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A new adult gender identity service is to be established in Wales to enable transgender people to access the care they need closer to home, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced. To coincide with Pride Cymru, the Health Secretary has announced a significant step forward in healthcare for transgender people,…
Northern Ireland risks falling behind in the fight against HIV if the infection prevention drug PrEP is not rolled out in the region, a charity has warned. Positive Life called for the introduction of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) after the NHS in England announced that the drug would be offered to…
Sexual health services are reaching a "tipping point" after visits to clinics increased by a quarter in five years, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned. The LGA said demand for such services had risen by approximately 25% over the last half a decade, while council funding to provide them…
Changes making it easier for gay and bisexual men to donate blood will be introduced in Wales early next year, the Welsh Government has said. Current rules mean that men cannot give blood for 12 months after having sex with another man but the deferral period will be reduced to…
The first vaccination shown to protect against the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea has been developed by scientists. The medical breakthrough comes at a time of increased concern over the prevalence of gonorrhoea, which has previously proven to be resistant to medicine. The study of New Zealanders aged 15 to 30…
Leading HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a brand new, Scotland-wide peer support service, to enable people to live well with HIV. Although advances in medication mean that people with HIV can now live long and healthy lives medically, they still face stigma and discrimination, which…
More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the sexual health aid worker who first uncovered sexual abuse dramatised in BBC drama Three Girls to be recognised by the Government. Sara Rowbotham's work was said to have played a crucial role in exposing the abuse of young…
Doctors have praised the "tremendous medical achievement" which means young people with HIV can now expect a near-normal life expectancy. A study in The Lancet HIV medical journal found that advances in antiretroviral drugs now give young people with the disease a chance to live well into old age. Those…
Scotland has become the first part of the UK to make a controversial drug which aims to prevent HIV available on the NHS. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has approved the treatment PrEP, which has been shown to reduce the risk of infection in people who are at high risk…
Patients are suffering in pain due to NHS rationing, which is affecting access to community nurses and hip operations, a new report says. People at the end of their life are being left for hours without pain relief due to nursing shortages, while other patients are denied access to operations…
More than half of over-50s with HIV are living in poverty, according to a new report. The study, from the Terrence Higgins Trust charity, said 58% of those with the condition are living in poverty - twice the number seen in the general population. Meanwhile, 84% are worried about their…
NHS England will "formally consider" whether to fund PrEP, a "game changer" service in the fight against HIV/Aids, after losing a "who pays" legal battle in the Court of Appeal. The public body responsible for the planning and commissioning of NHS services is also to ask a drug manufacturer involved…
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