Myths about HIV still commonplace in UK today

This World AIDS Day, Terrence Higgins Trust worked with YouGov to survey over 2,000 adults to reveal the extent to which myths and inaccuracies about HIV are still prevalent in Great Britain: One in five thinks that HIV can be transmitted through kissing. One in three believe that sharing a toothbrush with someone who is HIV […]

World AIDS Day (WAD)

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time […]

National HIV Testing Week 2016

The annual National HIV Testing Week (NHTW) promotes HIV testing to gay and bisexual men and black African men and women. These groups make up seven out of 10 people in the UK living with HIV. The week is co-ordinated by HIV Prevention England (HPE) with support and participation from organisations in the public, statutory […]

Tests of online PrEP purchases find no fakes

PrEP is a course of HIV drugs taken by HIV negative people before sex to reduce the chance of getting HIV. Results in trials have been very successful, with PrEP significantly lowering the risk of becoming HIV positive and without major side effects. The medication used for PrEP is a tablet called Truvada, which contains tenofovir and emtricitabine […]

Cure for HIV?

The Sunday Times yesterday (2/10/2016) reported that HIV had become undetectable in the blood of one man taking part in the RIVER study, a trial of an intensive treatment regimen designed to test whether it is possible to reduce levels of HIV-infected cells in the bodies of people recently infected with HIV. The researchers hope […]

Are We Losing Our Passion as Activists?

HIV activism (or AIDS Activism, as it was initially) was a major driver in getting governments and pharma companies to really start taking the AIDS crisis in the West in the 1980s seriously. Thanks in large part to loud, proud and very visible activism, we now in the West have governments and healthcare systems that […]

Stigma remains an issue…

In an era of widespread HIV treatment and undetectable viral load, stigma remains a persistent feature in the lives of almost half of people living with diagnosed HIV in the UK, according to a recent study.  Anticipated stigma (the person with HIV expecting someone else to have a poor opinion or bad reaction to them) was frequently […]

Prince Harry tested for HIV to raise awareness about condition

Prince Harry has been tested for HIV in an effort to raise awareness about the condition and encourage others to get checked out. The prince walked into a sexual health clinic in Burrell Street, central London, to have the finger-prick test – for which he tested negative. The 31-year-old has made raising awareness about HIV and AIDS a […]

Antiretrovirals: A Success Story

Successful antiretroviral therapy (ART) started 20 years ago, in 1996. It is a remarkable story, and this article is a good read, giving a brief hisory of ART, and highlighting some of the issues still outstanding. You can read the article here.

Drugs or Alcohol?

The number of people acquiring HIV in the UK continues to rise year on year, particularly for men who have sex with men (MSM). It has been suggested that this is to a large extent driven by drugs or “chemsex”. The Gay Men’s Sex Survey recently asked gay men living with diagnosed HIV, “How large a […]