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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.

Published
03 March 2015
From
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.

Published
25 February 2015
From
BBC News
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) stops 86% of HIV infections in PROUD study

A study of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the English PROUD study, demonstrated the highest effectiveness yet seen for this method of HIV prevention, the Conference on Retroviruses and

Published
24 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Local spending on HIV prevention in England plunges to 70p per person, per year

HIV prevention in England is underfunded and deprioritised, says the National AIDS Trust (NAT). Whereas £55 million was allocated to local activities in 2001-02, the figure for

Published
24 February 2015
By
Roger Pebody
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.

Published
13 February 2015
From
Kent Online
Men who have sex with men have other health inequalities as well as poor sexual health, say Public Health England

The UK government’s leading body for public health this week launched a new framework for improving the health of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex

Published
06 February 2015
By
Roger Pebody
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.

Published
21 January 2015
From
London Councils
Many HIV-positive people’s understanding of the law on HIV transmission is “weak and patchy”

Many people living with HIV in England have a limited understanding of the law which leaves them either at risk of prosecution for HIV transmission or with

Published
21 January 2015
By
Roger Pebody
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.

Published
16 January 2015
From
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.

Published
14 January 2015
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HIV i-Base

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