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BHIVA response to The Irish Times article 'Anti-HIV drug removes personal responsibility'

This piece has generated a considerable amount of concern in the HIV community already as its content is completely at odds with current recommendations by the World Health Organisation and NICE which recognise that HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an important component of HIV prevention. Numerous studies have shown that PrEP is a highly clinically and cost-effective safe intervention which reduces the risk of becoming infected with HIV by around 90%.

Published
24 April 2017
From
BHIVA
How AIDS denialism spreads in Russia through online social networks

Three important factors for participation in AIDS denialist networks were determined: inadequate counselling, denial of the diagnosis because informants “felt good” and unwillingness to follow antiretroviral treatment. To our surprise, we found that the two most-known and hotly debated AIDS denial rhetorical strategies – that HIV science is fake and that it is a product of a global conspiracy – played almost no role in converting individuals to AIDS denialism.

Published
05 April 2017
From
The Conversation
Mariëtte Botes: ARV pioneer who became the victim of abuse and hostility

Dr Mariëtte Botes, who has died in Pretoria at the age of 50, was an early pioneer of antiretroviral cocktails that saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people with Aids. But, reports The Times, while running a clinical trial at Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria in 1999, she became the target of a hostile campaign by Patricia de Lille, who was then an MP for the PAC, who accused her of abusing and exploiting her patients.

Published
16 March 2017
From
Medical Brief
Turning the tide on HIV in Zimbabwe, one AIDS denialist at a time

How does a country—with a history of AIDS-denialism in government, and a financial crisis spanning 10 years—turn the tide on AIDS?

Published
15 February 2017
From
BETA blog
Nigeria: Nigeria Aids Agency Warns Against HIV Cure 'Publicity'

The Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Sani Aliyu, has expressed displeasure with the publicity given to the claim of a cure for HIV/AIDS by a Nigerian professor.

Published
07 February 2017
From
AllAfrica
Fake news claims that Walmart bananas have HIV virus are fruitless

"HIV virus detected in Walmart bananas after 10 year old boy contracts the virus," reads the headline on a post we first saw on Feb. 6, 2017, from a website called CNNews3.com. Facebook users flagged the story as part of the social media platform’s efforts to stamp out fabricated news stories.

Published
07 February 2017
From
Politifact
China issues five-year plan on HIV, aims to treat more people with traditional medicine

The government will attempt to find and help those with HIV; reduce transmissions through drug use, blood transfusions and from mother to child; minimize the fatality rate; and improve the quality of life of people living with HIV, according to a plan posted on the website of the State Council on Sunday.

Published
06 February 2017
From
Global Times
Accuracy Watchdog Eyes Media for Mistakes in HIV Transmission Risk

The joint initiative by Human Rights Campaign and Prevention Access Campaign has been created after finding major inaccuracies about PrEP and undetectability in news articles and on HIV information sites.

Published
31 January 2017
From
Poz
Is the Hope for a Miracle Cure Just Magical Thinking?

I can’t stop myself from hoping that someday we will see a miracle cure and HIV will be history. I know this isn’t realistic. But whenever I see a mention of a miracle cure, I can’t stop myself from checking it out. Always disappointing. Should I give up hope?

Published
23 January 2017
From
HIV Plus
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.

Published
17 November 2016
From
Bhekisisa
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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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