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US HIV funding decisions on PEPFAR in 2017 will have critical effect on ability to reach 90-90-90 goals

A withdrawal of United States funding for HIV treatment and prevention in sub-Saharan Africa could lead to 20 million additional HIV infections and 2 million additional AIDS

01 August 2017
Keith Alcorn
The HIV response in Ukraine: at a crossroads

The Ukrainian Government is looking to shoulder more of the burden of the response to the HIV epidemic in the midst of a complicated health-care overhaul.

21 July 2017
The Lancet (free registration required)
AIDS deaths are almost half of what they were in 2005 — but experts worry Trump could reverse that

“If the president’s budget were enacted, we would see the progress that has been gained over the last decade reversed very quickly, and all of the hard-fought gains reversed almost quicker than we achieved them,” said Mitchell Warren, executive director of HIV-prevention advocacy group AVAC.

21 July 2017
Threatened Funding Cuts in Limelight at AIDS 2017

Researchers, clinicians, and advocates converging in Paris for the International AIDS Conference 2017 will not only be talking about new HIV treatment and prevention and how to roll out innovative medications in a comprehensive, integrated way, they will also be making a case to funders.

19 July 2017
Medscape (free registration required)
Why Donald Trump is bad for the health of the world – in five charts

The president’s aid budget cut and restoring the ‘global gag rule’ will see millions more pregnancies and abortions, and thousands more women dying in childbirth.

17 July 2017
The Guardian
Trump taps Georgia health director to lead CDC

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price announced the selection of Brenda Fitzgerald, an obstetrician-gynecologist who is commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health , to direct the $12.1 billion Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

10 July 2017
Trump plan would limit PEPFAR “epidemic control” efforts to 12 countries

Neither Rex Tillerson nor the document expanded on which countries would be on their own in 2018, or how they would be chosen.

07 July 2017
Science Speaks
MSF: HIV response in West and Central Africa will not succeed if key barriers remain unaddressed

MSF strongly commends the vital leadership shown by UNAIDS and African states in initiating the Acceleration Plan. African leaders are urged to address any limiting factors which may prevent its full realisation. These include legal and policy blockages, centralised health systems, weak procurement and supply chain management, financial barriers, including user fees for patients, and high levels of stigma. MSF also asks for the Acceleration Plan to soon include remaining countries in the region that face similar treatment gaps.

04 July 2017
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International
Why I Resigned From the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

The Trump administration threatens everything PACHA stands for.

30 June 2017
In Venezuela, a once-leading AIDS program lies in ruins

More than a decade ago, Venezuela was lauded for its treatment program. The country is now years into a political and economic crisis. Nationalizations, price and currency controls mean there are chronic shortages, and the once-leading AIDS program is in ruins.

26 June 2017
Globe & Mail

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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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