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  • 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
  • Low-dose stavudine study debated between South African researchers and activists

    A proposed trial of low-dose stavudine (also known as d4T) sparked a heated debate between South African researchers and activists at the opening of the first Southern African HIV Clinicians' Society Conference held in Cape Town last month. Professor ...

    11 December 2012 | Lesley Odendal
  • HIV and TB activist Winstone Zulu dead

    The prominent HIV and TB activist Winstone Zulu has died at the age of 47 in hospital in Lusaka. Mr Zulu was diagnosed with HIV in 1990 and was the first person in Zambia to make a public statement about ...

    12 October 2011 | Keith Alcorn
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  • Through a Journal, a Long-Term HIV Survivor Looks Back at the Early Years

    In 1991 when I was 29, I learned I was infected with HIV. I was devastated, and for the first several months, it was not a good place to be. But, in the midst of my sadness, anger, depression and a whole range of other emotions, I again began to journal my thoughts.

    19 September 2016 | The Body
  • How three drug users took on the might of the Russian state

    Substitution therapy for addicts is banned in Russia. Three activists are hoping to gain access to the treatment through the European court of human rights.

    15 September 2016 | The Guardian
  • This Is What It’s Like To Be Dying Of AIDS – And Then Survive

    Twenty years ago, revolutionary new drugs transformed HIV/AIDS, bringing people back from the brink of death. But what happens when you plan to die only to recover? Three people, whose stories span the global epidemic, told BuzzFeed News what it means to have a second chance at life.

    10 September 2016 | BuzzFeed
  • Russian HIV workers fear blacklisting

    Despite a growing HIV epidemic in Russia, groups working to prevent the spread of the virus are worried they will be blacklisted for taking foreign funding. So far four organisations have been labelled "foreign agents".

    06 September 2016 | BBC News
  • Hysteria about drugs and harm minimisation. It's always the same old story

    "No matter how impressive the evidence of benefits, or how weak the evidence of serious side effects or how badly a strategy is needed, new harm reduction strategies are always greeted the same way: with relentless hostility. Debates about harm reduction always follow the same pattern. Hysterical fears are confidently asserted as if proven beyond doubt while potential benefits, often based on considerable research and experience, are dismissed or ignored."

    23 August 2016 | The Guardian
  • Art Aids America review – gay artists channel anguish, anger and intimacy

    Aids hit America’s artist community hard, and the suffering of the plague years of the 1980s is brought vividly to life in a flawed but vital exhibition at the Bronx Museum, New York.

    22 August 2016 | The Guardian
  • Are we losing our passion as AIDS activists?

    We’ve come a long way since the days when fighting for LGBT rights demanded action such as the Stonewall Riots. Or a critical need for HIV medications prompted protests blocking traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge. Are we finished? Have the communities and people affected by HIV and AIDS fought hard enough, and is the job of AIDS activists near an end?

    16 August 2016 | BETA blog
  • Art of the AIDS Years: What Took Museums So Long?

    For my generation of American gay men, the AIDS epidemic was a second Vietnam War. A long-overdue historical survey of the era has finally arrived.

    29 July 2016 | New York Times
  • People At High Risk Of HIV Are Having The HIV Prevention Pill Taken From Them

    Exclusive: The NHS is stopping participants in a major study into the drug Truvada from having further access to it – a move which Britain’s biggest HIV charity said would lead some to become infected.

    29 July 2016 | Buzzfeed
  • Black Gay Man Takes Center Stage at DNC to Talk About HIV

    For the first time in 12 years, a person living with HIV addressed a major political party at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Daniel Driffin, a 30 year old native of Atlanta, Georgia, took center stage yesterday, speaking about HIV & AIDS advocacy.

    29 July 2016 | Human Rights Campaign (blog)
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