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Hysteria about drugs and harm minimisation. It's always the same old story

"No matter how impressive the evidence of benefits, or how weak the evidence of serious side effects or how badly a strategy is needed, new harm reduction strategies are always greeted the same way: with relentless hostility. Debates about harm reduction always follow the same pattern. Hysterical fears are confidently asserted as if proven beyond doubt while potential benefits, often based on considerable research and experience, are dismissed or ignored."

Published
23 August 2016
From
The Guardian
As Trump Vice President, Mike Pence Would Be a Nightmare for People With HIV

There is nothing in Mike Pence's statements or actions to suggest that he has learned anything from the HIV outbreak that ran rampant through Scott County, Indiana, when he governed the state. As one indication of his HIV priorities, his advocacy for LGBT conversion therapy while in the U.S. House of Representatives included proposing that the Ryan White Care Act be reauthorized only if monies were redirected towards organizations "which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior."

Published
15 August 2016
From
The Body
Black Gay Man Takes Center Stage at DNC to Talk About HIV

For the first time in 12 years, a person living with HIV addressed a major political party at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Daniel Driffin, a 30 year old native of Atlanta, Georgia, took center stage yesterday, speaking about HIV & AIDS advocacy.

Published
29 July 2016
From
Human Rights Campaign (blog)
Political leadership is critical to ending the AIDS epidemic

Political commitment is an essential component of the AIDS response on the African continent. Most of the gains made on HIV prevention and treatment are a result of a strong partnership between the leaders of government, civil society, the private sector and communities.

Published
19 July 2016
From
UNAIDS
ONE issues warning to African leaders attending IAC: Step up fight against HIV and AIDS or risk millions of lives

Two-decades of progress towards defeating HIV and AIDS will be undone unless African Governments and the international community immediately step up their efforts to fight the disease, anti-poverty group ONE will warn delegates attending the International AIDS Conference in Durban this week.

Published
18 July 2016
From
ONE
International AIDS Conference returns to Durban to define path forward to ending AIDS

More than 18,000 global leaders, scientists, advocates, and frontline health workers have gathered in Durban for the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), the world’s largest forum devoted to any single health or development issue. The conference returns to Durban after 16 years and will feature 2,500 scientific abstracts and hundreds of events.

Published
18 July 2016
From
AIDS 2016
WHO flags key challenges to global HIV response at International AIDS Conference

The World Health Organization is highlighting the need to renew attention to HIV prevention, whilst maintaining momentum on scaling up access to HIV treatment. It is also signalling the growing emergence of antiretroviral (ARV) drug resistance and the need for sustainable financing of the global response.

Published
17 July 2016
From
WHO
South Africa ushers in a new era for HIV

The country has developed the biggest programme of antiretroviral therapy in the world. Now scientists are exploring the long-term consequences of the drugs.

Published
14 July 2016
From
Nature
New Durban Declaration highlights five scientific advances, five structural barriers

As the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban approaches, the declaration of its purpose does what the statement produced by the recent United Nations High-Level Meeting on AIDS declined to do, holding up both the opportunities that could end the pandemic, and the obstacles keeping that from happening.

Published
08 July 2016
From
Science Speaks
Linda-Gail Bekker: Ending Aids in South Africa is ‘ambitious but plausible’

Linda-Gail Bekker, deputy director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, chief operating officer of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and professor of medicine at the University of Cape Town will become president of the International AIDS Society – the world’s largest association of HIV professionals – at the 18-22 July’s International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban.

Published
30 June 2016
From
Medical Brief
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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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