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Migrants to face NHS emergency care charges

Overseas visitors and migrants are to face new charges for some NHS services in England, ministers say, but GP consultations will remain free. The government decided that easy initial access to a GP was important to prevent risks to public health such as HIV, TB and sexually transmitted infections.

Published
31 December 2013
From
BBC Health
Doctors fear for future of NHS sexual health clinics under tendering regime

Sexual health services are in danger because they are being fought over in a contractual free-for-all between the NHS and private companies, senior doctors are warning.

Published
29 December 2013
From
The Guardian
Dangerous failures in HIV care in the UK’s Immigration Removal Centres

A new report from NAT (National AIDS Trust) shows worrying gaps in HIV treatment and care within the UK’s Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs).  

Published
24 December 2013
From
NAT press release
Petition Jeremy Hunt, UK Health Secretary: Introduce HPV vaccination for boys to stop many preventable cancers

HPV vaccination at the age of 12/13 can significantly reduce the risk of developing disease and vaccinating both sexes provides the highest level of protection. In the UK currently, only girls are vaccinated through a national programme generally delivered in schools. This petition has been organised by HPV Action, a partnership of 22 patient and professional organisations that all believe both boys and girls should be vaccinated. For more information about HPV Action: www.hpvaction.org. Twitter: @HPVAction

Published
20 December 2013
From
Change.org
HIV care in Immigration Removal Centres

We surveyed Immigration Removal Centres (IRC) and HIV clinics local to these IRCs about the treatment and care of HIV positive detainees. There is significant variation in how IRC healthcare teams approach HIV treatment and care, even where two IRCs are co-located and share the same local HIV clinic. This shows that the challenges of the IRC setting can be overcome and patients can receive their right to an equivalent level of HIV care as the NHS provides to the general public.

Published
16 December 2013
From
NAT
HIV and Pregnancy – Prepared to Care

Dr Maria Lohan of Queen’s University Belfast describes a web-based educational resource for health care professionals to better understand the care needs of HIV affected women.

Published
02 December 2013
From
Sexual Health Research Network
HIV care 'at risk from NHS changes', specialists warn

A survey by BHIVA, released to mark World Aids Day, found a third of the 100 HIV specialists questioned thought care for people with HIV was poorer since the NHS reorganisation in April this year.

Published
01 December 2013
From
BBC
Major UK study shows rise in HIV testing, but only a quarter of gay men tested in previous year

Data from three, large representative samples of the UK population over the last two decades show a significant rise in the uptake of HIV testing, especially

Published
30 November 2013
By
Roger Pebody
Increasing diversity of sexual experience – major UK study

There has been significant change in British people’s sexual behaviour and attitudes in recent decades, according one of the largest studies ever conducted on the topic. The

Published
30 November 2013
By
Roger Pebody
NHS to launch Tripadvisor-style website

Following a three month trial involving 20 hospital trusts, the scheme is to be rolled out nationally next year.

Published
28 November 2013
From
The Guardian

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