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  • President of Zambia declares HIV testing mandatory

    Zambia is moving forward with mandatory HIV testing for all patients who visit government health facilities, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya told The Lancet, confirming President Edgar Lungu's surprise announcement of the new policy in mid-August.

    04 September 2017 | The Lancet (free registration required)
  • WHO, UNAIDS statement on HIV testing services: new opportunities and ongoing challenges

    The statement says that HIV testing, no matter how it is delivered, must always respect personal choice and adhere to ethical and human rights principles. It makes it clear that WHO and UNAIDS do not recommend mandatory, compulsory or coerced HIV testing of individuals on public health grounds.

    29 August 2017 | UNAIDS
  • Health or human rights? False dichotomy could fuel a resurgence in forced HIV testing

    More than three decades ago, HIV activists fought against mandatory testing. Now an old battle is finding new life.

    29 August 2017 | Bhekisisa
  • Aetna faces class-action lawsuit over HIV disclosures

    Legal groups on Monday filed a class-action lawsuit against the health insurer Aetna, alleging the company violated the privacy of its customers by sending many of them letters through which the phrase “filling prescriptions for HIV” was visible through envelope windows.

    29 August 2017 | STAT
  • Zambia offering antiretroviral therapy regardless of CD4 count

    Of the estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV in Zambia, only 67% know their status.

    21 August 2017 | UNAIDS
  • Zambian Health Minister - It’s not Mandatory HIV Testing

    Government appears to have backed down on its decision to introduce mandatory testing for HIV in Zambia. Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya clarified that what Government will be implementing is routine testing for HIV as part of diagnostic screening to be initiated by the health care provider.

    21 August 2017 | Lusaka Times
  • Should everyone be getting the HIV prevention pill as part of this HIV vaccine study?

    More than 500 people have signed up since December to be part of the country’s largest HIV vaccine trial, but some experts are crying foul over what they say is unequal access to the HIV prevention pill among participants.

    30 June 2017 | Bhekisisa
  • Last Gift Study: Community Perspective on End-of-Life HIV Research

    In the second of this 3-part series, Sara Gianella Weibel, MD, on behalf of Infectious Disease Advisor, talks with Jeff Taylor, community activist and long-term HIV survivor, about ethical concerns and practical barriers in end-of-life research and how the HIV community will embrace this type of research.

    21 June 2017 | Infectious Disease Advisor
  • Last Gift Study: End-of-Life HIV Research

    Few opportunities currently exist for terminally ill people to participate in HIV research as a result of various cultural taboos and ethical concerns, such as exploitation, vulnerability, and coercion. However, when faced with their approaching death, some individuals may be willing to participate in research that offers no hope for their condition to leave a final gift to their community.

    21 June 2017 | Infectious Disease Advisor
  • Public Health England sounds data sharing warning

    Health chiefs have joined a protest over NHS data sharing rules, warning that asylum seekers, refugees and migrants will be deterred from seeking treatment. Public Health England (PHE) fears the handing over to the Home Office of personal data from patients - as part of a Government crackdown on illegal immigration – will have “unintended serious consequences”.

    31 May 2017 | UK Authority
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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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