HIV Ireland Closing Times for the Holidays

The offices of HIV Ireland will close on Tuesday the 20th of December 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday the 4th of January, 2017. If you wish to speak to someone about HIV during this time please contact the HIV Helpline on 1800 459 459.


Wishing everyone a Happy New Year, and to those of you who celebrate it a very Happy Christmas, from all at HIV Ireland


‘Freddstival’ – the greatest night of music and entertainment since QUEEN AT LIVE AID.

Join Paddy Cullivan & band and a host of Irish performers including Al Porter, Martin McCann from Sack, soprano Heather Fogarty, baritone Aidan Coleman, tenor Cathal O’Reilly, 10 piece acapella choir THE STEPPING STONES and lots more for an epic night of rock, opera, karaoke, costumes, laughter and song to celebrate the life and music of Freddie Mercury.


Tickets €12 early bird, €15 at the door. 24th November, The Grand Social, Liffey Street, Dublin 1. DOORS OPEN. 8PM. Please contact Barbara McCarthy on 089 2195385 for further information.

Monies raised will also go to The Alzheimer Society and HIV Ireland. Follow this link to purchase tickets


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


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. 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, 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
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

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:


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

Design by Joey at Subliminal Design

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.


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,, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the HSE Health Promotion and Improvement Department.  The full report can be viewed and downloaded at



Thom McGinty – The Diceman – 20th Anniversary Commemorative Posters

Thom McGinty – The Diceman –  20th Anniversary Commemorative limited edition Posters, designed by Charlie O’Neill, are available to purchase at HIV Ireland.

€10.00 (plus postage and packaging, or can be collected in our offices).

All proceeds go to HIV Ireland.

For further information email or telephone Marie at at 01 873 3799.


“Thom, you seduced Ireland. You were the living artwork of our darkest secrets and our brightest moments. You turned our guilt into showbusiness. Our hysterics into art. Our wonder into revelation. You were the first. You prepared us for diversity. You rattled our conservatism. You were our charming friend. So, 20 years on, we once again bid you thanks and we celebrate you – but we still miss you and your devilment.”