Life Expectancy Near Normal

A large study of 88,504 people with HIV on antiretroviral therapy (ART), published in the Lancet journal and reported widely in the news, has found substantial improvements in life expectancy in people with HIV who started ART after 2008, even in their first year of therapy. People who started ART in 2008-2010 and who had […]

HCV Transmission in MSM

HCV is primarily a blood borne infection, so sex that includes blood-to-blood has the highest risk. In MSM, this has led to the view that the risk of transmission is high when using sex toys, fisting, “slamming”, chemsex, and “rough sex”. Although HCV has been found in semen, and also in vaginal fluid, until now […]

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 […]