Wednesday , 12 December 2018

Tag Archives: PrEP

HIV prevention drug should be offered in Scotland

PrEP

NHS Scotland must start funding HIV prevention drug, says HIV Scottish Charity, following a high court ruling in favour of funding in NHS England. A leading HIV/AIDS charity has won a high court battle over whether a preventative treatment for HIV that charities say that the drug, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a “game-changer” can legally be funded by NHS England. Following ...

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Manifesto Watch: Where does Scottish Labour stand on LGBTI issues?

Kezia-Dugdale

Like most other parties competing in the Scottish parliament elections, the Scottish Labour Party is keen to highlight its support for LGBTI equality. Its leader, Kezia Dugdale, recently came out and earlier this week told Pink News she is “quite clearly gay” (also reported in yesterday’s Herald).  Labour’s manifesto has a specific section on LGBTI rights, rather than integrating them ...

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Antibody shot protects monkeys from HIV infection

HIV-1 budding (in green) from cultured lymphocyte

A new study has shown that a single injection of antibodies that target HIV can protect monkeys from contracting the virus for nearly six months. The study, published yesterday in Nature, is an important step in the development of a new treatment that could prevent HIV infections in people, with potentially far more effectiveness than any other contemporary method. In ...

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Manifesto Watch: Where does the SNP stand on LGBTI issues?

The SNP

In its manifesto, Moving Scotland Forward, the SNP both defends its record in government and makes proposals for building on this record. It argues the best way to protect Scotland and to advance our interests is for people to use both their votes for the SNP. There is a remarkable consensus among most Scottish political parties on many LGBTI issues. ...

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Manifesto watch: Where do the Scottish Lib Dems stand on LGBTI issues?

Willie Rennie

The Scottish Liberal Democrats launched their manifesto, Be The Best Again, last week. The party’s flagship policies, including the proposals for a “penny for education” and “putting democracy back into policing”, have sparked some online discussion in recent days. The manifesto was launched at an Edinburgh soft play centre, perhaps to emphasise the party’s ambitions to “revolutionise” education and nursery ...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland will make its own decision on PrEP

Nicola Sturgeon's World AIDS Day message

While NHS England shelved plans to offer the HIV-preventative drug, Scotland’s First Minister said the country will decide it’s own position on the drug’s availability. She stated: “I am keen that we take our own decisions and that we debate these issues in parliament and certainly don’t take a view that we will not do things because they aren’t done in ...

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PrEP fails gay man who contracts drug resistant HIV

Truvada

A gay man who apparently adhered to the daily regimen of Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has contracted a multi-drug resistant HIV virus strain. Researches says that this case is rare and inconclusive but it might be possible for individuals who are adhere to PrEP to contract HIV when they are exposed to a virus that is resistant to ...

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Alleged incident raises questions about HIV prevention strategy

George Valiotis

  Recent reporting in the mainstream media has highlighted serious problems in relation to HIV prevention. Last week, several outlets reported on the disturbing claim that a man was deliberately infected through unprotected anal intercourse. Inevitably, this has sparked reaction from both the LGBTI community and HIV charities, and raises significant questions about safer sex practices, the legal framework, how ...

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Scotland’s leaders unite in solidarity with people living with HIV

Left to right - Ruth Davidson, Patrick Harvie, Nicola Sturgeon, George Valiotis, Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie

Scotland’s political leaders have united in solidarity today with people living with HIV, challenging stigma, prejudice and calling for improved detection. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie and Green co-convener Patrick Harvie stood side-by-side at the steps to the Scottish Parliament, with HIV Scotland’s CEO, George Valiotis, wearing red ...

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AIDS: You can’t catch it, you can’t pass it on and it can’t kill you

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Today is World AIDS Day but isn’t it time this was defunct? Not the day, but the acronym AIDS. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It is the terminology given to someone who has HIV (usually untreated) which has weakened the immune system to the point that when the patient acquires a secondary illness (like pneumonia) the body isn’t ...

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