A mistake with blood test equipment at the municipal health service GGD Amsterdam means that about 60 people who had their blood sugar levels tested at the GGD in Amsterdam city center may have been infected with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. This involves people who went for glucose tests between January 19th and March 16th, RTL Nieuws reports.
Municipal health service GGD Amsterdam is taking part in an international scientific study in which a new HIV prevention pill will be tested on humans. The aim is to find out whether experimental drug F/TAF is safe and effective in preventing HIV infection in healthy adults. Gay men and transgender women who have sex with men who are interested in participating in this study, can register with GGD Amsterdam until March 26th, AT5 reports.
Since September last year municipal health service GGD Amsterdam noticed an increase of hepatitis A among homosexual and bisexual men. There's also been an increase of hepatitis A diagnoses in this group in the rest of the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. Men who have sexual intercourse with other men are advised to get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B viruses, Blik op Nieuws reports.
The Amsterdam police launched a search for a local resident after concerned colleagues reported that he did not show up for work last week. They found the man at home but in "worrying living conditions" - the man's home was filled with mountains of trash.
The police called in public health service GGD, who concluded that the man's home is so full of trash that it "constitutes a danger to public health". The house was cleaned out by the Amsterdam police, GGD Amsterdam and pest control.
The new HIV inhibitor Prep is in high demand among gay men living in the capital. GGD Amsterdam recently announced a trial on the pill that reduces the risk of HIV infection. Only 370 men can participate in the study, but the number of applications were much higher.
A large international conference on the psycho-social aspects of HIV and AIDS starts in Amsterdam on Tuesday
GGD Amsterdam has launched a medical study on Prep - a pill that can prevent infection with HIV - among gay men and transgenders. Those interested in joining the study can apply on the GGD Amsterdam website, Soa Aids Nederland reports.
The waiting lists for people who want to be tested for HIV are reaching unacceptable levels. And the cause for the long waiting lists can be attributed to the cut backs on tests for sexually transmitted diseases.
TNO determined that the amount of particulate matter in residential areas in Amsterdam and Amstelveen is two times higher than normal when the wind is blowing from the direction of Schiphol.
An Amsterdam company is going to make special phone cases to protect against radiation from mobiles.
The number of problematic opiate users in the Netherlands dropped by an estimated 21 percent, compared to the period 2008-2009, according to a report from the Trimbos Institute and the Community Health Services Amsterdam (GGD-Amsterdam).
Rainbow Group Foundation has arranged Amsterdam Underground city walks in Amsterdam for many years now. In these tours, ex-homeless and drug addicts introduce a different side of the city.