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Here’s why I’m afraid—for the very first time in eight years of living with HIV

For the first time in eight years of living with HIV, I’m afraid. That fear has very little to do with my infection, precisely. Over the years, I’ve realized how precariously my health is balanced on the access I have to affordable health care.

Published
23 May 2017
From
BETA blog
Many physicians are wary of providing HIV PrEP for young people

Only about a third of family practice and paediatric providers said they would be likely to prescribe HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to adolescent patients, underlining the need to

Published
22 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Liberia Way Behind in HIV Response, Kicks-off 'Catch-up' Plan

UNAIDS' new Country Director, Ms. Miriam Chipimo, says she looks forward to contributing to the response of HIV prevalence in Liberia. Ms. Chipimo stated: “We haven’t reached most of the people around the country for testing; we have only reached 26 percent of those who are positive with the virus.” She also indicated that of the estimated 40,000 persons living with the virus throughout the country, 6,000 of them need treatment.

Published
18 May 2017
From
Liberian Daily Observer
Costs for generic hepatitis C drugs available in India would be paid back in 5 to 10 years

Use of the generic versions of directly-acting antiviral drugs that are available in India to treat hepatitis C virus infection is not only cost effective but actually saves lifetime costs for treating infected patients in that country.

Published
18 May 2017
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
United States: A GOP Health Care Plan May Ruin Our Best Chance At Ending HIV And AIDS

Though it’s unclear how (or if) the ACA will be repealed, the plan passed by the House this month would certainly lead to fewer insured Americans and, by extension, fewer patients able to afford PrEP.

Published
17 May 2017
From
Huffington Post
Life expectancy now near-normal in people with CD4 counts over 350 a year after starting therapy

A large study of 88,504 people with HIV on antiretroviral therapy (ART), published in The Lancet HIV journal and reported widely in the news, has found substantial

Published
15 May 2017
By
Gus Cairns
HIV Community Leaders Denounce Passage of American Health Care Act By U.S. House of Representatives

On Thursday, May 4, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed the U.S. House of Representatives in a narrow vote. People living with HIV face distinct risks of life-threatening loss of health care if the AHCA is ultimately signed into law.

Published
05 May 2017
From
The Body
India betrays people living with HIV by approving law that undermines right to life

The HIV/AIDS (Prevention & Control) Bill was passed in the upper house of the Indian Parliament on 21 March 2017. The Bill states that the government will provide treatment for people living with HIV ‘as far as possible’ absolving the government from its responsibility to protect the right to life.

Published
03 May 2017
From
International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC)
Louisiana proposes tapping a century-old patent law to cut hepatitis C drug prices

Continuing public concerns over high-priced hepatitis C drugs are taking a new twist as Louisiana’s top health official proposes using an obscure federal patent law to get the medicines at a much lower cost. If successful, other states could reap the benefits.

Published
03 May 2017
From
Washington Post
EMA and heads of national competent authorities discuss consequences of Brexit

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) organised an information meeting yesterday with members of its Management Board and heads of the National Competent Authorities (NCAs) of the EU/EEA Member States. The goal was to start discussing how the work related to the evaluation and monitoring of medicines will be shared between Member States in view of the United Kingdom’s (UK) withdrawal from the European Union.

Published
02 May 2017
From
EMA
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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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