Dr Steve Taylor
Dr Steve Taylor (FRCP, PhD) is the Lead HIV Consultant at Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. He trained in General Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital (BHH) during which time he obtained his MRCP and Diploma in Tropical Medicine. Shortly after he specialised in HIV and Genitourinary Medicine.

From 1999 to 2002 he won a three-year NHS Research & Development 'Sheldon Fellowship', and became a Clinical Research Fellow in the Health Protection Agency Antiviral Susceptibility Reference Unit within the Division of Immunity and Infection at the University of Birmingham. He obtained his PhD thesis in December 2002, entitled 'The Sexual Transmission of HIV'.

Dr Taylor was elected to the British HIV Association (BHIVA) executive committee in 2003. He was invited onto the scientific committee of the International Workshops on HIV Clinical Pharmacology 2004 (Rome), 2005 (Quebec), 2006 (Lisbon) and 2007 (Budapest). In 2006 he was invited onto the scientific committee of the 1st International Workshop of HIV transmission (Toronto). He also sits on the Medical Advisory boards for HIV i-Base and AIDs treatment update, and teaches and lectures regularly to HIV-positive patient groups, as well as delivering 4 national courses on HIV drug Resistance and pharmacology yearly.

In addition to his role as Medical Director of the national HIV testing awareness charity, Saving Lives, He is a Tri Service Consultant Advisor to HM Armed Forces and for the last 4 years has chaired the clinicians group for the DOH development of the HIV outpatient tariff.

He is West Midlands Media representative for the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV and regularly appears on television and radio to comment on issues pertaining to sexual health and HIV.

Outside of medicine, he is a level 1 qualified FA football coach and coaches the Leamington Juniors under 9s football team.

Entries by Dr Steve Taylor

Stop the Stigma: Why This World Aids Day Must Be About Communities as Well as Clinics

(0) Comments | Posted 30 November 2015 | (22:57)

After spending the week campaigning, telling everybody that HIV testing saves lives, and after telling each and every one of them that people living with HIV can now live a full life with a normal life expectancy and little prospect of infecting their partners; I think I...

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Three Reasons Why National HIV Testing Week Is More Important Than Ever

(0) Comments | Posted 26 November 2015 | (23:00)

It's National HIV Testing Week again. But this year it seems strangely different, a real mix of ups and downs. The week in which Charlie Sheen was first hounded by the tabloid press and then disclosed his HIV status demonstrated how ruthless society can...

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HIV Testing Saves Lives - Bad Journalism Kills

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2015 | (11:17)

In a front-page headline of this week, the national newspaper The Sun peddled HIV stigma which is out of date in 2015.

In a garish splash designed to attract attention, the paper trumpeted an 'exclusive' story about what it called an 'HIV Hollywood Panic'. According to the front-page details, an...

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HIV Home Testing: Legal At Last

(0) Comments | Posted 6 May 2015 | (16:59)

The Huffington Post last week reported what many would at first glance assume to be excellent news: "For the first time, a legally approved HIV self-testing kit is available to buy in the UK. The BioSURE HIV Self Test will enable people to test themselves when and where...

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HIV Testing Saves Lives: But Is HIV Testing the Best Prevention?

(0) Comments | Posted 30 November 2014 | (23:00)

Let me answer the question I pose in the title of this post straight away: I think the answer is a most resounding yes. But more of that later ....

"I usually get a lot of retweets, favourites and mentions whenever I put something out on Twitter,"...

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HIV Policy and Stigma: Why Nigel Farage Should Read Randy Shilts

(66) Comments | Posted 12 October 2014 | (16:51)

Written with Dan Hartland, Director of Operations at the Saving Lives Charity

We launched the HIV awareness charity Saving Lives because we believed that stigma has a real and measurable impact on health. Prejudice impacts upon how people behave, how readily they visit their doctor about a problem, and...

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Why Privatisation Is Killing the NHS

(48) Comments | Posted 24 September 2014 | (00:00)

I am sitting in my front garden at 5am feeling slightly shell-shocked, wondering what has just happened - and wondering if I am still a doctor.

What a strange opening to a blog. To put my dawn chorus into context, I thought it would be useful to share with you...

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Slings, Slamming and Chem-sex

(0) Comments | Posted 8 February 2014 | (12:24)

This blog is definitely not for the faint-hearted: if you're easily offended, please stop reading now! For those of you who would like to have a greater understanding of a new subculture which is rapidly emerging nationwide and internationally, and fuelling the transmission of STIs, HIV, hepatitis C, however ......

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HIV Testing Saves Lives - Full Stop

(1) Comments | Posted 1 December 2013 | (23:00)

This week is National HIV Testing Week, leading up to World Aids Day 2013 on 1 December. The question is, how many of you were aware of this - and what can we do to enhance that awareness?

For too long, educational messages about HIV/AIDS, and about the way it...

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Let's Just Test All Healthcare Professionals and All Patients for HIV

(5) Comments | Posted 20 August 2013 | (00:00)

I write a lot on this blog about attitudes to HIV. In many ways, changing the way in which people think about HIV is now one of the most challenging things we do. We know that our medicines work well, our patient pathways are excellent, and increasingly people with HIV...

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With Attitudes Like This, Will We Ever Beat HIV?

(14) Comments | Posted 8 August 2013 | (00:00)

Apologies if this post turns into something of a rant - but I think you'll soon understand, and hopefully share, my frustration.

A week or so ago, I attended a meeting of an ethics committee to discuss an opt-out testing strategy for HIV, Hepatitis-B and Hepatitis-C in the medical admissions...

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A Cure for HIV: Really?

(7) Comments | Posted 9 July 2013 | (00:00)

This week saw clinicians and scientists at the International AIDS Society Conference in Malaysia listen to presentations about two HIV positive patients from Boston treated for cancer who have ceased to take their HIV drugs - and yet in whose blood doctors can no longer detect any virus (a third...

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Can Cricket Save India and the Caribbean From HIV?

(6) Comments | Posted 28 June 2013 | (00:00)

Those cricket fans who watched the England versus India Champions Trophy final on sunday may have noticed small slips of red material attached to the players' arms, or to the sides of their caps. For those in the know, these were easily recognisable as the red ribbons of solidarity, the...

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Stigma, Complacency and Ignorance in the Fight Against HIV

(4) Comments | Posted 1 June 2013 | (00:00)

What a week it has been. We've been involved in promoting HIV, Hepatitis-B and Hepatitis-C testing program at Birmingham Pride. We've launched a GP testing campaign in Nottingham. And, of course, I've been treating patients in the clinic.

We had mixed emotions at Pride. From the enthusiasm and dedication of...

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Baby Cured of HIV: Was This a Premature Release?

(3) Comments | Posted 6 March 2013 | (23:00)

On Monday 4 March, the world awoke to a media storm: news was buzzing around the world that a Mississippi baby had been cured of HIV.

We were soon bombarded with a flurry of media reports about how this case was set to change the HIV treatment paradigm, prevent babies...

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Why Proposed NHS Reforms May Damage HIV Care

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2013 | (23:00)

We set up the HIV awareness charity Saving Lives to promote HIV testing and public health. We believe passionately that one in four of those with HIV in the UK not knowing their status is too high a figure, and that public advocacy and awareness-raising can have a positive benefit...

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Is the UK Ready for HIV Home Testing Kits?

(5) Comments | Posted 5 February 2013 | (07:25)

In the course of my medical life, I've overheard many people ask their friends the question, "Have you had an HIV test?"

"No," comes the common reply. "I know I should, but I don't want it on my medical records. It affects your insurance premiums, doesn't it? And you can...

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HIV: Reluctance to Test Versus Saving Lives

(4) Comments | Posted 6 January 2013 | (23:00)

I've been fortunate enough in my medical career to see real improvements in the treatment options we can offer our HIV positive patients. In the early 1980s we didn't even have a name for HIV; now we have a wide range of anti-retroviral drugs. We've made huge, rapid steps in...

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How HIV Stigma Still Kills

(3) Comments | Posted 14 December 2012 | (23:00)

One of my patients said to me recently: "When I was young I had unprotected sex a few times, so did my friends. Unfortunately it was me who became infected, and they didn't. Why do I have to live with this shame, as if I did something terribly wrong? I...

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