The 15th Annual Gay Health Forum (GHF15) takes place on Friday 30th June 2017 at the Conference Centre, Upper Courtyard, Dublin Castle. Organised by the Gay Men’s Health Service (GMHS) HSE in partnership with the Gay Health Network, this conference is also supported by the Department of Health, the HSE: National Directorate Health and Wellbeing, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) and the Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme.
GHF15 presents an opportunity for clinical and community service providers, public health, surveillance, protection and promotion, for those involved in HIV, sexual health and other health related work with MSM and LGBT people to network, share and acknowledge all our efforts in advancing the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ people.
The conference will commence at 9am until 3:30pm (approx.) and lunch will be provided at the event. Attendance is free of charge but registration is essential as places are limited. Register at
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/15th-annual-gay-health-forum-tickets-34027727850. The conference programme will be emailed out to those attending on the week of 26th June.
HIV Ireland and Positive Now will walk under one banner in the 2017 Annual Dublin Pride Parade on 24th June.
The theme for our partnership and our float this year is a show of solidarity with those living with HIV in Ireland and as a remembrance of friends, family, and partners we have lost to AIDS.
#Allintheoneboat for #HIVinclusion
This is a call out to anyone who wishes to walk with us, and carry a red ribbon symbol, to show your support and solidarity for HIV inclusion.
We will be giving out red ribbon banners and signs on the day. If you are joining us, look out for these banners and signs:
We are also asking those who are joining us on the day to consider wearing the colours of red, white, and black (the colours of our logos) in any variety to help give us a strong visual image on the day.
Feel free to pass on this information to others, and we would also appreciate lots of tweets on the day of the parade – #Allintheoneboat #HIVinclusion
2017 Dublin Pride Parade – Event Details:
When: Saturday, June 24th
Where: St Stephen’s Green
When: 12:00pm (According to the Dublin Pride website, the parade takes off at 2:00pm sharp but the rally, speeches, and general buzz will begin at 12:00pm).
PRESS RELEASE – Wednesday 14th June release date
HIV Ireland, and Gay Health Network, call for PrEP in response to HIV crisis
-Ten new HIV diagnoses every week in Ireland –
Wednesday 14th June 2017
HIV Ireland, and the Gay Health Network are calling for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to be made available in Ireland through the Health Service Executive’s general medical scheme (GMS). PrEP is a once daily medication that, in combination with safer-sex practices, has been proven to significantly reduce the risk of sexually acquired HIV-1 infection among uninfected adults at high risk.
In response to the ongoing HIV crisis in Ireland, HIV Ireland and the Gay Health Network issued the call on Irish AIDS Day, 15th June, at the launch of a key policy options review paper conducted by Dr. Ann Nolan (International Development Specialist).
With new HIV diagnoses in Ireland increasing to their highest level on record in 2016, a joint statement from Noel Sutton, Chairperson of the Gay Health Network, and Niall Mulligan, Executive Director of HIV Ireland stated; ‘‘HIV Ireland and the Gay Health Network are calling for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to be made a public health priority in Ireland. New HIV diagnoses nationally have increased by 35% since 2011. A total of 512 people were newly diagnosed as living with HIV in 2016, compared with 485 in 2015 [www.hpsc.ie – provisional data]. Of particular concern is the continued high level of new diagnoses amongst men who have sex with men (MSM). To reverse this alarming upward trend, PrEP must be introduced as a key HIV prevention intervention’.
Dr. Nolan added that “The message to the Health Service Executive arising from this study is clear: PrEP promises to be one of the most important innovations in the global response to HIV, and Ireland’s escalating epidemic suggests that we cannot afford to be left behind! Sustained increases in sexually acquired HIV are a cause for concern not only in Ireland but across Europe and North America. It is evident from this Irish-centred study that a range of health care providers identify a need for Ireland to join the increasing number of countries making PrEP available to people at risk of HIV as part of a comprehensive package of prevention measures.”
Speaking at the launch, Dr. Patrick Mallon, (Consultant in Infectious Diseases Mater Misericordiae University Hospital) confirmed that ‘As part of HIV prevention, safety and efficacy of currently approved PrEP medication is well established, and the high level of support for PrEP implementation among key stakeholders and potential end-users who participated in this study points to the need for immediate steps to be taken to make PrEP available to key populations at risk of HIV in Ireland’.
The official launch of Dr. Nolan’s paper will take place in HIV Ireland, 70 Eccles Street, Dublin, at 10.00am on Thursday 15th June 2017.
For information about HIV, testing, safer sex and support please visit – www.hivireland.ie; www.man2man.ie; www.positivenow.ie