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 […]

Big drops in HIV diagnoses in gay men in the UK

Official data from Public Health England confirms a number of previous reports – HIV diagnoses in gay men last year fell significantly for the first time throughout the UK since antiretroviral therapy started becoming available 20 years ago. Overall, in all social groups and all parts of the country, new HIV diagnoses fell by 18%. […]

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 […]

Are You Getting the Health Checks You Need?

Heart, liver, kidney and bone disease are now important causes of illness in people living with HIV. Having these conditions identified without delay is important so that the right treatment can be started. The British HIV Association (BHIVA) set guidelines for routine monitoring of adults living with HIV in the UK in 2011. During 2015, they […]

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is the second most common form of cardiovascular disease (CVD) after coronary artery disease. Arteries in the lower limbs or supplying major organs become narrowed as a result of deposits of cholesterol. Blood supply to the limbs is reduced, leading to cramping or pain in the leg and hip muscles during activity, […]

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 […]

ARV Drugs Chart

There are a lot of different ARVs out there! It is important to know what drugs you are taking, and to be careful if anything changes…if you are given tablets look different from what you are used to taking, check with your pharmacist or clinical team before taking them (but keep taking your existing meds…don’t […]

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 […]