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A simple ask in 2016: the UN goal of universal HIV treatment

Last week, the working draft for 2016 UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS was released with only a few days for comments. Called the Zero draft, like previous statements produced every five years, it is a list of observations, comments and goals. But using the UN Statement as a platform of human rights has become disconnected from the scientific and medical advances in HIV over the last five years. The bulk of the draft document could have been written at any time during the epidemic, certainly most of it could have been written in 2011. There is only one reference to dramatic changes in the WHO 2015 guidelines and only two references to PrEP.

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7 hours ago
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i-Base
MSM communities in Asia call for national PrEP strategies to prevent new HIV infections

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the daily medication that prevents HIV infections, is efficacious and has real potential to help global and local efforts to reach prevention targets in Asia and the Pacific, according to the meeting report of “PrEPARING ASIA”, the region’s first and biggest, as well as the world’s first community-led, consultation on the rolling out of the medication. The report calls for PrEP to be included in national HIV prevention strategies, particularly for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Asia and the Pacific.

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10 hours ago
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APCOM
PrEP: HIV drug trials expanding to 2000 men in Queensland after 'brave' government decision

A groundbreaking new drug tipped to stop the spread of HIV within just a few years will be available to more than 2,000 Queensland men under a $6 million trial program. Pressure had been mounting on the Queensland Government to expand its trial previously offered to just 50 men, after the New South Wales Government upped their program to include 3,700 men and Victoria offered 2,600 men the daily dosage pill.

Published
26 April 2016
From
ABC Online
HIV PrEP currently too pricey to justify use in people who inject drugs

The model suggested that over 20 years, enrolling a quarter of HIV uninfected injection drug users in a PrEP + screening + ART program would be the optimal approach for reducing HIV infection. However, at current drug prices this approach would cost the U.S. an additional $44 billion, which is equivalent to annually spending 10 percent of the current federal budget for domestic HIV/AIDS on PrEP for people who inject drugs.

Published
26 April 2016
From
Medical Xpress
This Pill Prevents HIV—But It's Treated Like An Illicit Drug

Around the world, people have to jump through hoops, and sometimes break laws, just to get it.

Published
23 April 2016
From
Vocativ
How Can We Help Young People Under Age 18 Get PrEP?

Getting PrEP into the hands of young people at high risk for HIV infection is a priority that experts are now discussing. A recent webinar and Q&A session hosted by HIVE brought together PrEP providers from across the country to talk about some of these issues and share successes and challenges.

Published
22 April 2016
From
BETA blog
City of West Hollywood is "PrEPped" to End HIV with Launch of New Awareness Campaign

The City of West Hollywood is launching a comprehensive public-awareness campaign to inform the community about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, known as "PrEP." The campaign includes outdoor media advertising and targeted printed information with details about obtaining a PrEP prescription and about healthcare services available locally that contribute to helping prevent the spread of HIV.

Published
21 April 2016
From
City of West Hollywood
Do ethicists hinder HIV prevention research?

Ethics panels may be hindering HIV prevention efforts by requiring gay and bisexual adolescents to get parental consent before taking part in research, experts suggest.

Published
21 April 2016
From
Reuters
Black Lives Matter: What's PrEP got to do with it?

There have been major developments in both treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. in recent years and one of the most promising ones is Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP. However, as the persistently unacceptable high rates of new HIV infections underscore, PrEP and other biomedical interventions tools are not being applied effectively in Black communities. While new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. as a whole fell 19 percent between 2005 and 2014, new cases among Black gay and bisexual men, for example, increased by 87 percent.

Published
19 April 2016
From
PR Newswire
NHS To Reconsider Its Decision Not To Provide The HIV Prevention Drug

The NHS in England is to reconsider its controversial decision not to provide the drug that prevents HIV. Faced with the threat of legal action by one of Britain’s leading HIV charities, NHS England’s lawyers have said a dedicated committee will meet next month to look again at the pronouncement.

Published
19 April 2016
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BuzzFeed News
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