Tag Archives: NHS

Syphilis on the up again

A report published by Public Health England (PHE) today reveals that while the overall rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remained stable in 2017 compared to 2016, there was a 20% increase in syphilis (from 5,955 cases in 2016 to 7,137 cases in 2017). The increase in syphilis follows a 10-year trend, with 78% of diagnoses in bisexual, gay and […]

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NHS takes notes

For millions of us, from April 2019 the NHS will become more active about recording the sexual orientation of patients, in line with new guidance just published by NHS England. Across England patients will be asked about their sexual orientation – and recorded as being variously bi, gay, straight, other, don’t know or won’t say. The move brings the NHS […]

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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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HPV Vaccine for bi men

The NHS in Wales will begin to offer the HPV vaccine to bisexual and gay men, it was announced today. A vaccination programme began in 2008 for young women to be immunised against the human papilloma virus, which can cause various kinds of cancer. For several years campaigners have argued that this should be extended to bi and gay men, […]

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