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HIV fight continues, TAC pledge to Prudence Mabele

Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) activists have pledged to continue the fight against HIV, Aids, and Tuberculosis (TB) in honour of activist Prudence Mabele and researcher Mark Wainberg.

24 July 2017
Independent Online
Prudence Mabele, leading HIV activist, dies

South Africa's leading advocate for people living with HIV and Aids and a respected gender activist, Prudence Nobantu Mabele, has died from pneumonia at the age of 46.

13 July 2017
AIDS activists fought for public recognition. This exhibit shows their lives at home

After a long day of marching, what do protesters do when they go home? In the imagination of painter Hugh Steers, they return to the tender care of lovers. Or they may return to a routine of medications. Historian Stephen Vider reveals these and other intimate narratives in the lives of individuals affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. His curation of “AIDS at Home: Art and Everyday Activism” opened on May 23 at the Museum of the City of New York.

10 July 2017
PBS Newshour
Zambian Activists Launch ‘Team No Shame About HIV+’ Campaign

Over a dozen Zambian youths living with HIV and those who are passionate about fighting the spread of the virus have taken to social media to launch a campaign dubbed ‘Team No Shame About HIV+.’ Activist Benjamin Sakala said: "The other message we are trying to use as a campaign is the U=U meaning Undetectable = Untransmittable. This is aimed at encouraging HIV positive people to do their viral load tests and not just thinking about their CD4."

05 July 2017
Paul Shalala / Blogspot
How Six NYC Activists Changed History With “Silence = Death”

The collective that created the Silence = Death poster is back after thirty years to recall its origins and launch new art.

21 June 2017
Village Voice
ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action Europe Programme awards grants to 14 community-based organisations

Today, ViiV Healthcare announce that 14 patient advocacy organisations will receive funding as part of its Positive Action Europe Programme. After a thorough review of applications from across the region, the decision was made to award grants to 14 projects aimed to support people living with HIV in the community.

14 June 2017
ViiV Healthcare
Charity Awards 2017: National AIDS Trust

Successfully challenged an NHS decision on an effective HIV prevention pill

09 June 2017
The Charity Awards
PrEP Stymied in Europe: What's the hold up?

Europe is the birthplace of the smallpox vaccine and the Renaissance, among other treasures. So why can’t this continent that has brought forth such cornerstones of public health and flourishing civilization deliver oral PrEP—a mere pill a day to prevent HIV, which already exists and is being successfully implemented in several countries, including Brazil, Kenya, South Africa and the US?

08 June 2017
We had to run our own trial for TB drugs – nobody else was doing it

Four years ago, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) made the decision to sponsor and run its own tuberculosis clinical trial. The aim was to find a new treatment regimen for drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) that was radically better than what was currently available. As an organisation that specialises in delivering short-term emergency healthcare, this was a bold and new direction to take. But it was a decision that came from our frustration, anger and impatience on behalf of the more than 20,000 people with TB that we treat every year. We felt compelled to search for improved treatments ourselves because too few pharmaceutical companies, organisations or universities were doing enough about it.

02 June 2017
The Guardian
PrEP 17 – The coming of age of PrEP

PrEP17 explores the stories of over a dozen PrEP activists; current and former PrEP users; clinicians; and policy-makers. The 36 minute documentary film, commissioned by PrEPster, shines a light on how PrEP has become available to thousands of people, despite the failures of the health system.

26 May 2017
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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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