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HIV testing continues to rise in UK gay men, but safer sex knowledge drops

With health services and HIV prevention organisations now having relentlessly focused on HIV testing for several years, new data suggest that more English gay men have recently

Published
20 February 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Global State of Harm Reduction 2014 Report

The 2014 report, produced by UK based NGO Harm Reduction International (HRI), says that the programmatic scale up of harm reduction services in a few sub-Saharan countries has marginally improved since its last report in 2012, but it had not grown in proportion to the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs.

Published
18 February 2015
From
Harm Reduction International
Malaysia is ‘world leader’ in battling HIV spread with needles, says UK report

Harm Reduction International (HRI), a non-governmental organisation that promotes the prevention of harm as opposed to the prevention of drug use itself, said in its Global State of Harm Reduction 2014 report that Malaysia, along with Iran and Australia, had made the largest increase in the number of needle and syringe exchange programmes.

Published
18 February 2015
From
Malay Mail
Antivirals like Truvada make it possible for gay men to love without a sense of dread

Medical breakthroughs have finally given us the potential to avoid contracting HIV or passing it to others.

Published
17 February 2015
From
The Guardian
South Africa: Pledge to turn tide in the war on TB

A massive tuberculosis screening programme to the tune of half a billion rand will begin next month, covering three areas of society most vulnerable to the disease, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said yesterday at a briefing held in Pretoria. Every prisoner in the country will be screened for tuberculosis from next month. If inmates test positive, their families will be tracked and also tested for the disease. There are over 150,000 prisoners in South Africa.

Published
17 February 2015
From
Times Live
Ireland: Radical legislation to allow for supervised injecting centres for heroin users

The aim of the centres, where users are given clean needles to use in a supervised environment, is to get drug addicts into treatment while keeping the streets safe for the general public.

Published
17 February 2015
From
Herald
Migrant primary care charge proposals shelved... for now...

Migrant rights campaigners can celebrate this week. It seems that ongoing lobbying has led the Department of Health to kick plans for new primary care charges for migrants into the long grass... Now we need to make sure they don't return in the autumn to haunt us.

Published
16 February 2015
From
Migrants' Rights Network
Main party leaders respond to calls for inclusive SRE in all schools

The three main political party leaders in the UK have responded to a campaign calling for LGBT-inclusive Sex and Relationship Education (SRE).

Published
16 February 2015
From
Pink News
Dept of Health - Charging for primary care de-prioritised and postponed

At a meeting yesterday with the Visitor and Migrant NHS Cost Recovery Programme, the Department of Health announced that plans to extend and amend charging for visitors and migrants for primary care has been de-prioritised and will be subject to public consultation in autumn 2015.

Published
13 February 2015
From
Migrants Rights Network
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

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