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Exposed: Southern African trio 'sold expired ARVs' in Europe at a 4 000% markup

Life-saving HIV drugs were allegedly diverted from Africa's public health system to sell in Europe.

17 November 2016
Reuters–along with many other news sites–parrots erroneous news release on HIV testing via USB stick

This Reuters story draws readers in with news that scientists have developed a quick HIV test on a USB stick, which could be useful in the developing world. The story confuses the effectiveness of the traditional, test tube-based method with that of the experimental USB stick test that researchers hope will replace it, ultimately overstating the latter’s sensitivity. The reason this happened is because it seems to be based entirely on a news release, which also seems to misunderstand the study’s design.

15 November 2016
Health News Review
'Infuriating': People With HIV, Doctors, Advocates Speak Out on Bad 'HIV Cure' Reporting

If you're reading this article right now, it's likely that someone reached out to you this week to share the "good news" that an HIV cure is heading your way. And, as you probably have done time and time again, you gently -- or firmly -- reached back to say, well, no.

05 October 2016
The Body
A British Film Festival Has Withdrawn A Documentary That Denies HIV/Aids Exists

The Portobello Film Festival in London was to air Positive Hell, which claims the entire medical establishment is wrong about HIV/AIDS, this weekend.

08 September 2016
BuzzFeed News
AIDS conference returns to a changed South Africa

The South Africa that hosts a global AIDS Conference next week has come a long way from the "AIDS pariah" that did so 16 years ago, when then President Thabo Mbeki stunningly dismissed the link between HIV and the disease.

14 July 2016
Kremlin Experts Blame Condoms for Russian HIV Epidemic

Kremlin-backed experts have described condoms as the main cause of Russia HIV epidemic, the Kommersant newspaper reported Tuesday. The report from the Russian Institute for Strategic Research (RISR) described the country's HIV problem as part of information war against Russia.

01 June 2016
Moscow Times
Media Outlets Falsely Claim That a Cure for HIV May Be Only Three Years Away

A series of media outlets have erroneously reported that scientists may be just three years away from developing a cure for HIV. This false claim traces to an article published in the United Kingdom’s The Telegraph concerning researchers who recently succeeded in editing HIV’s genetic code out of immune cells in a laboratory setting.

06 April 2016
Nigerian herbal medicines widely used by HIV positive people can contain antiretrovirals

Herbal medicine use among HIV positive people in Nigeria is widespread, poorly recorded and often precedes ART initiation. Contamination with antiretrovirals is possible and concerning, particularly in untreated people, say the authors of a study of herbal medicine presented at CROI 2016.

24 March 2016
HIV i-Base
Hepatitis medicines: Warning concerning Harvoni® packs with counterfeit contents

Counterfeit packs of the preparation Harvoni® have been discovered in Israel. The plastic bottles, which originate in India, were imported via a Swiss trading company and contain white instead of genuine yellow film-coated tablets. The Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products Swissmedic is working with other European authorities to establish whether Harvoni® packs with counterfeit contents have also been imported into other countries.

08 March 2016
Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products
Mbeki still believes his own AIDS propaganda

Former President Thabo Mbeki has defended his controversial stance on HIV, which has been blamed for the deaths of at least 330,000 South Africans. For Health-e News Managing Editor Kerry Cullinan, Mbeki’s letter finally answers a question that’s haunted her for years.

07 March 2016
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

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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.

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