Hiv Testing

Dangerouser Sex

Gus Cairns | Posted 14.03.2014 | 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 27.02.2014 | 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.

An Open Invitation to Dr Phillip Lee

Allan Anderson | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Politics
Allan Anderson

If you're going to make prejudicial remarks about anyone's health condition, and HIV is now considered a long-term manageable condition by the NHS, then perhaps Dr Lee should find out the facts first. So here is an open invitation to Dr Lee...

Are You Riddled?

Jack Fletcher | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

Now I have your attention. That was easy! Sex is a natural part of life, alongside other pleasurable functions of the body such as playing sport and eating, but is something that is not talked about enough in society which only exacerbates the stigma attached to many issues of sex.

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.

World AIDS Day: Reflecting on HIV testing

Professor Kevin Fenton | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Kevin Fenton

So where are we on testing? Today we have a range of HIV tests that are able to identify the virus early and accurately, using a range of biological samples, with the results being available immediately or after a brief period.

HIV Testing Saves Lives - Full Stop

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

This week is National HIV Testing Week, leading up to World AIDS Day 2013 on 1st 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 is transmitted and prevented, have not been heard.

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...

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

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

The next piece to the HIV puzzle in many ways, is about changing public perceptions. Out-of-date and negative attitudes to HIV can dissuade people from testing - and that's why one in four of those with HIV in the UK are not aware of their status. That's a really dangerous statistic.

HIV Home-Test Kits Could Be Legalised

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK

People who are concerned that they might have HIV will soon be able to find out whether or not they are infected in the comfort of their own homes, of...

With Attitudes Like This, Will We Ever Beat HIV?

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

Walking into the room, I saw eight people - predominantly doctors - and I could tell that at least five had already made up their minds to reject the project. It started predictably: "Well, we have spent a lot of time discussing this very interesting project, but have some significant concerns." That was why I was there - to allay their fears and get on with this important project. That was not to be.

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.

Stigma, Complacency and Ignorance in the Fight Against HIV

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

Many younger gay men these days have not seen their friends die of AIDS-related illnesses, and there certainly isn't the fear around HIV which their once was. There is a difficult balance to strike here: we don't want to stigmatise HIV further yet at the same time it is difficult to combat the damaging "I don't care" attitude without emphasising the serious nature of the HIV infection.

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.

Is the UK Ready for HIV Home Testing Kits?

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

Legal in the US for some time now, the self-test kit has been a focus of some controversy in the UK, and has been illegal for many years. You are, though, allowed to sample your own blood at home, and then send it off to an accredited laboratory (privately, of course).

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.

How HIV Stigma Still Kills

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

Stigma continues to be a real problem for those living with HIV, and even for those simply trying to promote better understanding of the infection. The fact is, this unthinking prejudice is endangering peoples' health ... and costing lives.