HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
23 October 2015



HPSC - Weekly HIV & STI Report - Week 41, 2015
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show 15 new cases for week 41-2015, bringing the total to 367 HIV new notifications for 2015 to date.

UK fails to reduce numbers of HIV diagnoses - The NHS shouldn't withold PrEP any longer
NAT, 20 October 2015
The NAT Press release follows the annual update on the number of cases of HIV published by Public Health England.
See also:
HIV New Diagnoses, Treatment and Care in the UK 2015 - report
Public Health England, 20 October 2015

Increase in the number of people diagnosed with HIV in the UK
Western Daily Express, 20 October 2015
Data published by Public Health England show that there has been a rise in the number of people diagnosed with HIV, and nearly 40% of the newly diagnosed had “late stage” HIV.

When will Europe get PrEP?
Aidsmap, 23 October 2015
At the moment, PrEP is not being funded by national or regional governments in Europe, and any use that is occurring is either the result of individual arrangements with doctors, private prescribing outside the public health system, or informal and unmonitored use.

PrEP: The Pathway to Global Access
TAG, Fall 2015

Regulatory filing and review delays keep Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis out of reach of those who need it most. 

EATG HIV Prevention Position Paper now available
EATG, 19 October 2015
The European AIDS Treatment Group has published an overview of many various issues connected to HIV prevention.

Nearly HALF of Brits don't 'believe' they'll catch AIDS/HIV despite not using a condom
Daily Express, 21 October 2015
More than 48% of the young people interviewed said that contracting HIV is "not something that could happen in their friendship group".

#AskTyler: I'm HIV-Positive and I Don't Feel Like I Want to Live
Gay, 19 October 2015
David from Alabama writes, "I just found out that I am HIV-positive and I'm losing my mind. I'm afraid I'm going to lose my job and my family will hate me. I don't think I want to live."

He gave her HIV. She fights his prison release
USA Today, 20 October 2015
A man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for criminally transmitting HIV. He's up for parole after serving six years of that term, but his ex says that's not enough and he is not safe.

Canada: New film explores the impact of using sexual assault law to prosecute HIV non-disclosure
HIV Justice, 15 October 2015
‘Consent: HIV non-disclosure and sexual assault law’ questions the use of sexual assault law in the context of non-disclosure HIV cases.

Why bans on HIV self-testing should be lifted
The Conversation, 23 October 2015
This article highlights the benefits of early diagnosis and examines various issues raised about self-testing, such as the need for counselling and the dangers of misuse.

Stop Shaming HIV Treatment Fatigue and Detectability
The Body, 18 October 2015
After diagnosis, it is not easy to totally commit to treatment. Competent care and support should be given to the ones who experience such difficulties.

Keeping People With HIV Engaged in Care Is an Ongoing Effort
Poz, 20 October 2015
Retention in care seems to be particularly difficult for those who are at the earlier stages of the infection, young people, and people who inject drugs.

Encasing HIV drugs in FAT 'helps prolong their effect - and could mean patients only need treatment once a year'
Daily Mail, 20 October 2015
Scientists hope that slow release drugs - reducing treatment regimens to just once or twice a year - will make it much easier for patients to adhere to treatment and lessen the negative side effects.

Unlicensed Cambodian medic on trial for infecting more than 100 people with HIV
The Guardian, 20 October 2015
A village practitioner faces charges of murder and intentionally spreading HIV for his reuse of needles.

Thousands of dental patients offered HIV and hepatitis tests after dentist reused surgery equipment
The Mirror, 20 October 2015
A Cardiff dentist has been suspended after other staff members saw him reusing tools that should have been discarded.

The majority of migrants living with HIV in Europe may have acquired HIV in their new country
Aidsmap, 23 October 2015
A study presented at the 15th European AIDS Conference found evidence that the majority of migrants living with HIV in Europe, and who were diagnosed less than five years ago, probably acquired the virus in their host country rather than the one in which they were born.

Modest bone loss seen in young men taking Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis
Aidsmap, 22 October 2015
According to findings presented at the 15th European AIDS Conference, PrEP can cause bone loss in the people who are using it.

There’s Now a $1-A-Pill Competitor to Martin Shkreli’s $750 Cancer/HIV Drug
Next Shark, 23 October 2015
Imprimis Pharmaceuticals has also announced that they will be producing affordable versions of 7,800 generic FDA-approved drugs.

The Deadly Legacy of HIV Truthers
Gizmodo, 23 October 2015
History of HIV denialism.

The Dos and Don'ts of Discussing HIV
Advocate, 23 October 2015
Here is a list of things you should never say to someone with HIV, and some helpful alternatives you may want to ask.

The dirty 6-letter word that's made HIV much more difficult to combat
Upworthy, 23 October 2015
"Stigma is what prevents people from taking preventive measures, getting tested, and getting into and staying in treatment. By stigmatizing people with HIV, we are actually making all of society more vulnerable."

HIV cure research: NIH scientists create 2-headed protein to deplete HIV reservoir
Medical News Today, 21 October 2015
Scientists have created a protein that awakens resting immune cells infected with HIV and facilitates their destruction in laboratory studies.

Are Artificial Antibodies the Secret To Getting Rid of HIV?
Gay, 22 October 2015
Two new studies have recently proposed a new way to locate HIV in white blood cells by creating artificial antibodies specifically designed to target the HIV.

Spain starts ambitious trial to cure HIV using umbilical cord stem cells
The Local, 23 October 2015
Doctors in Spain have announced the world's first clinical trial to cure five HIV patients within three years using transplants of blood from umbilical cords.

Europe Struggles to Meet UNAIDS 90-90-90 HIV Targets
Medscape, 23 October 2015
15th European AIDS Conference: Eastern Europe is far from reaching HIV targets set by UNAIDS to put the world on track to end AIDS by 2030.



US study provides 'real world' evidence about which patients with hepatitis C should be prioritised for therapy
Aidsmap, 20 October 2015
This study shows that patients with advanced liver fibrosis or cirrhosis are the most in danger and need urgent treatment.



60% of Irish people have never had a sexual health check-up
Spun Out, 20 October 2015
A new survey shows that shame and stigma about discussing STIs and sexual health are still alive, while nearly 60% of the people interviewed are not aware that many STIs are symptomless.
Like on Facebook

National Survey on HIV in Ireland

HIV Ireland invites submissions of tenders to conduct a National Survey on HIV in Ireland.  The closing date for submissions is Monday 2nd November 2015 at 5pm.  Further information is available at



Free HIV testing
clinic at HIV Ireland

The next HIV and STI testing clinic at HIV Ireland takes place on Wednesday 28th October.  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 November. 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

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 STIs: a one-day Workshop
Our next one-day workshop on HIV and STIs takes place on Tuesday 3rd November.  More information and booking forms at

 Personal Development Course
Brought to you by the Gay Health Network, the next Personal Development Course for gay and bisexual men takes place in Limerick and commences on Wednesday 4th November.  For more info and to register email  


Join the Just Carry One campaign and promote safer sex at



An information website on Hepatitis C including information on testing, services and resources:

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


Copyright © 2015 HIV Ireland, All rights reserved.
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp