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  • LGBT drugs and sexual health services needed in London

    The strong association with high-risk sexual behaviour and sexual ill-health, including the transmission of HIV and hepatitis C, has highlighted the need for better links between sexual health and drug services. However, very few integrated services exist, and those that do are now only available to local residents due to recent changes in NHS commissioning.

    11 April 2014 | The Guardian
  • Twenty years after genocide, Rwanda is a model of health equity

    Just two decades later, life expectancy has doubled. Vaccination rates for many diseases are now higher than those registered in the United States—more than 97% of Rwandan infants are immunized against ten different diseases. Child mortality has fallen by more than two thirds since 2000. New HIV infection rates fell by 60% between 2000 and 2012, and AIDS-related mortality fell by 82%. HIV treatment is free.

    10 April 2014 | Quartz
  • South Africa's ARVs dropout rate worries UN

    The world can learn from South Africa’s “impressive” roll-out of anti-retroviral treatment to more than two million people, but too many patients on treatment are being “lost” in the system.

    09 April 2014 | Times Live
  • Briefing: Punitive aid cuts disrupts healthcare in Uganda

    Since the enactment of a draconian anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda just over a month ago, donors have been slashing or suspending aid to the country in protest. Health officials, activists and NGOs warn that this could have a major impact on healthcare services, particularly for HIV/AIDS patients.

    08 April 2014 | IRIN
  • Uganda police raid U.S. military AIDS clinic, order it shut

    Activists in Uganda report that plain-clothes police raided a U.S. military-affiliated AIDS services clinic in Kampala today, accused it of promoting homosexuality, and ordered it to close. The clinic has been one of relatively few health-care facilities in the city that willingly treat LGBT people.

    03 April 2014 |
  • United Healthcare To Allow HIV/AIDS Patients to "Opt-Out" of Mail-Order Prescriptions

    United Healthcare, the United States' largest health insurer, will allow patients with HIV or AIDS who have privacy or delivery concerns, or who have difficulty discussing their HIV medications over the phone, to obtain their medications from an in-network retail pharmacy rather than by mail order.

    01 April 2014 | Consumer Watchdog
  • Can Gilead Dominate The HIV Drug Market Again in 2014?

    The development of combination therapies provides Gilead with a long-lasting HIV product portfolio that should allow the company to maintain its leadership for the foreseeable future. As a result, Gilead is able to reinvest in its product portfolio.

    13 March 2014 | Motley Fool
  • More work on HIV in Laos needed

    Health officials say more work is needed to fight HIV/AIDS in Laos, which has an over-reliance on foreign donors and lack of government support, as well as limited treatment coverage and a widespread gap of awareness and testing.

    12 March 2014 | IRIN Plus News
  • London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard: The telephone number that helped make gay okay

    Forty years of counselling callers from all over the world has given London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard a frontline view of changing attitudes to homosexuality. Its volunteers tell Nick Duerden why they'll carry on listening.

    12 March 2014 | The Independent
  • Dr. Robert Grant Joins San Francisco AIDS Foundation as Chief Medical Officer

    San Francisco AIDS Foundation has appointed Robert Grant, MD, MPH, as chief medical officer, with special focus on advancing the foundation’s work to combat HIV/AIDS by creating the first-ever dedicated home for health and wellness for gay and bisexual men in San Francisco. Dr. Grant brings more than 26 years of experience in HIV/AIDS clinical care and research.

    11 March 2014 | San Francisco AIDS Foundation
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