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HIV clinic's hardest battle in treating people is helping them to overcome the social stigma

Jason, who is using a pseudonym, is a heterosexual black man of African heritage. He is typical of the patients seen at the clinic in University Hospital Lewisham. There are 850 patients on the books, more than 50 per cent are heterosexual and most of African origin. Many live on the poverty line and struggle with mental health problems. But the biggest challenge facing the team is the issue of stigma.

Published
10 December 2018
From
Evening Standard
Asylum seekers in Britain unable to access healthcare

Cost and fears about how they will be treated, or consequences for their immigration status, are preventing people seeking or refused asylum from using health services, a new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found, prompting a call for greater separation of the immigration and healthcare systems.

Published
30 November 2018
From
Equality and Human Rights Commission
NHS denied treatment for migrants who can’t afford upfront charges

Treatment deemed urgent or “immediately necessary” is meant to still be carried out regardless of ability to pay. However, the Guardian has learned of a patient with an advanced form of blood cancer who was denied urgent chemotherapy after the hospital demanded upfront payment.

Published
14 November 2018
From
The Guardian
Home Office scraps scheme that used NHS data to track migrants

The Home Office has abandoned a controversial “hostile environment” scheme using NHS data to track down patients believed to be breaching immigration rules. In the face of a legal challenge brought by the Migrants’ Rights Network, a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Health, NHS Digital and the Home Office is being scrapped.

Published
12 November 2018
From
The Guardian
'Growing up, it felt like I was too gay to be black and too black to be gay'

"What it's like coming out as a black man when people see it as a 'white thing'" - Phil Samba talks to BBC Radio 5 live about coming out as black and gay in the UK

Published
05 November 2018
From
BBC
NHS fees for maternity care 'putting migrant mothers at risk'

Vulnerable women becoming distressed by legacy of ‘hostile environment’, report says

Published
18 September 2018
From
The Guardian
UK: Black Straight Men Face Highest Rate Of Late Diagnosis of HIV

A study has revealed that black African heterosexual men are most likely to be diagnosed of HIV late

Published
13 September 2018
From
The Voice
UK research shows that black patients of West African and Caribbean origin have higher rates of chronic kidney disease

The risk of chronic and end-stage kidney disease among HIV-positive people of African ethnicity varies according to the region of origin and is highest among those of West

Published
20 August 2018
By
Michael Carter
8,900 checks on NHS ‘health tourists’ find just 50 liable to pay

A pilot scheme set up by Jeremy Hunt to check whether patients were entitled to free NHS care found only a tiny number were ineligible, the Evening Standard can reveal.

Published
30 May 2018
From
Evening Standard
UK Adolescents with Perinatally-Acquired HIV Are Not at Increased Risk of Anxiety, Depression

Adolescents and Adults Living with Perinatal HIV (AALPHI) is an ongoing study in the United Kingdom that follows a cohort of young people with perinatally-acquired HIV (PHIV) and a control group of HIV-affected youth, who have a parent, sibling, or other household member living with HIV.

Published
24 March 2018
From
MD Magazine
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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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