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Russia wants to make HIV/Aids denialism illegal to halt epidemic

Denialists have been gaining attention in country where treatment rates are already low.

07 May 2019
The Guardian
He Jiankui's gene editing experiment ignored other HIV strains

He Jiankui's claim that he gave two girls lifetime immunity from HIV ignored the existence of HIV strains that circumvent the gene he edited.

15 April 2019
Planner sentenced for role in £60m 'HIV cure' investment scam

Two fraudsters who attempted to steal more than £60m through a fraudulent tax avoidance investment scheme claiming to invest in HIV research have been jailed for a total of 14 and a half years.

26 February 2019
Financial Planning Today
A Cure for HPV? Not So Fast…

Can photodynamic therapy eliminate the virus than causes cervical, anal and oral cancer?

11 February 2019
Zimbabwe pastor Walter Magaya convicted over 'HIV cure'

A court in Zimbabwe has convicted a popular self-styled prophet of fraud and fined him $700 (£540) for falsely claiming he had a herbal cure for HIV and Aids. Walter Magaya earlier pleaded guilty to contravening the Medicines Control Act by selling an unapproved drug.

06 February 2019
BBC News
Quest to Solve Assassination Mystery Revives an AIDS Conspiracy Theory

A former militia member claims that his organization used phony vaccinations in the early 1990s to spread H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, in an attempt to wipe out the black population in South Africa. Scientists immediately cast doubt on the claim, which they called medically dubious.

28 January 2019
New York Times
China confirms birth of gene-edited babies, blames scientist He Jiankui for breaking rules

Official Xinhua news agency says preliminary investigations revealed that scientist had acted on his own and forged review papers

21 January 2019
South China Morning Post
Open letter from Chinese HIV professionals on human genome editing

As Chinese professionals engaged in HIV research and prevention, we strongly oppose genome editing on healthy human germline cells and embryos for reproductive purposes and HIV prevention.

05 December 2018
The Lancet
As A Strategy for HIV Prevention, Disabling the CCR5 Gene in Embryos Implanted in HIV-Negative Mothers Makes Zero Sense

Here are a bunch of things we know about HIV prevention. You’ll note that nowhere on this list is anything about preventing HIV in babies born to women who don’t have the virus to begin with — because the babies are not at risk, even if the mother’s male sexual partner has HIV.

03 December 2018
NEJM Journal Watch
Gene editing won’t help the fight against HIV, understanding one’s risk and prevention options will

Andrew Chidgey says HIV positive men and women can already have HIV negative babies through the use of medication and some well-recognised precautions. This negates the need for gene editing to prevent transmission of HIV and raises ethical questions about a Chinese scientist’s recently announced research.

01 December 2018
South China Morning Post
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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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