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Gay New Zealand welcomes removal of HIV meds restriction

The decision of New Zealand's drug regulator Pharmac to remove a restriction on when people newly-diagnosed with HIV can be put on medications will "significantly benefit people newly diagnosed with HIV and those living with HIV as well as efforts to prevent HIV transmission” according to the NZ AIDS Foundation. “New Zealand is one of few countries in the developed world to still have a restriction on treatment access,” the NZAF's Executive Director Jason Myers says. “Early treatment is a fundamental pillar of NZAFs Ending HIV programme."

Published
08 May 2017
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Gay New Zealand
The Rural Challenge of HIV

A new study identifies obstacles for UN strategy of treatment as prevention in Lesotho, where people infected with HIV are geographically dispersed throughout the countryside. This dispersion confounds one of the basic precepts of the strategy, which holds that as more people are treated, the treatment will become cheaper. In fact, becomes harder and more expensive to scale up treatment when that community is rural and dispersed.

Published
04 May 2017
From
Inside Science
How do you do it? Australian HIV campaign puts emphasis on a combination of ways

Meet Tom, Dick and Harry. Sydney-based health promotion organization ACON’s current campaign singles out different men who “do it”, but who opt for different ways of protecting themselves. “We all have notions of what safe sex means, but we wanted to reflect actual behaviour among gay men and other men who have sex with men,” said ACON Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Parkhill.

Published
05 April 2017
From
UNAIDS
TasP is a ‘game-changer’ for people living with HIV

While we talk about ‘game-changers’ in terms of bio-medical or pharmaceutical solutions, the real game changer is the positive person.

Published
04 April 2017
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Sydney Star Observer
Breastfeeding with an undetectable viral load: what do we know?

Megan DePutter on why undetectable does not equal untransmittable in the case of breastfeeding, but why women should be supported to make an informed choice anyway.

Published
08 March 2017
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Positive Lite
Georgia HIV infections drop 6 percent annually for 6 years

HIV infections in Georgia dropped 6% each year from 2008 to 2014. According to a recent analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia is among eight states whose infection rate dropped significantly during the six-year period.

Published
08 March 2017
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WTVC
Advocates hope for change in HIV non-disclosure law after Ottawa meeting with provinces

Advocacy groups are hoping the law criminalizing HIV non-disclosure in Canada will change after a meeting between Ottawa and the provinces in the spring. Last month, a protest was held outside the ministry’s office to protest the “overly broad and unjust” charges relative to HIV disclosure. Ontario leads in the number of people charged with HIV status non-disclosure and 180 people have been charged across the country

Published
07 March 2017
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Toronto Star
Mr Gay NZ defends his view that having unprotected sex with HIV can be safe

The new Mr Gay New Zealand, who is HIV positive, is defending having unprotected sex, saying he always informs sexual partners of his health status. He said he only had unprotected sex with HIV positive men or HIV negative men who he knew were on Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which was a pill that reduced the risk of them getting HIV.

Published
21 February 2017
From
New Zealand Herald
Commentary on U=U campaign - Follow Up on previous article 'On Fear, Infectiousness and Undetectability'

Last week, GNP+ published a statement offering an alternative perspective on the messaging of campaigns on the uninfectiousness of people living with HIV who achieve viral suppression, including the U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) campaign. Following reactions from supporters of the campaign, GNP+ releases the following statement clarifying our position on this important issue.

Published
15 February 2017
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GNPPlus
Born Free: dispelling misconceptions about conception and HIV

Lolisa Gibson-Hunte never thought she wanted kids. But now Lolisa, who is HIV positive, and her husband, Daryl Hunte, who is HIV negative, have two children—and both kids are free of HIV.

Published
14 February 2017
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Poz
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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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