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  • Trump has Vowed to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic. His Court Picks Have Other Ideas.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is currently on a media swing touting the Trump Administration’s pledge to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030. But given the administration’s actions to create a federal judiciary wholly inhospitable to both accessible health care and the LGBTQ community, this is breathtaking hypocrisy—and Azar should know it.

    23 April 2019 | Daily Beast
  • Arizona Repeals “No Promo Homo” Law That Hindered HIV Education

    The anti-LGBT law barred students from getting medically accurate information about safe sex.

    16 April 2019 | Poz
  • How mass rape in genocide transformed Rwanda's response to AIDS

    Rwanda is this week commemorating the 25th anniversary of a dark chapter of human history: a time when extremist ethnic Hutus slaughtered more than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus - one tenth of the population - over three months. About 250,000 mostly Tutsi women were raped by Hutu government soldiers and allied extremist militia. And as a result, about one in four victims contracted the HIV/AIDS virus.

    11 April 2019 | Reuters
  • US: How HHS Secretary Alex Azar Reconciles Medicaid Cuts With Stopping The Spread Of HIV

    In his State of the Union address this year, President Trump announced an initiative "to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years." The man who pitched the president on this idea is Alex Azar, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

    09 April 2019 | NPR
  • The World’s Largest HIV Epidemic in Crisis: HIV in South Africa

    On a recent visit to South Africa, we were alarmed by the complacency toward the rate of new infections at all levels and the absence of an emergency response, especially for young people. The critical gap in South Africa is not between evidence and policy, but between policy and implementation.

    05 April 2019 | Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • The CDC Director got shouted down by angry AIDS activists during a completely tone deaf speech

    Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control, was shouted down by activists during a speech to the AIDSWatch conference after he refused to explain why the government agency wasn’t enforcing its patent on the HIV drug Truvada.

    05 April 2019 | LGBTQ Nation
  • 8 Advocates Share Their Top HIV Policy Issues at AIDSWatch 2019

    On April 1, over 500 people living with HIV and their allies from 40 states across the U.S. headed to Capitol Hill for AIDSWatch. There, they passionately advocated about issues affecting their communities, both locally and on a national level. As Bill McColl, vice president for policy and advocacy for AIDS United, said, "This is the first AIDSWatch since the government announced that they are going to end the AIDS epidemic. The community is ready to do it, and we have to take Congress to task about ending the epidemic." Here, we feature a handful of those advocates (a random sample, though not selected scientifically) and the concerns most significant to them.

    05 April 2019 | The Body
  • Taxpayers funded this HIV research. The government patented it. Now a company profits.

    Thomas Folks spent years in his U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab developing a treatment to block deadly HIV in monkeys. Then, San Francisco AIDS researcher Robert Grant, using $50 million in federal grants, proved the treatment worked in people who engaged in risky sex. Their work — almost fully funded by U.S. taxpayers — created a new use for an older prescription drug called Truvada: preventing HIV infection. But the U.S. government, which patented the treatment in 2015, is not receiving a penny for that use of the drug from Gilead Sciences Inc., Truvada’s maker, which racked up $3 billion in Truvada sales last year.

    29 March 2019 | Los Angeles Times
  • Scotland urged to eliminate new HIV transmissions by 2030

    Scotland has a chance to eliminate new cases of HIV if it avoids complacency in the fight against the virus, according to a charity.

    26 March 2019 | BBC News
  • Little advice in place for patients in England if drug supplies dry up

    The Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England have given little practical advice to patients in England about what they can do if they are left unable to get hold of their normal drugs.

    24 March 2019 | The Guardian
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