women’s Mini Marathon
Taking part in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in June? Join ‘Team HIV Ireland’ and help raise vital funds for our range of services.  Email brona.cousins@hivireland for details.
Diceman 20th Anniversary Posters

Thom McGinty – The Diceman and HIV Activist - 20th Anniversary Commemorative Limited Edition Posters for sale at HIV Ireland.  All proceeds go to HIV Ireland.  Email for details.

HIV and sexual health information for men who have sex with men.

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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