Thinking of HIV prevention only one topic at a time - like chemsex or PrEP - impedes our ability to provide education across the wide range of needs in the community. Looking for singular solutions has not got us ahead of the curve on HIV infections among men having sex with each other. It is a complex multifaceted problem that requires sustained systemic change in a wide range of social institutions.
21 June 2016 | The Conversation
The following letter was sent to NHS England in response to being asked to join a community advisory board for proposed further PrEP research. While there are important questions that might still be useful, this proposed study is looking at none of these.
16 June 2016 | HIV i-Base
No one at the high-level United Nations conference devoted to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 denies serious scientific and financial challenges remain, but cultural sensitivities may prove the toughest stumbling block on the way to achieving that goal. A number of gay and transgender groups were excluded from attending the three-day-long conference that began Wednesday by countries who objected to their presence and nations squabbled over references in a final statement to topics involving gay sex and intravenous drug use.
09 June 2016 | New York Times
Charities have attacked the Tories for "delaying" a vital HIV prevention pill by launching a fresh review by NICE of what it will cost. Campaigners say the review is just a "delaying tactic" and there is already plenty of evidence the drug works.
08 June 2016 | Daily Mirror
Public health minister Jane Ellison faced a hostile and protracted grilling by MPs from both sides of the House of Commons on Tuesday over the NHS’s refusal last week to fund the drug that prevents HIV, in a regime known as PrEP.
07 June 2016 | BuzzFeed
NHS England’s vacillating has thrown into stark relief a health system that is not designed to come to timely and confident decisions about nationally important preventive interventions, for all the talk we hear of prevention being the new health priority. Further delay to pre-exposure prophylaxis risks the NHS appearing discriminatory of populations at risk.
07 June 2016 | The BMJ
The National Aids Trust has sent NHS England a legal letter warning that it will submit court papers next Friday. “It shouldn’t have come to this,” the charity’s chief executive told BuzzFeed News.
06 June 2016 | BuzzFeed
As leaders of the HIV response gather in New York on June 8-10 for the 2016 High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, civil society networks of the EECA region prepared the “East Europe & Central Asia: Let’s not lose track” report to draw attention to the catastrophic situation in our region and solutions that would enable us to catch up to the rest of the world on the track to move towards ending AIDS and achieving Strategic Development Goals by 2030.
06 June 2016 | East Europe & Central Asia Union of PLWH
In an act of breathtaking stupidity, NHS England is scrambling to find bureaucratic loopholes to block access to to the most effective way to prevent HIV transmission... Until PrEP is available, people in need of it should continue to access PEP services, with the waste of time and drugs that this entails.
02 June 2016 | HIV i-Base
A key policy aim, explicitly stated by Government, NHS and local authorities is the integration of health and social care, and prevention. That means everyone has to take seriously how we prevent avoidable death, disease and disability. In what world could ending new HIV infections not feature among many other things as important, seen against this policy priority?
02 June 2016 | Jim McManus (blog)