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Fall in HIV among gay men could spell end for Britain's epidemic, say experts

New data from Public Health England talks about the potential elimination of HIV, revealing the first downturn in the epidemic among gay and bisexual men since it began, thanks to a combination of frequent testing of people at high risk of infection and rapid treatment.

Published
22 June 2017
From
The Guardian
In East Africa, Universal HIV Testing and Treatment Surpasses UNAIDS Goals

Community-based interventions for HIV testing and treatment in rural East Africa nearly doubled rates of HIV viral suppression over two years, according to a study by UC San Francisco researchers.

Published
22 June 2017
From
UCSF News Services
How Six NYC Activists Changed History With “Silence = Death”

The collective that created the Silence = Death poster is back after thirty years to recall its origins and launch new art.

Published
21 June 2017
From
Village Voice
Derailing Progress: The Human Impact of the U.S. FY2018 Global Health Budget

The U.S. government's efforts to fight the global AIDS pandemic through both the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund have been transformative in the global AIDS response. The Administration has proposed cuts that would decrease global AIDS funding to PEPFAR and USAID by a total of $800 million in Fiscal Year 2018, representing a 17% decrease. This substantial decrease could dismantle hard-fought progress against HIV, resulting in thousands of HIV treatment disruptions for adults and children, new HIV infections, and preventable AIDS-related deaths.

Published
19 June 2017
From
amfAR
South Africa: Former AIDS Council Head Criticises Government Plan

There are many "missed opportunities" in the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV and TB, said Fareed Abdullah at the closing of the South African Aids Conference on Thursday. Abdullah is the former CEO of the South African National Aids Council (SANAC), the institution responsible for developing the NSP.

Published
19 June 2017
From
AllAfrica
Generic PrEP approved, but not soon available

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic version of Truvada, a combination pill used for both HIV treatment and prevention, but it will not soon hit pharmacy shelves, advocates said.

Published
17 June 2017
From
Bay Area Reporter
Uganda fails to target gay men and sex workers in fast-track HIV initiative

Activists have criticised the Ugandan president for failing to cater for gay men in his new plan to end HIV by 2030. President Yoweri Museveni launched his ambitious initiative last week, but did not specifically mention gay people, sex workers and drug users – who bear a disproportionate share of the HIV burden.

Published
15 June 2017
From
The Guardian
ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action Europe Programme awards grants to 14 community-based organisations

Today, ViiV Healthcare announce that 14 patient advocacy organisations will receive funding as part of its Positive Action Europe Programme. After a thorough review of applications from across the region, the decision was made to award grants to 14 projects aimed to support people living with HIV in the community.

Published
14 June 2017
From
ViiV Healthcare
A sex worker's view on South Africa's latest plans to beat HIV

An open letter from a sex worker argues that the good intentions of South Africa's plan to end HIV infections will be undermined by the fact that sex work remains a criminal offence in South Africa. This means that sex workers remain vulnerable. They don’t have the right to protect themselves – for example from police violence and intimidation – or get the health care they need because they’re stigmatised by health workers.

Published
14 June 2017
From
Times (South Africa)
The opioid epidemic is making the fight against HIV more difficult

Thanks to the opioid economic, hard-won gains in bringing down the US HIV infection rate may be reversed. Hoping to prevent future outbreaks and to drive the HIV infection rate to zero, public health experts are holding a Capitol Hill summit Wednesday. Federal funding for harm reduction programmes has helped to contain recent outbreaks among drug users, but they could be endangered if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

Published
14 June 2017
From
Washington Post
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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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