World AIDS Day – HIV testing on the high street

By Mel Snelling, Lead on HIV and Infectious Diseases Pharmacist

It is World AIDS Day on 1 December 2012.
To mark World Aids Day the Health Protection Agency released statistics revealing there were 6,280 new HIV diagnoses in 2011, making the total number of people living with HIV in the UK 96,000. The data also shows that although late HIV diagnoses dropped slightly in 2011 a quarter of people with HIV are still unaware that they have the virus. It’s really important that these people get tested and into treatment as soon as possible.

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Behind the scenes: BBC filming ‘Addicted to pleasure’ at the RPS Museum

By John Betts, RPS Museum Officer

Earlier this year a BBC production team spent 2 days filming our current controlled drugs display at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum, for the ‘Addicted to Pleasure’ series. Read more Behind the scenes: BBC filming ‘Addicted to pleasure’ at the RPS Museum

Aspirin and Cancer

By Rachel Airley, EPB Board member and Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology

There is now wealth of evidence from clinical trials that aspirin can not only prevent cancer, but can also slow the growth and spread of bowel cancers already present.  While the evidence is there, doctors and pharmacists have been somewhat reticent when it comes to recommending the wholesale use of aspirin in patients at risk, or already undergoing treatment for bowel cancer, due to fears that this will lead to side effects such as gastric ulcer or bleeding.

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