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Housing needed to reduce HIV infections

Continued success in engaging people in HIV care and prevention will require more affordable housing. When housing is unstable, taking medicines and attending appointments take a backseat to immediate survival. Often, homeless individuals turn to sex work or substance use, which can increase the risk of HIV transmission and worsen mental health. Older adults living with HIV, who make up 65 percent of HIV-positive San Franciscans, are experiencing increasing housing instability due to declining incomes and skyrocketing rental costs.

30 November 2018
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco to focus HIV services on homeless population

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month awarded San Francisco an $8 million-four year grant to help eliminate HIV, the mayor’s office announced it would dedicate the extra funds to the city’s most vulnerable populations – focusing on those without homes.

29 November 2018
Mission Local
What it’s like to provide HIV care to people without housing

How can a person take daily medications if they’re constantly having their belongings stolen? Or prioritize going to medical appointments if they’re just worried about where their next meal will come from? How can they contact their doctor with questions, if they can’t afford a mobile phone plan?

29 October 2018
BETA blog
The Gay Men Who Have Lived for Years With Someone Waiting on Their Death

At the height of the AIDS crisis, a number of Americans confronting HIV sold their life insurance for quick cash. Then lifesaving drugs came along.

08 October 2018
The Atlantic
Homelessness linked to HIV infection and low rates of viral suppression

San Francisco is making strides in reducing the number of new HIV infections that happen every year. But recent data released by the San Francisco Department of Public Health show that homelessness is a factor for HIV risk and in how people living with HIV receive treatment.

02 October 2018
BETA blog
Hunger is linked to testing positive for HIV in South Africa

People who struggle to get food on the table are more likely to test positive for HIV in South Africa, according to a study of 2,742 adults testing for HIV at three primary healthcare clinics in KwaZulu Natal.

20 September 2018
Only 42% in HIV group have an advance directive immediately before death

Only 4 in 10 HIV-positive people who died at a single center in 2013-2017 had completed an advance directive, including many people with a terminal condition [1]. About three quarters of the group had assigned medical power of attorney (MPOA).

18 September 2018
SF combats rise in HIV infections among homeless

San Francisco health officials working to end HIV infections and deaths in The City are zeroing in on the homeless population, where there’s been an uptick in new cases.

11 September 2018
San Francisco Examiner
HIV+ people will no longer have to declare status on new travel insurance policy

A British insurance company says those with an undetectable viral load shouldn’t have to list HIV as a pre-existing medical condition.

22 June 2018
Gay Star News
HIV discrimination removed from new insurance policy guidance

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) Guide to Minimum Standards for Critical Illness Cover (CIC), published today, has removed discriminatory content about people living with HIV.

23 May 2018
National AIDS Trust
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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

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.