Palliative care improves the quality of life for people living with HIV and their families through its holistic approach, and is a human right. It addresses physical symptoms, including pain, psychological, social and spiritual needs and can be provided in any care setting, including the home. It is appropriate from diagnosis throughout the course of the disease and into bereavement as appropriate.

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  • Long-Term Painkiller Use Linked to Higher Death Risk Among HIV-Positive Individuals

    Long-term opioid use conferred a 40% higher death risk in a prospective study of U.S. veterans with or without HIV. The heightened risk ran to 46% in veterans with HIV compared with 25% in those without HIV. Long-term benzodiazepine use also inflated death risk in this population.

    17 June 2015 | The Body
  • Medical cannabis company donates $1 million to explore plant’s healing potential

    Medical marijuana producer National Green Biomed Ltd. has committed $1 million to the University of British Columbia to allow researchers to study the therapeutic effects of cannabis. The company has made an application and is awaiting approval from Health Canada to produce and sell medical marijuana. The contribution will support research by assistant professor of medicine M-J Milloy, who is studying marijuana’s potential to treat HIV, and alleviate pain and nausea caused by acute illness and medications used to combat HIV and AIDS.

    09 June 2015 | University of British Columbia press release
  • Uganda: women and girls bear burden of HIV caregiving

    James Odong explores how the burden of caregiving falls heavily on girls, affecting their quality of life and education opportunities, as well as bringing added vulnerabilities.

    07 April 2015 | Key Correspondents
  • Aging with HIV and AIDS: A growing social issue

    As the first people with HIV grow old, a new study from St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto questions whether the health care system and other government policies are prepared to meet their complex medical and social needs. The study finds that aging for people with HIV may be more challenging than for the general population because of HIV-related stigma, loss of friends and social networks, and the detrimental health effects of the virus and medications taken to combat the virus.

    26 June 2014 | EurekAlert
  • Community caregivers: the backbone of HIV care and support programmes

    Community caregivers are the backbone of effective HIV care and support programmes according to a multi-country study funded by UNAIDS and Cordaid and conducted by the Caregivers Action Network (CAN) and Cordaid.

    09 September 2013 | UNAIDS
  • HIV in Thailand: how we moved our Aids care into the community

    Usanee Janngeon writes about the evolution of her organisation – from a hospice that was 'a dumping ground for the dying', to offering all-inclusive home-based care.

    10 July 2013 | The Guardian
  • Ukraine: New Breakthrough for Incurably Ill

    Ukraine’s cabinet of ministers’ approval of new regulations on access to pain medicines will dramatically expand healthcare services for patients with incurable illnesses and reduce unnecessary suffering, Human Rights Watch said today.

    15 May 2013 | Human Rights Watch Health
  • NICE releases new pain relief guidelines

    Many patients with advanced cancer and other debilitating conditions are being "under-treated" for their pain, new guidance from the health watchdog says.

    23 May 2012 | BBC
  • End of life care services letting down lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people say leading charities

    Many LGB&T people do not feel that end of life care services are open to them and are concerned that they will face discrimination and a lack of understanding from health and social care providers when they are dying.

    16 March 2012 | National Council for Palliative Care
  • Nigeria to Import Morphine in Pain Relief Initiative

    Millions of poor people die in severe pain each year, usually because their countries have drug-trafficking laws that severely limit opiate imports and because doctors are not used to prescribing potentially addictive painkillers. About five billion of the world’s people live in countries without adequate access to pain relief, the initiative estimates.

    06 March 2012 | New York Times
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