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An interview with Gordon Scott: part 2

Gordon Scott worked in HIV medicine for 35 years latterly as Clinical Director and GUM Consultant, NHS Lothian Sexual and Reproductive Health. He retired in 2016. To mark his retirement we spent some time asking him about his experience. In the second of a two part interview he talks about the early days of working in the field and developments made in treatment at that time.

Published
23 March 2017
From
HIV Scotland
Why are there so few novels about Aids these days?

Fewer and fewer authors are addressing this cruel disease, but depictions of life with Aids – particularly non-white stories – are rare in an already slim canon.

Published
21 March 2017
From
The Guardian
As HIV landscape shifts, move to rethink laws on transmission

Thirty years ago, AIDS was a national nightmare — a plague killing thousands every year, sparking panic and paranoia. It was in that climate that California enacted criminal laws to target people with HIV who were believed to be putting others at risk of infection.

Published
21 March 2017
From
San Francisco Chronicle
Mariëtte Botes: ARV pioneer who became the victim of abuse and hostility

Dr Mariëtte Botes, who has died in Pretoria at the age of 50, was an early pioneer of antiretroviral cocktails that saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people with Aids. But, reports The Times, while running a clinical trial at Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria in 1999, she became the target of a hostile campaign by Patricia de Lille, who was then an MP for the PAC, who accused her of abusing and exploiting her patients.

Published
16 March 2017
From
Medical Brief
An AIDS Museum: The Challenges Are Huge, but the Timing Is Right

There is a move to create a museum to chronicle the AIDS tragedy more comprehensively, to explore the pandemic’s many facets in a permanent national exhibition and repository.

Published
13 March 2017
From
New York Times
HIV’s milder cousin may be less mild than previously thought

HIV-2’s virulence may have been underestimated and although progression to AIDS  and death in HIV-2 infection was slower than with HIV-1, it was the rule

Published
02 March 2017
By
Gus Cairns
What is safe sex now? Does it include undetectable viral load and PrEP?

Treatment as prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) provide new ways to safely avoid HIV, but this poses challenges to the ways in which communities understand

Published
28 February 2017
By
Roger Pebody
Personal Story: an interview with Gordon Scott

Gordon Scott spent 35 years working in the field of HIV. Read about his early career and the first cases of HIV in Edinburgh during the mid-nineties in this first of a two-part interview.

Published
22 February 2017
From
HIV Scotland
A new online archive reveals how HIV/AIDS activism shapes New York

Housing Works History is a meticulous digital archive that covers the organization from its founding 27 years ago to its work today in a multimedia timeline that’s as elegant as it is thorough.

Published
15 February 2017
From
The Architect's Newspaper
Turning the tide on HIV in Zimbabwe, one AIDS denialist at a time

How does a country—with a history of AIDS-denialism in government, and a financial crisis spanning 10 years—turn the tide on AIDS?

Published
15 February 2017
From
BETA blog
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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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