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Tag Archives: HIV

New injectable drug could keep HIV at bay indefinitely

HIV injectable drug

Johnson & Johnson and partner GlaxoSmithKline PLC subsidiary ViiV Healthcare, which specialises in anti-retroviral drugs, announced yesterday encouraging initial trial results on a drug that could revolutionise HIV treatment. Glaxo said the results from the study showed the investigational, long-acting, injectable combination of Cabotegravir, ViiV Healthcare’s treatment, and Rilpivirine, made by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen unit, were highly effecting in maintaining viral suppression rates. A single ...

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PrEP: The Invincibility Pill?


You may have heard about PrEP, the drug which can protect people against HIV. PrEP stand for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. It is used as an anti-HIV medication that keeps HIV negative people from becoming infected. The drug is called Truvada and is more commonly used as part of HIV antiretroviral therapy for HIV positive men and women, but in recent years ...

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Concern over UK drug-resistant gonorrhoea outbreak

Image of Neisseria Gonorrhoeae Bacteria that causes Gonorrhoea

A drug-resistant gonorrhoea outbreak in the north of England has triggered a nationwide public health alert, with concerns that it might spread to Scotland. Fifteen cases of what has been labelled “super-gonorrhoea” have been detected by Public Health England (PHE) since March, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV reported (BASHH). The first cases were reported in Leeds with ...

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What taking PrEP has meant for me

Greg Mitchell

Greg Mitchell lives in London, and took part as a HIV-negative man in the PROUD study, assessing PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). Here he talks in his own words about taking PrEP, the effects it had on him and how other people reacted. “I’m not a medical professional or a scientist. I am simply someone who is on the PROUD study in ...

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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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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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Lib Dem leader: blood ban is “stupid”


The new leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, has today added his voice to calls to overturn the discriminatory blood donation rules applying to sexually active gay and bi men, people who have injected drugs or those who have had sex for payment. Mr Farron, whose religious beliefs and mixed voting record on LGBTI rights have provided some controversy ...

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Queer highlights of Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Edinburgh Fringe

This year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival features fifty plus queer themed shows, KaleidoScot explores some of them for the LGBTI festival goers. Some of the highlights include contemporary dance with a genderqueer theme Boys Who Like to Play With Dolls (12th to 22nd August at DanceBase) that I set in “a world where masculinity and femininity are unrelated to male and female forms”. ...

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Scotland “to lead way in tackling inequality”


The Scottish government has committed itself to adopting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, making it one of the first countries to do so. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that Scotland will sign up to a new international action plan to tackle poverty and inequality, as well as promoting sustainable development across the globe. The First Minister confirmed that Scotland ...

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Proud study film highlights PrEP’s necessity: Part 2


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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