NHS should prioritise cancer care over risky gay sex

Aug 7, 2016 by

by Jane Kelly, The Conservative Woman: On Tuesday 2nd August a High Court judge ordered the NHS to provide daily pills to 10,000 gay men who don’t have HIV but are at high risk of being infected through unprotected sex. It will cost taxpayers in England £400 a patient, about £20 million a year. The drug, Truvada, pre-exposure prophylaxis, known as PrEP (Prep) is given to high-risk groups, mainly young promiscuous men. It’s currently used in the US, Canada, Australia and France to help...

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Underage teens should get free condoms to curb STI spread, NICE says

Aug 5, 2016 by

by Sophie Borland, Mailonline: Children as young as 13 should be handed free condoms on the NHS to prevent an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, according to the health watchdog. NICE is urging youth clubs, sexual health clinics and GPs to offer an unlimited supply of the contraception to boys and girls in a variety of styles. The watchdog wants to make free condoms available far more widely across England – including to underage teenagers – in the hope of curbing soaring rates of...

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HIV campaigners win NHS drug battle

Aug 2, 2016 by

from BBC News: he High Court has told the NHS in England it can fund a drug that can prevent HIV – after health bosses argued it was not their responsibility. NHS England previously said councils should provide the pre-exposure prophylaxis (Prep) drug as they are in charge of preventative health. This stance was successfully challenged by the National Aids Trust (NAT). But the High Court ruling does not make funding of Prep automatic and the NHS is set to appeal. The ruling by Mr Justice...

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Doctors who won’t carry out abortions ‘are not promoted’

Jul 21, 2016 by

by Simon Caldwell, Mailonline: Doctors who refuse to take part in abortions are suffering increasingly from harassment and discrimination at work, the British Medical Association has told MPs. Healthcare professionals are complaining to the union that they faced a glass ceiling and were denied promotion if they objected to abortions, a report reveals today. The parliamentary inquiry also found that staff were under ‘widespread and increasing pressure’ to participate in abortions....

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Fresh concerns raised over controversial ‘three parent baby’ therapy which aims to eliminate inherited disease

Jul 7, 2016 by

from bt.com: The controversial technique was approved by Parliament last year. Hidden effects on metabolism and ageing may make it harder to rid future generations of devastating inherited diseases using a controversial “three parent baby” treatment, new research suggests. Scientists working with mice found that an early mismatch of DNA had disturbing consequences later in life, including accelerated ageing. Whether humans might respond the same way is not yet known. But the research raises...

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Our obsession with cheating death leads us deeper into an ethical swamp

Jul 5, 2016 by

by Philippa Taylor, TCW: A 60-year-old woman has been granted permission to take her dead daughter’s frozen eggs to a US fertility treatment clinic, to fertilise them with donor sperm and then (assuming success) to carry the embryos and (she hopes) give birth to her own grandchild. Or should I say her own child? Because on the one hand this child would be the woman’s son/daughter, but on the other, the child would also be her grandson/grand-daughter. More of that shortly, but first...

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