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Gilead Continues To Block Ireland From Sourcing Generic Truvada

Gilead Sciences, the company that supplies Ireland with the drug Truvada, will have a full court hearing in mid-October to determine whether the Irish Health and Safety Executive (HSE) can source a generic analogue of the drug from the pharmaceutical giant’s competitors. In July, GCN reported that Gilead was taking legal action to stop the HSE from securing generic drug from Actavis and Mylan, the company’s competitors, for the purposes of HIV prevention as PrEP.

Published
16 October 2017
From
Gay Community News
Fuming about Funding

This blog is going to be a rant. It’s based on my observations over the last couple of decades as our sterling third sector organisations (they were called ‘Vol Orgs’ back then) have faced more and more hurdles to survive. The Chief Executives spend the majority of their time writing funding applications late into the night and over the weekends, chasing smaller and smaller grants. That’s less time on strategic planning of service development and even less time supporting the development of their staff and volunteers.

Published
16 October 2017
From
Pink Therapy
Gay rights activists welcome NHS questioning of patients over sexuality

NHS England has issued a new standard requiring staff to “record sexual orientation at every face to face contact with the patient, where no record of this data already exists”. It argues that the data is needed to ensure it meets its obligations under the 2010 Equality Act and will help it better tackle health problems that are more prevalent among lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Published
16 October 2017
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The Guardian
STI warning as clinics close in London and self-testing is delayed

People are being denied care at overburdened sexual health clinics after a wave of closures and huge delays to a controversial new self-testing scheme for diseases such as herpes and syphilis, health experts are warning.

Published
16 October 2017
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The Guardian
New report details health crisis in Venezuela

Venezuela is in the middle of an unprecedented, statemade, complex humanitarian emergency with severe and widespread social consequences. Its AIDS program, once lauded as a model, has collapsed, with chronic drug shortages and the lack of condoms or diagnostic tests putting thousands at risk of preventable diseases and death.

Published
16 October 2017
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ICASO
PrEP activists warn new NHS trial will fail if black gay men don't take part

Sexual health campaigners are warning a newly launched trial in the UK will fail if not enough people of color take part, Gay Star News can reveal. The experts are estimating the overwhelming majority of the patients in the NHS trial will be white gay men. This could provide an unbalanced study with most of the evidence from just one group who could benefit from access to PrEP.

Published
13 October 2017
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Gay Star News
CE Marking for world’s only integrated HIV Self-Test from Atomo Diagnostics

Atomo HIV Self Test granted CE Mark; will facilitate rollout in European and other global markets. Test will be available commercially during 2018 via retail, e-commerce and public health channels.

Published
13 October 2017
From
Atomo press release
US: Report highlights challenges of HIV care in rural deep South

In rural areas, fewer HIV/AIDS services and a compromised continuum of care mean patients are less likely to achieve viral suppression than those living in New Orleans or Baton Rouge, explained Monica Johnson, director and founder of the nonprofit group HEROES.

Published
13 October 2017
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Healio
Doctors Are Worried That NHS Charges Will Stop Vulnerable Patients Getting The Treatment They Need

Overseas patients will soon be legally required to pay upfront for some NHS treatments, which many professionals say will get in the way of treating them safely.

Published
13 October 2017
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BuzzFeed
England PrEP Impact Trial Launches

The England PrEP IMPACT Trial goes live tomorrow. Before you all go rushing out to your local sexual health clinic there are a few things we’d like to make you aware of. The trial team are expecting an initial surge for demand and clinics are doing their best to accommodate this. There are a few things we can do to help. Please try to wait until your regular clinic opens as part of the trial rather than register at a new clinic - though we completely understand that expecting people to wait for access to NHS PrEP is unacceptable to some. The trial team are pushing really hard for most of the 70 initial sites to be live as soon as possible with the remaining 130 clinics following quickly behind. Most clinics are expected to be up by the end of November and all by April 2018.

Published
11 October 2017
From
I Want PrEP Now
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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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