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International Liver Conference: activists demand affordable hepatitis C treatment

As the 49th International Liver Conference is officially starting, activist held a demonstration in the main hall to raise the issue of access to hepatitis C treatment in low and middle-income countries. Their protest targeted Gilead whose recently-approved direct-acting antiviral, Sovaldi, sells for USD $84,000.

Published
11 April 2014
From
HepCoalition
The Impact of the Welfare Reform on People Living With HIV in England

Based on a survey of 287 people diagnosed with HIV across England the report found that two-thirds of were affected by benefit changes, with nine out of ten reporting poorer health and limited access to HIV care as a result. Handling of the reforms is criticised in the report, in particular assessments and their failure in supporting some of the most vulnerable in our community.

Published
03 April 2014
From
Positively UK
In Africa, homophobia is driving gays to speak out

In response to harsh measures in 38 African nations, gays in other countries are increasingly emerging as activists.

Published
27 March 2014
From
Los Angeles Times
New dementia adviser says thousands should be given access to experimental drugs

In an interview with The Telegraph, the World Dementia Envoy said any promising drugs should be given to “large populations” in order to speed the search for a breakthrough - as happened decades ago in the battle against HIV.

Published
24 March 2014
From
Daily Telegraph
Global community-based networks unite to demand pharmaceuticals lower the price of hepatitis C treatment

The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD), the Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF) and the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) are gravely concerned that exorbitant prices for life-saving hepatitis C treatment will continue to result in unnecessary deaths, including among key populations and people living with HIV.

Published
10 March 2014
From
GNP+
The real legacy of the real Dallas Buyers Club is that it didn’t really have one

The man I met – the man behind Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar-favorite performance – was a great man. But he was no cowboy, and he wasn’t as influential as the real heroes of the underground AIDS drug movement.

Published
02 March 2014
From
The Guardian
Dreaming A New Future: A Conversation with Long-Term Survivors

“What’s next?” That’s the question at the heart of a burgeoning movement of long-term HIV/AIDS survivors and allies. For people who lived through the devastating losses and unimaginable triumphs of the early decades of AIDS—many of whom never expected to see their 30s, let alone hit retirement age—what do the next decades hold?

Published
27 February 2014
From
BETA blog
South Africa drops deportation case against Ugandan gay rights campaigner

Government officials tried to force Paul Semugoma on to flight to Uganda, say activists, despite court order allowing him to stay

Published
21 February 2014
From
The Guardian
South Africa asked to halt deportation of Ugandan Dr Paul Semugoma

Rights groups urged South Africa’s government Wednesday to halt the deportation of a Ugandan doctor and gay rights activist over fears that he will be at risk if sent home.

Published
19 February 2014
From
Citizen
Cameroon police arrest LGBT activist, block AIDS clinic

Police in the Deido section of Douala, Cameroon, arrested the vice president of the anti-AIDS pro-LGBT-rights group Alternatives-Cameroon on Feb. 14 after receiving an accusation that he is a homosexual. The man who was arrested, Richard Kwa Bette, remained in detention today, awaiting word on what charges he would face. Because of the arrest, Richard, a doctor, was unable to work on Feb. 15 at the association’s Health Center, where he was scheduled to oversee a health screening campaign for MSM (men who have sex with men) as part of Cameroon’s National Strategic Plan against HIV and Tuberculosis.

Published
18 February 2014
From
76crimes.com
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