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Aetna Agrees To Pay $17 Million In HIV Privacy Breach

Aetna settled a lawsuit for $17 million Wednesday over a data breach that happened in the summer of 2017. The privacy of as many as 12,000 people insured by Aetna was compromised in a very low-tech way: the fact that they had been taking HIV drugs was revealed through the clear window of the envelope.

Published
18 January 2018
From
NPR
NIH study supports use of short-term HIV treatment interruption in clinical trials

A short-term pause in HIV treatment during a carefully monitored clinical trial does not lead to lasting expansion of the HIV reservoir nor cause irreversible damage to the immune system, new findings suggest.

Published
11 January 2018
From
National Institutes of Health
Cuba’s HIV Sanatoriums: Prisons or Public Health Tool?

An interview with Dr. Jorge Pérez Ávila, former sanatorium director and renowned HIV expert, and medical anthropologist and activist Alfredo González, on Cuba’s controversial sanatorium system.

Published
27 November 2017
From
North American Congress on Latin America
Migrants' Rights Network Legal Challenge against NHS Data-Sharing Deal

Charity to challenge secret Home Office-NHS data-sharing deal that puts migrants off seeking vital medical help. Submission to the High Court argues agreement violates patients’ right to privacy under the Human Rights Act.

Published
09 November 2017
From
Migrants' Rights Network
DC biohackers and blockchainers take on HIV

Tristan Roberts tested a treatment for HIV by self-injecting. Next, Ascendance Biomedical plans to share over the blockchain. It's being done outside the FDA's regulatory process, and a bioethicist has concerns.

Published
01 November 2017
From
Technical.ly DC
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
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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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