Standards of Care for People Living with HIV

At their conference last week, BHIVA issued the 2018 revision of the Standards of Care (SoC) for PLWH. This is a really important document. It focuses on ALL aspects of care, not just ART. There are really 3 “audiences”: 1. Anyone providing any sort of care to PLWH – so that they can see what […]

Women and HIV: Invisible No More

In the UK, women make top about a third of the HIV population. Yes there is a feeing that women’s issues have not been addressed. Certainly, in the early to mid 20th century, most medical research centred on men…trials tended to have few women participants. So the whole healthcare system was skewed towards men. Although […]

Heart Disease in People Living With HIV

An interesting paper from the recent CROI meeting…not great news, though, and confirming what other researchers have been saying. Having HIV make the risk of heart disease (including things likes strokes, heart attacks, peripheral arterial disease) more likely: The reasons for this are not well understood, and does not appear to be related to […]

HIV, Stigma and Discrimination

Living with HIV now is a very different experience to what it was ten or twenty years ago, and living with HIV in the UK is quite different to living with HIV in some other parts of the world. We now know that people living with HIV who are on succesful treatment and have an […]

HIV Stigma…one man goes public!

There is still a lot of ignorance and fear about HIV in the mind of the general population. To help people understand a bit more about HIV today, someone who was recently diagnosed has written an account of his experiences on Facebook. He says that HIV testing is quick and easy; HIV treatment today is […]

Trump Fires All Members of HIV Council

The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, known by the acronym PACHA, has advised the White House on HIV/AIDS policies since its founding in 1995. Members, who are not paid, offer recommendations on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, a five-year plan responding to the epidemic in the USA. The group is designed to include “doctors, members of industry, members of the […]

World AIDS Day 2017

World AIDS Day is every year on December 1st. It’s an opportunity to remember those who lost their lives due to the epidemic; and to reflect on those who still have difficulty in accessing treatment. But it is also a recognition of the progress made in treatment. Remarkably, today, people with HIV have access to […]

HIV Testing Week 2017

It’s national HIV testing week. Give HIV the finger! A finger-prick test is all that it takes. National HIV Testing Week, beginning Saturday 18 November, raises awareness of the importance of HIV testing and increases opportunities to test in different settings. Since 2015, Public Health England (PHE) and a number of participating local authorities have […]

Wrong advice to some GPs about flu vaccine

Computer systems used by some GPs are giving an incorrect alert on flu vaccines. People living with HIV are being urged to carry on having flu vaccinations and keep taking their antiretrovirals as normal. Some patient management and prescribing systems used in Primary Care settings have been giving incorrect warnings when GPs prescribe this year’s […]

HIV Rates Increasing in 0ver-50s

HIV rates are climbing in the over-50s in the UK and across Europe, while the rate of new infections among younger people is dropping, according to new research which warns that the epidemic may be taking a new direction. The study, published in the Lancet HIV journal, from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in […]