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This drug could end HIV. Why hasn't it? (Podcast)

Dr. Robert Grant developed a treatment — a daily pill known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP — that could stop the AIDS crisis. We look at why that hasn’t happened.

Published
06 June 2019
From
New York Times
HIV prevention pill to get insurance benefit in Korea

The government has decided to allow reimbursement for Gilead’s Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine) for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The Ministry of Health and Welfare on Tuesday said it would grant insurance benefit for Truvada HIV-1 PrEP used for people who are negative in HIV-1 infection but at high risk due to sex with an HIV-positive partner, starting from June 7.

Published
02 June 2019
From
Korea Biomedical Review
California may make anti-HIV drug available without prescription for 30 days

Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener has proposed a bill that would allow people to receive their first 30 days of PrEP over the counter if they first receive counseling and an HIV test. But the bill faces opposition from the California Medical Association, which represents doctors, and major insurance companies.

Published
02 June 2019
From
San Francisco Chronicle
UK's biggest sexual health clinic has just dropped its PrEP prices

PrEP has become more affordable at London’s leading sexual health clinic. The 56 Dean Street clinic opened its PrEP Shop in February last year and provides the HIV preventative medication for those eligible for NHS care. It will cost as little as £17.50 per month.

Published
02 June 2019
From
Gay Star News
Is Off-Label HIV Prevention Better Than None?

Rather than prescribe F/TDF as PrEP, Michael Saag, MD said, prescribers should sidestep the brand-name product and instead give their PrEP-eligible patients a generic HIV drug combination that uses lamivudine (3TC) with TDF.

Published
31 May 2019
From
MedPage Today (requires free registration)
The truth is you can afford the medication that prevents HIV. Here’s how.

It’s not the cost of PrEP that keeps more patients from accessing it; it’s the lack of awareness and the daunting nature of our complicated healthcare system.

Published
24 May 2019
From
LGBTQ Nation
A Review of the Congressional Hearing on HIV Drug Pricing

In an effort to best encapsulate the remarks of many of the members of the House and the powerful testimony of the HIV advocates present at the recent Congressional hearing on drug pricing around Gilead Sciences’ HIV prevention drug Truvada, we thought it was best to provide you with their own words.

Published
23 May 2019
From
POZ
Republicans defend drug company in spotlight over HIV medication prices

Republican members of Congress defended Gilead, the leading manufacturer of HIV drugs in the U.S., during a testy hearing Thursday as Democrats blasted the company over the prices of its products.

Published
17 May 2019
From
The Hill
A Leading HIV Drug Is Way Overpriced in the U.S.

A House hearing over the price of Truvada shows a particularly glaring example of a rampant industry practice.

Published
17 May 2019
From
Bloomberg
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tells Gilead CEO That ‘People Are Dying’ Because His Company Charges Nearly $2,000 For Drug That Sells For $8 In Australia

"I think it's important here that we notice that we the public, we the people, developed this drug. We paid for this drug, we led and developed all the patents to create PrEP [the commonly known name for Truvada] and then that patent has been privatized, despite the fact that the patent is owned by the public, who refused to enforce it," the representative said. “There’s no reason this should be $2,000 a month. People are dying because of it,” she added.

Published
17 May 2019
From
Newsweek
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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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