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  • SF supervisor looks to shield HIV survivors from rent spikes

    Supervisor Scott Wiener on Tuesday will introduce legislation at the Board of Supervisors that would close the rent control loophole, allowing those relying on the program to be protected from increases. The measure could begin providing protection as soon as July.

    17 May 2016 | SFGate
  • Free ARVs are not enough: the hidden costs of treating HIV in Nigeria

    The Nigerian government’s decision to provide antiretrovirals freely as part of HIV programmes at the country’s health facilities has dramatically improved the uptake of treatment. But it has not been enough to eliminate the high and sometimes inequitable economic burden of HIV/AIDS on households. Exorbitant food and transport costs, as well as the costs of illnesses linked to HIV, hinder full access to treatment services. Households end up having to fork out money they don’t necessarily have.

    15 March 2016 | The Conversation
  • Calls for DWP staff training to recognise the fluctuating nature of HIV

    Staff working at the DWP’s assessment centres should be better trained to deal with people living with HIV, according to an SNP MP. Stewart McDonald has written Iain Duncan Smith calling on him to make sure the Work Capability Assessment, to which those claiming sickness and disability benefits must submit, takes into account the fluctuating nature of HIV.

    01 March 2016 | The National
  • US: Study shows direct link between state spending habits and AIDS deaths

    American states with higher spending on social services and public health -- such as education and income support -- per person living in poverty (according to the federal poverty threshold) had significantly lower HIV/AIDS case rates and fewer AIDS deaths.

    04 February 2016 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • AHF's Michael Weinstein Has a New Fight, and It's Not About HIV

    Several offices of the world's largest HIV services provider are located in Hollywood, the legendary Los Angeles neighborhood that's either in the middle of a rebirth or the throes of self-destruction, depending on who you ask. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation and its powerful leader, Michael Weinstein, are very much of the latter opinion. The organization is waging a lobbying war against the latest proposed development for Hollywood: a pair of 28-story towers adjacent to its own high-rise corporate office, on a site where a parking lot now sits.

    13 January 2016 |
  • “My Biggest Fear Isn’t AIDS, It’s Being Evicted From My Rent-Controlled Unit”

    With the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment hovering around $3500 per month by latest estimates, housing is a top concern for many San Francisco residents, but especially so for those whose long personal histories tie them to the city—such as long-term survivors living with HIV.

    13 January 2016 | BETA blog
  • Worlds Apart: Vast Disparities In Treatment Separate Americans With HIV

    HIV/AIDS activists and physicians now emphasize the socioeconomic barriers that keep some people living with HIV from consistently obtaining and using antiretroviral drugs to remain healthy. Addressing patients’ social and economic challenges is complicated and not reimbursable.

    04 January 2016 | Kaiser Health News
  • As people with HIV live longer, life insurance companies see a new market

    Now that people with HIV are living longer, thanks to medical and public health advances, life insurers are taking notice. Prudential Financial Inc., one of the nation's largest life insurers, and HIV-AIDS specialist Aequalis, are joining forces to offer "standard plans that are the same as those offered to any other customer."

    03 December 2015 | San Francisco Business Times
  • Nearly three-quarters of providers offer HIV cover

    None of the UK’s major life assurance providers offer income protection or critical illness cover to those who are HIV positive.

    28 October 2015 | FT Adviser
  • The humanitarian crisis within our borders

    Asylum destitution in the UK can be prevented, as can the illness it causes. Write to your MP about why the cut to family asylum support must be reversed.

    24 September 2015 | NAT
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