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  • Are 2 million bottles of PrEP an empty gesture?

    Gilead should either commit to providing all the doses of PrEP required for everyone who would benefit or open the market up to a range of generic manufacturers.

    12 hours ago | The Lancet HIV
  • Insurance Will Soon Cover HIV Prevention, But Many People Who Need it Still Won't Have Access

    When Corey Walsh began using the drug Truvada, the pills were free but the quarterly lab tests and doctors' visits cost almost $400.

    11 July 2019 | Vice
  • Gilead fails to keep promise on access to lifesaving drug for people living with HIV

    Pharmaceutical corporation Gilead promised to expand access at an affordable price to a drug for people with an HIV-related infection, cryptococcal meningitis. One year on, the drug is registered in only six developing countries and remains prohibitively expensive.

    01 July 2019 | Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Desperate patients turn to buyers clubs

    What do you do when the NHS won’t buy the treatment you need?

    25 June 2019 | The Economist (free registration required)
  • Kenya: 69,000 newborns at risk due to ARVs shortage

    Medical personnel at several public hospitals who spoke to the Nation on the condition of anonymity said the shortage began about four months ago. They said the situation is dire, and that if no intervention is made urgently, things could turn disastrous. The administration of ARVs to newborns without HIV is meant to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission (perinatal acquisition).

    24 June 2019 | The Nation
  • For People With HIV, Health Coverage Is Improving

    A new analysis finds that Obamacare has driven down the proportion of individuals without insurance.

    19 June 2019 | Poz
  • Global ingredient shortage caused ARV stockouts

    A worldwide shortage of an active pharmaceutical ingredient is the reason behind the anti-retroviral (ARV) medication shortfall across the country, the department of health confirmed. The anti-retroviral drug called Lamivudine is currently in short supply globally and this has affected ARVs that contain this ingredient.

    07 June 2019 | Health-e
  • This drug could end HIV. Why hasn't it? (Podcast)

    Dr. Robert Grant developed a treatment — a daily pill known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP — that could stop the AIDS crisis. We look at why that hasn’t happened.

    06 June 2019 | New York Times
  • WHO agrees watered-down resolution on transparency in drug costs

    Countries at the World Health Organization agreed on Tuesday to push for clearer drug pricing, after watering down a draft resolution that would have also required pharmaceutical firms to disclose the cost of making medicines.

    02 June 2019 | Reuters
  • World Health Assembly Approves Milestone Resolution On Price Transparency

    The World Health Assembly today approved a milestone resolution to support greater public disclosure of prices for medicines and other health products – capping a nail-biting series of negotiations that continued until the very moment the measure came to the floor. In a highly unusual move, Germany, the United Kingdom and Hungary “disassociated” themselves from the measure, “Improving the transparency of markets for medicines, vaccines and other health products,” complaining that its far-reaching implications were not fully appreciated, and that the four-month review period since the draft resolution’s submission by lead sponsor Italy had been insufficient.

    02 June 2019 | Health Policy Watch
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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