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# world aids day
'Concerning' rise in HIV and STI cases since last year
There have also been more cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea in the first 11 months of 2022 than in all of 2019.
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# Imported blood
Campaigners call for changes to Ireland's restriction of blood donation by gay men
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service imported a supply of blood from the UK earlier this week.
# sexual health
Limited access to HIV services during pandemic an ongoing concern for LGBT+ community
Closures and scaledowns of sexual health services have raised issues for HIV prevention and testing.
Living with HIV: 'Please don't feel alone, or that your voice doesn't matter - it does'
A new campaign has been launched in Ireland ahead of World Aids Day tomorrow.
# gmhs
Closure of PrEP service will 'undoubtedly' have impact on HIV rates, experts warn
Staff from the GMHS have been redeployed to Covid-19 test centres in recent months.
# hiv awareness
'When I found out, I thought I was going to die' - Wales great Gareth Thomas opens up on experience with HIV
The former rugby star is determined to keep the conversation going, educate others and break the stigma around the virus.
# Gay Rights
'A giant of a man': Influential Aids campaigner and playwright Larry Kramer dies aged 84
Kramer’s husband confirmed that he died from died from pneumonia.
# London
Second patient in world to be cleared of HIV reveals identity
Adam Castillejo achieved “sustained remission” from HIV.
# sexual health
HSE to spend up to half a million on STI home-testing pilot project
The HSE currently provides public STI services through clinics around the country.
# Blood Transfusion
Over €10 million paid in compensation to Hepatitis and HIV contaminated blood victims last year
Some €993 million has been paid in compensation since a Tribunal was established in 1995.
# world aids day
There have been over 470 new diagnoses of HIV in Ireland so far this year
Today, 1 December, marks World AIDS Day 2019.
# Aids
Over 300 children and teens died every day from AIDS-related causes in 2018
That’s according to a new Unicef report published today.
'A significant gamechanger': PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates being rolled out from today
The pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment is the most recent development in the field of HIV prevention.
# msm
Nine in 10 gay and bisexual men living with HIV are on treatment and cannot transmit the virus
Men living in Ireland are more likely to take drugs than their European counterparts, according to a new survey.
# Speaking out
'They took that right away from me' - Thomas says journalist told his parents about HIV status
The former Wales international revealed his diagnosis to the public last weekend.
# Treatment
'Undetectable equals Untransmittable': The importance of Gareth Thomas' HIV message
Campaigners point out that effective HIV treatment is also effective HIV prevention.
# HIV Testing
Dublin STI clinic struggles to cope due to lack of resources
The HSE has said that demand for the clinic’s service is beyond its capacity.
# sexual health
PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates to be rolled out later this year
Rapid testing will be rolled out in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick.
# discrimination claim
HIV positive woman to receive €10,000 in compensation after dentist stops treating her mid-procedure
The dentist agreed to provide a written apology to the woman.
# ART Treatment
'End of HIV pandemic' in sight after medicine makes virus 'untransmittable' between sexual partners
The virus remains one of the world’s biggest health problems.
# draft report
'Time to act': HIQA report finds PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates would be cheaper and more effective
A draft report on the introduction of the programme was published today.
# Theratechnologies
Ireland's 'stable political environment' attracted a major HIV drug firm to Dublin
The Canadian company is in the process of getting its Trogarzo drug approved in Europe.
# Safe sex
7% increase in STIs in Ireland between 2017 and 2018, new data suggests
The prominent STIs were chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital herpes and syphilis.
# remission
London patient becomes second man to be cleared of Aids virus
The patient has not been identified.
Opinion: 'People with HIV in Ireland are dehumanised - we're seen as a virus'
But activist Robbie Lawlor sets out how people like him are breaking away from stigma and living full lives – and says people need to be more open and honest.
# On the rise
HIV diagnoses reached a record high last year in Ireland
531 cases were diagnosed last year – an 8% increase from 2017.
# world aids day
World AIDS Day marked by 'Know Your Status' campaign
In Ireland, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar took a HIV test to raise awareness of the virus.
Opinion: HIV positive women face a unique set of challenges
On the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, women who have HIV still face increased stigma, writes Dr Denise Proudfoot
# Safe sex
'The worst I've seen yet': Concern as number of HIV and STI diagnoses rise this year
A total of 11,078 STI diagnoses have been reported so far this year.
Hiqa is looking at whether a PrEP programme can start in Ireland next year
The health authority’s work is due to conclude next year, with a possible roll out soon after that.
# chemsex
How one drug can make sex euphoric, but also destroy lives
G is highly addictive and its use in Ireland is becoming more common.
Woman whose father died from HIV-related illness in 1980s to receive compensation
A judge has overruled a previous decision by the Hepatitis C and HIV Compensation Tribunal.
# detection kit
New self-test HIV kit goes on sale in pharmacies around the country today
There were 508 new cases of HIV diagnosed in Ireland in 2016 – a 43.9% increase since 2006.
# Criminal Court
Man jailed for 10 years for infecting two former partners with HIV
The victims told the court that the man would tell people to stay away from them because they had the virus.
# Prep
HIV drug may be more affordable after European court ruling
The case now returns to the English High Court for a final decision.
# Epidemic
'The fight is far from over': A teenage girl was infected with HIV every 3 minutes last year
Unicef is warning that the HIV/Aids epidemic is far from over and teenage girls are bearing the brunt of the health crisis.
Fears of 'dangerous complacency': Thousands gather in Amsterdam for world Aids meeting
Experts have warned that there may be a resurgence of the epidemic that has already killed 35 million people.
# Court
Man convicted of causing serious harm to two former partners by infecting them with HIV
The judge described the case as ‘pretty difficult with unusual evidence’.
# Courts
Witness says man accused of infecting two women with HIV asked her not to tell anyone of clinic encounter
The man has pleaded not guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to the two women.
# Courts
Ex-partner of man accused of infecting her with HIV says he 'wasn't shocked' over her diagnosis
The man has pleaded not guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to the two women.