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Fall in HIV among gay men could spell end for Britain's epidemic, say experts

New data from Public Health England talks about the potential elimination of HIV, revealing the first downturn in the epidemic among gay and bisexual men since it began, thanks to a combination of frequent testing of people at high risk of infection and rapid treatment.

Published
22 June 2017
From
The Guardian
In East Africa, Universal HIV Testing and Treatment Surpasses UNAIDS Goals

Community-based interventions for HIV testing and treatment in rural East Africa nearly doubled rates of HIV viral suppression over two years, according to a study by UC San Francisco researchers.

Published
22 June 2017
From
UCSF News Services
Uganda fails to target gay men and sex workers in fast-track HIV initiative

Activists have criticised the Ugandan president for failing to cater for gay men in his new plan to end HIV by 2030. President Yoweri Museveni launched his ambitious initiative last week, but did not specifically mention gay people, sex workers and drug users – who bear a disproportionate share of the HIV burden.

Published
15 June 2017
From
The Guardian
A sex worker's view on South Africa's latest plans to beat HIV

An open letter from a sex worker argues that the good intentions of South Africa's plan to end HIV infections will be undermined by the fact that sex work remains a criminal offence in South Africa. This means that sex workers remain vulnerable. They don’t have the right to protect themselves – for example from police violence and intimidation – or get the health care they need because they’re stigmatised by health workers.

Published
14 June 2017
From
Times (South Africa)
The opioid epidemic is making the fight against HIV more difficult

Thanks to the opioid economic, hard-won gains in bringing down the US HIV infection rate may be reversed. Hoping to prevent future outbreaks and to drive the HIV infection rate to zero, public health experts are holding a Capitol Hill summit Wednesday. Federal funding for harm reduction programmes has helped to contain recent outbreaks among drug users, but they could be endangered if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

Published
14 June 2017
From
Washington Post
Achieving zero HIV transmissions will require SF to address stigma, disparities

Having achieved significant reductions in new infections and effective treatment, San Francisco is a model city for combating HIV — but even so, The City is not expected to meet its goal of a 90 percent reduction in HIV diagnoses and deaths by 2020. The prevailing reasons: stigma and disparities.

Published
12 June 2017
From
San Francisco Examiner
Study: 1 in 3 Patients Starts HIV Treatment Late in 10 Countries

A large team of international researchers has found 30 percent of HIV positive individuals in nearly a dozen countries delay starting life-saving drugs. A study spearheaded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at the prevalence of HIV in Haiti, Vietnam, Nigeria, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Published
09 June 2017
From
Voice of America
Germany—ready to lead by example to end AIDS

During a recent visit to Germany, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, met with representatives of the federal government, local government, civil society, communities affected by HIV and the private sector.

Published
23 May 2017
From
UNAIDS
Liberia Way Behind in HIV Response, Kicks-off 'Catch-up' Plan

UNAIDS' new Country Director, Ms. Miriam Chipimo, says she looks forward to contributing to the response of HIV prevalence in Liberia. Ms. Chipimo stated: “We haven’t reached most of the people around the country for testing; we have only reached 26 percent of those who are positive with the virus.” She also indicated that of the estimated 40,000 persons living with the virus throughout the country, 6,000 of them need treatment.

Published
18 May 2017
From
Liberian Daily Observer
HIV and Aids Prevalence On the Decrease in Malawi

Malawi's National Aids Commission (NAC) has said HIV and Aids prevalence rate is decreasing in the country. statistics for 2010 indicate that 10 percent of people in Malawi were living with HIV and Aids while the 2016/17 statistics show that eight percent of people in Malawi are living with the virus that causes Aids.

Published
18 May 2017
From
Nyasa Times
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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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