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  • People who inject drugs have other priorities ahead of PrEP

    People who inject drugs have fundamental concerns about HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the manner in which it is being promoted, according to a consultation conducted by the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD). With limited availability ...

    17 June 2016 | Roger Pebody
  • US on course to end its HIV epidemic – eventually

    If current trends continue, the US may eventually end its HIV epidemic, a mathematical model recently published in AIDS & Behavior shows. In 2009, the average number of people each person with HIV would infect during their lifetime ...

    09 May 2016 | Gus Cairns
  • First data on uptake of HIV self-testing in the UK

    Between April 2015 and February 2016, almost 28,000 people have paid £29.95 for a kit allowing them to test for HIV at home, according to a presentation at the British HIV Association conference in Manchester last week. Marketing on ...

    26 April 2016 | Roger Pebody
  • Indian study proves that more people virally suppressed in a population equals fewer HIV infections

    The proportion of people living with HIV in a population who have a detectable viral load is much more strongly associated with the rate of ongoing HIV infection in that community (HIV incidence) than the average viral ...

    06 April 2016 | Gus Cairns
  • England’s PrEP policy in disarray after NHS U-turn

    Activists, individuals at risk of HIV, and clinicians have reacted with anger to an official U-turn on provision of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). NHS England officials have refused to allow a draft policy on PrEP to go forward for ...

    22 March 2016 | Roger Pebody
  • Annual testing and scale-up of PrEP could slow the Dutch gay HIV epidemic

    Phylogenetic analysis of the source of HIV infections in Dutch gay men over more than a decade shows that 71% acquired HIV from a man who was himself not yet diagnosed and only 6% from a man who ...

    07 January 2016 | Roger Pebody
  • Lessons learnt from the history of contraception are relevant for the implementation of PrEP

    Achieving a widespread and appropriate use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will take several years and will require considerable attention to the shape and quality of health services, according to researchers who have looked at the way in which contraceptive ...

    06 January 2016 | Roger Pebody
  • US syringe funding ban impedes HIV and hepatitis C prevention

    Providing sterile syringes is a proven effective way to prevent HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections among people who inject drugs, yet the US government continues to prohibit use of federal funds for this purpose, presenters said at ...

    16 December 2015 | Liz Highleyman
  • France approves PrEP

    In a historic move, France has become the first country outside the USA, and the first country with a centrally-organised, reimbursable health system, to approve no-expense pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for people who need it.The French Minister of Health, ...

    24 November 2015 | Gus Cairns
  • Can Europe reach the 90-90-90 target for HIV treatment by 2020?

    The European region needs to step up prevention and treatment activities if it is to reach the UNAIDS target of 90% diagnosed, 90% of those diagnosed on treatment and 90% of those on treatment with fully suppressed viral load ...

    22 October 2015 | Keith Alcorn
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  • Gay sex survey: why preventing HIV means calling an end to finger pointing

    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
  • Open letter: on futility of proposed UK PrEP study

    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
  • Cultural Sensitivities Obstacle at UN AIDS Conference

    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
  • Tories blasted for 'delaying' HIV prevention pill PrEP by launching another review

    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
  • MPs Accuse Minister Of “Having Head In The Sand” Over HIV Prevention Drug

    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
  • Stop stalling and make PrEP for HIV available now

    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
  • HIV Charity Issues Legal Challenge To NHS For Refusing To Fund HIV Prevention Drug

    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
  • East Europe & Central Asia: Let's not lose track! – EECA communities position on HIV situation in the region

    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
  • NHS England confuses arse and elbow: block to PrEP ignores UK HIV crisis and will send PEP services into chaos

    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
  • Unrealistic, unaccountable, unacceptable: NHS England and #PrEP

    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)
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