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Hepatitis A outbreak in gay and bisexual men in Europe is growing

New cases of hepatitis A cases have soared in Western Europe over the past six months as a result of an epidemic in gay and

Published
03 July 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Study identifies serious gaps in treatment and care of HIV-positive adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa

Healthcare providers in sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to provide services for HIV-positive adolescents, investigators report in the Journal of the International AIDS Society. Facilities in 23 countries, which

Published
30 June 2017
By
Michael Carter
Support Groups a Driver to PrEP Rollout in Kenya

Kenya passed a major milestone in the fight against HIV on May 4, 2017 when it launched a nation-wide initiative to bring oral PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), antiretroviral drugs for preventing HIV, to the people who need it. A team made up of LVCT Health staff and AVAC staff recently visited the implementing sites to gather stories and collect lessons learnt as part of the OPTIONS project. We interviewed providers, adherence counselors and people using PrEP who shared their journeys of PrEP uptake and adherence.

Published
28 June 2017
From
AVAC
Why are women lost from HIV care during pregnancy? Malawi study shows social support and counselling are critical

Lack of social support after diagnosis and inadequate counselling about HIV treatment and HIV disclosure were identified as key reasons for dropping out of HIV

Published
28 June 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
US, PEPFAR can do more to influence policies that hinder fight against HIV/AIDS

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, recognizes the negative role of stigma in the fight against HIV. However, authors of a study published this month by University of Washington researchers say the program has done little to address anti-gay legislation as the primary driver of stigma in Africa.

Published
28 June 2017
From
University of Washington School of Public Health
Why Did the Opioid Epidemic Develop and How Do We Stop It?

In the 1980s, evidence from acute pain and end-of-life palliative care was applied to prescribing opiates for chronic long-term pain. Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of oxycodone (OxyCotin), spent $10 million to advertise the drug during its first year of sales, increasing that amount to $28 million by the fifth year after the drug was approved in the U.S.

Published
28 June 2017
From
The Body PRO
Why opioid deaths are this generation’s Aids crisis

The soaring numbers of deaths from overdoses in the US and UK require a radical and fast rethink of drugs policy.

Published
27 June 2017
From
The Guardian
Fall in new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men (MSM) at selected London sexual health clinics since early 2015: testing or treatment or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)?

Since October 2015 up to September 2016, HIV diagnoses fell by 32% compared with October 2014–September 2015 among men who have sex with men (MSM) attending selected London sexual health clinics. This coincided with high HIV testing volumes and rapid initiation of treatment on diagnosis. The fall was most apparent in new HIV testers. Intensified testing of high-risk populations, combined with immediately received anti-retroviral therapy and a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) programme, may make elimination of HIV achievable.

Published
26 June 2017
From
Eurosurveillance
Covering America's 'testing ground' for responses to drug use, HIV risk

IT’S NOT NEWS THAT KENTUCKY, West Virginia and Ohio are staggering under an epidemic of drug abuse. But the looming health threat of a related explosion of HIV infections is a story that needs to be told often, and loudly.

Published
26 June 2017
From
Columbia Journalism Review
Fall in HIV among gay men could spell end for Britain's epidemic, say experts

New data from Public Health England talks about the potential elimination of HIV, revealing the first downturn in the epidemic among gay and bisexual men since it began, thanks to a combination of frequent testing of people at high risk of infection and rapid treatment.

Published
22 June 2017
From
The Guardian

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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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