The search for a cure

A therapeutic vaccine has for the first time given exciting results in humans. Thirteen people took the HIV Conserv vaccine, a drug called romidepsin, and then stopped taking their conventional HIV treatment. While viral load quickly increased in eight people, the other five people have controlled HIV at very low levels for up to 28 weeks. This […]

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 […]