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BASHH (The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV) reports significantly reduced service capacity during the coronavirus pandemic. They are monitoring this with an ongoing survey. Here is the most recent set of results dated 21 April 2020. You can click through to read the full results on the link below or on the BASHH site. The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) are running an ongoing survey during the coronavirus pandemic to understand how sexual health services are being impacted and where pressures are emerging. The most recent set of results found that service capacity has been significantly […]
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The May 2020 issue of the Sexual Health, Reproductive Health & HIV Policy eBulletin is out today. It contains updates on the sector’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In the eFeature, Dame Inga Beale, Chair of the HIV Commission, talks about her work to meet the UK’s target of no new HIV transmissions by 2030 despite the significant whole system and personal challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. She highlights the value of continued engagement with the Commission as it pushes ahead with further evidence gathering. Meanwhile, this month’s roundup brings together developing COVID-19 guidance and resources that have been produced […]
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US President Donald Trump has said he is taking hydroxychloroquine to ward off coronavirus, despite public health officials warning it may be unsafe. Please see this report from Simon Collins at HIV i-Base in the 14 May COVID-19 supplement to HTB (HIV Treatment Bulletin). Here is the report: Simon Collins, HIV i-Base Several studies have recently reported a lack of benefit from using hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to treat COVID-19, with or without use of azithromycin (AZ).  These results challenge a controversial French study reported that an initial benefit that led to more than 100 new studies investigating this potential treatment, including […]
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The attached advice from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health provides details about the changes to provision of sexual and reproductive healthcare during COVID-19. It includes what type of care women can expect and how to get it – for example, how to get normal contraception prescriptions or treatment during the pandemic.   A link to the document is provided below, and a copy is also attached. FSRH has launched a comprehensive advice document for women seeking sexual and reproductive healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. The advice aims to inform and empower women to make the best choices for their sexual and reproductive […]
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Many migrants, refugees, and people with insecure immigration status in the UK will be particularly at risk during Coronavirus, due to lack of or restricted access to council services, healthcare, and housing. JCWI, Migrants Organise, and Medact have put together a short guide for Mutual Aid groups to consider how best to support at risk migrants. Please share this far and wide! https://docs.google.com/document/d/11cKMCy08ebN-lJQsP1jvsTcSfwC6YeE8FYrmAZCoZ1w/mobilebasic   Some resources and information from the guide Docs Not Cops health rights advice Advice from NHS 111, and treatment in a GP surgery or A&E department, are always free There is no charge for examinations or tests […]
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Treatments for COVID-19 could be manufactured for $1 a day or less, and distributed through mechanisms like those used for HIV, TB and malaria, reports Polly Clayden: First published by HIV i-Base in HTB (HIV Treatment Bulletin) on 14 April 2020. Polly Clayden, HIV i-Base If repurposed drugs, currently under investigation for COVID-19, show efficacy, they could be manufactured profitably at very low costs – according to an analysis published in the Journal of Virus Eradication on 8 April 2020. [1] As the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic grows daily, clinical trials are underway worldwide looking at potential ways to prevent new infections, […]
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Simon Collins at HIV i-Base reports an important blog to the BMJ on COVID-19 and HIV: Simon Collins, HIV i-Base 8 April 2020 The importance of HIV status being recorded for people diagnosed with pneumonia or other respiratory problems and who are hospitalised as part of the management of COVID-19 has been highlighted in a blog to the BMJ. [1] There are several reasons for this. Firstly, for those of us who are HIV positive, it will ensure that antiretroviral treatment (ART) is maintained during any period in hospital, including in intensive care. Interrupting ART will let viral load rebound […]
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The British HIV Association (BHIVA) circulated this member update on COVID-19  and HIV on 8 April 2020. It links to HIV i-Base’s HTB (HIV Treatment Bulletin) for 27 March, There’s also a link to i-Base’s COVID-19 page which will be updated over the coming weeks and months. Please find this latest HIV Treatment Bulletin [HTB], 27 March: Volume 21 Number 4. This is a special issue on HIV and the coronavirus health crisis. Although you may have already seen some of these articles, and some will be updated quickly, it seemed useful to compile them together. http://i-base.info/htb/37457 i-Base also has a […]
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COVID-19 and the NHS – “a national scandal”, comments the Lancet. “The gravity of that scandal has yet to be understood.” Reports Richard Horton in the Lancet 28 March 2020 : “When this is all over, the NHS England board should resign in their entirety.” So wrote one National Health Service (NHS) health worker last weekend. The scale of anger and frustration is unprecedented, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the cause. The UK Government’s Contain–Delay–Mitigate–Research strategy failed. It failed, in part, because ministers didn’t follow WHO’s advice to “test, test, test” every suspected case. They didn’t isolate and quarantine. They didn’t contact […]
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The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston is the most important yearly scientific meeting for HIV doctors and the global community of people living with HIV. However, this year – and at the very last minute because of the new coronavirus outbreak – the organisers replaced it with a ‘virtual’ conference. HIV i-Base, the London-based HIV Treatment Information charity, regularly attends this conference. Simon Collins and Polly Clayden at i-Base always report on the latest scientific research, including on new drugs for both treatment and prevention of HIV. But importantly his year, CROI have given open access to a special session […]
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Boris Johnson’s Queen’s speech includes this statement: “New laws will be taken forward to help implement the National Health Service’s Long Term Plan in England.” A Camden New Journal article ‘Beware false prophets’ published last month, reports: “The most alarming feature of the Long Term Plan, however, is that it completely locks in the contracts on offer through the adoption of Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs). “These ICPs are the planned outcome of NHS England’s Sustainability Transformation Plans and Accountable Care Organisations, and are non-state organisations with a single management structure. Included within them are hospitals as well as primary and commun­ity […]
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This article was first published by Simon Collins at HIV i-Base on 2 September 2019. On 2 September 2019, leading HIV charities including HIV i-Base and the UK-Community Advisory Board (UK-CAB), published an open letter to Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP in her capacity as Minister for Women and Equalities, calling for an urgent intervention to include sexual health in the upcoming Government Spending Round. [1] In England, the responsibility for sexual health was disastrously shifted from the NHS to local authorities, whose public health budgets have been cut in real terms by £700 million over the last five years. […]
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