HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
9 September 2016




HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Week 35, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 10 new cases for week 35 - 2016, bringing the total to 363 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.

1 in 6 Gay & Bi Men Will Get HIV in Their Lifetime
HIV Plus Mag, 31 August 2016
According to data published by the US CDC, men who have sex with men represent 83 percent of new HIV cases with 92 percent of new diagnoses among men between the ages of 13 and 24.
HIV Among Gay and Bisexual Men – CDC Fact Sheet

Gay and Bi Men With More Partners Are More Likely to Use HIV Risk Reduction Methods
Poz, 7 September 2016
MSM who have more sexual partners are more likely to use a variety of sexual risk reduction practices. Having more sexual partners increases the risk of transmission of HIV, but engaging in other risk reduction strategies, even those outside of the use of condoms, may otherwise reduce overall risk.

Kaposi Sarcoma Scared Me Back to My HIV Treatment
HIV Plus mag, 6 September 2016
This long-term survivor was the last person you'd imagine going off treatment — but he did. Here's what happened next.

The Case for Strong Workplace HIV/AIDS Programs
The Body, 2 September 2016
HIV is a workplace issue not only because it affects labour and productivity, but also because the workplace has a vital role to play in the wider effort to limit the spread and effects of the epidemic.

HIV-positive gay and bisexual men have increased risk of hospitalisation with anxiety and mood disorders, a risk factor for later mortality
Aidsmap, 7 September 2016
A new research shows that HIV-positive MSM are nearly ten times more likely to be hospitalised because of mood and anxiety disorders than HIV-negative MSM and men in the general population. 

Gay men reveal what life is like living with HIV – Watch
Attitude, 6 September 2016
A new campaign video from GMFA shares the stories of eleven gay men living with HIV, and shows how stigma surrounding HIV will not stop them from living their life. The men discuss how their careers, relationships, sex lives and hobbies have not been affected by their positive status.

Getting Through the Emotions of Your First Poz Year
HIV Plus Mag, 7 September 2016
A therapist - specialised in chronic and catastrophic medical conditions management - talks about how to cope after being diagnosed with HIV.

Cuomo Introduces Bill for HIV-Positive Teens to Get Treatment Without Parental Consent
HIV Plus Mag, 8 September 2016
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced legislation he claims would end the “HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York State” by 2020 through several new proposals, including one that allows minors the right to receive HIV treatment as well as preventative services like PrEP without parental consent.

Russia faces HIV epidemic with 1 million positive cases; Kremlin blames moral lapses
ABC News, 7 September 2016
Russia has over 1 million people officially registered with HIV, with infection rates growing at over 10 per cent per year, but the Kremlin's ultra-conservative approach to the crisis is being heavily criticised by activists and campaigners.
See also:
Russian HIV workers fear blacklisting
BBC News, 6 September 2016

2016 Complete HIV Treatment Guide
HIV Plus mag, 19 August 2016
Comprehensive look at the medications approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of HIV and opportunistic infections.

Gut bacteria affect immune recovery in HIV patients, study finds
Science Daily, 5 September 2016
Gut bacteria have an important role in the immune recovery of HIV patients. New complementary therapies could target these bacteria to boost the efficiency of ART and prevent the complications associated with immune deficiency and chronic inflammation.

Life expectancy of patients starting HIV therapy differs sharply between high and middle/low income countries
Aidsmap, 8 September 2016
HIV early diagnosis and treatment have highly improved life expectancy of HIV patients, but there are still significant disparities between world regions.

New vaccination strategies coach immune system to make HIV-neutralizing antibodies
Science Daily, 8 September 2016
New vaccine studies will be focused on the human body ability to produce HIV-blocking antibodies.



Prisons could unlock hep C-free future
Health Medicine, 8 September 2016
A new research presented at the INHSU 2016 Symposium highlights the importance of HepC prevention and treatment for people who inject drugs in prisons.

New research supports hep C treatment for people who use drugs
Science Daily, 7 September 2016
Global health experts are calling for the removal of restrictions preventing people who use drugs from accessing new hepatitis C cures.


Minister Catherine Byrne TD announces a Public Consultation on the New National Drugs Strategy
Department of Health, 6 September 2016
Minister Catherine Byrne has announced a public consultation on the current drugs situation in Ireland in order to develop a new national drugs strategy.



Massive spike in STIs in Ireland ahead of peak transmission season
Irish Independent, 6 September 2016
New figures from the HPSC show an increase in STIs and health officials are urging people to practice safe sex. The warning comes ahead of the Christmas party season, which is traditionally peak transmission period.

Prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus - Interim guidance update
WHO, 6 September 2016
WHO has developed a technical guidance to be used to respond to Zika virus disease and complications.
See also:
Various publications on Zika virus

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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 September.  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 21st September.  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 September. 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 every Wednesday evening from 6pm to 8pm, at PantiBar every Saturday and Sunday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm and every Tuesday evening at the George Bar from 8pm to 10pm.  More information 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

This popular one-day training takes place on Thursday 22nd September 2016 at HIV Ireland.  More information and booking forms 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

The new 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
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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