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Queen’s University Announces Novel Drug Delivery System With Potential to Reduce HIV Rates

Queen’s, along with their collaborators, PATH, ViiV Healthcare, the Population Council and LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme AG will combine their complementary expertise to develop a novel microarray patch for HIV PrEP in preparation for future clinical trials.

Published
16 February 2018
From
Infection Control Today
How both sides in Ukraine's war are losing the HIV battle

Displacement, aid delivery issues, and different strategies are all feeding a raging epidemic.

Published
16 February 2018
From
IRINnews.org
New York Will Investigate Reports of Gay Men Denied Insurance

State financial regulators in New York said Wednesday that they would investigate reports that gay men have been denied insurance policies covering life, disability or long-term care because they were taking medication to protect themselves against H.I.V. Such denials would amount to illegal discrimination based on sexual orientation, and the companies doing so could be penalized, said Maria T. Vullo, the state’s superintendent of financial services.

Published
15 February 2018
From
New York Times
South Africa: Focus on blessers driving HIV

They are known as the players, plyers, sugar daddies or blessers. They enter into relationships with young girls as a transaction: you give me unprotected sex and I give you money, a cell phone, airtime, new clothes, make up, school fees, a car, whatever you or your family might need. South African healthcare workers should actively implement and support strategies that target people at risk and “blessers” who are driving the HIV epidemic among young women.

Published
15 February 2018
From
Medical Brief
Majority of over-65s would like more sex, survey finds

The charity Independent Age said its survey showed age was "no barrier to having a sex life". A third are happy to have sex on a first date but most did not take any precautions against sexually transmitted infections when they started having sex with a new partner.

Published
14 February 2018
From
BBC
Understanding that undetectable equals untransmissible improves people's sex lives

People who understood it was impossible to pass on HIV with an undetectable viral load experienced intimacy and connection with their sexual partners.

Published
14 February 2018
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Gay Star News
Prescribing PrEP? Don't Wait for Patients to Ask

In the clinic, providers must initiate conversation with people who may benefit from PrEP. Provider-initiated conversations about PrEP resulted in a greater proportion of their eligible caseload receiving PrEP. It was especially effective in increasing the number of underrepresented or underreported patients (eg. women, heterosexual adults, transgender adults, people engaged in sex work, and injection drug users) receiving PrEP.

Published
14 February 2018
From
Contemporary Clinic
Why Police Backing Is Key To Needle Exchanges

Once almost exclusively found in major cities, a new crop of syringe exchanges has emerged in far-flung locations across the South and Appalachia where the opioid epidemic is taking a heavy toll.

Published
14 February 2018
From
Huffington Post
He Took a Drug to Prevent AIDS. Then He Couldn't Get Disability Insurance

When Dr. Cheng applied for disability insurance — which many young doctors do to protect a lifetime’s worth of income should they be hurt — he was told that, because he was taking Truvada, he could have only a five-year policy.

Published
12 February 2018
From
New York Times
Are We Really Prepared To Stop HIV?

Last weekend (9/10 February) in Amsterdam, European healthcare workers, activists, advocates and policy makers were at a conference discussing how they could facilitate HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) more widely across European countries. Is it right to continue to limit or stagger access to PrEP to those at highest need in England when it is available freely on the NHS in Scotland and Wales?

Published
12 February 2018
From
Huffington Post
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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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