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Leading sexual health specialist says 'HIV prevention wonder drug' must be available on the NHS NOW

A 'game-changing' pill which can prevent HIV must be made available on the NHS now, a leading sexual health expert said today. If used in the correct manner, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment, can be effective in stopping transmission of the virus in almost all cases.

Published
19 May 2016
From
Mail Online
In Option B+, side-effects and needing time to think are key reasons for not taking HIV medication

A qualitative study of women in Malawi who chose not to take HIV treatment as part of the country’s Option B+ programme, or who interrupted their treatment,

Published
19 May 2016
By
Roger Pebody
NAT reaction to the Queen’s Speech 2016

At the State Opening of Parliament today, the Queen announced a Bill “to ensure that overseas visitors pay for the health treatment they receive at public expense”. She also stated that proposals will be now be brought forward for a British Bill of Rights.

Published
18 May 2016
From
NAT
Large-Scale HIV Vaccine Trial to Launch in South Africa

The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and its partners have decided to advance an experimental HIV vaccine regimen into a large clinical trial, the first for seven years. This new study, called HVTN 702, is designed to determine whether the vaccine is safe, tolerable and effective at preventing HIV infection among South African adults. The trial will begin in November 2016, pending regulatory approval. It will recruit 5400 HIV-uninfected men and women aged 18 to 35 years who are at risk for HIV infection.

Published
18 May 2016
From
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Denmark shows first clear evidence of the success of treatment as prevention in gay men in a high income country

A study by the University of California, Los Angeles, and Copenhagen University Hospital provides the first unambiguous evidence of a link between high rates of viral suppression

Published
18 May 2016
By
Gus Cairns
With new data, states can better focus HIV prevention for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men

HIV prevention for MSM has long been complicated by a lack of complete data.Now, Emory University researchers, in collaboration with CDC, have provided that crucial information Exit Disclaimer. The researchers estimated HIV rates for MSM in every state, and in most counties and cities nationwide.

Published
18 May 2016
From
aids.gov
A Tale of Two Cities

Once the glass doors to the clinic open at 10 A.M. sharp, dozens of people file in from San Francisco’s Castro Street. Decked out in dressed-down West Coast chic, these super hip Bay Area residents, a mix of transgender women and men who have sex with men (MSM), are taking steps to care for their sexual health.

Published
18 May 2016
From
POZ
The Hepatitis C Trust is considering seeking a judicial review of NHS England’s decision to ration access to hepatitis C treatment

The Hepatitis C Trust wrote to NHS England to ask it to reconsider its decision to limit the number of people with hepatitis C who are allowed access to new NICE approved drugs that cure the disease. On Monday 16th May, 2016 NHS England replied with a response that The Hepatitis C Trust did not find satisfactory. With great regret it now has to consider seeking a judicial review of the decision.

Published
18 May 2016
From
Hepatitis C Trust
Muslim states block 11 LGBT groups from attending UN Aids meeting

A group of 51 Muslim states has blocked 11 gay and transgender organizations from attending a high-level meeting at the United Nations next month on ending Aids, sparking a protest by the US, Canada and the EU. Egypt wrote to the president of the 193-member general assembly on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to object to the participation of the 11 groups. It did not give a reason in the letter, which Reuters has seen.

Published
17 May 2016
From
The Guardian
Outside the biomedical box of hepatitis C research

Interview with Magdalena Harris, Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, on how she came to work with viral hepatitis, how the field has been changing, and what new research is called for.

Published
17 May 2016
From
BioMed Central blogs

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