HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
9 October 2015



HPSC - Weekly HIV & STI Report - Week 40, 2015
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show 4 new cases for week 40-2015, bringing the total to 353 HIV new notifications for 2015 to date.

Rory O'Neill on living with HIV: 'Most gay guys don't understand how far things have changed and how different it is'
Irish Independent, 12 October 2015
Rory O’Neill aka Panti Bliss talks about his life, and about stigma and prejudice still surrounding people living with HIV.

Get free P(r)EP on the NHS – NOW
Greg Owen Blog, 12 October 2015
Increasing numbers of gay men in London are 'clinic hopping' in order to claim PEP and instead using it as PrEP.

HIV negative gay men are their own worst enemy in the fight against rising HIV rates
Gay Star News, 12 October 2015
The author of this article says that the results of GMFA’s Big Gay Sex Survey have convinced him that having sex with HIV-positive gay men on medication is safer than sex with a partner who is untested..

How PrEP changed both my life and my attitude towards sex
Gay Star News, 14 October 2015
A UK-based gay man says that taking daily PrEP medication has helped him to feel in control and eradicate the shadow that HIV casts over his sex life.

PreP: How the Tiny Blue Pill Changed My Life
Huffington Post, 14 October 2015
A gay man tells how taking PrEP has changed the way he lives his relationships and encounters, and talks about stigma and prevention.

Are you ready for PrEP?
CDC, 13 October 2015
CDC infographics with information on PrEP and FAQ.

This Toolkit Helps Implement Sexual Health Services for Gay Men
Poz, October 2015
The Global Forum on MSM & HIV has published a practical guidance ‘Implementing Comprehensive HIV and STI Programmes with Men Who Have Sex with Men’ for developing sexual health services for MSM worldwide. 

HIV drugs provide added benefit of protecting against hepatitis B virus
Medical Xpress, 12 October 2015
In a study involving MSM, researchers report that men with HIV effectively treated were the least likely to get infected with Hepatitis B over an average follow-up of about 10 years.

Sobering Results from Real World HIV Treatment Analysis
Med Page Today, 13 October 2015
Researchers say that the proportion of people with HIV whose treatment is successful appears lower in the real world than in clinical trials.

At least 25,000 people in the US may now be using PrEP
Aidsmap, 14 October 2015
The recent IAPAC summit ‘Controlling the HIV Epidemic with Antiretrovirals’ has presented data related to the implementation of treatment as prevention (TasP) and PrEP.

To treat HIV, curb drinking
Yale Daily News, 13 October 2015
Treating alcohol use problems in HIV-positive patients may lead to better management of the virus and its treatment.

Reports of HIV 'breakthrough' and 'cure' are premature
NHS, 12 October 2015
A study has reviewed the phenomenon known as post-treatment control - where a minority of people with HIV remain in remission even after treatment is stopped - while in most people once the treatment is stopped HIV virus’ levels increase again.

New HIV Drug Beats Older Cousin on Safety
Med Page Today, 12 October 2015
A new version of tenofovir seems to have similar efficacy but a better safety profile.

Zimbabwe: Faith Healing Puts Young People Living With HIV At Risk
AllAfrica, 12 October 2015
Faith healing can have a huge impact on adolescents living with HIV as many stop taking medications after being told they have been healed spiritually.



Life-saving drugs can now be given by trained members of the public
The Journal, 15 October 2015
Naxolone is one of the potentially life-saving medicines that can now be administered by trained members of the public in case of emergency. A new law will allow organisations (such as schools, college campuses, workplaces and sporting venues) to store and administer these medications.

Surge in new HIV cases linked to ‘snow blow’ drug use
Irish Examiner, 12 October 2015
A surge in the number of new cases of HIV among intravenous drug users in Dublin this year has been linked to the growing use of a new drug known as “snow blow”.



Hepatitis C-related mortality continues to increase in the US
Aidsmap, 16 October 2015
According to a recent CDC study, deaths related to hepatitis C infection continue to rise in the US despite the advent of highly effective interferon-free therapy.



Shock poll finds 3 out of 4 people keep their sexual orientation a secret at work
Gay Star News, 13 October 2015
The Irish survey, which has surprised local diversity advocates, shows there is still a long way to go in achieving LGBTI workplace equality.

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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 17th October. 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 commences on Tuesday 3rd November for six weeks.  For more info and bookings email

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