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 08 - Fri 12 September

Caroline Lucas tables motion for `urgent review? of blood donor rules
HIV testing rates are improving in African people in England
The Lancet HIV: High rates of recreational drug use among HIV- positive gay and bisexual men in the UK strongly linked with condomless sex
Transgender Women living With HIV: New study on relationships reflects widespread challenges, reinforces why policies must change (USA)
Gambia passes bill imposing life sentences for some homosexual acts (Gambia)

News Mon 01 - Fri 05 September

Only one in four have faith in system to care for them in old age
Jail told to hand out free condoms to 15-year-old prisoners and consider their sexual needs
Alan Mason from Kendal jailed for passing on HIV virus
Bareback Culture, HIV, and Our Gay Future (USA)
HIV Patients Suffer from Depression Caused by Shame, Trauma, Substance Abuse (USA)

News Mon 25 - Fri 29 August

Sex education should begin at seven, claim Lib Dems
Tories should back statutory sex education, says Health Committee Chair 
New patient privacy threat at sexual health clinics
Does the global HIV response understand sex?
Controversial HIV bill passed in Uganda

News Mon 18 - Fri 22 August

Let's talk about sex for the over 60s
Tories must support statutory sex education, says Thatcher's Health Minister
NHS England looks at expanding extractions to include 'sensitive' patient information
Belgian infant contracts HIV via breast milk (Belgium)
12 Ways to Give HIV Stigma a Well-Deserved Side Eye  (Global) 

News Mon 11 - Fri 15 August

Tory MP: 'Equalising blood laws is the next frontier for UK gay rights'
Drugs minister calls for legalising cannabis for medicinal use
Thousands could lose disability benefits, Scottish government claims
China airline sued for rejecting HIV carriers: report (China)
Military appeals court to hear Kansas HIV appeal (USA)

News Mon 04 - Fri 08 August

Exclusive: Heroin addicts to be given free foil to help them kick their habbit
Clinic issues HIV kits to men going to gay orgies
HIV drugs could help to prevent and treat MS, say scientists
Poor condom use common among gay, bisexual black men (USA)
New breast-feeding policy for HIV moms pays off (South Africa)

News Mon 28 - Fri 01 August

Gay Times Takes On Mainstream Media, But Produces 'Upsetting' Results On Drink And Drugs Culture
Safe drug substitute users rise dramatically in Northern Ireland
Decriminalise sex work to stop HIV, says Lord Fowler 
The 20th International AIDS Conference (Global)
Survey: Black youth twice as likely to prioritise fight against HIV/AIDS over same-sex marriage (USA)

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