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Trump Seems to Support Bush’s AIDS Program for Now

… but will it be hobbled by his other policies?

10 February 2017
The Atlantic
How Thailand eliminated mother-to-child HIV transmission

Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, thanks to a pragmatic multi-sector response backed by strong political commitment and heavy government investment, a study published in Paediatrics and International Child Health reports.

09 February 2017
Eurekalert Inf Dis
CROI Organizers Oppose Travel Restrictions Based On Religion Or Country Of Origin

"These restrictions threaten to interrupt the exchange of scientific research information that is vital to the global response to health threats such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Zika, and many other infectious disease. As a consequence, the restrictions endanger rather than protect the health and wellbeing of Americans and people all over the world. " said Susan Buchbinder, MD, Chair of the 2017 CROI.

08 February 2017
CROI press release
China issues five-year plan on HIV, aims to treat more people with traditional medicine

The government will attempt to find and help those with HIV; reduce transmissions through drug use, blood transfusions and from mother to child; minimize the fatality rate; and improve the quality of life of people living with HIV, according to a plan posted on the website of the State Council on Sunday.

06 February 2017
Global Times
What Could Happen to Your HIV Health Care Under Trump -- and What You Can Do About It

American people living with HIV/AIDS who get their health care through Obamacare, Medicaid, Medicare or Ryan White are rightly scared about what is going to happen to their coverage amid Trump's and Republican's plans to repeal Obamacare and remake Medicare and Medicaid. I asked three HIV health care experts -- Kenyon Farrow at Treatment Action Group (TAG), Bill McColl at AIDS United and Lindsey Dawson at Kaiser Family Foundation -- to sketch out three possible scenarios: best, middle and worst case for people living with HIV.

31 January 2017
The Body
South African National AIDS Council in disarray

Within days, the SA National AIDS Council will have no CEO and there are fears that powerful individuals within the council intend to take advantage of the leadership vacuum for their own gain.

30 January 2017
Daily Maverick
Trump’s Anti-Abortion Rule Is Broader Than Anyone Expected

Donald Trump’s signing of an anti-abortion rule on Monday could put billions of dollars in US aid funding at risk — 14 to 16 times more money than initially thought, according to health groups. The rule applies to all US global health projects, including PEPFAR.

26 January 2017
What will Donald Trump's presidency mean for health? A scorecard

We propose criteria on which the global health community can judge the success or failure of a Trump presidency, based on a selection of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that apply to health.

24 January 2017
The Lancet (requires free registration)
Trump retains Deborah Birx at PEPFAR

This Inauguration Day brings an act of compassion, outreach and bipartisanship by the Trump leadership team. The Trump administration will retain Ambassador Deborah Birx as the coordinator of PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) until a successor is named and confirmed. This action was taken, I am told by administration sources, at the urging of Ivanka Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

23 January 2017
Washington Post
Trump asks NIH Director Francis Collins to stay on

Ending weeks of speculation, President-elect Donald Trump has asked National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins to remain in his position. It is not clear for how long.

22 January 2017

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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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