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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
Popular prostate cancer videos on YouTube 'inaccurate and biased'

Researchers viewed the 150 first-listed videos on YouTube for prostate cancer screening and treatment, checking them against standard patient information quality criteria. They found that 77% had errors or bias either in the videos or the comments beneath them. Worryingly, the most popular videos were the ones that scored worst on the quality checks.

30 November 2018
NHS Behind the Headlines
GcMAF: Unlicensed HIV drug 'nearly killed patient'

Up to 75% of patients who reported taking an unlicensed drug marketed as a cure for autism, HIV and cancer, suffered side effects, a court heard. One of 17 customers wrote she "almost died numerous times" in feedback read at Southwark Crown Court. The patients were taking an unlicensed blood product sold by Guernsey-based Immuno Biotech.

23 November 2018
BBC News
Fake news, real consequences: What happens after headlines about false HIV 'cures'

A company touted a fake "potential HIV cure". Now, it admits its "trial" wasn't registered & it can't explain the poor treatment Ugandan patients got.

09 November 2018
'No cure' for HIV in Zimbabwe says UN, following claims from local preacher

The United Nations in Zimbabwe is reaffirming that people living with HIV and AIDS need to continue with antiretroviral (ARV) therapy to manage their infections, after a local preacher reportedly claimed that he had received divine revelation of an herbal cure.

01 November 2018
UN News
'New York Times' To Condoms: Drop Dead

A peculiarly worded Op-Ed talks about disappearing condom use and causes a stir among HIV activists.

29 June 2018
HIV Plus
Dispelling the Bad Myths about PrEP in that New York Times Op-Ed

What to do with Patrick William Kelly’s New York Times op-ed “The End of Safe Gay Sex?,” whose headline is built on the assumption that the only kind of safe sex is that which is had with condoms, and whose argument is based on the idea that PrEP is doing a disservice the population whose lives it is protecting.

27 June 2018
Russia’s HIV/AIDS epidemic is getting worse, not better

Almost anywhere in the world, an HIV-infected woman who has an uninfected partner and wants to have a baby would be first in line to receive ARVs. The challenges Katia faced in getting treatment amid Russia’s epidemic highlight the country’s faltering response, which critics have blasted as misguided, lackadaisical, and downright dismissive. Some federal health officials even question the term epidemic. “This is a very large and very serious epidemic, and certainly one of the few epidemics in the world that continues to get worse rather than get better,” says Vinay Saldanha, the Moscow-based regional director for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. “This is a public health crisis.”

12 June 2018
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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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