HIV/AID's

What You Didn't Know About HIV And Dating, Until Now!

Christian Mercer | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Christian Mercer

Most people's thoughts on HIV relate back to the tombstone campaign from the 1980's. Thankfully, much has changed since those daunting advertisements and there is now a much brighter future for those living with HIV.

How Keeping A Gratitude Journal Could Boost Physical Health For HIV Patients

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Helping people with HIV to feel emotionally happy could help to improve their physical symptoms, new research suggests. A study found that when indivi...

Scientists Have Found A Way To Make Cells Resistant To HIV

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Tech

In a remarkable step forward in the potential treatment of HIV, scientists in California have successfully created a cell population that is resistant...

Minority Within A Minority: Women Ageing With HIV

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

There are an estimated 101,000 people living with HIV in the UK, 31% of whom are women. Yet women living with HIV are frequently invisible, their spec...

Five HIV Patients Have Been Left 'Virus Free' And With No Need For Daily Drugs

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Tech

Five people living with HIV are currently free of the detectable virus after taking part in a new vaccine-based therapy. The patients are also not ta...

Uncharted Territory: What It's Like To Be Part Of The First Generation To Grow Older With HIV

Ian Green | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Ian Green

So this is the first time we've seen people grow older with HIV on such a scale. Thirty years after the AIDS crisis took so many precious lives from us, it is extraordinarily positive to see this progress - but there are a lot of unknowns facing those of us growing older with HIV.

A Global Health Epidemic Is A Ticking Time Bomb - But Virus Databases Can And Are Helping To Save Lives

Professor Stefan Elbe | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Tech
Professor Stefan Elbe

If we have learnt anything from the deaths of millions of people from diseases like AIDS, SARS, pandemic flu, Ebola, and Zika it is the need for scientists to share data quickly so that researchers can assess the dangers and develop new medicines and vaccines.

HIV And The Day The Penny, Pound, Fiver, Tenner...Dropped

Paul Marshall | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

Truth be told, I'm not really a shaking the bucket type of guy. Then again, thanks to the incredible medical advances over the last 15-20 years in the treatment of this once deadly disease, I'm fortunately not really a kicking the bucket type of guy either.

Come So Far, Got So Far To Go

Krishen Samuel | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Krishen Samuel

Removing judgment and stigma from the epidemic also remains one of the most challenging aspects of dealing with HIV infection. Too often, HIV positive individuals were seen as 'lost' to the epidemic and 'failures' in terms of prevention campaigns.

Let's Be Positive: Together, We Can Beat HIV-Related Stigma

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

Today's, it's less HIV and more HIV-related stigma that's the killer. Stigma brings people to my clinic who have been living with HIV for too long before diagnosis. And they haven't been diagnosed because they are scared, ignorant or isolated.

Ending AIDS Remains A Huge Challenge - But Amazing Things Are Happening

Anne Aslett | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Anne Aslett

In this horrible year, it has been really tempting to despair. From Syria and ISIS to Brexit and Trump, it sometimes feels like we're being tugged together over a cliff. But when I feel that sense of bleakness coming, and I want to give up, I remember something that happened to me, a long time ago now. I want to share it with you, as a small candle in the darkness of 2016.

World AIDS Day: Everything's Changed, Nothing's Changed

Ian Green | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Ian Green

HIV no longer has to prevent people living normal, happy and long lives - but we know that it does. There is still no cure, and without treatment, people will die. Meanwhile HIV services are being cut, stigma is rife, and we're now facing the first generation of people to grow old with HIV. We can't stop now - it's not over. On World AIDS Day at Terrence Higgins Trust, we're still fighting, still caring and still wearing our red ribbons with pride. It may be just one day out of 365 - but thank goodness we've got that one day.

Where Is HIV In The Future Of The NHS

Sarah Radcliffe | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Sarah Radcliffe

A long-term condition framework for understanding HIV is not yet fully embedded within the thinking of the general public, the media, politicians - or our NHS. The framing of HIV as a long-term condition has not replaced the dominant image of HIV as a serious, communicable disease, which is ultimately fatal but for the constant innovation of medical science.

Could Pride Have Saved My Uncle's Life?

Steve Taylor | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Taylor

Back when my uncle was diagnosed, I wrote to the Terrence Higgins Trust, asking for information and advice. We still had the 'ignorance' campaign in our minds and we were terrified - not least when I saw my mum kiss her dying brother on the forehead.

World Aids Day And A Very Special Cinema

Sophie Harman | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sophie Harman

This World AIDS Day I'll be reflecting on my extraordinary year working with women living with HIV/AIDS to make the unique feature film, 'Pili'. As an...

The PrEP Case: What It Means And What Now?

Kat Smithson | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Smithson

There's been jubilation in the HIV community about our landmark win this week. The Court of Appeal upheld the High Court's judgment that NHS England has the legal power to pay for PrEP, an HIV prevention drug. But what does this actually mean? Will PrEP now be available in sexual health clinics for those at risk of HIV?

PrEP Is Nothing Short Of A Game-Changer, Now It's Time For NHS To Do The Right Thing

Ian Green | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Green

Pre Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, is nothing short of a game-changer for HIV - a HIV drug taken by HIV negative people to stop infection. This is something I could only dream about twenty years ago. If used alongside condoms, regular testing and treatment, it could be the vital piece of the puzzle to help end the HIV epidemic here in the UK for good.

Seven Ways To Thrive With HIV

Edward Pike | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Edward Pike

When someone is diagnosed with HIV, many things go through their mind and body. Voices and feelings of shame, of fear and of anger often flare up. If not looked at, these can lead people down a spiral of negativity, isolation, anxiety and depression.

Politics, Porn And Prop 60: California's 'Condoms In Porn' Bill Has A Couple Of Critical Flaws

Philip Ellis | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Ellis

It's not just the fate of the free world that will be decided in November; the entire porn industry could very well hang in the balance too. In California, voters will be asked to decide "yes" or "no" on Proposition 60, aka the "condoms in porn" bill.

19 Years With HIV

Silvia Petretti | Posted 29.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Silvia Petretti

Today is 19 years we are together. This is also the year I turn fifty. My life has been defined by you, there is no denying it. You have pushed me in so many directions. The highest and the lowest. I never felt so lonely and damaged like 19 years ago. But today you connect me to an amazing community of people that in spite of fear, suffering, illness and stigma, have risen, resisted and flourished.

Shame Our NHS: We Demand PrEP

Chris Whiting | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Whiting

Maybe the next time somebody tells you that the NHS, the "closest thing we have to a national religion", is so wonderful, you can remind them of this episode. The time that NHS England spent public money trying to deny treatment for MSM because the sex they have isn't well-regarded.

Why Doesn't NHS England Want to Be Responsible for Preventing HIV?

Sarah Radcliffe | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK
Sarah Radcliffe

PrEP is exciting, new, and currently, unique. It is not a vaccine, although it has a similar impact. We can draw comparisons to statins, in terms of preventing illness, or contraception, in terms of preventing unwanted consequences of sex. But actually, there is nothing quite like it. It is the definition of healthcare innovation. The NHS should be falling over itself to get the benefits, which makes today's response all the more regrettable.

Left Behind: Why the Global HIV Response Is Failing People Who Use Drugs

Rick Lines | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Rick Lines

This admirable pledge, which comes with a promise to 'leave no-one behind', will remain no more than a slogan. People who use drugs are being left behind and only a major injection of political courage, backed up by a redirection of the necessary resources away from drug control and into harm reduction, will change this.

It's Time for a New Generation of Leaders to Step Forward in the Fight Against AIDS

Prince Harry | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Prince Harry

What I have seen in the last few days in Lesotho gives me huge confidence that we will rise to this challenge. Seeing young people who have so little, yet who work so hard to support their friends and educate their families about HIV, continues to inspire all of us at Sentebale. They are why I care so much about this fight. I hope that their stories of courage, and not just the huge problems they face, can inspire all of you as well. What I believe is that we cannot beat HIV without giving young people in every country the voice they deserve. Without education and without empowerment, HIV will win.

Funding Cuts for HIV Support Services: Severing a Vital Lifeline

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

HIV support services are a vital resource for people living with HIV. Research around the world has demonstrated the positive impact these services have on people's health and wellbeing. Despite this, funding for HIV support is rapidly being cut.