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NewsDesk Weekly
5 August 2016




HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Week 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 40 new cases for weeks 27, 28, 29 and 30  2016, bringing the total to 313 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.
HIV campaigners win NHS drug battle
BBC News, 2 August 2016
The High Court has ruled that NHS England can fund the HIV prevention drug PrEP. The NHS had argued that providing PrEP was not its responsibility and it was for local councils to fund this kind of health treatment.
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‘Game changer HIV drug’ could come to NI
ITV, 3 August 2016
Historic win for NAT as the High Court overturns NHS England refusal to consider PrEP
NAT, 2 August 2016
NAT Press Release on the High Court ruling.
August update on the commissioning and provision of Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PREP) for HIV prevention
NHS, 2 August 2016
NHS reaction to the High Court ruling.
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NHS to appeal against HIV drug legal ruling
Irish Examiner, 3 August 2016

14,800 tested for infectious diseases at St James’s ED
The Medical Independent, 28 July 2016
Some 14,800 patients have participated in routine opt-out HIV, hepatitis B and C testing at the Emergency Department in St James’s Hospital Dublin over the past year.
New study to examine stigma of living with HIV
Galway Advertiser, 3 August 2016
People living with HIV are being sought to take part in a study being carried out by the Health Promotions Centre at NUI Galway.
BASHH launch first ever UK-wide sexual health outreach standards
BASHH, July 2016
The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV have launched  the first ever UK-wide Standards for the management of STIs in outreach settings, designed to support the highest quality of sexual health care for at risk and hard to reach groups.

Why Owen Jones and others aren't helping when they call PrEP and HIV a 'gay lives matter' issue
UK Independent, 4 August 2016
Some campaigners can unintentionally perpetuate the idea that PrEP is 'a drug for gays who won't use condoms', while straight people with HIV actually far outnumber gay men with HIV in the UK.

Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff describes PrEP as ‘free HIV drug for gays who won’t use condoms’
Attitude, 5 August 2016
The show asked viewers whether the NHS should "blow" money on gay men who have unprotected sex.

The NHS must show it cares about gay men’s lives – and roll out PrEP HIV drugs
The Guardian, 2 August 2016
A landmark court ruling that NHS England can fund the highly effective preventive treatment should be urgently acted on to stop the spread of the disease.

PrEP rationing is symptomatic of NHS bid to cut costs, at all costs
The Guardian, 2 August 2016
Gradually, and largely unacknowledged, the NHS is rationing access to more and more types of care in order to try to balance its books. This process of restricting care and medicine in order to save funds has put patients at risk and angered health professionals.

HIV drug 'gave me the confidence to trust again'
BBC News, 2 August 2016
As campaigners win their High Court case against the NHS, one man tells how taking the medication has changed his life

Six myths about PrEP
FSMAG, 2 August 2016
Six PrEP myths debunked.

Stigma persists in the undetectable era
Aidsmap, 28 July 2016
According to findings from The People Living with HIV Stigma Survey UK 2015, HIV stigma remains a persistent feature in the lives of almost half of people living with diagnosed HIV in the UK.

Grindr considering HIV filter in upcoming version
The Outmost, 2 August 2016
Popular gay dating app Grindr has reportedly been asking users to participate in a survey that asks questions about their HIV status and whether they would be interested in having a filter for users based upon this piece of information.

ABI guide on life insurance to support customers with HIV
ABI, 28 July 2016
The Association of British Insurers has produced a new guide for customers living with HIV to inform them that they can get life insurance, and that people who become HIV positive don’t need to cancel an existing policy.
HIV and related infections in prisoners
The Lancet, 14 July 2016
These detailed articles on HIV and related infections in inmates have been published to coincide with the AIDS 2016 conference in Durban (Log in required.)

The 'War On Drugs' is driving a global epidemic of HIV, TB and hepatitis
The Journal, 15 July 2016
According to new international research, the practice of imprisoning drug users is increasing the rates of HIV and Hep C epidemics.

How Majority Muslim Countries Are Handling HIV Infections
Vice, 31 July 2016
Despite strict rules against promiscuity, homosexuality, drug use, and sex work, the Islamic world is nevertheless—and perhaps as a result—facing up to a growing HIV problem.

Access to HIV home tests doubles the frequency of HIV testing in Australian gay men
Aidsmap, 24 July 2016
A randomised trial conducted with Australian gay men has shown that easy access to self-testing kits can double the frequency with which men test for HIV, with an even greater increase in men who used to test infrequently.

World’s largest study of HIV self-testing gets off the ground
Aidsmap, 22 July 2016
The importance of self-testing for HIV prevention in developing countries. A new project is aiming to explore a range of distribution methods in order to understand their effectiveness in reaching end-users and facilitating linkage to care.

Link found between inflammatory biomarkers, increased heart disease in men with HIV
Science Daily, 3 August 2016
A cardiac imaging study carried out by US researchers has showed a correlation between higher inflammatory biomarkers and an increased prevalence of coronary artery disease in male patients living with HIV.
People who produce powerful HIV antibodies have specific immunological profile
Medical News Today, 31 July 2016
Researchers have identified and described the immunological profile of some people living with HIV who are better able to resist the effects of the virus.

HIV criminalisation on the rise, especially in sub-Saharan Africa
Aidsmap, 19 July 2016
72 countries worldwide have laws that criminalise HIV, either with specific laws, or because HIV is covered by a broader law. Prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure, potential or perceived exposure and/or unintentional transmission have now been reported in 61 countries.

Consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection
Recommendations for a public health approach - Second edition
WHO, June  2016
These updated guidelines provide guidance on HIV testing, prevention, treatment and care.

HIV infecting 2m more people every year, warns UN
The Guardian, 12 July 2016
Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS calls for immediate action to tackle the new rise in HIV infections.
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Hope for 'end of Aids' is disappearing, experts warn
The Guardian, 31 July 2016
Those fighting epidemic say 2030 target is unrealistic as efforts to defeat it falter amid rising infection levels and drug resistance.

Progress towards 90-90-90 targets is promising, but funding is the critical step, says UNAIDS leader
Aidsmap, 18 July 2016
UNAIDS has launched the 90-90-90 progress report at AIDS 2016.



'I lost my partner to it': What it's like to live with Hepatitis C
The Journal, 2 August 2016
Activist Emily Reaper shares her story to raise awareness about Hepatitis C. Emily is also advocating for treatment and support for vulnerable patients such as PWID and homeless people.

Hepatitis C: What's your F-ing Story?
The Irish Times, 28 July 2016
The recent National Hepatitis C Awareness Week in Ireland focused on the most vulnerable patients.

Hepatitis C among drug users in Europe: epidemiology, treatment and prevention
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, 2016
This study reviews the epidemiology of Hepatitis C in Europe and how preventive measures are currently implemented in European countries. International experts also examine the treatment of Hepatitis C among people who inject drugs, policies implementation, new drugs and treatment regimens.

New Hep C Drug First to Cure All Genotypes
HIV Plus Mag, 1 August 2016
The FDA has approved Gilead’s new hepatitis C medication, Epclusa, the first pill to treat all major forms of Hepatitis C.

Sex Work

"Not all people in prostitution are exploited" - John Halligan defends stance on legalising sex work
The Journal, 4 August 2016
The Junior Minister fears that criminalisation will drive sex work further underground.
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GMHS Outreach Clinic
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GUIDE Clinic

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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 Hepatitis C

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