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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.

Published
09 November 2018
From
Bhekisisa
'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.

Published
01 November 2018
From
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.

Published
29 June 2018
From
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.

Published
27 June 2018
From
Jezebel
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.”

Published
12 June 2018
From
Science
Do direct acting antivirals cure chronic hepatitis C?

We were dismayed that the Editors of the BMJ presented the widely discredited Cochrane review of Hepatitis C virus therapy as mainstream opinion. It is not... There is no credible explanation for the fall in hepatitis C liver disease morbidity and mortality associated with the introduction of effective anti-virals other than the use of these drugs.

Published
18 May 2018
From
BMJ
Sexual Minorities Uganda Statement on Postponed First Annual Conference on Key and Priority Populations

We are appalled that the government cancelled the event on basis of alleged promotion of homosexuality.

Published
02 May 2018
From
Sexual Minorities Uganda
Russian Government Drafts Bill To Fight AIDS Denial

The Russian government has drafted legislation that would make it illegal to urge people not to seek treatment for AIDS or to deny the existence of HIV, the virus that causes the disease. The Health Ministry submitted the draft amendments to the State Duma on April 16.

Published
23 April 2018
From
Radio Free Europe
HIV-positive baby dies in Russia because mother thought Aids was a 'myth' and refused treatment

An investigation was launched in Russia on Monday into the death of a five-month-old HIV-positive baby whose mother refused her treatment because she believed the virus was a “myth”.

Published
03 April 2018
From
South China Morning Post
Statement of UNAIDS on news reports of a new HIV strain in the Philippines

UNAIDS is concerned that media reports which make reference to HIV research in the Philippines are being interpreted as saying that there is a new and untreatable strain of the virus in the country. There is no new strain of HIV which has been found in the Philippines.

Published
21 March 2018
From
UNAIDS Asia-Pacific
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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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