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 […]

HIV or AIDS

We have to be clear about the difference between HIV and AIDS, and certainly not use them interchangeably or incorrectly. HIV i-Base describes them as follows: “HIV is a virus that causes damage to the immune system. This usually occurs slowly and over many years. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. AIDS is the medical […]

U=U…More (Confirmatory!) Data

A study of 343 gay couples, where one partner had HIV and the other did not, has not found a single case of HIV transmission in 16,889 acts of condomless anal sex, the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) in Paris, France, was told today. The Opposites Attract study looked at […]

Achieving the 90-90-90 target

UNAIDS set the 90-90-90 target in 2014. It calls on countries to achieve the following goals: 90% of people living with HIV diagnosed by 2020. 90% of diagnosed people on ART by 2020. 90% of people on ART with an undetectable viral load by 2020. If all these targets are met, AIDS-related deaths will be […]

International Clinical Trials Day

International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated around the world on or near May 20th each year in order to commemorate the day that a Scottish naval surgeon, James Lind, conducted what is often considered the first randomized clinical trial aboard a ship on May 20th, 1747. In 1747, surgeon mate James Lind administered six different […]