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HIV care at risk from NHS changes

HIV care is at risk from the changes to the health service in England specialists are warning. As part of NHS reorganisation, sexual healthcare became the responsibility of local authorities, while HIV care remains within the NHS. The British HIV Association says many specialists feel the split has worsened patient care, and worry the situation […]

Highest ever HIV diagnoses rates in gay men

The number of gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV in the UK reached an “all time high” in 2011, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).It said there had been a “worrying” trend since 2007, with more and more new cases each year. Nearly half of the 6,280 people diagnosed last year were […]

Sexual healthcare at risk from NHS changes

In April 2013 many health services are being put out to private tender – and will be overseen by amongst others the GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).But CCGs will not commission sexual health or public health services such as obesity and smoking prevention. This function will fall to local councils, and elected officials. The directors […]

Overseas visitors to get HIV care on NHS

Overseas visitors to Britain are to be offered free HIV treatment on the NHS for the first time.Ministers are backing calls for non-UK residents to be treated for the condition as part of efforts to protect the wider public. Foreign students, workers and victims of human trafficking are among those expected to benefit. The Department […]

HIV- Thirty years after the first diagnosis Britain heads for 100,000 cases

The number of people living with HIV in Britain will top 100,000 for the first time next year.The toll of those infected announced by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), is revealed as the world marks 30 years since the first cases of the disease were diagnosed. The growing number of British HIV patients is due […]

HIV infection rates double in UK

A doubling of new HIV infections in the UK in the past decade is leading experts to tell GPs to offer testing to all adult male patients in some areas. The Health Protection Agency data shows new UK-acquired cases rose from just under 2,000 in 2001 to nearly 3,800 in 2010. Many of these new […]

HIV infection rate in over 50s doubles

HIV infections among the over 50s have more than doubled in seven years. The number of new cases per year recorded in England, Wales and Northern Ireland rose from 299 to 710 between 2000 and 2007, research has shown. Half were diagnosed late, increasing the risk of an early death from Aids. Among younger age […]

NHS uses babies’ blood DNA for secret database

NHS hospitals have quietly created banks of DNA from blood taken from millions of newborn babies without the proper consent of their parents.Freedom of information (FOI) requests to hospitals around Britain have established that the blood samples, taken in heel-prick tests to screen for serious conditions, have been privately stored by parts of the NHS […]