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Study Finds No Benefit for Dietary Supplements

An analysis of survey data gathered from more than 27,000 people over a six-year period found that individuals who reported taking dietary supplements had about the same risk of dying as those who got their nutrients through food. What’s more, the mortality benefits associated with adequate intake of vitamin A, vitamin K, magnesium, zinc, and copper were limited to food consumption.

Published
16 April 2019
From
NIH Director's Blog
Long-Acting HIV Treatment Is Coming. Our Health Care System Needs to Prepare

New conversations are starting in HIV care as phase III trials have shown that monthly injections of cabotegravir and rilpivirine (Edurant) are non-inferior to a three-drug pill regimen. In 2018, TheBody asked a range of people living with HIV about their willingness to switch to an injectible, and most had mixed feelings. But even if there's widespread interest in this new way of taking antiretroviral therapy (and most likely also prevention, not too far away), it's important to consider not just the willingness of people to move to this new form of treatment, but whether health care systems and providers in the U.S. are ready to support this innovation.

Published
16 April 2019
From
The Body Pro
Arizona Repeals “No Promo Homo” Law That Hindered HIV Education

The anti-LGBT law barred students from getting medically accurate information about safe sex.

Published
16 April 2019
From
Poz
Venezuela Falls Under The Triple Attack of HIV, Tuberculosis And Malaria

A little over a year later, the situation is a lot more serious than we originally foresaw. Every health, poverty, nutrition, economic growth and social development index in Venezuela has loudly worsened, while the Venezuelan government keeps on denying not only the existence of the humanitarian crisis affecting the country but even worse, the entrance of humanitarian aid.

Published
16 April 2019
From
Caracas Chronicles
“Dialogue” Highlighted As Way Forward At Closure Of WHO Fair Pricing Forum

WHO said that it will launch a public online consultation involving governments, industry and civil society to try to come up with a broad consensus on what actually constitutes a “fair price” for essential medicines.

Published
15 April 2019
From
Health Policy Watch
Weight gain with new antiretrovirals: It's complicated

South Africa’s next big shift in our antiretroviral programme is to replace efavirenz with a newish drug called dolutegravir. The Department of Health is pleased at the prospect of a safer, more robust and, amazingly, cheaper drug. But last year, the first reports surfaced that people using it were gaining weight.

Published
15 April 2019
From
Spotlight
UN Whistleblower Targeted in Misconduct Probe

Confidential documents obtained by The Associated Press show UNAIDS is grappling with previously unreported allegations of financial and sexual misconduct involving Martina Brostrom, who went public last March with claims that one of the organization's top officials assaulted her in 2015. As part of a preliminary internal inquiry, investigators for the World Health Organization, which oversees UNAIDS, wrote that they had found "evidence" that Brostrom and her former supervisor may have taken part in "fraudulent practices and misuse of travel funds," the documents show.

Published
15 April 2019
From
U.S. News and World Report
He Jiankui's gene editing experiment ignored other HIV strains

He Jiankui's claim that he gave two girls lifetime immunity from HIV ignored the existence of HIV strains that circumvent the gene he edited.

Published
15 April 2019
From
STAT
Will new TB treatments reach those who need them most?

Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline is pursuing new treatments for tuberculosis but insists it will need support from governments and funding agencies if it is to get them to patients in lower-income countries, the head of its global health unit, David Barros-Aguirre, told Devex.

Published
15 April 2019
From
Devex
Tackling the high price of medicine

Profit seems to be the only logic driving medicine prices, with some African countries paying more for medicine than European countries, and US citizens paying some of the highest medicine prices in the world. While there are global efforts to rein in pharmaceutical companies’ excessive profiteering from sickness, trying to remove the secrecy around prices is complicated.

Published
15 April 2019
From
Daily Maverick

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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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