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France: Highest Court confirms that people living with HIV with an undetectable viral load can never be prosecuted as the risk of transmission is nul

In a decision handed down on 5 March, the Court of Cassation ruled that it was impossible to prosecute an HIV-positive man on treatment who had sex without a condom and without informing his partner of his HIV status. That’s a first. In a decision handed down on 5 March, the Court of Cassation recognised the preventive nature of HIV treatment. Thus, any person whose viral load is undetectable, who has sex without a condom with another person without the latter being aware of the HIV status of his or her partner, cannot be prosecuted.

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19 hours ago
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HIV Justice Network
Science Issues Concern About HIV Remission Monkey Study

The journal Science is warning readers that an article it published on a much-hyped potential HIV remission approach didn't include all the facts.

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19 hours ago
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Medscape (requires free registration)
‘I am prepared’: Steve Spencer on becoming HIV positive in the era of PrEP and U=U

"I don’t like to use the term ‘PrEP failure’ which is thrown around in these cases, because PrEP is anything but that," Steve Spencer says.

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19 hours ago
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Star Observer
'In complete shock': Sydney man contracts HIV despite taking PrEP drug

Steven Spencer, 27, tested positive for HIV in December, despite diligently using PrEP "on demand" before and after sexual encounters in line with the advice of doctors. "What happened to me doesn’t change the fact that PrEP is still the most powerful HIV preventative we have ever had," said Mr Spencer, one of the first men in Australia to start taking the medication more than five years ago.

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19 hours ago
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Sydney Morning Herald
Reclaiming my time!

Every time I take my medicine, it is an act of preventing transmission, and survival. Never again will I see myself as ‘unclean’ or ‘a risk to others’. The only time HIV plays a role in my life is when I take my medication before bed.

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20 hours ago
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PrEPing MALTA
HIV and immigration detention staff must jointly ensure good care in immigration removal centres

NAT and HIV clinicians at BHIVA have produced new guidance (last published in 2009) that supports staff in Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) and local HIV services to deliver good care. This follows a report published yesterday, by the Home Affairs Select Committee, that raised grave concerns about access to healthcare for people held in IRCs.

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20 hours ago
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NAT
Rapidly Starting PrEP Before All Labs Are Back Proves Feasible in NYC

Waiting for all lab tests to return before prescribing Truvada resulted in a high dropout rate among those visiting sexual health clinics.

Published
21 March 2019
From
Poz
Getting on PrEP is harder than you think

In Louisiana, even informed patient Alexander Charles Adams got lost in barriers and stigma while trying to get a prescription for PrEP.

Published
21 March 2019
From
Whyy
A Path to Curing H.I.V.

The Daily podcast: For only the second time since the start of a global epidemic, a person was reported this month to have been cured of H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. Scientists and activists had almost given up on reaching that milestone. Here’s a look at how we got to this point.

Published
21 March 2019
From
New York Times (audio)
Greece's LGBTI people defiant in face of homophobic arson attack

Just hours after arsonists targeted a major HIV testing center, the center resumed providing tests for people in Athens.

Published
21 March 2019
From
Gay Star News
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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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