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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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  • PrEP 17 – The coming of age of PrEP

    PrEP17 explores the stories of over a dozen PrEP activists; current and former PrEP users; clinicians; and policy-makers. The 36 minute documentary film, commissioned by PrEPster, shines a light on how PrEP has become available to thousands of people, despite the failures of the health system.

    26 May 2017 | Prepster
  • 120 Beats per Minute review – passionate and defiant account of 80s Aids activism

    Cannes Film Festival: Robin Campillo commemorates the legacy of direct-action group ACT UP with a movie that is tragic, urgent and full of cinematic life.

    24 May 2017 | The Guardian
  • Philadelphia HIV Activist Paul Yabor Dies at 55

    Paul Yabor, an HIV activist who spent much of his time helping injection drug users and advocating safe spaces for that community, passed away last week in Philadephia. He was 55.

    24 May 2017 | The Body
  • Twilight of a Difficult Man: Larry Kramer and the Birth of AIDS Activism

    Larry Kramer — writer, advocate, “loudmouth” — helped define AIDS activism and gay life. He ruffled some feathers along the way.

    22 May 2017 | New York Times
  • PrEP in Scotland: what next?

    Following the SMC’s decision to make PrEP available on the NHS in Scotland George Valiotis reflects on the work that made this possible and looks forward to the next steps.

    02 May 2017 | HIV Scotland
  • PrEP 17 – The coming of age of PrEP - coming soon

    This 36 minute documentary film, commissioned by PrEPster, shines a light on how PrEP has become available to thousands of people in Britain, despite the failures of the English health system.

    26 April 2017 | PrEPster
  • Thai HIV Advocates Drop the PrEP Ball

    It is astonishing that strong, albeit subtle, resistance for PrEP scale-up in Thailand comes from a few influential leaders of HIV NGOs. Small in number, these NGOs are vocal and influential. Their opinions are esteemed by government officials and fellow NGOs. The resistance is not stated in public. Most of the objections to PrEP I have heard from these individuals during backroom talks or various office meetings or private discussions. Concerns, doubts, or cautions against PrEP that are said in public were vague and ambivalent.

    25 April 2017 | AVAC
  • Healing Austin, Indiana: How town raced to stop America's worst rural HIV plague (three-part series)

    Critics say Mike Pence was slow to react as a festering blight, then HIV gripped Austin, Indiana. This tiny city off Interstate 65 is the epicenter of a medical disaster. Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirms Austin contains the largest drug-fueled HIV outbreak to hit rural America in recent history, and "the largest concentrated outbreak ever documented in the United States."

    24 April 2017 | Kentucky Courier-Journal
  • Open letter to Gilead Sciences about PrEP by EATG and the PrEP in Europe Initiative

    Please read and share this letter signed by the European AIDS Treatment Group and the PrEP in Europe Initiative (PEI), a partnership of European prevention and policy NGOs. It requests Gilead Sciences to surrender their patent of Truvada® or otherwise make it possible for Truvada or generic equivalents of it to be offered at greatly reduced prices to all European health care systems so that it can be used as HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

    18 April 2017 | EATG / PrEP in Europe
  • Sex, drugs and activism: making HIV treatment as prevention available in the UK

    The Scottish pathway to the PrEP policy decision has been very different to that of England.

    13 April 2017 | Sociology Lens
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