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NewsDesk Weekly
9 December 2016




HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Week 48, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 9 new cases for week 48- 2016, bringing the total to 472 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.

Survey finds good knowledge of PrEP in Europe and a considerable amount of unsupported informal PrEP use
Aidsmap, 1 December 2016
The 'Flash! PrEP in Europe' survey of knowledge and use of PrEP in Europe has found high, though varying levels of knowledge about pre-exposure prophylaxis among respondents.
Survey infographics: 
First results of Flash PrEPSurvey 2016
Aides, 1 December 2016

New PrEP Survey Shows Europe Wants Access Now
The Outmost, 5 December 2016
Over fifteen thousand people across Europe took part in the Flash! PrEP survey which examined people’s attitudes to and knowledge of the medication which is nearly 100% effective at reducing the risk of HIV infection.

Trial for HIV prevention drug approved
The Telegraph, 4 December 2016
More than 10,000 gay men will be offered a drug which prevents transmission of HIV after health officials lost a Court of Appeal battle over funding.

HIV 'game-changer' now on NHS
BBC News, 4 December 2016
NHS has launched another trial for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis drugs. About 10,000 people will receive PrEP in a three-year clinical trial starting next year.

NHS England fudges PrEP access and delays on-demand access to PrEP by years; blocks doctors from prescribing PrEP now
HIV i-Base, 4 December 2016
Activist group HIV i-Base claims that the NHS is further delaying access to HIV prevention while still not allowing doctors to protect the health of their patients by prescribing PrEP based on clinical need.
See also:
PrEP in the UK: Terms and Conditions will apply
Incidence Zero, 4 December 2016

NHS to fund PrEP for 10,000 people
Greg Owen Blog, 4 December 2016
“The leading question at the moment is: Why do we need another trial?”

Green Party Push For Prep And Rapid HIV Testing
The Outmost, 8 December 2016
The Green Party’s Eamon Ryan has spoken in the Dáil to press the government to make PrEP access a priority and to continue to fund the KnowNow Rapid HIV Testing initiative launched this year.

HIV transmission from mother-to-child at all time low in UK and Ireland
Medical News Today, 5 December 2016
According to research led by UCL, the number of mothers passing the HIV virus to their babies has fallen to a new record low in the UK and Ireland thanks to the very high take-up of antenatal HIV screening and treatment.

Report claims the Health and Social Care Act is failing People Living with HIV in the UK
APPG, 1 December 2016
According to a report launched by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS, vital services for people living with HIV in the UK are under threat because of changes made under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Full report:
‘HIV Puzzle: piecing together HIV care since the Health and Social Care Act’

Why male couples should think about HIV in their relationships
The Conversation, 30 November 2016
MSM are experiencing an increase in HIV infections. Public health campaigns focused mainly on the risks of casual sex. However, recent studies show that about one third of new infections in fact come from main partners.

Inside The Dark, Dangerous World of Chemsex
Buzzfeed, 3 December 2016
Editor Patrick Strudwick investigates the hidden world of chemsex, through unprecedented first person testimony.

HIV Patients Furious Over "Horror" AIDS Campaign
NL Times, 6 December 2016
HIV patients in the Netherlands are furious about the phrases used by the Dutch AIDS Fund's radio commercial campaign.

RCGP response to NICE guidelines on HIV testing
Medical News Today
Royal College of GPs Clinic Lead talks about new guidelines on HIV testing implementation.

The Success Of HIV Treatment Is Increasing The Risk Of Drug-Resistance
The Huffington Post, 6 December 2016
While more people with HIV are getting on antiretroviral therapy, scientists are now warning of the rise of drug-resistant HIV strains, especially in African countries.

"Callous, Cold And Deliberately Duplicitous": Calling Out Racism In Canadian Newspaper Coverage Of HIV Non-Disclosure Cases 1989-2015
Positive Lite, 30 November 2016
A report issued by Canadian university researchers calls for fairness and accuracy in the newsroom and an end to coverage that stigmatises people with HIV.
Full report:
“Callous, Cold And Deliberately Duplicitous”
Racialisation, immigration and the representation of HIV criminalisation in Canadian mainstream newspapers.

CDC releases new data on HIV diagnosis and prevalence in the United States
Aidsmap, 30 November 2016
The CDC has released its latest report on recently diagnosed HIV infections in the United States, which covers data to the end of 2015.

Specific HIV Curative Approach May Pose Danger to Patients' Brains
Gen News, 6 December 2016
The "shock and kill” strategy - based on latency-reversing agents that wake up dormant viruses in the body - can have potentially serious side effects.



First WHO prequalified hepatitis C rapid test opens the door to expanded treatment
Who, December 2016
After releasing updated guidance on care and treatment of viral hepatitis, WHO has now prequalified its first hepatitis C rapid diagnostic test, a tool that will aid diagnosis of HCV in low- and middle-income countries and improve access to treatment.

Almost half of MSM with HIV/HCV co-infection have HCV in their rectal fluid
Aidsmap, 8 December 2016
Researchers have found that semen and rectal fluid, rather than blood from the rectum, are the fluids that mediate most HCV infections. They therefore call for public health campaigns to educate MSM about these routes of HepC transmission.

Hepatitis C virus infection is rising among gay and bisexual men in San Diego
Aidsmap, 5 December 2016
AASLD Liver Meeting 2016: The prevalence of hepatitis C infection among HIV-positive MSM in San Diego has increased over the past 15 years, especially among men who do not inject drugs but use methamphetamine.



Re-emergence of syphilis traced to pandemic strain cluster
Medical News Today, 7 December 2016
An international research team has now shown that all syphilis strains from modern patient samples share a common ancestor from the 1700s.


Sexual Health

Minister to ‘accelerate’ proposals for changes to sex education
Schools Week, 6 December 2016
UK Ministers have suggested that sex and relationships education could be made statutory in schools through upcoming legislation due early next year.

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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 14th December.  This is a free, walk-in service.  For more details and further testing dates see


Free HIV and STI testing at
The Red Door Project, Drogheda

***New*** Free HIV and STI testing clinics at the Red Door Project, St. Mary’s School Convent, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.  Third Wednesday of every month.  The next clinic takes place on Wednesday 21 December  This is a free, walk-in service (no appointment needed).

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 17th December. Doors open 1:30 pm.


***New*** 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


KnowNow Rapid HIV Testing (Dublin)

Free, friendly and confidential rapid HIV testing available at Outhouse LGBT Community Centre, at PantiBar, at The Boilerhouse sauna and at the George Bar.  For days and times of testing see

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

Hands Up for #HIVPrevention

The UNAIDS global World AIDS Day campaign for 2016.  More information available at

Join the Just Carry One campaign and promote safer sex at

A new harm reduction information campaign about Snow Blow and HIV launched on Irish AIDS Day 2016 by HIV Ireland the Ana Liffey Drug Project.  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

HIV: Laid Bare

HIV prevention and awareness campaign by the Gay Health Network partnership as part of the programme.  #GetTheBareFacts at


HIV and Sexual Health Helpline

Freephone or email the HIV and sexual health helpline for confidential support and information.
Gay Switchboard Ireland
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