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# Health
Kenyan men flee to escape enforced circumcision
The procedure is often carried out without anaesthesia.
# pandemic
Decriminalising prostitution would 'slash HIV rates among sex workers'
Some sex workers don’t carry condoms, to avoid arrest. This is a big problem.
Opinion: 'It's a terrible blow to Aids research – and not the first time lives have been needlessly lost'
More research into Aids would help to protect the most vulnerable groups in society and also honour those who have died.
# antiretroviral
Death rates for HIV-positive adults have halved
However, the risk of death from non-AIDS cancers remained stable.
Taking preventative HIV drugs is 'an individual choice', says WHO
New guidelines issued by WHO “strongly recommend” gay men take the drugs, but says that advice does not apply to every case.
# Setback
Baby 'cured' of HIV has relapsed
The news is a setback to hopes that very early treatment with powerful HIV drugs might reverse the infection.
# Bad Science
Researcher arrested after faking data for a HIV vaccine
The scientist confessed to spiking samples of blood to make a HIV vaccine appear to have great promise.
# Safe sex
Uganda tests 'rubber band circumcision' in battle against HIV
The simple device – two plastic rings and an elastic band – cuts off blood supply to the foreskin, which then shrivels and is removed with the band after a week.
# Dublin Aids Alliance
'Once you say you're HIV positive, you can't take it back'
HIV in Ireland: screening, stigma and support
# sexual health
More gay men are seeking STI testing and advice
One in five of those tested at the Gay Men’s Health Service clinic in Dublin last year received a diagnosis.
# get tested
Panti: "As someone who is HIV positive, I would encourage everybody to get tested"
A study has found that the vast majority of gay men see the risk of contracting HIV as unlikely, even as diagnosis rates have increased.
Opinion: Equality and social justice for women is my life’s work
In the run-up to Africa Day, Salome Mbugua discusses her social justice work in Ireland and various African countries.
Column: A vaccine could soon be here for one of the most devastating diseases on the planet
With malaria causing 627,000 deaths last year, there are high hopes for the first vaccine. But old-fashioned people power can also make a difference.
# Aids
Fishermen blamed for huge number of HIV cases in Ugandan village
The going rate for sex in Kasensero is as little as €1.50.
# Fine Gael
Buttimer: HIV awareness campaign needed as memory of epidemic fades
The Fine Gael TD said the stark rises in cases over the past decade needs to be addressed.
# Attack
Phil Prendergast has blood tested for HIV and hepatitis after being spat at
It happened as she was making her way to a funeral in Cork city.
# sexual health
Email and drop-in service to support sexual health in gay community
The Gay Switchboard is also hoping to launch a video chat service next year to encourage younger people who are having issues to get in touch.
# world aids day
Is Ireland doing enough to help the global fight against AIDS?
Charities say Ireland has traditionally been at the forefront, but on World AIDS Day they say that support is slipping.
# HIV Positive
Undiagnosed HIV rates high in Dublin, widespread testing recommended
A new testing programme at the Mater Hospital diagnosed almost three in every 1,000 people with the HIV infection.
# WHO Report
Are people in Greece giving themselves HIV to get social welfare?
Media reports this morning suggest citizens desperate for money are resorting to this drastic action.
# testing week
Campaign to reduce stigma, as stats show 50 per cent of HIV diagnoses are happening late
Latest figures from the World Health Organisation show that 1 in 3 of the 2.3 million people living with the condition in Europe are unaware that they are HIV positive.
Top scientists meet to discuss how a cure for AIDS can become a reality
Scientists said for a cure to work, it must be safe, simple and scalable.
Despite protective drugs, no increase in sex risks for partners of HIV-positive
The question of the sexual behaviour of this group is important given current optimism about a possible reversal of the HIV epidemic.
# Aids
Scientists meet to discuss ending the world's AIDS pandemic
The symposium next month will look at what can be done to achieve an AIDS-free world.
# Health
This HIV vaccine looks promising
The vaccine appears to have completely cleared the virus from monkeys.
Study finds 42 children in Ireland diagnosed with HIV
The research in the Irish Medical Journal found many of the children’s illnesses were diagnosed at an advanced stage.
# home testing kit
Now you can test yourself for STIs in your own home
A new home testing kit for common STIs will cost from €50, compared to the usual cost of €125.
# sexual health
Most people in Ireland have never had a sexual health test
Almost a third of people in a study said they are not concerned about their sexual health.
Column: 'I came face to face with the reality of childbirth in Ethiopia'
Every year, 25,000 women die in childbirth in Ethiopia, writes Donnacha Maguire, who says money alone will not stop women from dying, only people working together will do that.
A daily tablet can protect those who inject drugs from HIV
Globally, one in 10 new HIV infections are thought to be caused by injecting drug use.
# Addiction
Drug users need our compassion, says Elton John
Pop star says stigma and criminalisation increases chance that users get caught in lifetime cycle of addiction and disease.
# HIV stats
The median age for new HIV cases in Ireland? 33
New statistics show that the number of people with HIV in Ireland rose last year for the first time in four years.
French patients keep HIV at bay despite stopping drugs
A new study reveals that 14 HIV patients have remained healthy for years after stopping drug treatment offers fresh evidence that early medical intervention may lead to a “functional cure” for AIDS.
Baby born with HIV may have been cured, scientists say
The child from Mississippi has been off medication for a year with no signs of infection in what could be on the second reported curing of the disease.
# Research
Infidelity is a major cause of Africa's HIV epidemic - study
The study found that up to two thirds of all new HIV infections among men in stable partnerships are caused by one partner being unfaithful.
# Irish Aid
Here's how Ireland distributed €159m among nine countries last year
The amount was 12 per cent less than the nearly €180 million given to countries including Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Timor Leste and Vietnam in 2011.
Column: Why are we getting complacent with our sexual health?
We should know by now that having unprotected sex is not safe, writes Anna Quigley – so why are we engaging in risky sexual behaviour?