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  • Hope overshadowed – the US PrEP Summit

    The US National HIV PrEP Summit, which took place in early December in San Francisco, was one of the most extraordinary HIV meetings I have ever been to. This first-ever gathering of 600 people involved in ...

    31 January 2017 | Gus Cairns
  • Policy makers’ inaction is leading people to take PrEP ‘in the wild’

    An increasing number of gay men and others at risk of HIV are seeking to protect their health with PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), but the lack of PrEP provision and lack of regulatory approval in many countries is leading ...

    19 October 2016 | Roger Pebody
  • Gains in curbing HIV epidemic could be lost without continued commitment, AIDS 2016 speakers say

    Participants at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), taking place this week in Durban, South Africa, reviewed the remarkable gains that have been made in access to HIV treatment and new prevention tools since the conference was last held ...

    19 July 2016 | Liz Highleyman
  • People who inject drugs have other priorities ahead of PrEP

    People who inject drugs have fundamental concerns about HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the manner in which it is being promoted, according to a consultation conducted by the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD). With limited availability ...

    17 June 2016 | Roger Pebody
  • England’s PrEP policy in disarray after NHS U-turn

    Activists, individuals at risk of HIV, and clinicians have reacted with anger to an official U-turn on provision of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). NHS England officials have refused to allow a draft policy on PrEP to go forward for ...

    22 March 2016 | Roger Pebody
  • London sexual health clinics step up their support for people buying PrEP online

    Several large sexual health clinics in London and Brighton have responded to the growing numbers of people importing PrEP medications from overseas by offering free safety monitoring to PrEP users. This is in a context of increasing frustration with ...

    29 January 2016 | Roger Pebody
  • France approves PrEP

    In a historic move, France has become the first country outside the USA, and the first country with a centrally-organised, reimbursable health system, to approve no-expense pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for people who need it.The French Minister of Health, ...

    24 November 2015 | Gus Cairns
  • Harm reduction conference calls for political leadership to reform drugs policy

    The biggest challenges to harm reduction are drugs policy and drugs laws, the Malaysian harm reduction leader Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman told the 24th International Harm Reduction Conference in Kuala Lumpur last week.Numerous speakers said that punitive and prohibitionist drugs policies have restricted ...

    27 October 2015 | Roger Pebody
  • How does a ‘human rights based approach’ work out on the ground? Lessons from South Africa

    While international rhetoric on HIV and AIDS frequently invokes human rights, putting these ideas into practice in specific settings remains challenging, according to a process evaluation of an intervention in rural South Africa published in the October issue of ...

    29 October 2014 | Roger Pebody
  • Making treatment as prevention a reality for people who inject drugs

    People who inject drugs risk being left behind as countries make efforts to scale up antiretroviral treatment unless greater efforts are made to develop services that meet the needs of this group, according to speakers at Controlling the HIV Epidemic ...

    26 September 2013 | Keith Alcorn
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  • Meet The Man Who Stopped Thousands Of People Becoming HIV-Positive

    “I knew I was doing something of substance, but it’s really overwhelming.” In an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed News, Greg Owen reveals the story behind Britain’s largest ever drop in HIV transmissions.

    26 February 2017 | BuzzFeed News
  • Didier Lestrade: My First 30 Years with HIV

    French HIV/AIDS activist Didier Lestrade reflects on a lifetime spent fighting the epidemic, in both public and private.

    26 February 2017 | Vice
  • Commentary on U=U campaign - Follow Up on previous article 'On Fear, Infectiousness and Undetectability'

    Last week, GNP+ published a statement offering an alternative perspective on the messaging of campaigns on the uninfectiousness of people living with HIV who achieve viral suppression, including the U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) campaign. Following reactions from supporters of the campaign, GNP+ releases the following statement clarifying our position on this important issue.

    15 February 2017 | GNPPlus
  • A new online archive reveals how HIV/AIDS activism shapes New York

    Housing Works History is a meticulous digital archive that covers the organization from its founding 27 years ago to its work today in a multimedia timeline that’s as elegant as it is thorough.

    15 February 2017 | The Architect's Newspaper
  • INPUD Announcement: Executive Director Appointment

    INPUD is very pleased to announce the appointment of Judy Chang as our new Executive Director. As of February 2017, Judy is responsible for leading INPUD towards its mission and purpose, responsible for the operationalisation of INPUD’s strategy, for overseeing the representation of INPUD, and is the key liaison with civil society and INPUD’s donors.

    15 February 2017 | International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD)
  • The costs of inaction on PrEP

    When we set up PrEPster from our kitchen table in August 2015, little did we suspect that in under 18 months, The Lancet would be commending our work. But that’s what just happened.

    01 February 2017 | Prepster
  • TAG Statement in Opposition to the Nomination of Tom Price for HHS Secretary

    Tom Price’s questionable fitness to head a multi-agency cabinet-level department charged with the health of U.S. residents can simply be ascertained from his own record as a Congressional representative to parts of Atlanta’s northern suburbs – a district and metro area with extremely high rates of HIV and a flourishing opioid epidemic.

    24 January 2017 | Treatment Action Group
  • Fighting Trump: HIV Advocates to Watch in 2017

    Donald J. Trump and the Republican-controlled congress are a threat to everything HIV advocates have been fighting for during the last thirty years, and that includes access to healthcare, HIV prevention programs like PrEP, and the dignity with which we treat those who are most vulnerable to HIV infection. This new political reality is reflected in the 2017 list of HIV Advocates to Watch.

    11 January 2017 | My Fabulous Disease
  • Community Mobilization: An Assessment of Mechanisms and Barriers at Community-Based and AIDS Service Organizations in Nine U.S. Metropolitan Areas

    “So much of what we have gained in combatting HIV, including prevention and treatment research, comprehensive health care programs and insurance coverage, and community-based organizations, is the product of communities that mobilized to overcome government indifference and unresponsiveness,” said Mark Harrington, Executive Director of TAG. “The importance of community mobilization in response to the HIV epidemic cannot be overstated, particularly as we prepare to defend a number of federal protections and policies that are critical to people living with HIV."

    09 January 2017 | TAG
  • Mayor to make history by appointing SF's first openly HIV-positive supervisor

    Mayor Ed Lee is expected Friday to announce the appointment of longtime HIV/AIDS and civil rights advocate Jeff Sheehy to the District 8 seat on the Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco Examiner has learned. Sheehy works as director for communications for the UC San Francisco AIDS Research Institute.

    06 January 2017 | San Francisco Examiner
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

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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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