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US HIV funding decisions on PEPFAR in 2017 will have critical effect on ability to reach 90-90-90 goals

A withdrawal of United States funding for HIV treatment and prevention in sub-Saharan Africa could lead to 20 million additional HIV infections and 2 million additional AIDS

Published
01 August 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
The HIV response in Ukraine: at a crossroads

The Ukrainian Government is looking to shoulder more of the burden of the response to the HIV epidemic in the midst of a complicated health-care overhaul.

Published
21 July 2017
From
The Lancet (free registration required)
Kaiser/UNAIDS Study Finds Donor Government Funding for HIV Declined by 7% in 2016, Falling to Lowest Level Since 2010

Donor government funding to support HIV efforts in low- and middle-income countries decreased by US$511 million from US$7.5 billion in 2015 to US$7 billion in 2016, finds a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). This marks the second successive year of declines, and is the lowest level since 2010.

Published
21 July 2017
From
Kaiser Family Foundation
AIDS deaths are almost half of what they were in 2005 — but experts worry Trump could reverse that

“If the president’s budget were enacted, we would see the progress that has been gained over the last decade reversed very quickly, and all of the hard-fought gains reversed almost quicker than we achieved them,” said Mitchell Warren, executive director of HIV-prevention advocacy group AVAC.

Published
21 July 2017
From
Mic
Why Donald Trump is bad for the health of the world – in five charts

The president’s aid budget cut and restoring the ‘global gag rule’ will see millions more pregnancies and abortions, and thousands more women dying in childbirth.

Published
17 July 2017
From
The Guardian
Trump taps Georgia health director to lead CDC

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price announced the selection of Brenda Fitzgerald, an obstetrician-gynecologist who is commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health , to direct the $12.1 billion Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

Published
10 July 2017
From
Science
Trump plan would limit PEPFAR “epidemic control” efforts to 12 countries

Neither Rex Tillerson nor the document expanded on which countries would be on their own in 2018, or how they would be chosen.

Published
07 July 2017
From
Science Speaks
African Union endorses major new initiatives to end AIDS

African heads of state have endorsed two major new initiatives to help end AIDS by 2030.

Published
04 July 2017
From
UNAIDS
Support Groups a Driver to PrEP Rollout in Kenya

Kenya passed a major milestone in the fight against HIV on May 4, 2017 when it launched a nation-wide initiative to bring oral PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), antiretroviral drugs for preventing HIV, to the people who need it. A team made up of LVCT Health staff and AVAC staff recently visited the implementing sites to gather stories and collect lessons learnt as part of the OPTIONS project. We interviewed providers, adherence counselors and people using PrEP who shared their journeys of PrEP uptake and adherence.

Published
28 June 2017
From
AVAC
US, PEPFAR can do more to influence policies that hinder fight against HIV/AIDS

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, recognizes the negative role of stigma in the fight against HIV. However, authors of a study published this month by University of Washington researchers say the program has done little to address anti-gay legislation as the primary driver of stigma in Africa.

Published
28 June 2017
From
University of Washington School of Public Health
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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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