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Making HIV testing part of how we care for ourselves

Via Wikimedia Commons

HIV remains a major source of harm to people’s health, much of which is avoidable.  There are more HIV tests being performed in England than at any time in the three decades we’ve been battling this virus. That’s welcome, but …

Mistreating the treatment: the struggle against antibiotic resistance

Posted by: , Posted on: - Categories: Antimicrobial resistance, Health Protection, Protecting the country's health

Antibiotics have been around for nearly 70 years.  Many people still alive today may remember them first being used to treat casualties from the Second World War. Around 1944 a newspaper billboard proclaimed that ‘Penicillin cures gonorrhoea in four hours …

Public health in a changing climate

Posted by: , Posted on: - Categories: Climate change, Health Protection, Protecting the country's health, Sustainability

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has now published its fifth assessment report, confirming the scientific evidence that the climate is indeed changing, and that this change is even more certainly due to human activities than was previously thought. …