European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week

European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week takes place annually on the last week of November. In 2016 the event runs from Friday 18th to Friday 25th November.  There are now more than 500 participants across 49 countries taking part in activities.

For 2016, HIV Ireland has partnered with the Gay Men’s Health Service and the Know Now project to promote the availability of free community-based testing available in Dublin for the week, uniting with the rest of Europe to increase awareness of the benefits of HIV and hepatitis testing and encourage more people to become aware of their HIV and/or hepatitis status.  It is estimated that approximately 30% of people living with HIV in Ireland are unaware that they are HIV positive, and approximately 40% of those living with hepatitis C are unaware of their status.

The Dublin partnership incorporates a total of 13 testing venues for HIV.  12 testing venues are specifically for men who have sex with men (MSM), with 9 of these offering HIV rapid testing.  The community-based testing at HIV Ireland is open to everyone.  Five sites, including HIV Ireland, will also provide full STI and hepatitis testing.

There are many other locations and clinics around Ireland where free testing is available.  These locations can be found on our testing locator map.

To find out more about European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week and to access a range of materials and ideas for holding testing and educational events visit www.testingweek.eu.

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Help make a difference in the future, leave a legacy

This Best Will Week, Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November, HIV Ireland and 70 other charities of the My Legacy group, are asking you to continue to support us by making or updating your will and, once family and friends have been looked after, to include a legacy gift to us. It can be large or small but it will make a real difference to our work in the future.
Mylegacy.ie was established in 2003 by a small group of Irish charities who knew at first hand the impact a legacy or bequest can have on the work of a charity. Since then, Mylegacy.ie has grown to an umbrella group of over 70 Irish charities who work together to promote the importance of making a will and to ask people to consider leaving a legacy to a favourite charity once all other important personal decisions have been made.
You can learn more about leaving a gift to charity, and find a local participating solicitor for Best Will Week online at www.mylegacy.ie.
Please support our work by supporting this year’s Best Will Week. Thank you.

HIV Training: An overview for Counsellors

Now open for bookings: this popular one-day training aims to introduce counsellors and psychotherapists to key aspects of working with clients who are living with HIV, and introduces best practice guidelines for professionals working in this area.  Places are limited so early booking is advisable.  Find out more and download a booking form.

We are hiring! CE scheme position for Accounts Admin Assistant

We are still urgently looking for someone to join the HIV Ireland Admin Team, someone with good office, admin and numerical skills.

This is a CE Position so please contact your local DSP Employment Services/Intreo Office to check your eligibility and TO APPLY for this vacancy using the job reference #CES-2007873 closing date 5th of October, 2016. If you wish, you can also send your CV to brona.cousins@hivireland.ie

Duties will include; banking on line, creating invoices, dealing with petty cash and petty cash accounts, paperwork, dealing with suppliers, general admin and reception cover.

It is a varied and demanding part-time role (19 and a half hours a week) and would suit someone organised, with good IT skills, someone who likes dealing with numbers and paperwork.

HIV Stigma Study

Would you like to participate in a study examining the impact of stigma on the lives of people living with HIV in Ireland? A new study in the Health Promotion Centre in the School of Health Sciences at NUI Galway is aiming to do just that. If you are interested, please go to: www.hivstigmastudy.ie

 

HIV Ireland Annual Report 2015

If you would like to take a look at our newly published Annual Report 2015, you can open a .pdf here

HIV Ireland Annual Report 2015

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Report of the Gonorrhoea Control Group for HSE-East and HSE-SouthEast

A report has been published on the work of the multidisciplinary Gonorrhoea Control Group which was convened in Dublin in December 2012.  The Group investigated the significant increase in the numbers of notifications of gonorrhoea in the eastern part of Ireland and instituted appropriate and effective control measures, resulting in a halt in the rise in notifications of gonorrhoea.  The investigation revealed two groups at most risk of gonorrhoea infection: men who have sex with men and young heterosexuals.  A multidisciplinary and partnership approach was used to alert the health system and to provide sexual health information to the groups at most risk of infection.

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A particular highlight was the use of social media in targeting messages to young people.  The #OMGsti Gonorrhoea information campaign, targeting young male and female heterosexuals aged 17 to 25 years, was developed and implemented by a partnership working group consisting of HIV Ireland, the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme, SpunOut.ie, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the HSE Health Promotion and Improvement Department.  The full report can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.lenus.ie/hse/handle/10147/592762.

 

 

Thom McGinty – The Diceman and HIV Activist 20th Anniversary Commemorative Limited Edition Posters

Thom McGinty – The Diceman and HIV Activist  20th Anniversary Commemorative Limited Edition Posters available at HIV Ireland, 70 Eccles Street. Dublin 7. €10.00 plus postage and packaging (also available for collection). All proceeds go to HIV Ireland.  For further info contact us at 01- 8733 799.

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Stigma and Disclosure in Ireland

The enduring power of stigma – understanding why HIV-positive gay men don’t disclose their status

Study highlights stigma within gay communities, and amongst HIV-positive men

For full study follow this link or go to www.aidsmap.com

 

Invitation to Tender

National Survey on HIV in Ireland

HIV Ireland invites submissions of tenders to deliver this project being a National Survey on HIV in Ireland. Download more details of the specific project, required expertise, invitation to tender and tender criteria in our tendering document: HIV Ireland National HIV Survey Tendering Document – 9th October 2015

Tenders to be submitted by e-mail to niall.mulligan@hivireland.ie

by 5.00 p.m. on Monday 2nd November 2015