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 07 - Fri 11 April

'Chemsex' risks are not restricted just to gay men
The Guardian
NHS adviser calls for needle exchanges for steroid users
The Guardian      The Independent
HIV home testing kits available from the shops for the first time
Study shows PrEP reduces HIV infections
Delphos Herald
Divide over HIV prevention drug Truvada persists (USA)
USA Today

News Mon 31 - Fri 04 April

NHS HIV Testing Needs Radical Overhaul
The Gay UK

'Chemsex' warning by Lambeth Council: Sex on drugs blamed for rise in HIV among gay men
Your Local Guardian    Evening Standard

Michael Lucas: Gay bareback porn is hotter and I don't use condoms with my HIV positive person (USA)

What's next for PrEP? A Q&A with Dr. Susan Buchbinde (USA)

HIV viral load in semen can differ in two samples provided within 1 hour  (France)

News Mon 24 - Fri 28 March

New HIV test being offered at British clinic
International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

John Middleton: 'Public health is about making ordinary lives richer'
The Guardian

HIV patients 50 times more likely to develop TB   (USA)
Times of India

Male Circumcision Lowers HIV Rates in Women as Well (USA)

Crystal Meth May Fuel HIV Disease Progression and Transmission

News Mon 17 - Fri 21 March

Exclusive: Ed Miliband: Coalition must take responsibility for lack of HIV testing by GPs.

People assume if you have HIV you’ve been sleeping around or using needles - that wasn’t me

MPs criticise DWP for 'spin' on official statistics and benefit claimants
The Guardian

European Commission sets out HIV/Aids action plan (Europe)
PM Live

Will HIV Ever Be Safe Enough for You? (USA)
Huffington Post

News Mon 10 - Fri 14 March

HEALTH: STI’s are at Crisis Levels In Gay & Bisexual Men
The Gay UK

Massive scale-up of HIV testing, plus HIV treatment on diagnosis, needed to curtail UK gay epidemic

Healthcare professionals ‘reluctant’ to offer HIV tests to older people
Pink News

Woman who thought only Africans could get HIV blames 'lack of education'
St Albans Review

HIV protection gel for women 'comes a step closer'(USA)

News Mon 03 - Fri 07 March

Schools urged to give lessons on pornography and SEXTING to prevent 'distorted image' of sex
Mirror                The Independent

Gay-on-Gay Shaming: The New HIV War (USA)
Huffington Post

Long-Lasting Drug Could Thwart HIV (USA)
Science Mag

No-one with an undetectable viral load, gay or heterosexual, transmits HIV in first two years of PARTNER study (USA)

Studies show promise for an HIV prevention shot given every 1 to 3 months (USA)
ABC Local

News Mon 24 - Fri 28 February

Patients need to have control over their own information if is to work
The Guardian

Sex Education - If you can't defeat porn, take the harm out of it

Delays in PIP assessments ‘puts DWP savings at risk’
Public Finance

Gay Barebacking Study Reveals Surprise Facts About Men And Unprotected Sex
Huffington Post

GPs 'complacent' over HIV risk

News Sat 15 - Fri 21 February

Extra 250,000 HIV tests per year 'would slash rates of infection'
Evening Standard          So So Gay 

Emmerdale's Charlie Hardwick: HIV can happen to anyone, even funny people like Val Pollard

Crowdfunded free HIV vaccine: as unlikely as it sounds

Tough austerity measures in Greece leave nearly a million people with no access to healthcare, leading to soaring infant mortality, HIV infection and suicide (Greece)
The Independent

Prisoners given condoms for first time to promote safe sex behind bars (Ireland)

News Thu 06 - Fri 14 February

STD testing set to be cut across Scotland
Daily Record

Provocative new ad aimed at promoting safe sex tells people to 'Come Together' to fight Aids
The Independent

Police will have 'backdoor' access to health records despite opt-out, says MP
The Guardian  

Why HIV/AIDS patients are in limbo under Obamacare (USA)
The Root

With New Mayor and Different Governor at the Helm, Increased HIV/AIDS Housing Subsidy to Become a Reality (USA) 
The New York Observer

News Fri 31 - Wed 05 February

Have we reached the beginning of the end of the fight against HIV/Aids?

My night at Big Benefits Row Live with Katie Hopkins, Edwina Currie, White Dee and an awful lot of shouting
The Mirror

Tory MP defends screening migrants for HIV before they enter Britain (NAT mention)
Pink News 

HIV Passé: Teens Delay Treatment Unless It Becomes Serious (USA)
Science 20

HIV On a Dangerous Threshold in Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka)
Independent European Daily Express