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New HIV cases in Ireland up by a third last year

There was a 33% increase in the number of people who tested positive for HIV in Ireland last year. The HSE reported 498 notifications of the virus, compared to 377 in 2014.

Published
08 April 2016
From
RTE
Alcohol and the gay community

“There’s been a lot of focus on chemsex in recent years, but it’s likely that the drug which has most contributed to people not staying as safe sexually as they intend to is alcohol,” says GMFA’s Matthew Hodson, “just because alcohol use is so prevalent among gay men, much more so than chems.”

Published
08 April 2016
From
FS
What is chemsex?

Interviews with barrister Henry Hendron who woke up to find Miguel Jimenez dead beside him, in his flat in London, as well as Dr Iain Reeves of Homerton University Hospital and Matthew Hodson of GMFA.

Published
08 April 2016
From
BBC Radio 4 (audio)
NHS England Decision on PrEP: A Bitter Pill for Women to Swallow

NHS England's suggested £2 million PrEP programme is only for gay men, excluding any access for women, including trans women. This is part of a sustained pattern - women living with and at risk of acquiring HIV are invisible, marginalised and often ignored.

Published
08 April 2016
From
Huffington Post
Why does crystal meth still attract gay men?

In recent years, crystal meth has made a comeback in the gay community. Meth offers cheap and quick dopamine to those in need of a feel-good fix.

Published
06 April 2016
From
Poz
Indian study proves that more people virally suppressed in a population equals fewer HIV infections

The proportion of people living with HIV in a population who have a detectable viral load is much more strongly associated with the rate of

Published
06 April 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Simple outreach on dating websites increases HIV testing rate

A simple online outreach intervention – in which a health educator engaged in conversation and responded to questions about HIV testing on dating and hook-up websites for

Published
05 April 2016
By
Roger Pebody
A long road ahead to reduce HIV among South Africa's sex workers

More than half the female sex workers in South Africa’s three largest cities are HIV positive – but less than one-third are on antiretroviral treatment, according to a newly released study.

Published
05 April 2016
From
The Conversation AU
African women in London with poor adherence feel that HIV treatment is difficult and unrelenting

A qualitative study with West African women living in London who have difficulties adhering to their HIV treatment has found that many think of HIV treatment as

Published
04 April 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Inside A Small Brick House At The Heart Of Indiana's Opioid Crisis

In the spring of 2015, something was unfolding in Austin, Indiana. The town of about 5,000 people became home to one of the biggest HIV outbreaks in decades, with more than 140 diagnosed cases. At the root of the outbreak was a powerful prescription painkiller called Opana.

Published
02 April 2016
From
NPR

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