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What's So Controversial About AIDS Healthcare Foundation?

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), founded in 1987, is the largest, community-based HIV/AIDS medical care provider in United States, serving more than 413,000 clients across the world. It has recently been accused of a far-reaching kickback scheme that extended to 12 states, according to a lawsuit unsealed last week at a federal court in South Florida. But it also has a history of practices that have spurred controversy or raised ire with some in the HIV/AIDS community and government officials.

Published
17 hours ago
From
The Body
The Angry Fallout from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Scandal

Michael Weinstein, the polarizing and famously litigious head of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) just got a taste of his own medicine when a stunning Whistleblower lawsuit against AHF filed last year was unsealed and made public. The suit, brought by three former staffers who claim they were fired when they raised questions of financial impropriety, charges the agency with ten counts of defrauding the government, conspiracy, and a “multi-State kickback scheme”.

Published
10 April 2015
From
My Fabulous Disease
End stigmatizing language in tuberculosis research and practice

Traditional terms invoke metaphors of transgression and punishment rather than of dignity and cure. Phrases such as “treatment defaulter” and “initial defaulter” apply the moral judgment of loan nonpayment to describe patients who stop treatment or never start it. Other phrases, such as “tuberculosis suspect,” treat patients as if they had committed a crime.

Published
07 April 2015
From
EATG / BMJ
Nigel Farage's HIV claim criticised by leaders' debate rivals

Ukip leader used television debate to claim it costs £25,000 to treat each foreign patient with HIV, saying those born abroad account for 60% of diagnoses

Published
03 April 2015
From
The Guardian
Alert: Serbia is losing harm reduction

The situation with harm reduction in Serbia is getting increasingly alarming after withdrawal of the Global Fund. Three organizations doing HR programs in Serbia for more than a decade are struggling to maintain services. We want a different future for their beneficiaries. ""Please use your communication with donors to put Serbia back as eligible for funding the harm reduction programs - we keep knocking on closed doors. The EU is the biggest donor here and has no health programs whatsoever; as for other donors, we are ineligible whomever we approach, and keep losing on relevance to the calls,“ says Miodrag Atanasjevic, NGO Veza, Belgrade, Serbia.

Published
02 April 2015
From
Eurasian Harm Reduction Network
MSM and transgender people are absent from the Global Fund country dialogue in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people (TG) are not involved in strategic discussions around HIV in most nations of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). Lack of reliable epidemiological data, high stigma, and policies that restrict the access of MSM and TG to information on HIV preclude the two key populations from meaningfully participating in the country dialogue processes.

Published
01 April 2015
From
EATG
Meet Britain’s First HIV-Positive Parliamentary Candidate

In a poignant interview, Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Lib Dem candidate for Vauxhall, reveals the extraordinary, harrowing story of how he contracted the virus, and explains why he felt so compelled to speak out.

Published
31 March 2015
From
Buzzfeed
Larry Kramer: 'Genocide Is Being Inflicted on Gay People'

The HIV activist gave an impassioned speech calling for a cure for the virus at a Gay Men's Health Crisis gala.

Published
26 March 2015
From
The Advocate
HIV and LGTB NGOs and other concerned actors across Europe call for futher action on pre-exposure prophylaxis

The European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG), Europe’s network of HIV activists, and  AIDES, a leading French NGO in the fight against AIDS and viral hepatitis, backed by 81 European HIV LGBT civil society organisations and concerned actors, issued an urgent HIV Prevention Manifesto today. We demand that pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP) is made available as soon as possible within the European Union, and that Gilead, the company that makes the PrEP medicine Truvada®, submits an application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for a change of indication so that its use to prevent HIV can be approved.

Published
25 February 2015
From
EATG
Fighting tuberculosis in the European region requires urgent support. Take action today!

Today, the TB Europe Coalition, with the support of Stop TB Partnership, launches the Fight TB 2015 campaign to ensure that European leaders step up their response to TB to save millions of lives.

Published
18 February 2015
From
TB Europe Coalition
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