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PrEP presents questions for HIV prevention researchers, survey seeks answers

In any trial of an HIV prevention measure, ethics demand that all known effective measures, which in earlier years added up to counseling and condoms, be made available. In a setting where PrEP would not otherwise be available though, is offering it sweetening the pot more than is ethically acceptable?

Published
04 October 2017
From
Science Speaks
Singaporean doctor on trial for helping HIV-positive foreign boyfriend deceive MOM

A Singaporean doctor is on trial for allegedly helping his HIV-positive foreign boyfriend cheat the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) when the American submitted the doctor's blood for tests instead of his own in March 2008 to obtain an employment pass.

Published
25 September 2017
From
The Straits Times
President of Zambia declares HIV testing mandatory

Zambia is moving forward with mandatory HIV testing for all patients who visit government health facilities, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya told The Lancet, confirming President Edgar Lungu's surprise announcement of the new policy in mid-August.

Published
04 September 2017
From
The Lancet (free registration required)
WHO, UNAIDS statement on HIV testing services: new opportunities and ongoing challenges

The statement says that HIV testing, no matter how it is delivered, must always respect personal choice and adhere to ethical and human rights principles. It makes it clear that WHO and UNAIDS do not recommend mandatory, compulsory or coerced HIV testing of individuals on public health grounds.

Published
29 August 2017
From
UNAIDS
Health or human rights? False dichotomy could fuel a resurgence in forced HIV testing

More than three decades ago, HIV activists fought against mandatory testing. Now an old battle is finding new life.

Published
29 August 2017
From
Bhekisisa
Aetna faces class-action lawsuit over HIV disclosures

Legal groups on Monday filed a class-action lawsuit against the health insurer Aetna, alleging the company violated the privacy of its customers by sending many of them letters through which the phrase “filling prescriptions for HIV” was visible through envelope windows.

Published
29 August 2017
From
STAT
Zambian Health Minister - It’s not Mandatory HIV Testing

Government appears to have backed down on its decision to introduce mandatory testing for HIV in Zambia. Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya clarified that what Government will be implementing is routine testing for HIV as part of diagnostic screening to be initiated by the health care provider.

Published
21 August 2017
From
Lusaka Times
Should everyone be getting the HIV prevention pill as part of this HIV vaccine study?

More than 500 people have signed up since December to be part of the country’s largest HIV vaccine trial, but some experts are crying foul over what they say is unequal access to the HIV prevention pill among participants.

Published
30 June 2017
From
Bhekisisa
Last Gift Study: Community Perspective on End-of-Life HIV Research

In the second of this 3-part series, Sara Gianella Weibel, MD, on behalf of Infectious Disease Advisor, talks with Jeff Taylor, community activist and long-term HIV survivor, about ethical concerns and practical barriers in end-of-life research and how the HIV community will embrace this type of research.

Published
21 June 2017
From
Infectious Disease Advisor
Last Gift Study: End-of-Life HIV Research

Few opportunities currently exist for terminally ill people to participate in HIV research as a result of various cultural taboos and ethical concerns, such as exploitation, vulnerability, and coercion. However, when faced with their approaching death, some individuals may be willing to participate in research that offers no hope for their condition to leave a final gift to their community.

Published
21 June 2017
From
Infectious Disease Advisor
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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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