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  • More schooling reduces HIV risk. But by how much?

    There are any number of arguments for boosting the education of girls in poorer nations. A person who knows more, regardless of gender, tends to earn more. The children of mothers with more education often do better themselves. Senator Tim Kaine added another item to the list, claiming, "For every extra year that a girl stays in secondary school, her chance of getting infected with HIV/AIDS decreases by half."

    2 hours ago | PolitiFact
  • Doctors propose 'supervised consumption rooms' for drug addicts

    Doctors at the BMA's annual meeting in Belfast backed a motion calling for "evidence-based interventions" for drug users, including "heroin-assisted treatment" and providing safe spaces for some drug users.

    2 hours ago | Daily Record
  • Gay sex survey: why preventing HIV means calling an end to finger pointing

    Thinking of HIV prevention only one topic at a time - like chemsex or PrEP - impedes our ability to provide education across the wide range of needs in the community. Looking for singular solutions has not got us ahead of the curve on HIV infections among men having sex with each other. It is a complex multifaceted problem that requires sustained systemic change in a wide range of social institutions.

    21 June 2016 | The Conversation
  • Open letter: on futility of proposed UK PrEP study

    The following letter was sent to NHS England in response to being asked to join a community advisory board for proposed further PrEP research. While there are important questions that might still be useful, this proposed study is looking at none of these.

    16 June 2016 | HIV i-Base
  • Stop stalling and make PrEP for HIV available now

    NHS England’s vacillating has thrown into stark relief a health system that is not designed to come to timely and confident decisions about nationally important preventive interventions, for all the talk we hear of prevention being the new health priority. Further delay to pre-exposure prophylaxis risks the NHS appearing discriminatory of populations at risk.

    07 June 2016 | The BMJ
  • Prince’s fentanyl overdose gives new urgency to opioid epidemic

    The opioid epidemic sweeping the nation once more took center stage after law enforcement officials revealed that music icon Prince’s death in April was due to an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid far stronger than morphine. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Sharon Stancliff of the Harm Reduction Coalition for more on how we can reduce opioid fatalities with better addiction treatment.

    03 June 2016 | PBS
  • NHS England confuses arse and elbow: block to PrEP ignores UK HIV crisis and will send PEP services into chaos

    In an act of breathtaking stupidity, NHS England is scrambling to find bureaucratic loopholes to block access to to the most effective way to prevent HIV transmission... Until PrEP is available, people in need of it should continue to access PEP services, with the waste of time and drugs that this entails.

    02 June 2016 | HIV i-Base
  • Unrealistic, unaccountable, unacceptable: NHS England and #PrEP

    A key policy aim, explicitly stated by Government, NHS and local authorities is the integration of health and social care, and prevention. That means everyone has to take seriously how we prevent avoidable death, disease and disability. In what world could ending new HIV infections not feature among many other things as important, seen against this policy priority?

    02 June 2016 | Jim McManus (blog)
  • NHS refusal to fund HIV prevention treatment is shameful, say charities

    NHS England’s specialised services committee confirmed an earlier decision that the treatment fell outside its remit because preventative services were the responsibility of local authorities. Ian Green, chief executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “This is a shameful day for HIV prevention. This country used to lead the way in the fight against the HIV epidemic, but today, our national health service has washed its hands of one of the most stunning breakthroughs we’ve seen."

    01 June 2016 | The Guardian
  • Further update on commissioning and provision of Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PREP) for HIV prevention

    NHS England's Specialised Services Commissioning Committee met today. They have accepted NHS England’s external legal advice of 21 March that it does not have the legal power to commission PrEP. They reiterate their offer of £2m to run a number of early implementer test sites in partnership with Public Health England over the next two years.

    31 May 2016 | NHS England
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