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Cuts to AIDS Treatment Programs Could Cost a Million Lives

At least one million people will die in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, researchers and advocates said on Tuesday, if funding cuts proposed by the Trump administration to global public health programs are enacted.

Published
24 May 2017
From
New York Times
W.H.O. Elects Ethiopia’s Tedros as New Director General

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, former Health Minister of Ethiopia, was voted Director-General of the World Health Organization on Tuesday, the first African to ever head the agency. After nearly two years of public campaigning, originally by six candidates, the voting took place in a closed-door session in which the health ministers of 186 of the world’s countries cast their ballots in secret. Dr. Tedros — who campaigned under his first name — ultimately beat Dr. David Nabarro, the British candidate, after two rounds of voting, by winning 121 votes.

Published
23 May 2017
From
New York Times
Unexpected side effects with generic abacavir – and potential for rare reactions to other generic ARVs

Several anecdotal reports of mouth ulcers have recently been reported in people switching to generic abacavir in the UK. This should highlight awareness of the potential of likely-rare new side effects, even when both formulations have been approved as bioequivalent.

Published
23 May 2017
From
HIV i-Base
Trump's Restrictions For Abortion Funding Overseas Could Hinder HIV Prevention

The newly-released details of the Trump administration's version of the "Mexico City policy" are raising many questions about its impact not only on abortion but also on preventing HIV and infectious diseases like malaria.

Published
23 May 2017
From
NPR
Germany—ready to lead by example to end AIDS

During a recent visit to Germany, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, met with representatives of the federal government, local government, civil society, communities affected by HIV and the private sector.

Published
23 May 2017
From
UNAIDS
Here’s why I’m afraid—for the very first time in eight years of living with HIV

For the first time in eight years of living with HIV, I’m afraid. That fear has very little to do with my infection, precisely. Over the years, I’ve realized how precariously my health is balanced on the access I have to affordable health care.

Published
23 May 2017
From
BETA blog
Health agency spends more on travel than AIDS

According to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press, the United Nations health agency routinely has spent about $200 million a year on travel expenses, more than what it doles out to fight some of the biggest problems in public health, including AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

Published
22 May 2017
From
Medical Xpress
Twilight of a Difficult Man: Larry Kramer and the Birth of AIDS Activism

Larry Kramer — writer, advocate, “loudmouth” — helped define AIDS activism and gay life. He ruffled some feathers along the way.

Published
22 May 2017
From
New York Times
CHMP recommends for approval generic version of Atripla

At its May meeting, the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recommended for approval a generic version of Atripla – Efavirenz/Emtricitabine/Tenofovir disoproxil Zentiva (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil) for the treatment of HIV infection.

Published
22 May 2017
From
EATG
Many physicians are wary of providing HIV PrEP for young people

Only about a third of family practice and paediatric providers said they would be likely to prescribe HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to adolescent patients, underlining the need to

Published
22 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman

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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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