Articles tagged with: National Health Service (NHS)

FDA approves a generic form of PrEP

published: June, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Youth, Current Affairs, Women, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Sexual health advocates hope this will make widen access to PrEP, the medication that helps prevent people contracting HIV

FDA approves a generic form of PrEP

To read the complete article by David Hudson visit Gay Star News, here. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US has approved the first generic form of PrEP. PrEP is medication that can be taken by someone to prevent them becoming infected with HIV. It’s a daily pill of Truvada, produced by Gilead Sciences. Truvada is a combination of Emtricitabine and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate The use of PrEP has been credited with driving down HIV infection rates in countries where it has

‘A near normal lifespan for people with HIV?’ For whom is this true - and who misses out?

published: May, 15, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Health, International , Smoking Cessation , Treatment, Megan DePutter, Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter: "We can’t ignore these vulnerabilities that can put individuals more at risk both for acquiring HIV, getting diagnosed late, or struggling to adhere to the medication."

‘A near normal lifespan for people with HIV?’ For whom is this true - and who misses out?

Yesterday, the Lancet published a study titled ‘Survival of HIV-positive patients starting antiretroviral therapy between 1996 and 2013: a collaborative analysis of cohort studies’. This study found that ‘even in the late ART era, survival during the first three years of ART continues to improve.’ In fact, the authors found that ‘between 1996 and 2010, life expectancy in 20-year-old patients starting ART increased by about nine years in women and ten years in men.’ The authors con

Scotland says ‘yes’ to PrEP

published: April, 20, 2017 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Media, Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk: "The news today exacerbates a postcode lottery that already exists in the UK when it comes to sexual health and the impact that has on the communities living with and affected by HIV."

Scotland says ‘yes’ to PrEP

In just a couple of weeks we will also have an announcement in Wales – let’s hope it is as positive. I’m annoyed at my ignorance but I don’t even know what’s happening in Northern Ireland and a quick ‘Google’ isn’t answering the question. Meanwhile in England we’re still awaiting the start date of another trial – although in reaction to the news today a statement was released:  "Considerable progress has been made in preparing for the HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

NAM's director talks about PrEP and the decline in HIV diagnoses on BBC2's Newsnight

published: April, 10, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, NAM executive director Matthew Hodson: "If you roll it out to everyone who will benefit most, then we have the power to end the epidemic."

NAM's director talks about PrEP and the decline in HIV diagnoses on BBC2's Newsnight

NAM’s Executive Director, Matthew Hodson, appeared on BBC2’s Newsnight on Tuesday 21 February to talk about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and the dramatic decline in new HIV diagnoses in London in the past year. In the film sequence accompanying the interview, HIV consultant Dr Nneka Nwokolo of London’s 56 Dean St clinic explained that the reduction in new HIV diagnoses is real, substantial and is being seen in clinics across London. “The most significant thing that’s happene

Women: What HIV/AIDS organisations aren’t telling us about our amazing bodies!

published: March, 09, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Women, Sexual Health, Health, International , Megan DePutter, Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter:"there’s a considerable lack of understanding, respect and information-sharing going on about the basic elements of women’s sexual health, enjoyment, and reproduction."

Women: What HIV/AIDS organisations aren’t telling us about our amazing bodies!

When delivering training on HIV transmission, I like to ask the participants to name the five bodily fluids that can transmit HIV. Blood is always stated first. Next, the participants will (incorrectly) state saliva. People usually get semen next. And often one person will identify breastmilk. The remaining two tend to be a bit of a puzzle. The answers are of course, anal mucous and vaginal fluid. I have yet to encounter any participant who is not already working/volunteering in the field wh

Support people with HIV: stop the cuts!

published: March, 09, 2017 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Upcoming Events, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Christian Dolan

The U. K.'s Christian Dolan: "There will always be those who will try to shut you down, but when you are fighting for what is right, when you are fighting for love, you do not give up."

Support people with HIV: stop the cuts!

After a lot of hard work and protesting by various organisations and individuals, with particular reference to that of the National AIDS Trust (NAT), the end of last year saw NHS England announced plans to fund PrEP for at least 10,000 people through a new trial. This of course is amazing news and worth all the hard work undertaken to get here by those involved. That was not all, there was more amazing work happening. The work of Greg Owen, someone I have had the pleasure to meet personally,

PrEP, discrimination and HIV stigma

published: January, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

The UK's FS magazine says: "When it comes to HIV, stigmatisation and discrimination are rife in gay-land, now more than ever."

PrEP, discrimination and HIV stigma

This article by Mario | @Londondiaries2 previously apperared at FS, here. Every day in the UK, about ten gay/bisexual men are diagnosed with HIV. About 11% of HIV-positive gay men are on meds but not undetectable. You would think that these figures alone would help the NHS gods see the light and work towards an end to the PrEP saga. Unless you’ve been living in isolation for the past year, by now you will know that there is a pill out there which, if taken daily, within seven days can p

Lifegiving gifts

published: December, 20, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Community Events, Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

From the U.K., Alex Sparrowhawk says, "... perhaps the best gift of all would be to share our knowledge and spirit with one another."

Lifegiving gifts

During another successful National HIV Testing Week I’ve spoken to a lot of different people about my own experiences of testing, and the one test that altered my life forever. I’m now seven years into my journey with HIV and with World AIDS Day 2016 approaching I’ve been thinking about the remarkable changes that have happened during that time. Seven years ago I was told I would need to start medication immediately, I was diagnosed ‘late’ and even though it was only five or six mon

NHS England announces major new PrEP trial for 2017

published: December, 16, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

For AIDSmap.com, Gus Cairns and Roger Pebody report: previous funding increased fivefold, but trial still depends on drug price deal

NHS England announces major new PrEP trial for 2017

NHS England, in collaboration with Public Health England, has announced in a press release today that a major new implementation trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will start next year. It is planned to enrol at least twice as many as previously anticipated and the funding announced is five times higher than the money for a trial originally announced in March this year. NHS England says that the three-year trial will start in “early financial year 2017/18”, which implies next A

NHS England loses appeal – it must consider providing PrEP

published: November, 18, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Nonetheless NHS England may still try to put obstacles in the way of NHS provision of PrEP, as AIDSmap.com's Roger Pebody reports.

NHS England loses appeal – it must consider providing PrEP

Not all the UK press has been enthusiastic At the Court of Appeal in London, three judges just now confirmed that NHS England is responsible for providing PrEP. Key to the case is the fact that NHS England already commissions post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) which is not substantially different to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Nonetheless NHS England may still try to put obstacles in the way of NHS provision of PrEP. As Lord Justice Underhill wrote, the judgement “does not mean tha

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