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First long-term study finds half trillion dollars spent on HIV/AIDS

Spending on HIV/AIDS globally between 2000 and 2015 totaled more than half a trillion dollars, according to a new scientific study, the first comprehensive analysis of funding for the disease. The total was $562.6 billion over the 16-year period. Annual spending peaked in 2013 with $49.7 billion. Two years later, $48.9 billion was provided for the care, treatment, and prevention of the disease.

Published
18 April 2018
From
EurekAlert (press release)
Antiretroviral shortage reaches 100% in Venezuela

Alberto Nieves, executive director of Acción Ciudadana Contra el SIDA (ACCSI) says: "By March 2018, the shortage of antiretroviral drugs reached 100% in Venezuela, which It is affecting more than 80 thousand people with HIV." Four of the 27 licensed antiretrovirals were still in stock but not ones necessary to construct viable combination therapy.

Published
17 April 2018
From
Corresponsales Clave
'The earlier you go, the longer you live': HIV self-testing in South Africa

In a country where people with HIV suffer hugely from discrimination, the privacy afforded by self-testing is having a positive impact on rates of diagnosis and treatment.

Published
16 April 2018
From
The Guardian
UN agency chief under pressure to quit over handling of sexual assault inquiry

The director of UNAids, Michel Sidibé, is facing calls to resign over his handling of a recent sexual assault investigation. Three South African civil society groups have called for an independent inquiry into the agency’s leadership, while the Aids Healthcare Foundation has written to António Guterres, the UN’s secretary general, calling for Sidibé to stand down.

Published
14 April 2018
From
The Guardian
The UN’s Internal Struggle with Drug Policy

Drug policy at UN level is complicated. The division between health and human rights-oriented entities and the entities dealing with drugs is obvious. Without fundamental changes to this system, expectations that change might come from the UN will remain low.

Published
13 April 2018
From
Volte Face
World Health Organization Debunks Reports of New HIV Strain

Respected world agencies are downplaying initial reports of a new strain of HIV found in the Philippines. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have both released statements that soundly reject recent initial media reports that warned their readers of a new, untreatable strain of HIV that has been identified in certain areas.

Published
13 April 2018
From
HIV Plus
ARV stock-outs kill more Ugandans

“Of recent, HIV drug stock-out is adding a lot of misery to us as service providers in the ART clinics because we get very few drugs from National Medical Stores (NMS) which is not enough for our patients. We keep on begging for drugs from nearby health centres. When patients spend long time without taking drugs, they develop resistance,” Dr Peter Andrew Kalema said.

Published
12 April 2018
From
The Observer
New affordable hepatitis C combination shows 97% cure rate

The combination of sofosbuvir and the new NS5A inhibitor ravidasvir cured 97% of people with hepatitis C in a study carried out in Malaysia, and

Published
12 April 2018
By
Keith Alcorn
HIV Conferences – What use are they and how much do they cost?

The core question remains, if key groups cannot attend, who is this conference for?

Published
11 April 2018
From
Poz
PEPFAR highlights gains and accountability, while treatment advocates highlight “Deadly Impact” of policy, funding gaps

The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief today released its 14th Annual Report to Congress, highlighting advances against HIV globally. It leaves open questions about the eventual success of a program facing persisting challenges of unmet needs, a population explosion among those at greatest risks, flat budget allocations, an unprecedentedly restrictive “Mexico City” policy, and the continued threat of radical funding cuts.

Published
11 April 2018
From
Science Speaks
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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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