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Infected blood: reform of financial and other support

Seeks views on the reforms to the support for those affected by hepatitis C or HIV from historic NHS blood treatments.

26 January 2016
Department of Health
National AIDS Trust appoints Public Health England’s Jane Anderson CBE as new Chair of Trustees

The National AIDS Trust (NAT) has appointed Professor Jane Anderson CBE as its new Chair of the Board of Trustees, due to start in post from 22 March.

20 January 2016
NAT (National AIDS Trust)
PrEP, plus increased testing and treatment, could prevent nearly half of HIV infections in gay men in the UK by 2020

A new British mathematical modelling study published in The Lancet HIV has found that adding pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for gay men at high risk of HIV to

18 January 2016
Gus Cairns
DIY healthcare: importing PrEP into the UK

“It’s been a lot of effort for something that shouldn’t be,” says John from Stockport. He’s educated himself about PrEP, chosen to import and pay for PrEP medicines himself, worked out which tests for side-effects he needs and battled with the NHS to get support. “None of this is really simple,” he says.

07 January 2016
Terrence Higgins Trust announces new CEO

Terrence Higgins Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Green as the charity’s new Chief Executive. Ian has more than 25 years experience of high profile leadership roles in the voluntary, health, local government, housing, and social care sectors, in both executive and non-executive roles. Involved in YMCA for over 25 years, including as Chief Executive of YMCA England, he is currently on the executive staff team of The World Alliance of YMCAs located in Geneva.

06 January 2016
Terrence Higgins Trust
Cuts to sexual health services will lead to STI 'explosion', warn experts

Labour analysis predicts £40m less will be spent on testing and treating infection in 2016 despite rates of gonorrhoea and syphilis soaring.

04 January 2016
The Guardian
Letters: High price of Osborne's public health cuts

Lord Fowler: Increased spending on the health service generally, announced by the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement, is very welcome, but the same cannot be said of the 4 per cent reduction in spending on public health.

30 November 2015
The Independent
Saving lives saves money: preventing mother-to-child HIV infection saves NHS £3.1 billion

More than 5,000 babies across the UK have avoided being born with HIV in the last 15 years, because of the care received by their mothers before, during and after childbirth, according to figures announced today by the British HIV Association (BHIVA).

27 November 2015
BHIVA press release
Spending Review 2015: Our reaction

Further cuts to public health mean severe deterioration of sexual health and drug services.

26 November 2015
National AIDS Trust
Home-sampling can help tackle increasing rates of HIV infection

In order to realise the full benefits of testing for HIV, we need to improve access to testing outside of traditional clinics, reaching out to those who may not usually engage with their local sexual health service.

25 November 2015
Public Health England

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