South Africa's largest association of people living with HIV, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), boycotted South Africa's World AIDS Day commemoration as more than 900 members marched on the site of celebrations in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga.
03 December 2013 | AllAfrica
Janssen has set the wholesale acquisition cost, (WAC) for a single 12-week course of Olysio at $66,360. Though this is in parity with current HCV PIs, the FPC believes that all HCV drugs are priced too high. The WAC price of Olysio represents only part of the cost of an anti-HCV regimen, including at least $18,000 in WAC costs of interferon and ribavirin, plus the additional cost of the NS3 Q80K polymorphism screening test recommended by the FDA for all patients before initiating Olysio therapy.
29 November 2013 | Fair Pricing Coalition
The Ukraininan Community Advisory Board (UCAB) is the first-ever NGO, rather than a commercial organisation, to win an annual award in their country for the most successful PR stunt of the year. During the Action, aimed at shaming the Ukraininan government into providing better access to hepatitis C treatment, a hundred of “condemned” people lined up in front of the Government building with the cotton bags on their heads and ropes tied around their necks.
28 November 2013 | Ukrainian Community Advosory Board
Paul Clift is a Patient/Carer representative on the HIV Clinical Reference Group. He also works as a Patient Representative at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. In this month’s eFeature he writes in a personal capacity and offers his observations on the nature and potential impact of the changes introduced by the 2012 Health and Social Care Act. He emphasises that in the face of a complex web of changes, the onus is on commissioners to reach out to patients and service users to ensure they are fully engaged in discussions on service developments and provision.
28 November 2013 | MedFASH
Today, MSF launches a film series titled See What We See to counterbalance rhetoric presenting progress as all-pervasive and the fight against HIV/AIDS as almost won. The `See What We See` films reveal what MSF medical staff witness and also highlight proven strategies for community-based care that puts more people on treatment earlier and helps them adhere to treatment in the long-term.
26 November 2013 | MSF
The rise of AIDS buyers clubs showcases a moment in American history, a period during which groups of individuals across the country, shut out from access to perhaps life-saving drugs by a slow-moving medical system and unresponsive, sometimes callous, federal government, banded together to help each other. The following slideshow looks at the origins, political and cultural context and, most importantly, the stunning achievements of the AIDS activist and buyers club movements in confronting the AIDS crisis.
19 November 2013 | New York City Buyers Club
The purpose of this manual is to provide information for you and your community. This information can be used to advocate for access to prevention and diagnosis of, and care and treatment for, hepatitis C virus (HCV).
18 November 2013 | TAG
What is it like to be part of the “AIDS Generation”—gay men in midlife, women and men who lost loved ones to the epidemic, and activists, caregivers, and service providers on the front lines in the 1980s and 1990s—and what are their needs and priorities today?
14 November 2013 | BETA blog
Critics have showered Dallas Buyers Club with praise, which is good news for Focus Features and Matthew McConaughey, whose outsized performance swings for the fences. But it's bad news for LGBT history and the history of AIDS activism.
13 November 2013 | Huffington Post
It is a sad indictment of Western AIDS activism that it pretty much ended as a politically powerful movement once its figureheads’ problems at home were solved. There are a few notable exceptions to this, but as a general rule, I’m afraid this is what it is.
12 November 2013 | The Conversation