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# Courts
Man goes on trial accused of causing serious harm to two ex-girlfriends by passing on HIV
The man has pleaded not guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to the two women.
# increase
'It's worrying': Over 200 people diagnosed with HIV so far this year
Some 500 people were diagnosed with the condition last year, and this figure is expected to be higher in 2018.
# Film
'My story is not a particular case - there are many orphans of AIDS in Spain'
By 1997, Spain had 120,000 HIV/AIDS cases in an adult population of around 21 million – the highest rate in the European Union.
# living with hiv
'My fear was what if the baby had HIV. When I had my daughter, thank god, she was HIV negative'
A new report details concerns Irish mothers had after being diagnosed with HIV.
# Stigma
Life as a woman with HIV: 'We're stigmatised because we're looked upon as if we're easy'
1,747 women have been diagnosed with HIV in Ireland since 2003.
# Eurovision Song Contest
'I hope to give others courage:' Eurovision's Conchita Wurst announces HIV diagnosis
Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014.
# conchita
Conchita Wurst shared her HIV positive status following threats from her ex boyfriend
The Austrian singer called the information ‘irrelevant to the public’.
# Epidemic
Self-testing kits and vending machine drugs are helping South Africa's battle against HIV
7.1 million people live with HIV in South Africa.
# Unprecedented
High Court rules that teenager's HIV need not be disclosed to young woman
The case was taken by the Child and Family Agency.
# Jailed
Man (21) who threatened cafe staff with a syringe during robbery jailed for three years
Rainis Koovit (21) brandished a syringe when attempting to grab a tip jar in Kaph Cafe in Drury Street, Dublin.
# Prep
A HIV prevention drug is being made available to Irish pharmacies at a 70% cheaper cost
PrEP is a once daily medication that can significantly reduce risk of infection among HIV-negative people at high risk.
HIV diagnosis: 'I went into a spasm of shock. My mother knew the result just by looking at me'
But HIV is no longer a terminal illness, it’s a chronic disease and is manageable, writes Gary.
# 30 Years On
'When HIV hit Ireland it had the same devastation it did in San Francisco'
Much has changed in the 30 years since HIV Ireland was established, but some of the same problems - like stigma – remain.
# east sussex
English man convicted of deliberately infecting sexual partners with HIV
Rowe would sabotage the condoms and send his victims mocking messages afterwards.
# Verdict
Italian handed 24 years in jail for infecting 30 women with HIV
The male companions of three of the women were also infected, as was the baby of a fourth.
# Tribunal
The State has paid out over €1 billion in Hepatitis C and HIV compensations
A State tribunal last year awarded one victim of contaminated blood products €2.96 million.
# Health Protection Surveillance Centre
HIV diagnoses rose again last year with 508 new cases
Two thirds of the cases were new diagnoses while the rest were people who were transferring their care from abroad.
'I'm most angry at myself': HIV positive people continue to suffer from stigma in Ireland
17% of people living in HIV say they have felt suicidal in the last year.
# Europe
Increase in rate of HIV cases in Irish people aged over 50
In 2015, around one in six new cases of HIV diagnosed in Europe are among people aged over 50.
# in remission
South African girl, 9, becomes only the third child to be 'functionally cured' of HIV
The patient still has HIV in her system but it is so weakened that it cannot replicate or spread.
# downsides
Synthetic seventh heaven: London and Paris deal with the perils of chemsex
Associated problems include overdoses and addiction.
# global shift
For the first time, over half of people with HIV are taking AIDS drugs
The United Nations report’s authors claimed that the data proved the “scales have finally tipped”.
Column: 'Over half my patients, often with contagious illnesses, have to share a bed'
The scale of the HIV problem in Kenya’s Homa Bay County is enormous, writes Dr Eamonn Faller.
'I was haunted by the blood I caused by circumcising girls'
Almost 3,000 girls living in Ireland could be at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation.
# Prep
Explainer: What's being done to bring anti-HIV medication into Ireland?
PrEP is a “once daily” medication that can reduce risk of infection among people at high risk.
# Prep
Calls for prevention medication to be made available following over 500 HIV diagnoses in 2016
HIV Ireland and the Gay Health Network (GHN) are calling for PrEP to be introduced in Ireland.
# Protest
'Los Frikis': The Cuban punks who deliberately infected themselves with HIV
One of the men, Gerson Govea, talks about his experiences.
# apprehended
Czech man wanted for deliberately spreading HIV arrested in Thai resort
Warnings of his presence in Thailand spread rapidly on social media there this week.
# State Papers
Mountjoy prisoners segregated in 1986 after 20% diagnosed with Aids antibodies
An internal document reported 33 male prisoners and 10 female prisoners had been identified as having Aids antibodies.
# Safe sex
HPV vaccine will soon be available to gay men
The HSE vaccinates thousands of schoolgirls against the virus each year.
# Australia
Man who hiked price of HIV drug mocks schoolkids for recreating medicine in lab
Martin Shkreli’s company raised the price of HIV drug Daraprim from €13.50 to €750 per pill.
'It's an epidemic': Activists use World Aids Day to warn that the disease continues to spread
There were 273 new HIV diagnoses in the first six months of this year.
# misinformed
DUP politician admits he didn't know heterosexual people could contract HIV
Trevor Clarke made the admission in a Stormont debate calling for a new HIV awareness campaign.
# protect yourself
There has been a sharp rise in the number of HIV and syphilis diagnoses amongst gay men
The HSE is urging men to use condoms and get checked regularly.
# decriminalisation
The 'War On Drugs' is driving a global epidemic of HIV, TB and hepatitis
Major new study says jails hothouse infectious diseases, which are then passed on to the wider community.
# royal finger-prick
Prince Harry takes a HIV test on Facebook Live
Harry took the test as part of efforts to reduce stigma around testing.
# new research
Anti-viral drugs lower risk of catching HIV for couples having unprotected sex
A study examined the risk of unprotected sex among 900 couples where just one partner is infected by HIV.
# urgent action
Calls to address 'crisis' as HIV cases nearly double in first 4 months of the year
There were 175 cases of HIV reported in the first 16 weeks of 2016, compared to 106 in the same period last year.
# new cases
'Don't go near him, he has HIV, you’ll get it' - Robbie Lawlor on fighting stigma
There were 498 new cases of HIV reported in Ireland in 2015, up from 377 in 2014.