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  • Location inherently linked to unsuppressed viral load among young South African women

    Multiple partners, migration, and living in an HIV ‘hotspot’ have been identified as key drivers of unsuppressed viral load among young women living with HIV in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

    04 January 2019 | AVERT
  • US: HIV Is Declining More Slowly Among Foreign-Born Black Women

    Black women born in the United States have seen a faster decline in their HIV diagnosis rate.

    01 January 2019 | Poz
  • Myths about migrants spreading disease 'inform hostile policies'

    Report says migrants more likely to contribute than to damage health of host nations

    10 December 2018 | The Guardian
  • Asylum seekers in Britain unable to access healthcare

    Cost and fears about how they will be treated, or consequences for their immigration status, are preventing people seeking or refused asylum from using health services, a new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found, prompting a call for greater separation of the immigration and healthcare systems.

    30 November 2018 | Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Italy orders seizure of migrant rescue ship over 'HIV-contaminated' clothes

    Italian authorities have ordered the seizure of the migrant rescue ship Aquarius after claiming that discarded clothes worn by the migrants on their voyage from Libya to Italy could have been contaminated by HIV, meningitis and tuberculosis. The Italian authorities have placed 24 people under investigation for ‘‘trafficking and the illegal management of waste,” including the captain of the Aquarius, Evgenii Talanin, and Michele Trainiti, deputy head of the Italy mission of Medecins san Frontieres (MSF) Belgium. The Sicilian prosecutors also fined MSF a total of €460,000 (£409,000) and froze some of its bank accounts based in Italy.

    20 November 2018 | The Guardian
  • NHS denied treatment for migrants who can’t afford upfront charges

    Treatment deemed urgent or “immediately necessary” is meant to still be carried out regardless of ability to pay. However, the Guardian has learned of a patient with an advanced form of blood cancer who was denied urgent chemotherapy after the hospital demanded upfront payment.

    14 November 2018 | The Guardian
  • Home Office scraps scheme that used NHS data to track migrants

    The Home Office has abandoned a controversial “hostile environment” scheme using NHS data to track down patients believed to be breaching immigration rules. In the face of a legal challenge brought by the Migrants’ Rights Network, a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Health, NHS Digital and the Home Office is being scrapped.

    12 November 2018 | The Guardian
  • Situation Improving For HIV-Positive Individuals Detained at the United States Border

    Individuals with HIV who have been detained by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement are far more likely to be released having had some consultation about their health and steps to improve their outlook compared with those who were detained several years ago, according to new research presented the 2018 ID Week Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

    12 October 2018 | MD Magazine
  • Desperate border crossings, as Venezuela runs short of HIV drugs

    Venezuela's economic meltdown has triggered the biggest exodus of people in modern Latin American history.

    03 October 2018 | Reuters
  • The Violence of Uncertainty — Undermining Immigrant and Refugee Health

    "Immigrants and refugees in the United States have long faced structural violence due to unequal access to health care. Now we are seeing an emerging form of violence inflicted on these groups, enacted through systematic personal, social, and institutional instability that exacerbates inequality and injects fear into the most basic of daily interactions. We refer to such violence as “the violence of uncertainty.”

    02 October 2018 | NEJM
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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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