BABY FOUND DEAD
March 25, 2010
The emaciated body of a baby has been found dead in his NW London home.
The child’s 29-year-old mother – who was HIV-positive – was arrested on suspicion of neglect but subsequently died of a HIV related brain condition two days later.
The 10-month old boy who had existing health conditions was under the care of doctors, Westminster City Council social services and health visitors, but was not deemed at risk and on the child protection register.
This double-tragedy, has sparked a serious case review of the circumstances surrounding the death of the infant and the agencies involved in the lives of this vulnerable family.
UK GIVES £1M TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR CONDOMS.
9 March 2010
Department for International Development (Dfid) announced a £1m donation to South Africa to buy condoms.
The money will help boost condom distribution as South Africa welcomes 450.000 extra tourists in the run up to the football World Cup.
The South Africa government wants to distribute one billion condoms this year, double the normal amount
South Africa has over 5 million people living with HIV.
HIV TESTING REACHES THE HIGH STREET
4 March 2010
High Street pharmacy Superdrug has launched a HIV test for £79. The InstiTest will give a result in 60 seconds and is 99.96 per cent accurate.
The test is carried out by a registered nurse, who is trained in counselling for sexual health and will be available in Brighton, Edinburgh, Croydon, Cardiff, Newcastle and Manchester branches.
If the test is positive the patient will be referred to their local NHS sexual health clinic. However these very clinics offer the test for free and many offer rapid testing.
The move is generally welcomed by many HIV organisations as a way of helping people to get early diagnosis, as this is the best defence against HIV.
But studies have shown that as many as one-in-five people fail to return after testing in some UK clinics.
This new method and the recent expose on illegal HIV tests available on the internet could further increase the number of people ignoring their status.
Some people may be unaware that those presenting late with opportunist infections or cd4 counts under 200, are eleven times more likely to die from a HIV related condition.