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HIV diagnoses falling steeply, early figures show: London clinics see hope in increased use of pre-exposure prophylaxis

Early figures from four London sexual health clinics reveal a steep decline in the rate of HIV diagnoses in 2016, raising the possibility that the virus could be managed out of existence in the UK. The fall might be explained by the increased use of medicines called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. The medicines are provided by the clinics but are also for sale online, though they are not available on the NHS.

Published
13 January 2017
From
Financial Times
London doctors on verge of defeating HIV thanks to new programme

London doctors believe they could be on course to defeat HIV after a dramatic fall in the number of new infections, the Standard can reveal. An early intervention programme imported from San Francisco has seen a 42 per cent reduction in new cases of HIV at 56 Dean Street in Soho, the biggest sexual health clinic in Europe.

Published
11 January 2017
From
London Evening Standard
Fighting Trump: HIV Advocates to Watch in 2017

Donald J. Trump and the Republican-controlled congress are a threat to everything HIV advocates have been fighting for during the last thirty years, and that includes access to healthcare, HIV prevention programs like PrEP, and the dignity with which we treat those who are most vulnerable to HIV infection. This new political reality is reflected in the 2017 list of HIV Advocates to Watch.

Published
11 January 2017
From
My Fabulous Disease
Global health is good business — Trump should get in the prosperity

There are few issues that have won such consistent bipartisan support or, at a fraction of 1 percent of the federal budget, have produced such concrete economic, security and humanitarian gains for the country and the world.

Published
10 January 2017
From
The Hill
A sexual health revolution – how to unleash the power of collaboration

London’s Sexual Health Transformation Programme provides valuable lessons for any organisation collaborating to deliver system-wide change. Mary Cleary, Programme Lead, and Dr Andrew Howe, Director of Public Health for the London Boroughs of Harrow and Barnet, describe their approach.

Published
10 January 2017
From
Health21
Community Mobilization: An Assessment of Mechanisms and Barriers at Community-Based and AIDS Service Organizations in Nine U.S. Metropolitan Areas

“So much of what we have gained in combatting HIV, including prevention and treatment research, comprehensive health care programs and insurance coverage, and community-based organizations, is the product of communities that mobilized to overcome government indifference and unresponsiveness,” said Mark Harrington, Executive Director of TAG. “The importance of community mobilization in response to the HIV epidemic cannot be overstated, particularly as we prepare to defend a number of federal protections and policies that are critical to people living with HIV."

Published
09 January 2017
From
TAG
Exhibit A for Republican Obamacare repeal challenge: people with HIV

Before the Affordable Care Act, people living with HIV had huge problems accessing medications and insurance. HIV is just one of the challenges Republicans face as they attempt to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, a law that brought health insurance coverage to some 20 million people.

Published
09 January 2017
From
Reuters
Nearly two-thirds of European HIV cases are now in Russia

The annual number of new cases of HIV increased by at least 8% in 2015 in the whole of the World Health Organization (WHO) European region,

Published
09 January 2017
By
Gus Cairns
US: Maps Compare Low Income With High HIV Rates

These maps show that some of the nation's poorest regions also have the highest HIV rates.

Published
09 January 2017
From
HIV Plus
Mayor to make history by appointing SF's first openly HIV-positive supervisor

Mayor Ed Lee is expected Friday to announce the appointment of longtime HIV/AIDS and civil rights advocate Jeff Sheehy to the District 8 seat on the Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco Examiner has learned. Sheehy works as director for communications for the UC San Francisco AIDS Research Institute.

Published
06 January 2017
From
San Francisco Examiner

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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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