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Healing Austin, Indiana: How town raced to stop America's worst rural HIV plague (three-part series)

Critics say Mike Pence was slow to react as a festering blight, then HIV gripped Austin, Indiana. This tiny city off Interstate 65 is the epicenter of a medical disaster. Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirms Austin contains the largest drug-fueled HIV outbreak to hit rural America in recent history, and "the largest concentrated outbreak ever documented in the United States."

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7 hours ago
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Kentucky Courier-Journal
Open letter to Gilead Sciences about PrEP by EATG and the PrEP in Europe Initiative

Please read and share this letter signed by the European AIDS Treatment Group and the PrEP in Europe Initiative (PEI), a partnership of European prevention and policy NGOs. It requests Gilead Sciences to surrender their patent of Truvada® or otherwise make it possible for Truvada or generic equivalents of it to be offered at greatly reduced prices to all European health care systems so that it can be used as HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

Published
18 April 2017
From
EATG / PrEP in Europe
Sex, drugs and activism: making HIV treatment as prevention available in the UK

The Scottish pathway to the PrEP policy decision has been very different to that of England.

Published
13 April 2017
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Sociology Lens
GNP+ Appoints Human Rights Activist as Its New Executive Director

The Board of the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) is pleased to welcome Dr. Laurel Sprague as our new Executive Director. Dr. Sprague is a passionate social justice activist and a widely respected educator and researcher who has extensively championed the human rights and needs of key populations and people living with HIV. She has served as the regional coordinator for the North American Affiliate of GNP+ and as a GNP+ Board Member, and has provided technical support to PLHIV networks worldwide on the People Living with HIV Stigma Index research and analysis for nearly a decade.

Published
03 April 2017
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GNP+
Ukraine’s Underground AIDS-Treatment Railroad

For HIV-positive eastern Ukrainians, the struggle against Russian-backed separatists isn't just about dignity – it's about their right to stay alive.

Published
03 April 2017
From
Pulitzer Center
HIV Activist Learning Modules: Engaging our Community in HIV Prevention Policy Advocacy

In order to support the efforts of prevention advocates across the United States, Treatment Action Group has developed a series of modules to help support activists’ capacity needs and to develop advocacy action plans. The slides and handouts in each module focus on how to identify and change the governmental, organizational, and institutional policies that create roadblocks to comprehensive HIV prevention in our communities. The materials are useful for personal education or group discussion on HIV prevention and policy advocacy.

Published
29 March 2017
From
TAG
The 2017 Hepatitis C Community Summit – a key step on the road to elimination

In the lead-up to the annual International Liver Congress (ILC) in Amsterdam, Eberhard Schatz of the Correlation Network writes about the Hepatitis C Community Summit that will be held in Amsterdam on the 18-19th of April to focus on community-related initiatives and their key role in the hepatitis C elimination movement. Read more about the Summit and register here.

Published
27 March 2017
From
BMC Blogs Network (blog)
Industry links with patient organisations

A healthy relationship is possible if based on integrity, independence, accountability, and transparency.

Published
27 March 2017
From
BMJ
Where Is the Vision for HIV Community Leadership in Tumultuous Times?

We are in tumultuous times. Just a few years ago, President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton were talking the "end of AIDS" and a few governors even advanced plans to address that lofty goal. Today, we wonder whether at the end of this year we still will have access to the health care we need as people living with HIV. Our representative organizations are largely silent, tense, waiting to see what will happen.

Published
13 March 2017
From
The Body
Regulator defends hepatitis charity criticised on BBC show

The Charity Commission has defended a health charity that attempted to force the NHS to buy more of a treatment for hepatitis C, having accepted funding from the US company that makes it.

Published
02 March 2017
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Third Sector
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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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