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HCV Drugs Costly but Cure Might Not Be

Despite controversy over the cost of new hepatitis C (HCV) medications, they appear to be cheaper on a per-cure basis than earlier drugs, a researcher said here.

Published
04 March 2015
From
MedPage Today
Health workforce shortage weakens AIDS response

While the U.S. government has helped train more than 140,000 healthcare workers through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief since the program was re-authorized in 2008, Africa still needs more than one million healthcare workers to address a critical shortage, U.S. Global AIDS Ambassador Dr. Deborah Birx said Monday at a Capitol Hill briefing.

Published
04 March 2015
From
Science Speaks
Payment delays dent India's flagship health, AIDS programs

India's main public health programs, aimed at millions of rural poor, have been in disarray for months because the government changed the way that over $1.3 billion in federal funds were distributed, according to data and letters seen by Reuters.

Published
03 March 2015
From
Reuters
London HIV Prevention Contract awarded to GMI Partnership & NHS Freedoms Shop

The leading London HIV Prevention provider GMI Partnership led by METRO Charity with Positive East and West London Gay Men's Project and working with NHS Freedoms Shop has been awarded just under £1 million over two years to continue to provide outreach and condom distribution across London to gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM).

Published
03 March 2015
From
Metro Centre press release
Concern over online gonorrhoea treatment

Some websites offering treatment for gonorrhoea put patients at risk by not following best treatment guidelines, BBC 5 Live Investigates has found. Sexual health experts recommend patients receive a powerful antibiotic, which can only be injected, but the BBC found seven UK-based websites offering only oral antibiotics. Such treatment can lead to antibiotics becoming less effective, experts warn.

Published
03 March 2015
From
BBC
PrEP Access For HIV Prevention In Australia A Step Closer As Gilead Applies To TGA

US pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences has begun the application process to have Truvada approved for PrEP in Australia, removing one of the most significant hurdles currently preventing access to the HIV-prevention drug and opening the door to affordable access.

Published
03 March 2015
From
Star Observer
Ebola halts HIV progress in Sierra Leone, says UN

The West African Ebola outbreak has halted progress in tackling HIV in Sierra Leone, shutting health clinics and scaring patients from being tested or seeking treatment. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has raised concerns that HIV prevalence and drug resistance in the country could increase as a result.

Published
02 March 2015
From
Reuters
New York City Gets Its HIV Act Together

High proportions of New York City residents with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection are being diagnosed, receiving care, and seeing their serum viral load plummet to undetectable levels, city health officials reported here.

Published
02 March 2015
From
MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
Financial incentives did not improve linkage to care or viral suppression in US study

A US study which offered patients gift cards to present themselves for HIV care after testing, and also to stay in care and maintain an undetectable viral

Published
28 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Gilead avoids billions in U.S. taxes on its $1,000-a-pill drug

Gilead Sciences Inc., whose $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C treatment is one of the world's most expensive drugs, is avoiding billions of dollars in U.S. taxes by booking profits overseas.

Published
27 February 2015
From
Chicago Tribune

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