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Lawsuits claim insurers unfairly refuse pricey hepatitis C drugs

Two Washington state insurers — Group Health Cooperative and BridgeSpan — are targeted in class-action lawsuits that claim the companies are unfairly rationing new drugs that can cure hepatitis C based on high cost, not medical need.

Published
03 February 2016
From
Seattle Times
Activists United and Ignited by Urgency for HIV Prevention in Europe: EATG and AVAC call for the rollout of PrEP as a proven HIV prevention strategy

Initiated and organised entirely by the community of people living with and at risk for HIV, the second European HIV Prevention Summit brought together representatives of civil society, the pharmaceutical industry, researchers and academia in Brussels between 29 and 31 January. In addition to a thorough examination of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), the summit discussed the latest developments in the research fields of vaccines, rectal and vaginal microbicides and antibodies and their utility in HIV prevention.

Published
03 February 2016
From
EATG
High-level meeting on HIV/AIDS – how to get involved

This URGENT ACTION ALERT aims to inform civil society organizations on how to get involved in the high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS to be held during the UN General Assembly in New York in June 8 - 10 2016.

Published
02 February 2016
From
ICASO
HIV is not transmitted under fully suppressive therapy: The Swiss Statement – eight years later

In summary, in the past eight years one randomised and two on-going observational trials continue to support the “no-risk” hypothesis of the Swiss statement, while the basis for the statement – the absence of observed cases – has further increased over time. Perhaps the most important legacy of the Swiss statement has been the empowerment of people living with HIV.

Published
30 January 2016
From
Swiss Medical Weekly
London sexual health clinics step up their support for people buying PrEP online

Several large sexual health clinics in London and Brighton have responded to the growing numbers of people importing PrEP medications from overseas by offering free safety monitoring

Published
29 January 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Building patient groups for viral hepatitis – a new online resource for healthcare professionals

In this guest blog, Jeffrey Lazarus talks about the importance of patient groups for viral hepatitis and introduces a new tool launched by the World Hepatitis Alliance.

Published
22 January 2016
From
BMC Blogs Network (blog)
16 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2016

They come from nearly every corner of the world. They are engaged in local communities and on the international scene. They include mothers, artists, a fugitive, a performer, and a drug smuggler. They are speaking out, acting up, and in some cases risking their personal safety and liberty.

Published
06 January 2016
From
My Fabulous Disease
Collaboration and Conflict: Looking Back at the 30-Year History of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group

The AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) supported groundbreaking research that transformed a death-sentence disease into a chronic illness that could be managed for decades with medication. It is now the largest network of therapeutic clinical trial units in the world.

Published
23 December 2015
From
JAMA
Did Liz Taylor Really Run a Bel Air Buyers Club for AIDS Meds, As Kathy Ireland Claimed?

Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy as the pioneering celebrity AIDS activist is secure. But she was not in the trenches or at the barricades, and no one expected her to be. That’s why Kathy Ireland’s story about Taylor running a Bel Air buyers club sounded to me like bullshit.

Published
13 December 2015
From
New York magazine
Activism: Positively Negative

Jim Eigo was called back into action against HIV/AIDS.

Published
11 December 2015
From
Poz
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