Clinical trials and demonstration projects in Europe have focused solely on men having sex with men (MSM). In contrast to global PrEP research, Europe seems to have overlooked heterosexuals at risk of HIV, mostly sub-Saharan African migrants and other ethnic minorities from endemic regions. Research should urgently investigate how to offer PrEP to all people in need: how to stimulate demand, how to deliver it, and how to support adherence.
31 October 2016 | The Lancet HIV (requires free registration)
Tuberculosis incidence in the UK has declined over the past four years, with fewer numbers of new migrants diagnosed with the disease. A new study, published in The Lancet finds that migrants arriving on visas to the UK from countries at high risk of TB and who were pre-screened for TB, pose a negligible risk of onwards infection, despite being at increased risk of developing TB themselves.
13 October 2016 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
At the State Opening of Parliament today, the Queen announced a Bill “to ensure that overseas visitors pay for the health treatment they receive at public expense”. She also stated that proposals will be now be brought forward for a British Bill of Rights.
18 May 2016 | NAT
NHS England recently announced it was pulling the plug on an 18 month process to decide whether or not to fund pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV. While NHS England have offered a sop of £2 million funding to provide PrEP to 500 gay men over two years, there has been no mention of provision for heterosexual women and men at all, let alone those from African communities.
02 April 2016 | National AIDS Trust
Mary was hit with a £5,000 bill after her son got meningitis. Campaigners say NHS staff are put in an impossible position when forced to decide on eligibility.
07 March 2016 | The Guardian
Charities say undocumented women have to make difficult choices about accessing maternity care because of crippling NHS fees.
04 February 2016 | The Guardian
Healthcare providers need to understand that for HIV-positive African women, following advice not to breastfeed in order to protect their babies from the virus takes a high emotional toll, a U.K. study suggests.
29 January 2016 | Reuters
The Department of Health has announced its public consultation on Government proposals to charge visitors and migrants for health services received through the NHS in England.
08 December 2015 | Migrants' Rights Network
UK activist Angelina Namiba talks to Marie Claire about her HIV: "People still ask me ‘how I got’ HIV, almost assuming that I must have done something wrong. But HIV doesn’t discriminate, no matter whether you’re rich or poor, young or old, black or white, you name it. The fact that I have HIV is not because of what I did, it’s because of what I didn’t do. And what I didn’t do is what millions of young people are not doing in this world today – they’re not using a condom."
19 November 2015 | Marie Claire
After my initial shock at the reaction to Charlie Sheen's announcement, I started to realise there was a side to this debate missing. Because, here in the UK, two out of three cases of HIV diagnosed are among black Africans. They make up a little over two per cent of entire UK population yet we account for nearly half of HIV diagnosis.
19 November 2015 | The Telegraph