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LGBT drugs and sexual health services needed in London

The strong association with high-risk sexual behaviour and sexual ill-health, including the transmission of HIV and hepatitis C, has highlighted the need for better links between sexual health and drug services. However, very few integrated services exist, and those that do are now only available to local residents due to recent changes in NHS commissioning.

Published
11 April 2014
From
The Guardian
Ed Miliband: Coalition must take responsibility for lack of HIV testing by GPs

The Labour leader told PinkNews.co.uk in an exclusive interview that he was alarmed by reports of healthcare professionals failing to offer HIV tests to groups most at risk of carrying the virus. “The Government has a responsibility to work with GPs and health centres to make sure, not only are they aware of their responsibilities, but also to encourage them to provide testing” he said.

Published
20 March 2014
From
Pink News
Review: Dean Street Express

I would like to tell you about my experience with a new clinic I visited today. Dean Street Express is a new sexual health walk in clinic which offers fast, free and confidential STI/HIV screening 6 days a week without an appointment. In a nutshell I had an amazing experience with them: friendly staff, brand new equipment and technologies I’ve never seen before, very quick service.

Published
14 March 2014
From
My Gay London
Commissioning HIV services

An overview of the commissioning of services for people living with HIV, and the roles of Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England.

Published
25 February 2014
From
Public Health England
Guidelines for HIV testing in non-specialist settings not being followed in the UK

UK guidelines issued in 2008 concerning HIV testing in general medical and primary care settings are not being followed, results of a meta-analysis published in Sexually Transmitted

Published
24 February 2014
By
Michael Carter
Cara Bids for Lighthouse Lifeline

The Lighthouse in West London, up for sale by THT, will continue to be used and run by people living with HIV if a rescue plan by The Cara Trust is accepted.

Published
19 February 2014
From
Baseline
UK: Staff disillusionment at new public health body, survey shows

A survey of staff at Public Health England shows it is not a happy organisation.

Published
12 February 2014
From
The Guardian
UK: Management of HIV infected healthcare workers performing exposure prone procedures

In August 2013, the Chief Medical Officer for England announced a change in policy to remove restrictions on Healthcare Workers (HCW) with HIV practising Exposure-Prone Procedures (EPPs). Public Health England (PHE) has now published interim guidance on the implementation of this policy.

Published
31 January 2014
From
Public Health England
Changes to Accessing the NHS - Are You Worried?

Big changes are under way affecting access to the NHS. We could all find it much harder to access services, vulnerable people could be put off or prevented from accessing health care that they need, NHS staff will have an additional administrative burden to implement the system. And we don't know if it will really save any money.

Published
29 January 2014
From
Huffington Post
More to do on NHS confidentiality for people with HIV

The NHS needs to do more to tackle HIV-related stigma, lack of patient knowledge on the use of their personal data, and breaches of confidentiality.  These are key findings from a major new survey of the knowledge and views of people living with HIV.

Published
22 January 2014
From
NAT press release
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