HIV in the News

News 2010

News Sat 11 - Fri 17 December

Government spending plans will test the NHS and social services in England to the limit, according to a report by the Commons Health Select Committee. BBC, Guardian

Stem cell transplant has cured HIV infection in 'Berlin patient', say doctors. aidsmap

A new international survey of more than 5,000 gay men has found that the majority have difficulty accessing HIV tests, counseling, condoms and lubricant. Pink Paper

The U.S. global AIDS program may turn to new tools such as microbicide gels and pre-infection treatment to slow the epidemic in hard-hit countries, the program's director said on Tuesday. Reuters

UNAIDS calls on all countries to ensure efforts towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support are not impeded by bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. Medical News Today

News Sat 04 - Fri 10 December

Brighton MPs promise to halve undiagnosed HIV by 2015. Pink News


An enlightened exchange in Iran. Drug addicts are given clean needles and methadone maintenance therapy - available on a widespread basis even in prison. New York Times


HIV screening outside specialist settings is feasible, acceptable and effective in UK. aidsmap


Disabled people claiming benefits face new medical checks. Guardian


In Europe, seven in ten HIV diagnoses are in men. aidsmap

News Sat 27 - Fri 03 December

Combating HIV: a Times supplement. Times

HIV in the UK still cuts 13 years off life expectancy: late testing is the main reason. aidsmap

There's just a month to go before the deadline for achieving the targets of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care expires. Does the world need more AIDS targets? PlusNews

World campaigners warn HIV has not gone away. Guardian

UK party leaders' video messages for World AIDS Day 2010.

News Sat 20 - Fri 26 November

A quarter of people with HIV in the UK are unaware they have the virus, experts from the Health Protection Agency have suggested. BBC, Radio 4's Today Programme

Incapacity benefit tests face overhaul after damning report. Guardian

Global HIV epidemic 'halted', says UN. BBC

An HIV pill heralds new era in fight against AIDS.Gay men at extremely high risk of HIV who took the oral pill daily cut their risk of contracting the infection by almost 44 per cent. Independent, BBC

Pope Benedict XVI has said the use of condoms is acceptable in exceptional circumstances, according to a new book. BBC, Guardian

News Sat 13 - Fri 19 November

The cuts to legal aid are closing the law to all but those with money. The government will now remove all legal help for workers claiming unfair dismissal or discrimination. Guardian

The government will drop Labour's proposed law requiring councils to tackle social deprivation, equalities minister Theresa May has said. BBC

More work is needed to prevent the undiagnosed from transmitting HIV, according to a collaborative study between the Medical Research Council and the Health Protection Agency published today. Medical News Today

Four days after her release from house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi visits HIV positive patients in Burma. M&C
Swiss studies probe the consequences of smoking for people living with HIV. aidsmap

News Sat 06 - Fri 12 November

Daily Mail apologises for a misleading story about a toddler pricked by a dirty needle in a New York Hospital. Original article, published 24 Oct, has now been removed. Daily Mail

Coalition facing backlash as hardship payments scrapped. Guardian, Herald Scotland

Chinese court rejects HIV discrimination case. BBC

International study confirms that the sooner treatment is started the better. aidsmap
Preventative TB therapy halves risk of death among ARV patients, new research from South Africa shows. PlusNews

News Sat 30 - Fri 05 November

Where's our national HIV strategy? GHT

The accessibility of sexual health services in the UK must be improved. Nursing Times

Researchers in the US now believe they are close to understanding why a tiny proportion of people with HIV can live for many years without succumbing to AIDS. Independent

How a trade deal being brokered between Europe and India could cut off the developing world's supply of cheap medicines. Al Jazeera

The head of the Catholic Church in Belgium has said that AIDS is “intrinsic justice” for homosexuality. His spokesperson has resigned in protest. Pink News

News Sat 23 - Fri 29 October

The rate of transmitted drug-resistant HIV in the UK may be substantially higher than previously thought. aidsmap

Work Capability Assessment fails those living with HIV. Positive Pulse

Migrant health needs greater focus, warns the HPA. TB, STIs, HIV and other infectious diseases pose specific challenges to some migrant communities. Healthcare Republic

US FDA will give fast-track to tenofovir gel approval. aidsmap

Research shows World Cup did not fuel sex work or HIV. PlusNews

News Sat 16 - Fri 22 October

One million sick and disabled people struggling to find jobs are to lose thousands of pounds in benefits a year and be forced into work as part of a £7bn raid on welfare payments. Independent, Mirror

A new report by NAT and THT has revealed that at least one in six people with HIV experienced poverty between 2006 and 2009. Pink News, GHT

NHS managers are warning that the transfer of power from PCTs to GPs is resulting in chaos on the ground, with a lack of detail in the white paper leaving GPs unaccountable and unmotivated. Pulse

HIV transmitted during a knife attack in Taiwan. aidsmap

HIV rate in Australia is rising but other infections are less common. Sydney Morning Herald

News Sat 09 - Fri 15 October

Government refuses to increase payments to victims of contaminated blood scandal. Guardian, Daily Mail

EHRC to be 'substantially reformed' while HIV quangos are scrapped. Pink News

U.S. porn industry hit by HIV scare after adult performer tests positive for virus. Daily Mail, Independent

A landmark trial is being heard in China of a recent graduate who says he was denied a teaching job because he is HIV positive, state media say. BBC

Older Americans remain sexually active into a very late age, but are less likely to use condoms than teenagers, said the biggest survey in decades on US sexual behavior. Independent

News Sat 08 - Fri 14 May

Teacher dismissed on grounds of HIV status wins £35k payout. Times Educational Supplement

The number of people being treated for HIV in Wales is continuing to increase year on year.  The latest figures reveal there are 1,082 people in Wales being treated for either HIV. Wales Online

At front lines, AIDS war is falling apart.  New York Times reports from Uganda, it says Uganda is the first and most obvious example of how the war on global AIDS is falling apart. New York Times

HIV test wait for teenager whose leg was bitten in violent attack. Northampton Chronicle

News Sat 01 - Fri 07 May

Almost three-quarters of British women have never been tested for HIV, with many seeing no need to, a poll has found.  A total of 73% have not been tested, while 62% think HIV and Aids do not affect "their community". Nursing Times

Hundreds of England fans risk returning from the World Cup in South Africa with HIV, an expert has warned. The Sun

US researchers a step closer to understanding why some people have natural protection against HIV. Well-trained immune cells keep HIV in check.  BBC News

News Sat 24 - Fri 30 April

Thousands of nursing jobs are coming under threat as the NHS attempts to make £20 billion of efficiency savings, says the Royal College of Nursing.  The Times

South Africa kicked off the world’s largest HIV testing campaign on Sunday with top level political support, in the most tangible sign of a more aggressive effort to tackle Aids by the new administration. Financial Times

China has lifted travel restrictions for foreigners with HIV.  BBC News

Drug use fuels world's fastest-growing HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe. Guardian

News Sat 17 - Fri 23 April

An award-winning composer who contracted HIV and hepatitis C after receiving contaminated blood on the NHS has won a legal challenge over potential compensation worth thousands of pounds. The Times

With AIDS, time to get beyond blame. New York Times

Experts at BHIVA warn of dangers of delayed HIV diagnosis in the UK. Guardian


News Sat 10 - Fri 16 April

A new scheme making it easier for African and African-Caribbean residents to get tested in Lambeth has been launched. This is London

Single pill that opened a new front in war on HIV. Combination drugs prove goldmine for one drugs firm. The Sunday Times

A leading UK charity for lesbian and gay asylum seekers published a study this week which highlights disproportionate levels of rejection for homosexual applicants. Pink Paper

News Sat 03 - Sat 10 April

Another view on Angels in America - The drama in Angels in America seems like a nightmare from a long time ago, but still stands as a challenge to change our attitudes to HIV. Guardian

Terrence Higgins Trust looks to social media for 'listening' campaign. THT is launching a social media and advertising campaign inviting gay and bisexual men to discuss sex . Campaign

Plans for compulsory sex education in schools have been dropped in the pre-election “wash up” after being blocked by the Tories.  Charities have greeted the news with dismay. The Times

News Sat 27 - Fri 02 April

Economic crisis and climate change concerns could affect the fight against the AIDS virus and lead to a "universal nightmare," the head of the United Nations' agency for HIV said. Reuters

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria began an effort to raise as much as $24 billion from members of the Group of 20 nations, that will test whether a major push begun a decade ago against infectious diseases can survive the global recession. Wall Street Journal

News Sat 20 - Fri 26 March

Jeffrey Sach - The fund that fights killer diseases such as TB and Aids needs to build on its success, but it is facing a fiscal crisis. Guardian

Would legalising sex work help fight AIDS? Guardian Global Health Blog


News Sat 13 - Fri 19 March

A campaign to compensate haemophiliacs given “bad blood” has been blocked by MPs. The Bolton News

Condom adverts to be allowed pre-watershed. Independent, Pink News

A Scottish man who was jailed after he infected his lover with the HIV virus has appealed against his sentence, it has been confirmed. BBC

News Sat 06 - Fri 12 March

Has HIV and AIDS had enough of our money?  Robin Gorna, executive director of the International AIDS Society, argues that the AIDS epidemic may gain in strength if we cut back on funds to prevent it now. Guardian Global Health Blog

Britain sends South Africa 42m condoms in HIV fight before World Cup. Guardian

Although research has found that circumcision may help cut HIV infections, a new study suggests it may not have much effect on gay men. Pink News


News Sat 27 - Fri 05 March

Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper launch MAC make-up's new Viva Glam lipsticks.  All proceeds from the £12.50 lipsticks goes to the MAC AIDS fund. ITN News

Watchdogs are expected to ease the rules on the advertising of condoms on television, allowing them to be shown before the 9pm watershed.  Daily Mail

HIV has become the leading cause of death and disease among women of reproductive age worldwide, UNAIDS says. BBC

News Sat 20 - Fri 26 February

HIV patients on antiretoviral drugs age before their time. Sunday Times

Mass prescription of anti-retroviral drugs could eradicate AIDS within 40 years, says Brian Williams of the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis. The Independent

In Scotland a man who infected his lover with the HIV virus is due to be sentenced for culpable and reckless conduct. Press Association

Following the conviction of Mark Devereaux for knowingly infecting a woman with HIV, Catherine Murphy from THT outlines some of the problems surrounding the issue. BBC

News Sat 13 - Fri 19 February

“AIDS terror of mum over needle”.  A terrified mum faces an agonising wait to find out if she has caught HIV - after a mugger stabbed her with a syringe. The Scottish Sun

German pop star Nadja Benaissa has been formally charged with causing bodily harm after allegedly failing to tell her lovers she was HIV positive. BBC News

Fight HIV with HIV: 'safe' virus proposed as vaccine. New Scientist


News Sat 06 - Fri 12 February

New definitions of both late HIV diagnosis and diagnosis with advanced HIV disease have been proposed by UK investigators. Aidsmap

A woman has been jailed for deliberately biting a midwife helping to deliver her baby. The nurse later had to endure six months of HIV and hepatitis tests because the woman was a high-risk patient.WalesOnline

A woman who aborted twins after learning that her partner had given her HIV is seeking compensation. Press and Journal

News Sat 30 - Fri 05 February

Driver’s HIV stab horror.  Worried James McGowan, 40, now faces an agonising six-month wait to find out if he has contracted HIV. Scottish Sun

Pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb has been forced to amend the labelling of one of its HIV drug treatments following a number of reports of patients suffering from a rare, but sometimes fatal, liver disorder. Pharmacy Europe

A surgeon who claims he contracted the HIV virus during the course of his duties has brought a High Court action for damages. Irish Times

News Sat 23 - Fri 29 January

Terrence Higgins Trust is launching a new campaign to warn gay men that HIV can also be caught through their penises. Pink News

A survey of gay and bisexual men has found that 77 per cent of respondents would donate blood if they were allowed to. Pink News

An HIV-positive South African woman is challenging being removed from Northern Ireland by immigration authorities. BBC News

News Sat 16 - Fri 22 January

Drug-resistant strains of HIV have already been documented in San Francisco and elsewhere in the US, and Europe. Now a model of their transmission, based on studies of gay San Francisco men, forecasts a rapid upsurge in the next five years. New Scientist

The UN has deplored the jailing of nine gay men who were members of a group working to provide condoms and HIV treatment in Senegal, and said it is working with a coalition of partners to ensure their release. UN Refugee Agency

Man guilty of 'reckless' HIV sex in Scotland. BBC News

Charities concerns over HIV conviction in Scotland. BBC News

The Royal College of Nursing today welcomed the launch of new guidelines on sexually transmitted infections, produced by the Medical Foundation for AIDS and Sexual Health (MedFASH) and the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH). Nursing Times

News Sat 09 - Fri 15 January

Around two-thirds of people do not use condoms when they have sex with a partner for the first time, according to a survey marking the launch of a new sexual health advertising campaign. Nursing in Practice

Faith schools should be legally obliged to teach that homosexuality is "normal and harmless", and gay civil partnerships should be replaced by true marriage, Nick Clegg said in an interview. The Independent

The first HIV-positive patient to be identified by NHS-funded pharmacy screening has praised the profession’s role in improving his prognosis. Chemist and Druggist

News Sat 02 - Fri 08 January

The US has lifted a 22-year immigration ban which has stopped anyone with HIV from entering the country. BBC News

David Cameron reveals Conservatives Draft Health Manifesto. The Times