HIV in the News

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Each week we produce a round-up of the latest news; below are last week's top stories.  News from previous weeks is available in our archive on the right. If you have seen a story relating to HIV in the news, please let us know.  If you work for an organisation supporting people living with HIV and/or affected communities and would like to join our Policy Network and receive a daily news briefing via email please contact

News Mon 21 - Fri 25 July

Mid Essex CCG proposes IVF for HIV and cancer patients only
BBC News
Replacing Atos with another private provider will not solve flaws in disability benefits system MPs warn
The Independent
HIV is increasing in gay men in London because of lack of testing, comparative study finds
Want to rid the world of HIV? Then you can start by decriminalising prostitution (Global)
The Independent
Anti-gay laws will help global spread of HIV, claims global AIDS expert (Global)
The Independent

News Mon 14 - Fri 18 July

Study: A third of teenagers think they can't catch HIV through unprotected sex
BBC Newsbeat
Migrants must pay more to use NHS, say ministers 
BBC News
Home Office accessing NHS records to help track down illegal immigrants
The Guardian
World Health Organisation recommends that all gay men should take antiretroviral medicine to halt HIV epidemic (Global)
The Independent
One in SEVEN Australians with HIV don't know they have the virus as number of people diagnosed hits 20-year high (Australia)
Daily Mail

News Mon 07 - Fri 11 July

Complex needs and overlapping vulnerabilities frequently reported by 'high risk' gay men in Scotland
Sunday Mirror investigation reveals shocking rise of dangerous anabolic steroid use in Britain's gyms
Substantial proportion of male HIV infections labelled as 'heterosexual exposure' in UK probably due to sex with other men
HIV re-emerges in 'cured' Mississippi girl (USA)
BBC News
HIV home-tests ban lifted but patience required for an accurate result  (Australia)
The Guardian

News Mon 30 - Fri 04 July

Female Genital Mutilation Failure A 'National Scandal' Say MPs
Huffington Post UK
Drug-resistant pathogens are the world's biggest health crisis
Public Health England: 'Gay men disproportionately affected by ill-health
Herpes-2 To Blame For Rising HIV Infections Among Heterosexual users of non-injectable drugs (USA)
Medical Daily
Three babies 'CURED' of HIV after being given revolutionary vaccine in the first hours of their lives (Canada)
Daily Mail

News Mon 23 - Fri 27 June

Safe sex message fears after rise in STIs
Redditch Standard
Aids charities call for drug decriminalisation
The Independent (Web)
Data Sharing: HIV status and confidentiality
GP online
Study: Bisexual men 'most at risk' from sexually transmitted infections (USA)
High prevalence of risk behaviour means there's potential for worsening of HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs in Europe

News Mon 16 - Fri 20 June

ESA sickness benefit is 'failing', government documents say
BBC News
Older HIV patients 'need more support'
BBC News
UK Government rules out easing restrictions on gay men giving blood
Less Than Half of America Is Getting Tested for HIV. Here's Why (USA)
Huffington Post
Paediatric HIV Treatment Initiative Aims to Promote the Development and distribution of HIV medicines for children
International IP and the Public Interest

News Mon 09 - Fri 13 June

The biggest obstacle to tacking HIV is prejudice', says Norman Fowler
Evening Standard
Strategy for people taking first-line ART (anti-retroviral therapy) - new research (UK)
Hundreds of thousands hit by benefit backlog
BBC News
Gene editing tool can write HIV out of the picture (USA)
New Scientist
Sex on demand: geosocial networking apps and risk of sexually transmitted infections among men have sex with men in Los Angeles County (USA)

News Mon 02 - Fri 06 June

HIV treatment on the rise in Taunton and Bridgwater
This is The West Country
Home tattoo fad putting Barking and Dagenham teens in danger of infection
Barking and Dagenham Post
Teaching about sex and relationships
The Guardian
Gay Blood Donors: Is It Time to Lift the FDA Ban? (USA)
Syphilis Rises Among Gay Men, Possibly Fuelling HIV Spread (USA) HIV/AIDS Treatment News

News Mon 26 - Fri 30 May

Drug experts issue warning over 'chem-sex' parties
The Guardian 
New health fears as users inject legal high drugs
Glasgow Evening Times
HIV and Hepatitis C sufferers call for financial probe on NHS
Bill would require condoms during porn filming (USA)
Daily Mail
US: CDC launches ad campaign recommending HIV-preventative drugs (USA)

News Mon 19 - Fri 23 May

Drug-resistant HIV pandemic is a 'real possibility', expert claims
The Independent
HIV-positive teen 'learned nothing' about unprotected sex at school
Daily Mail
Call for HIV pill for gay men at risk of infection to be made available on the NHS
At risk of HIV? Pop a pill for protection, says CDC (USA)
New Scientist
UNAIDS calls for increase in efforts to find HIV vaccine (Global)
Vaccine News Daily