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SA's new HIV challenge: patients who believe they've been healed

On the eve of South Africa’s national AIDS conference taking place in Durban this week, it has emerged that people are defaulting on their ARVs – often under the impression that they have been healed. According to health workers Health-e News spoke to, the issue relates to the “undetectable viral load” diagnosis patients receive when their antiretroviral therapy starts working and causes the amount of virus in their blood to drop to an extremely low level.

Published
13 June 2017
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Citizen
Achieving zero HIV transmissions will require SF to address stigma, disparities

Having achieved significant reductions in new infections and effective treatment, San Francisco is a model city for combating HIV — but even so, The City is not expected to meet its goal of a 90 percent reduction in HIV diagnoses and deaths by 2020. The prevailing reasons: stigma and disparities.

Published
12 June 2017
From
San Francisco Examiner
FDA Approves Generic Truvada for HIV Treatment and PrEP

In a move that has taken HIV advocates by surprise and stewed considerable confusion, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a generic formulation of Gilead Sciences’ blockbuster antiretroviral (ARV) Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine). This decision could have major implications for the future cost of Truvada, to insurers and consumers alike.

Published
10 June 2017
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Poz
Charity Awards 2017: National AIDS Trust

Successfully challenged an NHS decision on an effective HIV prevention pill

Published
09 June 2017
From
The Charity Awards
Study: 1 in 3 Patients Starts HIV Treatment Late in 10 Countries

A large team of international researchers has found 30 percent of HIV positive individuals in nearly a dozen countries delay starting life-saving drugs. A study spearheaded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at the prevalence of HIV in Haiti, Vietnam, Nigeria, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Published
09 June 2017
From
Voice of America
World Health Organisation: HIV-preventing PrEP drugs are ‘Essential Medicines’

The World Health Organisation has added HIV-preventing drugs to its Essential Medicines List, in the strongest backing yet for the use of PrEP.

Published
09 June 2017
From
Pink News
PrEP Stymied in Europe: What's the hold up?

Europe is the birthplace of the smallpox vaccine and the Renaissance, among other treasures. So why can’t this continent that has brought forth such cornerstones of public health and flourishing civilization deliver oral PrEP—a mere pill a day to prevent HIV, which already exists and is being successfully implemented in several countries, including Brazil, Kenya, South Africa and the US?

Published
08 June 2017
From
AVAC
Swiss Grindr survey finds 50% want to use PrEP in the next six months

A survey of Swiss gay men and men who have sex with men recruited through the Grindr networking app has found that while only 4.3% had taken

Published
08 June 2017
By
Gus Cairns
On the front lines of Russia's 'staggering' HIV epidemic

According to the United Nations' UNAIDS program, Russia had the third-highest number of new HIV infections globally in 2015, behind South Africa and Nigeria.

Published
07 June 2017
From
CNN
Point-of-care CD4 counts improve linkage to HIV care in Kenya

Carrying out a point-of-care CD4 count immediately after a person was diagnosed with HIV by home-based testing doubled the rate of linkage to HIV care,

Published
06 June 2017
By
Keith Alcorn

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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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