New study suggests risk of birth defects in babies born to women on HIV medicine dolutegravir

European Medicines Agency, 18/05/2018

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is evaluating preliminary results from a study which found 4 cases of birth defects such as spina bifida (malformed spinal cord) in babies born to mothers who became pregnant while taking dolutegravir. While EMA is assessing the new evidence it has issued the following precautionary advice:

  • Dolutegravir HIV medicines should not be prescribed to women seeking to become pregnant.
  • Women who can become pregnant should use effective contraception while taking dolutegravir medicines.

The study, which looked at babies born to 11,558 HIV-infected women in Botswana, showed that 0.9% of babies (4 of 426) whose mothers became pregnant while taking dolutegravir had a neural tube defect, compared with 0.1% of babies (14 of 11,173) whose mothers took other HIV medicines. Final results are expected in about a year.

Women who have been prescribed dolutegravir should not stop taking their medicine without first consulting their doctor.

EMA will update the recommendations as necessary when it concludes its assessment.

Changes to SHINE SA Clinics

SHINE SA, June 20, 2018

There are some changes to the days when clinics and counselling services are available at SHINE SA sites.

These changes will commence on 1 July 2018 and are as follows:

Woodville
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, 9am – 5pm by appointment
Walk in and Wait from 1-4pm
Clinics closed Fridays

Davoren Park
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, 9am – 5pm by appointment
Walk in and Wait from 1-4pm
Clinics closed Tuesdays

Noarlunga
Mon, Tues, 9am – 5pm by appointment
Walk in and Wait from 1-4pm
Clinics closed Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Appointments and enquiries for the above: 1300 794 584

Hyde Street Practice
Thurs, 9am – 5pm by appointment
Walk In and Wait, Fridays 1-4pm
Phone 7099 5320 for appointments for GP services Monday-Friday

SHINE SA clinic at Reynella Family Care GP Service
SHINE SA Sexual Health Nurse/Midwife in partnership with a Reynella Family Care General Practitioner
Thursday fortnightly 9am – 5pm
Fee paying clinic. Appointment only, phone 8321 9099.

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New Moves for Gay Men’s Health Program

Gay Men’s Health website, 7/5/2015

The Gay Men’s Health (SA) Program will be moving after June 30th 2015.

With the announcement made late yesterday from SA Health, GMHSA would like to spread the news to community of the program’s imminent move from RASA (Relationships Australia SA) to a collaborative partnership between VAC (The Victorian AIDS Council) and SHine SA.

The current team would like to thank RASA for supporting the program for the last 20 months, and congratulate both VAC and SHine SA on securing the program for three years from July 1st, 2015.

For updates on this exciting transition, please keep an eye out on the GMHSA Facebook page.

Official media releases detailing this announcement can be found at the below links: