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Hysteria about drugs and harm minimisation. It's always the same old story

"No matter how impressive the evidence of benefits, or how weak the evidence of serious side effects or how badly a strategy is needed, new harm reduction strategies are always greeted the same way: with relentless hostility. Debates about harm reduction always follow the same pattern. Hysterical fears are confidently asserted as if proven beyond doubt while potential benefits, often based on considerable research and experience, are dismissed or ignored."

Published
23 August 2016
From
The Guardian
Art Aids America review – gay artists channel anguish, anger and intimacy

Aids hit America’s artist community hard, and the suffering of the plague years of the 1980s is brought vividly to life in a flawed but vital exhibition at the Bronx Museum, New York.

Published
22 August 2016
From
The Guardian
Are we losing our passion as AIDS activists?

We’ve come a long way since the days when fighting for LGBT rights demanded action such as the Stonewall Riots. Or a critical need for HIV medications prompted protests blocking traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge. Are we finished? Have the communities and people affected by HIV and AIDS fought hard enough, and is the job of AIDS activists near an end?

Published
16 August 2016
From
BETA blog
Art of the AIDS Years: What Took Museums So Long?

For my generation of American gay men, the AIDS epidemic was a second Vietnam War. A long-overdue historical survey of the era has finally arrived.

Published
29 July 2016
From
New York Times
People At High Risk Of HIV Are Having The HIV Prevention Pill Taken From Them

Exclusive: The NHS is stopping participants in a major study into the drug Truvada from having further access to it – a move which Britain’s biggest HIV charity said would lead some to become infected.

Published
29 July 2016
From
Buzzfeed
Black Gay Man Takes Center Stage at DNC to Talk About HIV

For the first time in 12 years, a person living with HIV addressed a major political party at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Daniel Driffin, a 30 year old native of Atlanta, Georgia, took center stage yesterday, speaking about HIV & AIDS advocacy.

Published
29 July 2016
From
Human Rights Campaign (blog)
HIV Drug Pricing Protest Interrupts PrEP Session at AIDS 2016

Protesters against the high cost of antiretroviral drugs joined forces and marched together today, interrupting a research presentation today at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016).

Published
21 July 2016
From
BETA blog
South Africa: Mark Heywood - Nodding Along to Protesters At #Aids2016 Is Not Enough

Mark Heywood, the director of social justice organisation Section27 and a board member of the Treatment Action Campaign addressed the media on the sidelines of the International Aids conference on Tuesday. This is a transcript of his speech.

Published
20 July 2016
From
AllAfrica
AIDS 2016 Demo: Activists jam Durban’s streets

Up to 5,000 people, including activists and people living and affected by HIV /AIDS marched on Monday July, 18, 2016, jamming the streets of Durban to demand universal treatment, support, funding and care for all people living with HIV. They … more →

Published
19 July 2016
From
Key Correspondents
Gains in curbing HIV epidemic could be lost without continued commitment, AIDS 2016 speakers say

Participants at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), taking place this week in Durban, South Africa, reviewed the remarkable gains that have been made in access to

Published
19 July 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
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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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