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US: Consumer Group Sues Aetna, Claiming Discrimination Against HIV Patients

A consumer group has sued the health insurer Aetna, claiming that it discriminated against patients with H.I.V. when it required them to obtain medications exclusively through its own mail-order pharmacy.

Published
26 December 2014
From
New York Times
Even with New AbbVie Drug, Many Hepatitis C Patients Are Being Turned Away from Treatment

Even with New AbbVie Drug, Many Hepatitis C Patients Are Being Turned Away from Treatment. Doctors, insurance companies, and even governments have cried foul over high prices the new medications Sovaldi, Harvoni, and now Viekira Pak. Sick people aren’t getting the treatments they need due to insurance denials and other roadblocks.

Published
23 December 2014
From
Hepatitis C News
Gilead slides after hepatitis drug setback

Gilead Sciences shares backtracked from their giddy ascent of the past three years, falling more than 10 per cent after the company’s flagship hepatitis C treatment fell out of favour with the largest pharmacy benefits manager in the US. High quality global journalism requires investment. Express Scripts, which helps manage the cost of healthcare plans offered by companies as well as some government programmes, said it had chosen Viekira Pak, a medicine developed by drugmaker AbbVie, as the “exclusive option” for patients.

Published
23 December 2014
From
Financial Times (free registration required)
South Africa: Silent Suffering - Men and HIV (Video)

Why are South African men reluctant to test for HIV, to start and stay on ART, and to join support groups? Is it that health services are not men-friendly? Is it an idea of masculinity that mandates men to be stoic, to hide pain as a weakness and not to talk about their feelings? What defines the relationship of men to health services and how can it be improved? In this video by Davison Mudzingwa, experts and activists like Thamela, analyze the factors that drive men’s gendered vulnerability to HIV in South Africa and suggest ways to reduce it.

Published
23 December 2014
From
IPS
Hepatitis C patients stage sit-in to demand access to new treatment

Protest at Madrid hospital aims to shame the government into releasing more funds.

Published
20 December 2014
From
El Pais
EXCLUSIVE: Government confirms it will not cut HIV prevention budget

The Government has refuted claims that it was to halve its HIV prevention budget for 2015, reiterating support for the strategy and saying “It will continue”.

Published
20 December 2014
From
PinkNews
Preventing hepatitis C patients from being lost in the health-care system

A new study shows that many patients infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) are lost during different stages of health care to manage the disease. This real-life' view of the HCV patient care continuum in a major U.S. urban area highlights the importance of generating awareness among clinicians and at-risk groups about appropriate HCV testing, referral, support and care.

Published
19 December 2014
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Different community HIV testing and counselling approaches reach different populations in rural Africa

Home- and community-based HIV testing and counselling services can achieve high participation uptake in rural Africa but reach different populations within a community and should be provided, depending on the groups that are being targeted, according to new research published in PLOS Medicine.

Published
17 December 2014
From
Medical News Today
Why lifespans are more variable among blacks than whites in the U.S.

Eliminating health disparities between races is a goal of many groups and organizations, but a team of sociologists suggests that finding the reasons for the differences in the timing of black and white deaths may be trickier than once thought. Interventions to reduce this disparity may be more effective if they target sex, as well as race. "With regard to policy, our results indicate the importance of sex-specific intervention to reduce racial disparities," the researchers said. "In the case of HIV/AIDS, for example, there is greater potential for significant reduction of the racial gap when men are targeted. The opposite is true for heart disease and diabetes, where interventions focused on women are more likely to narrow the gap."

Published
17 December 2014
From
Science Daily
UK government halves the budget of HIV prevention programme for England

The Department of Health’s funding for HIV Prevention England, the national HIV prevention programme in England, will be cut by 50% from April 2015. This will have

Published
16 December 2014
By
Roger Pebody
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