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  • Who has to pay?

    How NHS overseas visitors charges apply to migrants and asylum seekers in England.

    28 August 2015 | NAT
  • Health and Wellbeing Board priorities and good practice across England

    By selecting a single area on the map you can view a summary of the local priorities, and access links to the Health and Wellbeing Strategy and reports highlighting measures of health and wellbeing for that area, as well as examples of good practice known in the area.

    28 August 2015 | Local Government Association
  • Can we ensure adherence to STI treatment guidelines in a world threatened by antimicrobial resistance?

    Sexual health care in the UK has traditionally centred on specialist GUM (genito-urinary medicine) services. Since the turn of the twenty-first century primary care has played an increasing role, however. The 2012 Health and Social Care Act is in line with this tendency, with most GP practices now being commissioned to provide level 1 STI screening. Questions have recently been raised about the conformity of care provided by GPs to national guidelines, established for the UK by the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV. In a world where Gonorrhoea – and perhaps one day Chlamydia – is set to become increasingly hard to treat, the problem of ensuring the conformity of generalists to universal standards of treatment is unlikely to go away.

    26 August 2015 | BMJ
  • We can eliminate HIV by 2030. Regular testing is a crucial part of the solution

    The big announcement out of the Aids conference in Vancouver last month was that early treatment of HIV is better than delayed treatment, with half the rate of death and complications. When I was discussing it with a patient shortly after, he was surprised that this counted as news. My patient’s surprise was understandable. Current guidelines recommend early treatment, even though we didn’t have the proof. Now we have it, and this long-awaited evidence tells us more than how to treat individual patients, like the ones I work with as an HIV specialist. It tells us it’s time to talk about eliminating the virus altogether. We can do this by making annual HIV testing a standard practice.

    10 August 2015 | The Guardian
  • Terrence Higgins Trust trustee to become its interim chief executive

    Jackie Morton, a trustee of the Terrence Higgins Trust, will act as its interim chief executive while the charity recruits a replacement for Rosemary Gillespie, who was recently asked to stand down as chief executive with immediate effect.

    20 July 2015 | Civil Society
  • Improving access to, and completion of, hepatitis C treatment

    PHE's latest briefing in the 'Turning evidence into practice' series has practical advice for commissioners and services on improving access to, and completion of, hepatitis C treatment. Preventing blood-borne virus transmission is one of the eight good practice outcomes of the national drug strategy and treating hepatitis C infection is a growing priority for the NHS.

    17 July 2015 | Public Health England
  • Terrence Higgins chief executive says she was sacked because 'board lost its nerve'

    The sacked chief executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust has said she was dismissed because the board lost their nerve over a change programme, and suggested her removal served individuals at the charity more than beneficiaries.

    14 July 2015 | Civil Society
  • Inquiry into sexual health service commissioning finds lack of accountability

    A lack of accountability in sexual and reproductive health and HIV care in England is directly impacting patients and must be addressed urgently. That is the finding of an inquiry by an All Party Parliamentary Group into the standards of sexual health services since responsibility for commissioning was transferred to local government in 2013 through the Health and Social Care Act.

    14 July 2015 | FPA press release
  • Preventing HIV in the UK heterosexual population

    It is time to think again about which heterosexuals acquire HIV in the UK and how we can best meet their prevention needs.

    13 July 2015 | National AIDS Trust
  • PROUD and PrEPared – why I’m waiting for Truvada

    A London columnist describes why he wants PrEP now for him and his partner – and why gay men in the UK can't get it yet. "Why should trust between partners, even irregular ones, be impossible in gay life? Why too should there have to be an elephant in the room every time – fear (even low level), anxiety, guilt, shame, all for having a fun and intimate experience with a nicer person? This week my partner and I attended the premiere of the documentary ‘PROUD and PrEPared’ – a look at PrEP and the PROUD study in the UK, which centred on just these issues."

    11 July 2015 | Beyond Positive
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