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  • England government unveils £650k in new HIV spending

    The English Government has revealed that £800,000 of new money will be spent on HIV prevention, and to reduce the numbers of late diagnoses. A new £500,000 innovation fund was unveiled, which has been administered by Public Health England (PHE), and will allow small organisations to bid for funding of up to £50,000.

    13 March 2015 | Pink News
  • NAT (National AIDS Trust) ‘deeply concerned’ about the impact of upheaval and delay in national HIV prevention spending

    The Department of Health has announced its plans for investment in HIV prevention for 2015-16. 

    13 March 2015 | NAT press release
  • London HIV Prevention Contract awarded to GMI Partnership & NHS Freedoms Shop

    The leading London HIV Prevention provider GMI Partnership led by METRO Charity with Positive East and West London Gay Men's Project and working with NHS Freedoms Shop has been awarded just under £1 million over two years to continue to provide outreach and condom distribution across London to gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM).

    03 March 2015 | Metro Centre press release
  • Concern over online gonorrhoea treatment

    Some websites offering treatment for gonorrhoea put patients at risk by not following best treatment guidelines, BBC 5 Live Investigates has found. Sexual health experts recommend patients receive a powerful antibiotic, which can only be injected, but the BBC found seven UK-based websites offering only oral antibiotics. Such treatment can lead to antibiotics becoming less effective, experts warn.

    03 March 2015 | BBC
  • 'Give HIV drugs to healthy gay men'

    Healthy gay men should be offered daily HIV drugs to prevent infections, say UK Medical Research Council and Public Health England scientists. Their study, on 545 high-risk men, found one case of HIV could be stopped for every 13 men treated for a year. The research team says it would be similar to the pill for women and would not encourage risky sex. The findings have been described as a "game changer" and the NHS is considering how to adopt them.

    25 February 2015 | BBC News
  • Dover Health Centre displays 'offensive' sign turning away gay men

    An NHS trust has apologised after a health centre displayed an "offensive" notice turning away gay men. The clinic had a sign stating that patients who had been sexually assaulted, who are male and have sex with men, or sex workers could not be tested there.

    13 February 2015 | Kent Online
  • London HIV Prevention Programme media contracts announced

    Contracts have been awarded to a group of specialist media agencies (Team Enter, Manning Gottlieb, Carat) as part of the new London HIV Prevention Programme (LHPP) funded by London boroughs.

    21 January 2015 | London Councils
  • Hepatitis C drug delayed by NHS due to high cost

    The NHS is to delay the introduction of a highly expensive drug that can save the lives of people infected with the hepatitis C virus. The move by NHS England is unprecedented, because the NHS rationing body, Nice (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has approved the drug. Nice says sofosbuvir is cost-effective, because it is a cure for people who would otherwise run up huge NHS bills.

    16 January 2015 | The Guardian
  • Dolutegravir and Truimeq approved in England: London guidelines updated

    On 14 January 2015, NHS England published the long awaited policy on dolutegravir and the fixed dose combination (FDC) of dolutegravir/abacavir/3TC (Triumeq). The London prescribing guidelines for first-line therapy have also been updated to include dolutegravir and Triumeq.

    14 January 2015 | HIV i-Base
  • NAT opposes 50% cut to national HIV prevention funding for England

    The Government has announced that there will be devastating cuts to funding for the national HIV prevention programme in England.  Funding will be halved for the year commencing April 2015 and there is as yet no commitment to fund further years of the programme.  

    15 December 2014 | NAT press release
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