HIV Prevention.

I Am Charlie

Gus Cairns | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Gus Cairns

In the 30 years I've had HIV, I never expected to feel sorry, tender even, for a Hollywood actor, let alone Charlie Sheen: wanting to give this hot man-mess a hug, clap him on the back, spur him on to sober up and start living with HIV rather than dying from the shame of it. I really hope Charlie's self-outing as HIV positive does mark his final emergence from whatever swamp of chaos he's been floundering in this last five years.

Let's Not Hide

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Philip Christopher Baldwin

"As a young, gay activist, living with HIV, I am proud to be a member of the Conservative Party. This is a progressive party which is helping people l...

What Has the Chancellor Got Against Sexual Health?

Yusef Azad | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Yusef Azad

On the election of the Conservative Government in 2015 the Chancellor announced plans for further cuts to public expenditure. Yes, there would be cuts of £200million to the Department of Health budget but he assured us these cuts were to 'non-NHS spending'.

Prevention Not Cure? Taking Pride in HIV Care

Rae Duke | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Rae Duke

Now dubbed the 'miracle' HIV pill, PrEP poses some provocative questions for the UK. Does this medicine represent sheer liberation for MSM

Stop Sentencing Us to Fear

Gus Cairns | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Gus Cairns

We can achieve it by testing, so as to minimise the number of guys who don't think they have HIV, but do. We can achieve it by maximising viral suppression and getting as many HIV+ guys on treatment as possible. We can achieve it by using PrEP, not just because it works, but also to take the anxiety and rabbit-in-headlights paralysis out of gay dating.

Blood Donation - Who Are We Really Discriminating Against?

Yusef Azad | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Yusef Azad

Is the 12 month deferral for gay men reasonable and evidence-based? We suspect it may no longer be so and the rules need to be reviewed to ensure no discrimination is taking place. There are, however, groups excluded by the blood donation rules permanently...

HIV Home Testing: Legal At Last

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

There have long been significant and valid concerns that simply popping a testing kit in the post to an individual who may be vulnerable - and a positive HIV result can make anyone feel worried, to say the least - is not providing the support and care for which UK HIV clinics have rightly become world-renowned.

"Incredible India, Invest in Communities!"

Dr Alvaro Bermejo | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK
Dr Alvaro Bermejo

Even last April's landmark Supreme Court ruling which recognised transgender people's right to identify as a third gender has so far delivered little in terms of increasing access to healthcare and specifically HIV prevention, treatment, care, social welfare, equal rights and support services.

Young Gay Men Are Let Down By the Education System

James Hanson | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Hanson

I strongly believe the education system fails young LGBTI+ people every day. We have won the battle of equal age of consent and equal marriage in the UK, the next fight is to make inclusive SRE compulsory in all schools.

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

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

The awareness-raising we and many others have been doing this week is truly crucial in the fight against HIV: because the stigma that surrounds the infection, and that at least one of our celebrity ambassadors has noticed on social media in this last week, drives a reluctance to test which actively promotes the continued spread of HIV.


Gus Cairns | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gus Cairns

I think we as gay men are uniquely vulnerable to this virus. If you accept that gay men aren't just going to stop having anal sex overnight, then you have to accept that we have the kind of sex that is 18 times better at transmitting HIV than the sex heterosexuals have, and that means we are 50-100x more likely, in most places in the world other than parts of Africa, to meet a positive partner.

HIV Diagnoses Among Young Gay Men: We Need to Act

Simon Blake | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Blake

I will keep saying it until I'm blue in the face: new HIV Infections have almost doubled amongst 15-24 year olds. I read my briefing over breakfast this morning and I cannot quite describe the feeling in my stomach. How can we, how can I allow this to happen, and how did these data slip out and go largely unreported this week?

Can a Film Change the World? 'Fire in the Blood' Director Speaks

Rob Leane | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rob Leane

Fire in the Blood is a harrowing viewing experience. The sombre documentary portrays the real events of an AIDS drug extortion scandal which has slipped under the radar of public consciousness, but continues to take an unthinkable number of lives.

Dangerouser Sex

Gus Cairns | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gus Cairns

To those less acqainted with the workings of HIV, and more surprised by the news, you'd think this would be cause for celebration. In the gay community, however, the news was received by many with disbelief ("This is bullshit science" said one) or downright fear

Anti-Gay Laws Imperil Their Countries' Health, Too

Gus Cairns | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK
Gus Cairns

Four years ago it was proven that if you give people HIV drugs and they take them, their chance of infecting someone else falls by at least 96%. It's stupid to drive into hiding the people you may need to treat to continue your fight against AIDS.

The Meaning of World AIDS Day

Allan Anderson | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK
Allan Anderson

Sunday past was World AIDS Day when we should come together to think about those with living with HIV and... well what? That's probably the question we should all be asking.

Facing My Taboo of STIs

James Emtage | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Emtage

We've all just got to get over this. In a society where access to medication and medical staff is freely available, it is not only our right to get ourselves checked out, but our duty.

One In Five People With HIV Unaware They Have The Virus

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Around one in five people living with HIV in the UK are unaware they have the virus, figures show. Some 21,900 people out of 98,400 with HIV do not...

Have Attitudes Changed Towards HIV/AIDS Since the 1980's?

Daniel Warner | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

I'm 42 now and my attitude towards sex has changed and I'm confident in my sexuality. I'm also fully aware of the 'risks', and they are risks. I don't take my being HIV-negative for granted but I also don't allow a fear of HIV to stop me doing what I want to do. After twenty years I've finally realised that a penis isn't a murder weapon.

China To Ban People With HIV From Public Baths

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK

China's move to ban HIV patients from using public bathhouses has been roundly condemned by activists in the country and abroad. According to the 2...

Can Cricket Save India and the Caribbean From HIV?

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Sport
Dr Steve Taylor

Understandably, HIV awareness is not a crowd-pleaser. However, if we are really trying to inspire change and to reduce stigma - to educate the public around HIV - then cricket, with its international profile and huge audiences, allows us a unique vessel with which to achieve this aim.

End Homophobia to Reduce HIV

Deborah Jack | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Politics
Deborah Jack

Many gay men and women still continue to suffer discrimination and prejudice in their lives. Banning same sex couples from marriage endorses this discrimination and sends out a clear message that same sex relationships aren't equal to opposite sex couples.

Baby Cured of HIV: Was This a Premature Release?

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

Is the 'cure' story exciting? Yes. Is it scientifically plausible? Yes. Will it stimulate more research? Almost certainly. But it is extremely premature to hail it as a cure that will translate into routine clinical care any time soon. We need much more data.

Why My Generation Needs to Understand the Truth About Africa

Jamal Edwards | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jamal Edwards

Desperate to save their loved ones, families turned to traditional faith healers, running up huge debts paying for treatment that not only didn't work but was often painful and dangerous. HIV testing wasn't available, and for the few who did know they were infected, there was no support or treatment. People were dying and things seemed beyond hope. And so to people who say that that we shouldn't give aid to Africa because it's not helping, I'd say you're chatting rubbish. I've seen with my own eyes that you're wrong, aid does work. It's real and it's making a massive difference.

HIV: Reluctance to Test Versus Saving Lives

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

It is a very scary statistic that in the UK there are over 25,000 people infected with HIV unaware they are infected. We must prioritise diagnosing them, especially as HIV can be symptomless for many years. So regular blood testing is often not just our best, but our only tool in controlling the spread of HIV.