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'It's Destroyed People's Lives': The Shocking Rise in Hepatitis C-Related Deaths

Hepatitis C is preventable and curable—but it now kills more Americans than any other disease. According to experts, stigma against intravenous drug users and sex workers may be to blame.

Published
22 June 2016
From
VICE
Democratic Congressional Candidate Opens Up About Having HIV In Emotional Video

Bob Poe, a Democratic candidate for an open congressional seat in central Florida, revealed on Thursday that he is HIV positive.

Published
10 June 2016
From
Huffington Post
Cultural Sensitivities Obstacle at UN AIDS Conference

No one at the high-level United Nations conference devoted to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 denies serious scientific and financial challenges remain, but cultural sensitivities may prove the toughest stumbling block on the way to achieving that goal. A number of gay and transgender groups were excluded from attending the three-day-long conference that began Wednesday by countries who objected to their presence and nations squabbled over references in a final statement to topics involving gay sex and intravenous drug use.

Published
09 June 2016
From
New York Times
ViiV Healthcare and the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care to Collaborate on Fast-Track Cities

ViiV Healthcare and the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) today announced a global collaboration to support 16 cities from around the world that are participating in Fast-Track Cities. This collaboration between ViiV Healthcare and IAPAC is designed to help advance Fast Track Cities goals to build upon, strengthen, and leverage their existing HIV programmes and resources to attain Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 targets, and i.ncrease utilisation of combination prevention

Published
01 June 2016
From
ViiV Healthcare press release
PrEP uptake poised to grow as physicians gain insight, stigmas fade

Experts say some barriers that have led to a slow initial uptake in PrEP are beginning to crumble as more doctors learn about FTC/TDF and stigmas surrounding its use begin to fade.

Published
19 May 2016
From
Infectious Disease News
If we want to end HIV, TB, and malaria, we need to do more to reduce human rights barriers

A recent report from UNAIDS said that by 2020, countries should devote 8% of its HIV resources to reducing human rights barriers to accessing services. Currently, less than 1% of Global Fund grant funds is spent on programs to reduce human rights barriers. We have to do more and we have to do it better, says Ralf Jürgens. In this commentary, Ralf describes an intensive effort that the Global Fund is implementing in 15-20 countries, as well as other initiatives the Fund has planned.

Published
11 May 2016
From
Global Fund Observer
New funding for local HIV prevention

Public Health England (PHE) announces an HIV Prevention Innovation Fund for 2016 to 2017 of up to £600,000 for local prevention initiatives.

Published
10 May 2016
From
Public Health England
The Comfort of Blaming Other People for New HIV Cases

The college student had real concern in his eyes when he asked me a question during a recent presentation at American University. “Isn’t it true,” he asked, “that the HIV epidemic continues because people who know they are positive keep infecting other people?” It is a question I have heard before, in one way or another, and it always makes me cringe. Not only does it thrust all culpability onto those living with HIV, it also promotes a narrative that being infected with HIV chemically changes our moral fiber and transforms us into abusive monsters.

Published
28 April 2016
From
My Fabulous Disease
Mr Gay World Entry Gets Personal on PrEP and Testing Poz

Sadiq Ali is a contestant for Mr Gay World; he is fighting both HIV stigma and for the adoption of PrEP in the United Kingdom.

Published
18 April 2016
From
My Fabulous Disease
People with HIV in Asia ejected from hospitals, study says

Some health workers in Asia are refusing to perform surgery and provide services for people living with HIV, and are even expelling patients from hospitals and forcing women to undergo sterilisation, according to grassroots organisations. In China and Vietnam, discrimination took the form of changing the recommended option for treatment from surgery to topical or oral medication, said the four-country study supported by Asia Catalyst, which provides management training for community-based health organisations.

Published
16 March 2016
From
Thomson Reuters Foundation
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