The True Cost of HIV Treatment

Last week saw the first pre-election debate between the leaders of major UK political parties. Seven were invited: Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Greens, UKIP, Plaid Cymru and the SNP, resulting in a set that looked like a strange, suited parody of a quiz show. No one is sure who really won, and we won’t find […]

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Sue Capstick – Queens Nurse.

One of the first sexual health nurses in the country to be given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse (QN) by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) hails from Lancaster. As reported in the Lancaster Guardian, Sue Capstick is service manager for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Contraception and Sexual Health (CaSH) Service. […]

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European Commission confirms EC access

The European Commission, in a historic ruling, has confirmed the authorisation of the emergency contraceptive, ellaOne® (ulipristal acetate, 30mg), to be accessible direct from pharmacies without the need for a prescription from a doctor. This is the first ever decision of its type regarding any oral contraceptive product applicable to all EU member states, according […]

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The Future Is Here

Most of us, as healthcare professionals, would consider access to the internet to be an essential part of our work, whether this is for communicating with each other or keeping up to date with our field. For patients, the benefits of access to the internet are many. Being able to contact peer-support and information about […]

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Sex Ed

The teaching of sex education in British schools remains a divisive topic at the forefront of media attention as the Government considers its position on whether or not the teaching of Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) should become mandatory in England and Wales At the moment, all maintained secondary schools must provide SRE. This means […]

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EMA recommends availability of ellaOne® emergency contraceptive without prescription

Change in status to facilitate access for women across Europe The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended a change in classification status from prescription to non-prescription for the emergency contraceptive ellaOne® (ulipristal acetate). This means that the medicine could be obtained without a prescription in the European Union […]

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Marie Stopes International launches “Time to Act: Achieving a world where no woman dies from unsafe abortion”

Ahead of World Contraception Day (September 26th) Marie Stopes International (MSI) is launching Time to Act: Achieving a world where no woman dies from unsafe abortion to coincide with the UNGA’s deliberations on the 1994 Cairo agenda and the post-2015 goals.  A copy of the report is available here: http://www.makewomenmatter.org/timetoact. Part of MSI’s Make Women […]

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