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San Francisco reports new low in HIV infections and faster treatment, but disparities remain

On 1 September the San Francisco Department of Public Health released its HIV Epidemiology Annual Report 2015, showing that the number of newly diagnosed HIV infections has

Published
05 September 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
Pharma company donates PrEP drugs to trial participants ‘abandoned’ by NHS

Pharma company Gilead has confirmed it will continue to supply HIV-preventing drugs to men who took part in a study, after NHS England went back on an agreement to continue a supply. In a statement today, Gilead, which makes HIV-preventing drug Truvada, confirmed it would donate a six-month supply of the drug to bail out participants, while the NHS considers a long-term solution.

Published
02 September 2016
From
Pink News
HIV infections in SF hit low, but drive misses African Americans

New HIV infections dropped to historic lows in San Francisco last year as the city amped up an aggressive campaign to essentially end the AIDS epidemic by 2020, but those efforts are not reaching everyone in equal measure, according to an annual report set to be released Thursday.

Published
02 September 2016
From
SFGate
South Africa: ARVS now easier to get

From today anyone who is HIV- positive can access ARVs from a state facility - good news for about 4million people living with the virus but not on medication. Until now only HIV-positive but people with CD4 counts lower than 500 (the measure of immune system strength) qualified for treatment under the Department of Health's treatment guidelines

Published
01 September 2016
From
TIMES Live
MPs say NHS dispute over HIV-preventing PrEP drugs exposes flaws in health legislation

The influential Health Select Committee has said a dispute with NHS England about HIV-preventing drugs has shown flaws in the government’s localised health legislation.

Published
01 September 2016
From
Pink News
Global Fund Welcomes U.S. Pledge of Up To $4.3 Billion

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria warmly welcomed an announcement by the United States Government to contribute up to US$4.3 billion to the Global Fund, a demonstration of outstanding commitment to global health. "We are committing to match one dollar for every two dollars in pledges made by other donors through September 30th, 2017," said U.S. National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice in a statement.

Published
01 September 2016
From
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
Ukraine's medicine bill slashed by 25% after UK firm brought in to handle procurement

Crown Agents and two UN agencies are working to root out corrupt intermediaries but are facing politcal resistance to change.

Published
01 September 2016
From
The Guardian
Gaps remain in Russia's response to HIV/AIDS

Russia has drafted its first national HIV/AIDS policy in a decade, but it falls far short of what is needed to curb the country's growing epidemic, say experts.

Published
31 August 2016
From
The Lancet
High cost hampers treatment of hepatitis B, C in Vietnam: experts

A course of treatment for the diseases costs up to VND45 million (US$2,016), according to Nguyen Van Kinh, director of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

Published
31 August 2016
From
Thanh Nien Daily
University of Minnesota sues Gilead Sciences over hepatitis drugs

In a lawsuit filed Monday, the University of Minnesota alleges that California-based Gilead Sciences has infringed, and continues to infringe, on the university’s intellectual property rights by selling three medicines that contain the drug sofosbuvir.

Published
31 August 2016
From
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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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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