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 19 - Fri 23 January

Soaps, mental health and cancer: how TV is shaping our attitudes 
Many HIV-positive people’s understanding of the law on HIV transmission is “weak and patchy”
Hepatitis C drug delayed by NHS due to high cost
Starting HIV treatment early and then interrupting is no better than delaying it (France)
HIV sweeps across eastern Europe amid economic crisis (Europe)

News Mon 05 - Fri 09 January

Gay blood: Ban by Edwin Poots 'infected by apparent bias'
UK Government to consider study to allow gay, monogamous couples to donate blood
US guidelines on prevention with people living with HIV now emphasise engagement with care, HIV treatment and social factors (USA)
Contraceptive injection raises risk of HIV, research warns (USA)
Elite controllers may pay a high price for their low viral load (USA)

News Mon 22 - Wed 24 December

UK HIV Prevention Funding Saved For Another Year 
FDA eases ban on blood donations from gay men
Hornet Takes A Bold Step In Combating HIV Stigma And Promoting Education (USA)
Kenyan Women With HIV Are Suing Hospitals and Aid Organisations Over Forced Sterilizations (Kenya)

News Mon 15 - Fri 19 December

UK government halves the budget of HIV prevention programme for England 
Petition calls for Government to reconsider 50% HIV prevention cuts
Why a pill to prevent HIV is causing great controversy
No new HIV infections seen among Kaiser PrEP users (USA)
Sex workers missing out on development funds (Global)

News Mon 08 - Fri 12 December

Study: HIV most often passed on by younger gay men who have not been diagnosed
HIV treatment study offers hope for prevention and contraction strategies
Controversial NHS patient data sharing pilot scheme may be delayed until 2015
Women are increasing HIV risk by drying their vaginas with bleach for better sex (Africa and Indonesia)
FEATURE-Transgender women left behind as tide turns in fight against HIV – TFRN (USA)

News Mon 01 - Fri 05 December

HIV evolving 'into milder form'
You will never believe how 28% of Brits think you can get HIV 
World Aids Day: the role of business in HIV/Aids treatment and education 
US panel fails to make recommendation on gay blood donors (USA)
CDC: Circumcision benefits outweigh risks (USA)

News Mon 24 - Fri 28 November

NHS urgently needs to make PrEP available, say HIV prevention organisations 
Politicians of all parties pledge to tackle HIV under the next government
Kieron Richardson: Hollyoaks HIV storyline will be 'massive'
European Parliament votes to protect LGBT people in global development (Europe)
Only three in 10 Americans have HIV under control: government report (USA)

News Mon 17 - Fri 21 November

One in eight gay and bisexual men in London living with HIV 
HIV positive mother conceives two babies naturally after being positive and her baby and husband are free of the virus 
Lord Fowler calls for decriminalisation of homosexuality around globe to fight aids
Over 6000 Dutch people don't know they have HIV (Holland)
The Upshot|AIDS Group Wages Lonely Fight Against Pill to Prevent HIV (USA)

News Mon 10 - Fri 14 November

Gay men 'should get anti-cancer jab'
More straight people than gay people being diagnosed with HIV in Kent
When should you tell someone you have a sexually transmitted infection?
Panel calls for easing ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men (USA)
Can twitter be a force against HIV discrimination? (Global)

News Mon 27 - Thu 30 October

´╗┐British schools deperately need same-sex sexual education
Peter Tatchell: The gay blood ban is medically unjustified discrimination
Free HIV tests offered by post from Derriford Hospital
BBC News
Middle-aged swingers' 'drug-fuelled orgies' fuelling rise in STIs (Holland)
Daily Mail
Human Rights Campaign endorses use of controversial HIV prevention drugs (USA)