HIV Ireland
NewsDesk Weekly
23 September 2016




HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Week 37, 2016
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 3 new cases for week 37 - 2016, bringing the total to 381 HIV new notifications for 2016 to date.

NHS tells cancer patients they are unable to treat them because of PrEP
Pink News, 19 September 2016
NHS is blaming the cost of PrEP for a halt on the patients' procedures.
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Cancer patients claim they are being refused life-saving treatment 'because the NHS is saving up to pay for a controversial HIV drug'
Daily Mail, 19 September 2016
Three patients have each been told by doctors that their treatment has been suspended to ensure there is sufficient funding for PrEP.

Dodgy kits give dodgy results
UK Gov, 13 September 2016
Every year the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency seize thousands of counterfeit and unlicensed condoms, STI test kits, and HIV self-test kits. These items are not safe as they don’t provide adequate protection and don’t give reliable tests results.

Show and Tell: How to Disclose Your HIV Status to Your Kids
The Body, Fall 2016
Most parents choose not to disclose their HIV status to their children. They are afraid to disrupt their children’s lives, and they are also afraid to be judged. But is non-disclosure the right thing to do?

New York clinic outlines how to improve uptake of PrEP by transgender people
Aidsmap, 19 September 2016
International AIDS Conference 2016: activists talk about their efforts to engage transgender people and encourage them to use PrEP, while highlighting all the social factors that need to be addressed for an effective HIV prevention among this population.

Alexis Arquette, Lady Chablis, Trans Health, and the Tabloid Response to HIV
HIV Plus Mag, 13 September 2016
HIV progression, AIDS, stigma, and healthcare inequities.

Transmasculinity: Sexual Health & HIV Prevention
The Huffington Post, 16 September 2016
Healthcare providers: best practice for dealing with gender non-conformity in clinical environment.

Yes, These Injectables Work Better Than Pills
HIV Plus Mag, 19 September 2016
A monthly injectable treatment could change the way people living with HIV manage their lives and help them keep adherence.

Four day a week ART: sub-optimal drug levels but few virological failures
I-Base, 19 September 2016
The results of a trial based on a reduced dose maintenance treatment (taking ART for just four days a week) show that ART is likely to retain viral suppression even with less than 100% adherence, therefore reassuring patients with a history of viral suppression who might occasionally miss a dose.

Is it Ethical to Pay Adolescents to Take HIV Treatment?
BMJ, 20 September 2016
Pilot study on HIV treatment of young people in developing countries and incentives for their retention in care.

Flu Season Approaches: What Do People With HIV Need to Know?
The Body, 15 September 2016
Can people living with HIV use the vaccine flu?

Inside the Fight to Make a Revolutionary HIV Medication Widely Available
Broadly – Vice, 21 September 2016
PrEP debate in UK: PrEP is not a medication for gay men only.

PrEP Use May Stunt Bone Growth in Young Men
Poz, 20 September 2016
After losing bone density during a year on PrEP, young men recouped their losses a year later but didn’t catch up with norms.

Scientists use innovative technique to identify cells that hide HIV – and kill it
IBTimes, 21 September 2016
Scientists have used a new technique to identify the cells inside which the HIV virus remains dormant, in patients treated with antiretroviral therapy. Knowing exactly where the virus is may allow them to "wake up" it up and make sure it is efficiently targeted by the immune system or by therapeutic drugs.



HCV treatment is effective and may work as prevention for people who inject drugs
Aidsmap, 20 September 2016
INHSU 2016 Conference: Hepatitis C treatment for people who inject drugs is as safe and effective as it is for non-drug-users and treating enough of this population could reduce transmission or even bring a halt to local epidemics.


Drug centres must be located in city centre, says junior Minister
Irish Times, 16 September 2016
Catherine Byrne, TD for Dublin South Central said she would fight to retain the Merchants Quay Ireland needle exchange and drug treatment centre in the south inner city.

Merchant’s Quay case study: ‘I walked out of prison, I went to get gear’
The Irish Times, 16 September 2016
A young man describes time in jail and his efforts to escape drug addiction.

Philippines' war on drugs affecting fight against HIV
DW, 19 September 2016
Philippines’ government is to extend its anti-drug campaign. Activists say that the crackdown could be harming HIV interventions for injecting drug users.



Noonan says scrapping VAT on condoms would not lower STI rate
Irish Times, 20 September 2016
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan says he believes eliminating VAT on condoms would not have a significant impact on sexual behaviour.

Drug-resistant STIs mean ‘if you don’t wrap it up, you’re in trouble’
Global News, 17 September 2016
Scientists say that doctors who dispense the wrong medications, people who don’t finish their prescriptions and those who don’t get tested are part of the reasons why STIs have become increasingly resistant to antibiotics.

CDC Sounds More Urgent Alarm About Emerging Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea
Poz, 21 September 2016
The CDC has issued a new warning about another new strand of Gonorrhoea recently identified.


Sex Work 

FactCheck: Would a new government bill really decriminalise sex workers?
The Journal, 18 September 2016
The Irish Government has been urged to move forward with its bill to reform the law on prostitution in Ireland. Here is a review of the proposed bill and its implications.
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Good Practice:
Developing a Sexual Health Policy

This new one-day training takes place on Thursday 29th September 2016 at HIV Ireland.  More information and booking forms available at




Free HIV testing
clinic at HIV Ireland

The next HIV and STI testing clinic at HIV Ireland takes place on Wednesday 28th 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 19th October.  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 15th October. 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

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

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Gay Switchboard Ireland
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