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A Message for National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day from Dr Taylor

In the video above, Dr Steve Taylor offers a message to healthcare professionals for National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day.… Read the rest

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HIV Testing Saves Lives – Bad Journalism Kills

This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post. In a front-page headline of this week, the national newspaper The Sun peddled HIV stigma which is out of date in 2015. In a garish splash designed to attract attention, the paper trumpeted an ‘exclusive’ story about what it called an ‘HIV Hollywood Panic’.… Read the rest

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HIV Home Testing: Legal At Last

This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post. The Huffington Post last week reported what many would at first glance assume to be excellent news: “For the first time, a legally approved HIV self-testing kit is available to buy in the UK.… Read the rest

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Is HIV Testing the Best Prevention?

This piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post. Let me answer the question I pose in the title of this post straight away: I think the answer is a most resounding yes. But more of that later …. “I usually get a lot of retweets, favourites and mentions whenever I put something out on Twitter,” said England under-21s captain and Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland to me this week.… Read the rest

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Luke and Dr Taylor on BBC 5 Live

Saving Lives Positive Ambassador Luke was recently diagnosed with HIV – and spoke this morning on Radio 5 Live with a man who was diagnosed in 1982 about the changing perceptions of HIV. Our Medical Director, Dr Steve Taylor, also appeared, discussing the latest HIV figures issued by Public Health England, next week’s National HIV Testing Week – and, of course, Selfies Saving Lives.… Read the rest

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HIV Policy and Stigma: Why Nigel Farage Should Read Randy Shilts

This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post. Written with Dan Hartland, Director of Operations at the Saving Lives Charity We launched the HIV awareness charity Saving Lives because we believed that stigma has a real and measurable impact on health.… Read the rest

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Why Privatisation Is Killing the NHS

This piece originally played at the Huffington Post … I am sitting in my front garden at 5am feeling slightly shell-shocked, wondering what has just happened – and wondering if I am still a doctor. What a strange opening to a blog.… Read the rest

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Slings, Slamming and Chem-sex

This piece originally appeared at the Huffington Post … This blog is definitely not for the faint-hearted: if you’re easily offended, please stop reading now! For those of you who would like to have a greater understanding of a new subculture which is rapidly emerging nationwide and internationally, and fuelling the transmission of STIs, HIV, hepatitis C, however … then please read on.… Read the rest

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HIV Testing Saves Lives – Full Stop

This piece originally appeared at the Huffington Post … This week is National HIV Testing Week, leading up to World Aids Day 2013 on 1 December. The question is, how many of you were aware of this – and what can we do to enhance that awareness?… Read the rest

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Let’s Just Test All Healthcare Professionals and All Patients

This post was originally published at Huffington Post: I write a lot on this blog about attitudes to HIV. In many ways, changing the way in which people think about HIV is now one of the most challenging things we do.… Read the rest

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