All the latest worldwide HIV and AIDS news, including treatment, prevention, and hepatitis and TB co-infections. News from our own team of writers plus articles we have selected from other sources.

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  • PrEP
    Podcast: A Little PrEP Talk Inspired by New Mapping Pathways Report
    Mapping Pathways | 05 July 2013

    This 10-minute podcast was produced by AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), the second in a series of discussions inspired by "Developing Evidence-Based, People-Centred Strategies for the Use of Antiretrovirals as Prevention." Jessica Terlikowski and Jim Pickett chat about PrEP - pre-exposure prophylaxis.

  • Global health initiatives
    PEPFAR budget cuts cause anxiety
    IRIN Plus News | 05 July 2013

    Ten years ago, a shipping container was converted into Ethiopia's first HIV treatment centre, in Addis Ababa. The centre is now one of 900 sites across the country, funded, like thousands across Africa, by the US government-run President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Experts are concerned that consistent budget cuts in PEPFAR funding could make reaching the goal of an HIV-free generation difficult, if not impossible.

  • New and experimental hepatitis C treatment
    TRT-5: Gilead refuses access to treatment to seriously ill hepatitis C patients
    EATG | 05 July 2013

    The French national regulation agency (Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament, ANSM) has granted patient name-based temporary authorization of use (ATU) of sofosbuvir, a Gilead new compound, to people on the waiting list for a hepatic graft and to cirrhotic patients with no therapeutic option. Gilead Sciences Inc refuses to provide their new compound sofosbuvir.

  • Infectiousness and treatment as prevention
    HIV Detectable in Semen of MSM Despite Suppression in Blood: First Longitudinal Study
    NATAP | 05 July 2013

    In the first study to track HIV shedding in semen over time in men who have sex with men (MSM) with sustained HIV suppression in blood, 7.6% of men with undetectable virus in blood had intermittent shedding in semen that was not linked to an asymptomatic sexually transmitted infection (STI) [1]. HIV levels in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) predicted HIV detection in semen.

  • Treatment guidelines
    Earlier treatment for HIV/AIDS sufferers mulled in China | 03 July 2013

    The central government may expand free treatment for HIV/AIDS patients in response to international calls for earlier and appropriate treatment, according to a senior official.

  • Health monitoring in resource-limited settings
    UNITAID Makes First in Series of New Purchases of Point-of-Care HIV Diagnostic tests for High Burden Countries
    UNITAID | 03 July 2013

    UNITAID's series of purchases of “point-of-care” HIV diagnostic products for routine use in low income countries with a high HIV/AIDS burden aims to ensure continuity of supply, accelerate treatment initiation and give countries the opportunity to prepare for the arrival next year of other diagnostic products currently still in the pipeline. The roll out of pipeline products will enable health monitoring in alignment with the new World Health Organization (WHO) HIV Treatment Guidelines launched on 30 June 2013.

  • Testing policies and guidelines
    Greece: Gay rights campaigners appalled as health minister sanctions forced HIV tests
    Pink News | 03 July 2013

    In another sign of growing political intolerance in Greece, the country’s far-right health minister has reintroduced a measure to allow the police to carry out forced HIV tests.

  • UK health services
    Five points which must not be lost in the debate on NHS access
    Migrants' Rights Network | 03 July 2013

    The Government’s plans to further limit migrant access to NHS services as part of the forthcoming Immigration Bill are a striking example of how quickly the terms of public debate can change on an issue – and how rapidly such a shift can undermine years of evidence-based policy-making. We will need to start at the beginning again and show the Government and the general public why making health services accessible to all people living in the UK, regardless of migration status, is good for the NHS and can only improve our health as a society.

  • Sexually transmitted infections
    The HPV vaccine needs to be extended to protect gay men
    Pink News | 03 July 2013

    Tory MP Mike Freer has announced a campaign to have the HPV vaccination extended to include teenage boys, arguing that the current scheme, which only vaccinates girls, neglects to protect gay men.

  • Finance and funding
    Bush AIDS policies shadow Obama in Africa
    The Washington Post | 03 July 2013

    Obama has been widely applauded for distinguishing himself from Bush’s policies, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. But across this continent, many Africans wish Obama was more like Bush in his social and health policies, particularly in the fight against HIV/AIDS — one of the former president’s signature foreign policy aid programs.

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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