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New “Generic” Naloxone: Expect More Big-Pharma Sleight of Hand

It’s been less than two weeks since the US Department of Justice joined a string of lawsuits against Indivior—the maker of the drug Suboxone, which is used to treat opioid use disorder— alleging the company engaged in a fraudulent patent-hopping scheme designed to prevent cheaper generic versions of the drug (a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone) from hitting market. Now the Food and Drug Administration has set the stage for yet another legal battle over lifesaving medication—and if history is a guide, profits are likely to be prioritized over people.

8 hours ago
FDA OKs First Generic Naloxone Nasal Spray for Opioid Overdose

The spray requires no medical training.

24 April 2019
The Explainer: Why haven't any supervised drug injection centres opened in Ireland?

In this episode of The Explainer,‘s Cormac Fitzgerald and Christine Bohan delve into the current situation around supervised drug injection centres in Ireland, how Irish politicians have lagged behind on drug policy, the concerns expressed around opening the pilot scheme in Dublin city centre, as well as the facts behind their effectiveness. Listen via Soundcloud below or tap the buttons to listen on iOS or Android.

23 April 2019
The Journal
Nobody Uses Dental Dams

Since dental dams were adopted by safe-sex advocates in the 1980s, science has shown that HIV is practically impossible to transmit between women, and dental dams were more a product of AIDS panic than of genuine medical necessity. But dental dams are still around, even if not because of consumer demand.

23 April 2019
The Atlantic
It takes 4 hands to open this ‘consent condom,’ but does that really equal consent?

Argentinian sex toy retailer Tulipán has released a limited-edition condom in a special “tamper proof” package that requires four hands to open. Their goal is to raise awareness about consent. “Why can this box only be opened by two [people]? Because this is how consent works in relationships. Everything has to be two,” reads the tagline on Tulipán’s ad for the condom on Twitter.

15 April 2019
LGBTQ Nation
London: Tower Hamlets Mayor calls for Government to fund PrEP for all to stop HIV transmission

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets has written to Matt Hancock the Secretary of State for health, to call for the funding of HIV treatment that could stop the spread of HIV, saving the NHS millions of pounds.

11 April 2019
Tower Hamlets council
Cocaine injecting and homelessness 'behind Glasgow HIV rise'

A rise in cocaine injecting and homelessness are behind a 10-fold increase in HIV infection among drug users in Glasgow, research suggests.

10 April 2019
BBC News
Sticker Shock: PrEP Is Not Cost-Effective at Current Price, Health Economists Find

For years, the U.S. HIV prevention community has known that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is prohibitively expensive for many patients who need it. Now, new research presented at the 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) in Atlanta finds that not only is PrEP expensive for individual patients, it's also not cost-effective for the health system as a whole.

09 April 2019
The Body
Your sexual partners can change your microbiome, finds a study in mice

The study also hints at a link between those microbiome changes and a person's immune system and susceptibility to infections like HIV.

05 April 2019
Meet Marlo: the go-to source of information about HIV

In an attempt to improve the quality of information provided to young people, the UNAIDS Country Office in Indonesia has developed Tanya Marlo, or Ask Marlo, a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence and designed to be the go-to source for all things HIV-related.

04 April 2019
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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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