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  • Politics of Death: The End of Brazil’s Department of AIDS

    The former Department of STIs, Aids and Viral Hepatitis is now named the “Department of Chronical Illnesses and Sexually Transmitted Diseases”. This is not just a name change: it is the end of Brazil’s Program on HIV/Aids.

    23 May 2019 | Sexuality Policy Watch
  • 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.

    17 May 2019 | The Hill
  • Bolsonaro Cuts Harm Reduction, Escalates Drug War

    Largely unreported in English-language news media, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has pulled the plug on government support for harm reduction, instead calling for the promotion of abstinence and a crackdown on people who use and sell drugs.

    15 May 2019 | Filter
  • A Million Americans Need This Drug. Trump’s Deal Won’t Help Enough of Them.

    A donation of H.I.V.-prevention drugs from the pharmaceutical giant Gilead could benefit shareholders more than patients.

    14 May 2019 | The New York Times (editorial)
  • Nigel Farage stands by claim that people with HIV should be banned from UK

    Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has stood by his 2014 claim that people living with HIV should not be able to enter the UK.

    12 May 2019 | Pink News
  • What Can the United States Learn from Africa about HIV Epidemic Control?

    In a highly relevant new commentary just published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Wafaa M. El-Sadr, ICAP global director, with co-authors Kenneth H. Mayer, Miriam Rabkin, and Sally Hodder, explore the state of AIDS in America, the barriers that stand in the way of ending this persistent public health threat, and, compellingly, propose strategies and tactics that can be adopted from the progress made toward epidemic control in sub-Saharan Africa to bring HIV under control in the U.S.

    02 May 2019 | ICAP
  • Rep. Brian Sims on Taking HIV Prevention Drug: 'The Shaming Around PrEP Is Akin to Shaming Women on the Pill'

    Pennsylvania Representative Brian Sims said he hoped the stigma surrounding a drug that can prevent HIV will one day end, after announcing he has been taking it himself. Sims, the first openly gay state legislator in Pennsylvanian history, posted photos on social media showing him holding a Truvada pill, also known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

    26 April 2019 | Newsweek
  • Trump has Vowed to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic. His Court Picks Have Other Ideas.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is currently on a media swing touting the Trump Administration’s pledge to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030. But given the administration’s actions to create a federal judiciary wholly inhospitable to both accessible health care and the LGBTQ community, this is breathtaking hypocrisy—and Azar should know it.

    23 April 2019 | Daily Beast
  • Arizona Repeals “No Promo Homo” Law That Hindered HIV Education

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

    16 April 2019 | Poz
  • How mass rape in genocide transformed Rwanda's response to AIDS

    Rwanda is this week commemorating the 25th anniversary of a dark chapter of human history: a time when extremist ethnic Hutus slaughtered more than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus - one tenth of the population - over three months. About 250,000 mostly Tutsi women were raped by Hutu government soldiers and allied extremist militia. And as a result, about one in four victims contracted the HIV/AIDS virus.

    11 April 2019 | Reuters
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