Current News – HIV Community


1st November 2018 – Online PrEP is the real deal

A new study commissioned by Terrence Higgins Trust and PrEPster has found that samples of HIV prevention pill PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) from the six leading online suppliers are 100% authentic. Researchers found no evidence of fake or counterfeit PrEP in any of the samples bought online.

It gives reassurance to the thousands of people who are buying generic PrEP online to protect themselves against HIV. It’s thought nearly half of PrEP users in England are accessing PrEP outside the NHS trial. 

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30th October 2018 – Prevention conference in Madrid maps the way forward

The global HIV prevention conference HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P 2018) was held in Madrid, Spain from 21-25 Oct. The week-long event brought together over 1,400 global experts from more than 50 countries to discuss recent innovation, and guide future response in prevention.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) impact and access were on the agenda, as well as discussion on the search for a vaccine, treatment as prevention and better female-controlled prevention. These include microbicides like the ARV-laced vaginal ring, implants, gels and others.

More information here.


17th October 2018 – Regulator seizes almost 10,000 unsafe STI + HIV test kits

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is warning people who buy STI test kits and HIV test kits online to make sure that they are purchasing from safe and legitimate sources. For more information, click here.


18th September 2018 – PrEP drug patent overturned in UK

The patent for Truvada has been overturned in the UK court today, meaning the NHS can now use much less expensive, unbranded versions of PrEP for routine prescription.
Read NATs comment here.


4th September 2018 – New HIV diagnoses across the UK fall by 17%

Data published today by Public Health England (PHE) reveal that new HIV diagnoses in the UK have fallen for the second year in a row. The 17% drop in 2017, from 4,363 new diagnoses reported compared to 5,280 in 2016, brought new cases down to their lowest level since 2000.

However, the new statistics also show that 42% of people with HIV were still being diagnosed late, with heterosexual men and individuals aged 65 and over the most likely to experience late diagnosis.

HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men have dropped by 31% since 2015 and this decline is particularly focused in parts of London. This represents one of the most significant advances in HIV prevention since the beginning of the epidemic, but now we need to ensure we see the same declines in other groups.

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31st August 2018 – FDA approves two new drugs for HIV

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two new oral treatments for adults with HIV-1 infection.

Both drugs are indicated for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults with no prior antiretroviral treatment history and are taken once daily with or without food.

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8th August 2018 – HIV Tests now available on the UK High Street.

Good news announced this week that Superdrug will be the first High Street retailer in the UK to sell HIV Tests. The BioSure UK self-test is 99.7% accurate and takes just 15 minutes!

Please remember that you can get a FREE HIV Test from The Hub, Royal Cornwall Hospital or any Sexual Health Clinic. The Terrance Higgins Trust also provide free self-test kits for communities most affected by HIV in the UK.

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20th July 2018 – Kernow Positive Support are proud to be one of the 32.

Kernow Positive Support are a proud to be one of thirty two charities and community groups, including National AIDS Trust and PrEPster have come together to demand NHS England and local authority commissioners ensure Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is routinely available in sexual health clinics by 1st April 2019 ‘at the latest’.

The full story is available here.


6th April 2018 – People on effective HIV treatment cannot pass it on.

Evidence that people on effective HIV treatment can’t pass on the virus: In 2016 the PARTNER study looked at 58,000 instances of sex without a condom where one partner was HIV positive and one was HIV negative. The results found that where the HIV positive partner was on effective treatment there were ZERO cases of HIV transmission.

To find out more, please click here.




Kernow Positive Support

Supporting people affected and living with HIV in Cornwall