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France approves PrEP

In a historic move, France has become the first country outside the USA, and the first country with a centrally-organised, reimbursable health system, to approve no-expense pre-exposure

Published
24 November 2015
By
Gus Cairns
MSF reaction to latest UNAIDS report on global progress of scaling up life-saving HIV treatment

Countries should take up the new WHO ‘test and treat’ guidelines before June UN Meeting on HIV/AIDS.

Published
24 November 2015
From
MSF
The latest report from UNAIDS shows great progress against the disease

Good news from the front. But there is still much to do.

Published
24 November 2015
From
The Economist
On the Fast-Track to end AIDS by 2030: Focus on location and population

To end AIDS as a public health threat, an accelerated and more focused response is needed using better data to map and reach people in the places where the most new HIV infections occur. To support countries with this approach, UNAIDS has released a new report, Focus on location and population: on the Fast-Track to end AIDS by 2030, which gives examples of more than 50 communities, cities and countries that are using innovative approaches to reach more people with comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment services.

Published
24 November 2015
From
UNAIDS
Countries adopt UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy to double number of people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2020

An estimated 15.8 million people are now on HIV treatment, a doubling from five years ago, as countries adopt the UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy using data to fine-tune delivery of HIV prevention and treatment services to reach people being left behind.

Published
24 November 2015
From
UNAIDS
The Medicines Patent Pool Signs Licence with Bristol-Myers Squibb to Increase Access to Hepatitis C Medicine Daclatasvir

The royalty-free licence will enable generic manufacture of daclatasvir for sale in 112 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), 76 of which are World Bank classified middle-income nations. Nearly two-thirds of all patients living with hepatitis C in the LMICs reside in the territory covered by this agreement.

Published
23 November 2015
From
Medicines Patent Pool
South Africa launches world’s first early drug stock out warning system

In an effort to combat medicine shortages, South Africa will roll out a first of its kind early warning system to identify drug stock outs before they happen. The move comes as country and makers of the antiretroviral Aluvia work to address shortages

Published
23 November 2015
From
Health-E News
Why We Should Be Willing to Pay for Hepatitis C Treatment

The overall budget needed to treat HCV with these new treatments is not huge and is reasonable when compared with the cost of HIV treatment. The discounted lifetime cost of treating 1 person with HIV in the U.S. is $315,000 in 2014 U.S. dollars. The corresponding cost of curing HCV with oral DAAs is $58,000 -- which is only 18 percent of the total HIV treatment cost. Note these two unlike words: treating and curing.

Published
23 November 2015
From
Huffington Post
HIV crisis worsened by anti-gay laws in Commonwealth countries, report warns

The persecution of millions of people in Commonwealth countries where homosexuality is a criminal offence is worsening the Aids crisis, warns a major report produced for David Cameron.

Published
23 November 2015
From
The Independent
UK’s latest HIV figures show the need to scale up HIV testing and prevention

The latest annual report by Public Health England shows that, although the number of gay men who have HIV without knowing it has declined in recent

Published
19 November 2015
By
Roger Pebody

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