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Reconsidering Primary Prevention: a Call To Action For The Global HIV Response

"The [HIV] prevention toolbox is getting bigger, but the application of the tools is getting smaller. For...prevention to stand a chance, the silence, denial, negativity, and moralism surrounding sex and drug use must end. Policy makers and donors, including governments, must shed their reluctance to openly and positively address sex and drug use in their public health discourse and responses to HIV."

Published
09 October 2017
From
MSMGF
Appropriations committees in U.S. Congress vote to maintain funding for Global Fund and PEPFAR

The appropriations committees in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved funding for global health programs for the fiscal year 2018 at about the same levels as the previous year. In so doing, the committees ignored the budget proposed by President Donald Trump which called for cuts of $2.5 billion overall, including $225 million less for the Global Fund and $1 billion less for PEPFAR.

Published
04 October 2017
From
Global Fund Observer
Is PEPFAR Leaving Behind Key Populations?

Notably absent from the new PEPFAR strategy is an explicit and tailored plan for curbing the epidemic among key populations disproportionately impacted by the epidemic, including gay men and other men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, sex workers, and transgender people.

Published
02 October 2017
From
MSMGF
HIV/AIDS: From Despair to Hope, A Q&A with Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director

The future of UNAIDS is being a “global health advocacy and accountability organization” that integrates HIV work with reproductive health and other important health issues, says UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé in this second part of his interview with Global Health NOW. Achieving this will help the organization transform itself and reduce the fragmentation that’s too common in global health, he says.

Published
02 October 2017
From
Global Health NOW
Unitaid Official Explains How ‘Breakthrough’ HIV Medicine Pricing Deal Brings Best To The Neediest

Health officials from the UN and foundations announced what they called a breakthrough pricing agreement that will speed the availability of “the first affordable, generic, single-pill HIV treatment regimen containing [the key compound] dolutegravir to public sector purchasers in low- and middle-income countries at around $75 per person, per year.” A senior official at Unitaid, the drug purchasing mechanism that helped reach the deal, explained to Intellectual Property Watch how it came about and why this is significant.

Published
26 September 2017
From
Intellectual Property Watch
PEPFAR strategy to focus on 13 countries close to controlling epidemic

The United States will concentrate its resources on 13 countries with high levels of HIV that have the best chance of controlling the AIDS epidemic under a strategy unveiled on Tuesday. President Donald Trump’s administration requested the program be cut by $1 billion earlier this year but the Senate Appropriations Committee voted last week to keep funding largely unchanged at roughly $6 billion.

Published
19 September 2017
From
Reuters
Bill Gates: Don't expect charities to pick up the bill for Trump's sweeping aid cuts

Head of world’s largest private philanthropic organisation speaks out as report shows progress on reducing extreme poverty under threat.

Published
13 September 2017
From
The Guardian
Melinda Gates decries ‘loss of U.S. leadership’ in global aid

Melinda Gates is calling on world leaders to step up global aid funding, saying “a loss of U.S. leadership” is resulting in “confusion and chaos” in some of the most vulnerable corners of the planet.

Published
13 September 2017
From
Washington Post
Study finds small savings, high costs in both dollars and lives from global HIV funding cuts

Cutbacks to HIV services driven by diminishing donor dollars would result in reductions of no more than 30 percent of current spending, while inflicting individual and public health costs out of any proportion to the amounts of money saved, a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found.

Published
07 September 2017
From
Science Speaks
Activists stunned by Global Fund decision to end funding for regional HIV programming in Africa

There will be no opportunities for new multi-country HIV programs in Sub-Saharan Africa – the region hardest hit by the disease. The Global Fund has indicated that the decision was based on technical partners’ guidance and information. Activists have called it “frustrating” and “irresponsible.”

Published
24 August 2017
From
Aidspan
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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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