Tag Archives: HIV

HIV and £££

Three contrasting stories around HIV hit our in-tray at BCN this month. Between them they highlight how different health provision is slowly becoming around Britain. This is something which may become even more marked with the new elected “super-Mayors” in places like Liverpool, Bristol and the West Midlands, as they acquire health policy powers for areas covering millions of people. […]

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Scotland approves anti-HIV drug

Yesterday (Monday 10th April) Scotland became the first of the UK nations to approve the provision of PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis) by the NHS to prevent HIV. Following a rigorous process the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) announced that PrEP, the HIV prevention drug, has been deemed a cost-effective treatment to prevent the transmission of HIV and will be made available […]

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Lords can’t say the “B” on HIV

Last night at 7.23pm the House of Lords held a short debate around HIV and access to PrEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis, the drug treatment currently considered one of the effective ways of minimising transmission and infection. It was a good debate but notable for only ever talking about “gay men” – bisexuals were pretty thoroughly erased. Lord Black of Brentwood opened […]

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Blood ban: Ireland next?

The Republic of Ireland may be about to follow Great Britain and other countries by relaxing their life ban on blood donation for bisexual and gay men. The Irish Independent newspaper reports that a decision will be made by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar following a national conference at the end of this week. The Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board […]

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NHS flip-flops on PrEP

Last month the NHS announced it was to end consideration of funding PrEP treatment (pre-exposure prophylaxis) as an HIV prevention programme in England.  Today they rowed back from that position following the threat of a legal challenge. The National AIDS Trust (NAT) decided it had a strong legal case to challenge the NHS England decision. NAT began legal action on […]

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World AIDS Day

December 1st is World AIDS Day, marked annually since 1988, and this year’s theme message is Kissing Doesn’t Spread HIV. Ignorance Does. It’s a response to National AIDS Trust research which shows 16% of people wrongly think you can get HIV from kissing, up from 4% ten years ago. With over 36 million people living with HIV worldwide, in 2014 […]

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