Sunday , 25 August 2019

Health

World Hepatitis Summit held in Glasgow

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  The inaugural World Hepatitis Summit is being held in Glasgow’s SECC, running from 2nd to 4th Stepmber. The conference has been organised jointly by the World Health Association (WHO) and the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA). It is being hosted by the Scottish government and supported by Glasgow Caledonian University, and aims to “address the overwhelming global burden of viral ...

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Scottish government updates sexual health framework

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government updated the national sexual health framework today, promising to involve people affected or living with STDs, HIV positive people in decisions about services and safeguarding their welfare. The document, entitled ‘Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus (BBV) Framework 2015 – 2020 Update’, was published at the World Hepatitis Summit in Glasgow, seeks greater community involvement of in the ...

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One in ten health professionals witness colleagues express belief in gay “cure”

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Research released today from Stonewall Scotland – the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality charity – reveals that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people are facing unhealthy attitudes from health and social care professionals. The YouGov research conducted for Stonewall, which surveyed 3,001 health and social care workers across Britain, found that an astonishing 9 per cent of health ...

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HIV discoverer: “a cure is almost impossible”

Francoise Barre-Sinoussi

Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, Nobel Prize laureate and co-discoverer of HIV in 1983, said that in her opinion a cure for HIV “is almost an impossible mission,” but a “functional cure” and vaccine might be achievable. In this article, KaleidoScot explores the issues at stake and outlines her substantive arguments in light of what is known so far. Barre-Sinoussi made her statement, ...

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Freedom To Donate says lift “draconian” gay blood donation ban

Freedom To Donate

The “draconian” ban on gay men donating blood must be reviewed, demands a campaign backed by MPs, MEPs and UK-wide and Scottish charities. The Freedom To Donate campaign, supported by political leaders such as Liberal Democrats’ Tim Farron and the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas, SNP MPs and others from across the political spectrum, demanding the reconsideration of a ban against ...

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Proud study film highlights PrEP’s necessity: Part 2

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Filmmaker Nicholas Feustel has launched a unique documentary about the PROUD HIV prevention study, in the second part of an interview series, we discuss the implications for Scotland. The documentary and the issues it raises has begun to spark a public debate in Scotland’s LGBTI communities. KaleidoScot interviewed several key policy, and health charities as well as hearing the opinion ...

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Proud study film highlights PrEP’s necessity: Part 1

Proud Study

Filmmaker Nicholas Feustel has launched a unique documentary about the PROUD HIV prevention study, in a two-part feature series, KaleidoScot discusses the film, its importance and interviews participants and experts. In the first part of the interview we speak with Feustel, and documentary participants, Gus Cairns and Greg Mitchell. The PROUD study showed that Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) – taking a ...

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HIV treatment to be given on diagnosis, trial suggests

HIV-1 budding (in green) from cultured lymphocyte

A clinical trial study found that people living with the HIV should start treatment before the virus weakens their immune system, as is the case now. The important randomaised clinical trial study showed that if HIV positive people receive treatment when their CD4 cell count is higher, instead of waiting until their CD4 cell count drops to lower levels, have ...

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Scotland must extend PrEP not wait for HIV vaccine

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Charities across Scotland and the UK called upon the government for access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as an effective means of preventing HIV infection. While a vaccine for HIV could still be a long way off, existing prevention methods means Scotland and the rest of the UK already has the potential to reduce onward transmission of HIV, providing there is ...

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European Court: lifelong gay blood donation ban ‘may be justified’

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled this morning that a lifetime ban on men who have sex with men from giving blood ‘may be justified’, depending on the situation in each individual member state of the European Union. In other words CJEU has ruled that if national authorities establish that gay men at high risk ...

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