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  • New and experimental hepatitis C treatment
    CHMP Grants Positive Opinions of AbbVie’s VIEKIRAX™ (ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir) + EXVIERA™ (dasabuvir) for the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C in Europe
    AbbVie press release | 21 November 2014

    Major regulatory milestone achieved toward approval in the European Union; final decision from the European Commission expected in the first quarter of 2015.

  • Structural factors
    Racial Disparities in the US Gay Male HIV Epidemic Appear Entrenched
    AIDSMeds | 21 November 2014

    Despite many efforts to fight racial disparities in HIV rates among men who have sex with men (MSM), black MSM will likely continue to have disproportionately high HIV rates for decades. A modeling analysis projects how varying rates of HIV testing and retention in HIV care would affect racial disparities between black and white MSM.

  • Health services and systems
    CDC Releases Audit of Shuttered AIDS Group NAPWA
    Poz magazine news | 21 November 2014

    The Petrelis Files blog looks at the CDC audit of the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA), which declared bankruptcy and closed in 2013.

  • History of HIV and AIDS
    Graphic Memoir Recalls AIDS Medication Smuggling Scheme
    HIV Plus Mag | 21 November 2014

    Much like The Texas Buyers Club, the graphic memoir, Second Avenue Caper, is the story of a group of desperate people who conspired to obtain medications from Mexico that might fight AIDS-related complications.

  • Injecting drug use
    Needle exchange and the HIV epidemic in Vancouver: Lessons learned from 15 years of research
    Drug & Alcohol Findings | 21 November 2014

    Fifteen years of research into Vancouver’s needle and syringe programme leads to the conclusion that such programmes can stop the spread of HIV and do not increase harms. However, they can only be effective if their policies allow sufficient sterile equipment to be distributed to ensure injectors always have fresh supplies.

  • Ageing and HIV
    HIV/AIDS drugs could be repurposed to treat AMD, researchers suggest
    Science Daily | 21 November 2014

    Drugs that have been used for the past 30 years to treat HIV/AIDS, could be repurposed to treat the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new study suggests. AMD is a progressive condition that is untreatable in up to 90 percent of patients and is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly worldwide. The two forms of AMD, wet and dry, are classified based on the presence or absence of blood vessels that have invaded the retina.

  • Hepatitis C treatment
    Ooh La La: France Negotiates a Steep Discount for Sovaldi From Gilead
    Wall Street Journal | 21 November 2014

    The fixed price reduced the cost by about 27%, and so a 12-week regimen will now be priced at $51,400, instead of $71,100. This makes this the “lowest price in Europe,” according to the Economic Committee for Health Products. There is also stipulation that rebates will be made in the event of “treatment failure,” according to a statement from the agency.

  • Promoting HIV testing
    London churches open HIV testing centres: 'People with HIV are not cursed'
    ChristianToday | 21 November 2014

    HIV testing clinics have been opened in churches across London in the hopes of combatting high rates of infection as well as social stigma among the African population. Four African churches in Southwark, New Cross, Dagenham and Wood Green are involved in the project, which is coinciding with National HIV Testing Week from November 22 to 30.

  • Infectiousness and treatment as prevention
    Brazil's ambitious HIV treatment plan based on Canadian concept
    The Globe and Mail | 20 November 2014

    Brazil has resolved to get all 720,000 people with HIV on to treatment within a few years, including the 150,000 people who don’t yet know they have the virus.

  • History of HIV and AIDS
    HIV now and then: 1982 vs 2014 [Video]
    BBC | 20 November 2014

    For the first time, more than 100,000 people are thought to be living with HIV in the UK, according to new figures from Public Health England. A leading HIV consultant has told the BBC there is a "complete lack of awareness" of the risks among many gay men. Jonathan Blake was one of the first people in Britain to be diagnosed back in 1982 and 19-year-old Luke Alexander found out last year he had the virus. BBC Radio 5live got the two men together at the Gay's The Word bookshop in London to talk frankly about their experiences of living with HIV.

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