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  • Gilead Continues To Block Ireland From Sourcing Generic Truvada

    Gilead Sciences, the company that supplies Ireland with the drug Truvada, will have a full court hearing in mid-October to determine whether the Irish Health and Safety Executive (HSE) can source a generic analogue of the drug from the pharmaceutical giant’s competitors. In July, GCN reported that Gilead was taking legal action to stop the HSE from securing generic drug from Actavis and Mylan, the company’s competitors, for the purposes of HIV prevention as PrEP.

    16 October 2017 | Gay Community News
  • Gay rights activists welcome NHS questioning of patients over sexuality

    NHS England has issued a new standard requiring staff to “record sexual orientation at every face to face contact with the patient, where no record of this data already exists”. It argues that the data is needed to ensure it meets its obligations under the 2010 Equality Act and will help it better tackle health problems that are more prevalent among lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

    16 October 2017 | The Guardian
  • PrEP-ing for HIV prevention in Ireland

    Lack of access to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is presenting dilemmas for the HSE, clinicians, the medicines regulator and those seeking the medication in Ireland. A recent memo to healthcare professionals sent on behalf of the HSE’s Working Group on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), discouraging them from directing patients to the activist-led website www.iwantPrEPnow.co.uk for information on sourcing pre-emptive antiretroviral therapy online, is a talking point among campaigners advocating for access.

    18 September 2017 | The Medical Independent
  • DaddyBear App Hooks Up Gay Men 'Not Living With HIV'

    "The entire concept of the DaddyBear dating app ... is pathetic and hilarious," Mark S. King writes. "Their stated position on the HIV status of those daddies and bears, however, is frightening."

    06 September 2017 | The Body
  • Trump’s team is rewriting a rule that made transgender health care accessible. Patients are scared.

    The Trump administration is working to revise a section of the Affordable Care Act that says federally funded health programs cannot discriminate on the basis of sex. While the Obama administration made clear that this provision required states to cover transgender care through their Medicaid programs, the current administration is no longer enforcing the rule.

    05 September 2017 | STAT
  • Indonesia cracks down on gays ... and fuels its HIV epidemic

    Amid an explosion of infections, a hardline stance on homosexuality is making treatment a risky business.

    07 August 2017 | South China Morning Post
  • Nigerian police arrest 42 gay men at HIV awareness event

    Gay rights activist Bisi Alimi told the BBC the event that was held at the hotel was an awareness program aimed at HIV counseling and testing for the LGBT community in Nigeria.

    01 August 2017 | Washington Blade
  • US, PEPFAR can do more to influence policies that hinder fight against HIV/AIDS

    The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, recognizes the negative role of stigma in the fight against HIV. However, authors of a study published this month by University of Washington researchers say the program has done little to address anti-gay legislation as the primary driver of stigma in Africa.

    28 June 2017 | University of Washington School of Public Health
  • Russian 'gay propaganda' law ruled discriminatory by European court

    A Russian law that bans gay “propaganda” encourages homophobia and discrimination, the European court of human rights has ruled, in a sharply worded rebuke to the Kremlin. The state has been ordered to pay damages totalling €43,000 (£37,800) plus costs and interest within three months.

    20 June 2017 | The Guardian
  • Gay man 'refused entry to LGBT club because he had HIV medication on him'

    The incident has now led to two of Britain’s biggest HIV charities to call on bars and clubs to ensure staff are aware of such medication so they deal with it sensitively.

    05 June 2017 | Metro
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