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These Two Hashtags Have The Power to End The HIV Epidemic

These Two Hashtags Have The Power to End The HIV Epidemic

#UequalsU. #909090. Am I speaking gibberish or in code? Not at all, and you should know why.  If you already know what U=U and 90/90/90 means then stop reading now – and go and educate someone that doesn’t. That might sound harsh , but the trouble is that those of us that spend time on the twittesphere and have an interest in HIV already spend a lot of time talking to each other.… Read the rest

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World AIDS Day Podcast from Dr Steve Taylor

Our Medical Director, Dr Steve Taylor, speaks in this brand new podcast about this year’s World AIDS Day: where we’ve come from, where we are … and where we’re going. For the first time, many organisations, including the British HIV Association, are stating that U=U – or Undetectable equals Untransmittable.… Read the rest

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Brand New Online HIV Medicine Service Takes Lead From Patients

Brand New Online HIV Medicine Service Takes Lead From Patients

People currently ordering Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) online, or considering doing so, have been invited to give their opinion on a new support service launching soon in Birmingham. The national charity Saving Lives is asking people interested in PrEP to attend a meeting at the LGBT Centre, Holloway Circus, on Thursday November 9th at 7:00pm for approximately one hour.… Read the rest

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Saving Lives at HMP Hewell

Saving Lives at HMP Hewell

This World AIDS Day, Saving Lives is collaborating with Care UK and Hewell Prison to offer HIV and Hepatitis C tests to patients accessing healthcare services within HMP Hewell in Redditch. Primary care nursing staff at the prison have been trained to carry out the Saving Lives fingerprick combined HIV and hepatitis C test – and will be running a walk-in clinic in the prison from 10am to 3pm on December 1st.… Read the rest

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Positive About HIV: Doctors, Footballers and Communities Unite To Fight Stigma

Saving Lives has been promoting HIV testing in the gay and black communities in its native Birmingham, and reaching out to football clubs across the country to communicate a simple message: HIV testing saves lives, and stigma kills. “The later a person’s HIV is diagnosed, the worse their health can become,” says Dr Steve Taylor, the charity’s Medical Director.… Read the rest

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World AIDS Day in Brum

World AIDS Day in Brum

Saving Lives, our volunteers and ambassadors will be undertaking health promotion around Birmingham on 1st December (World Aids Day), in co-operation with local partners Birmingham Heartlands HIV Service. We’ll be joined, too, by ​some of the Heartlands HIV Service’s nurses and staff – so look out for the team, and come and say hello!… Read the rest

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BBC: “Hospitals and GP practices fail to check for HIV”

BBC: “Hospitals and GP practices fail to check for HIV”

Saving Lives began its life as an awareness campaign within a single hospital. We aimed to encourage non-specialist doctors to test for HIV when indicator symptoms presented themselves – and our campaign worked. Of course, any awareness-raising is an ongoing mission – many campaigns make change, not one.… Read the rest

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HIV Awareness in Primary Care

Saving Lives began life as a campaign to raise awareness of HIV testing amongst hospital doctors. A new campaign, HIV Awareness in Primary Care (HIVAP) aims to do the same among GPs and in their practices. The HIVAP group, which has developed the campaign, is a taskforce made up of leading GPs who specialise in HIV and sexual health.… Read the rest

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NHS England Shelves Plans For PrEP

NHS England Shelves Plans For PrEP

NHS England has shelved plans to offer #PrEP to at risk groups: As set out in the Local Authorities (Public Health Functions and Entry to Premises by Local Healthwatch Representatives) Regulations 2013, local authorities are the responsible commissioner for HIV prevention services.… Read the rest

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