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  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, February 2019

Fifty days to go. Fifty days before we leave the EU. Can a deal - any deal - be achieved before the end of next month?

  • Watch the full programme here:

And HIV/Aids: the Government is dedicated to eradicating transmission before 2030. Is that feasible?

  • The former Health Secretary, now Lord Speaker, tells us it can be done:

To debate all this:

  • Phillip Lee, Conservative member for Bracknell in Berkshire
  • Tim Loughton, Tory MP for East Worthing & Shoreham in Sussex, and
  • Matt Rodda, Labour MP for Reading East


The world turns red for world aids day

Landmarks across the region and around the world are turning red tonight - to mark world aids day.

According to a survey by HIV charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust, many people are still misinformed about the virus.

Kevin Ashworth reports.

HIV is still growing, even when undetectable in blood

A team of international researchers - including scientists from Oxford University - have found that HIV still develops in the body, even when undetected in the blood.

The study challenges previous beliefs about a dormant virus and says it can lay 'undetectable' in patients on potent anti-retroviral drugs and still grows in the lymphoid tissue.

The findings give a new perspective on where and how the virus can be targeted, revealing new avenues for more effective HIV treatment.

Researchers say drugs need to penetrate in areas of the lymphoid tissue to cure HIV.

The study is exciting because it really changes how we think about what is happening in treated patients. It helps explain why some strategies that tried to clear the reservoir have failed."

– Professor Angela McLean, Professor of Mathematical Biology, Oxford University

By learning more about how HIV continues to exist within treated individuals, we are one step closer to finding a cure."

– Dr Helen Fryer, Oxford Martin School, Oxford University

More than 100,000 people in UK live with HIV

More than 100,000 people in the UK are now living with HIV. Six thousand new cases were diagnosed last year.

On World AIDS day, Matt Price has been given rare access to a support centre in Bournemouth for people living with the condition. Have attitudes changed?

"All we have are memories'': families of contaminated blood victims

It's one of the worst scandals in the history of the NHS - claiming nearly 2,000 lives. And victims of the contaminated blood scandal - who were infected during transfusions in the 70s and 80s - say they've been overlooked for compensation yet again. They need money to pay for ongoing treatment - and have spent years fighting for a financial settlement. They say they're furious that their plight wasn't mentioned in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement. Michael Billington reports.


One in four people with HIV 'don't know they have it' - full report

One in four people with HIV don't know they have it and are running the risk of passing the disease on to other people - that's according to a new report.

On 'National HIV Testing Week' figures reveal Brighton continues to have the highest rate of infections in the country, outside London, with numbers way beyond the national average.

Andy Dickenson meets one man diagnosed with HIV who is taking his message into local schools and colleges.

Andy speaks to Carl Churchman and Sue Riley of Positive Voices, and Ben Shelley and Kimberly Kabuchi from Terrence Higgins Trust.

Unique portraits of people who are living with HIV

People in their fifties and older are increasingly being diagnosed with HIV.

It can be caught by anyone - regardless of their gender, race or sexuality. And that's very much the message of a new photographic exhibition which is bringing together people who're HIV positive - from all walks of life.

Charlotte Wilkins has been speaking to Photographer Edo Zollo; David Fray and Mandy Webb who are both living with HIV; and Simon Dowe from the Sussex Beacon.

The Sussex Beacon celebrates turning 21

Video. A unique centre in Sussex helping those affected by HIV is celebrating its 21st anniversary. The Sussex Beacon offers both in-patient treatment and respite care. When it opened, deaths from AIDS were at their peak.

Today, improved drug treatments mean HIV sufferers can survive the condition for many years. But they can still experience stigma and discrimination. Malcolm Shaw reports.

'Complacency' blamed for rise in HIV

Shocking figures have revealed just how many people in the south are living with HIV. While new cases nationally have fallen slightly, here, in some areas, they've hit record levels - with a dramatic rise in the number of hetrosexual people contracting it.

There are nearly 8,000 people with HIV in our region. Brighton and Hove is a hot spot and has the highest rate of HIV outside of London.

In the last ten years there has been a 150% increase in the number of people accessing treatment for HIV in the south. The message from experts is get tested - and that HIV is not a death sentence.

This from Charlotte Wilkins who speaks to HIV patient John Cook, Paula Evenden, from The Sussex Beacon and Ross Boseley from The Terence Higgins Trust.

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