Large Drop in HIV Diagnoses in London gay men 

  Four sexual health clinics serving large numbers of gay men in London have reported that they diagnosed far fewer gay men with HIV during 2016 than they did during 2015.  Many doctors believe that the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is part of the explanation for these reductions. Such large drops in new diagnoses are […]

HIV Transmission and Antiretroviral Therapy

Antiretroviral treatment (ART) greatly reduces the risk of transmitting HIV. Several very large studies have now shown that people with undetectable viral load do not pass on HIV to their sexual partners. However, there is still a possibility that HIV might be passed on during the period between starting treatment and viral load becoming detectable, which may […]


Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by strains of the more common STI chlamydia. LGV causes symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes, fever, muscular pain and a general feeling of being unwell. Symptoms can become severe if left untreated, and lead to longer-term health problems, but the infection can be treated […]

Shigella in the UK

Shigella is a bacterial gut infection that causes severe, prolonged diarrhoea and stomach cramps. It is spread through oral contact with faeces, either directly due to sexual activities such as rimming (oral-anal contact) or via unwashed hands. Only tiny amounts of the bacteria can transmit the infection. Symptoms usually develop one to three days after […]

Successful first day HIV testing in York

On Tuesday the 4th June 2013, we started a new rapid HIV testing service that makes testing more easily accessible for people living in York and North Yorkshire. It is a free, quick and confidential service here in our city centre York office. We had a successful first day with excellent feedback. One service user commented… […]

New Health and Wellbeing Boards in England not Prioritising HIV

In the new organisation of health care, local authorities have responsibility for public health. In each area, a health and wellbeing board brings together representatives from public health, local councillors, social services, clinical commissioners and Healthwatch (a ‘consumer champion’). The board is meant to produce a strategy document as well as a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment. […]

Significant Worsening of Sexual Health in England in 2011

There has been a significant worsening in the sexual health of men who have sex with men in England, new surveillance data released by the Health Protection Agency shows. Infections also remained high among heterosexual young people, aged between 15 and 24. Although the increase in diagnoses is partly attributed to improved testing and surveillance, doctors believe […]