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Dean Street Express: We want people without symptoms to order home-testing kits from now on

London sexual health clinic, Dean Street Express, has confirmed that it has slashed the number of appointment slots it now offers. Instead, the Soho clinic wants people without symptoms to order STI home-testing kits.

Published
18 May 2018
From
Gay Star News
Dean Street clinic in London slashes appointments from 350 a day to just 75

London’s best-known sexual health clinic has tweeted it is cutting the number of people it can see at its Dean Street Express branch.

Published
17 May 2018
From
Gay Star News
UK: Patients being turned away from sexual health clinics, RCN says

Nurses have reported having to turn patients away from short-staffed sexual health clinics, leading to fears over a drop in infection testing. Overstretched resources in the field mean that the public are being left unprotected, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Published
15 May 2018
From
The Guardian
Concerns Over PrEP Trial As Charity Leading NHS Study Announces Shock Closure

Thousands of people receiving HIV prevention medication in a pivotal NHS trial face uncertainty as the charity leading the research closes down. St Stephen’s Aids Trust, which partnered with Public Health England and the NHS last year to trial pre-exposure prophylaxis, known as PrEP, is to shut amid financial concerns. St Stephen’s was “working with researchers to co-ordinate and lead the trial” day-to-day through its clinical research arm. St Stephen’s said the closure will not affect the impact trial or patients.

Published
09 May 2018
From
Huffington Post
Dean Street clinics—battling London's MSM HIV epidemic

Dean Street's success in managing those at risk of HIV infection is evident, with their clinics' new HIV diagnoses dropping from a peak of 72 cases in June 2015 to 11 in September 2017. But like other prevention services in the UK, the good work being done risks being undone by the continual cuts to the public health grant from central government that councils across England use to fund HIV and STI prevention.

Published
08 May 2018
From
The Lancet HIV (requires free registration)
UK sexual health services struggle with public health cuts

Cuts to council funding in the UK for services including sexual health prevention and screening could undo progress made on HIV.

Published
08 May 2018
From
The Lancet HIV (requires free registration)
Almost 1 in 8 people with symptoms turned away from sexual health clinics in SE London: 40% are under 25 and 6% under 18 years old

A pilot survey of people unable to access sexual health services in three London boroughs reveled the lack of capacity in these services. This is likely to be a direct outcome from the decision to make local authorities responsible for sexual health at a time when local authority budgets are increasingly being cut.

Published
27 April 2018
From
HIV i-Base
Terrence Higgins Trust plans redundancies as part of restructure

The Terrence Higgins Trust has confirmed that it is likely to make redundancies as part of an internal restructuring process, and is also currently looking to sell its main office building in central London.

Published
23 April 2018
From
Civil Society News
Women left out of HIV services as they focus too much on gay men, charity says

Public health experts interviewed by the charity "felt that overall there had been a disproportionate focus on men who have sex with men (MSM) in the HIV response with one stakeholder suggesting that the sector had ‘taken its eye off the ball’ when it came to HIV and women", the report said.

Published
10 April 2018
From
Telegraph
National HIV self-sampling service: 2 year service report

The service aims in particular to increase HIV testing among the most at-risk groups, including men who have sex with men (MSM) and black African communities, as well as other individuals at increased risk of HIV. This report summarises who is using the service, the proportions of people testing positive and the costs of the service.

Published
04 April 2018
From
Public Health England
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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