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Generic PrEP approved, but not soon available

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic version of Truvada, a combination pill used for both HIV treatment and prevention, but it will not soon hit pharmacy shelves, advocates said.

Published
17 June 2017
From
Bay Area Reporter
Top HIV expert is not donating to crowdfunding HIV vaccine campaign, says it's "Fake News"

Dr. Carl W. Dieffenbach, head of the AIDS division of the US National Institutes of Health, has denounced an HIV vaccine crowdfunding campaign involving prominent stars. The major fundraising #ENDHIV campaign which features SIA, the campaign’s ambassador. Other celebrities include Zoe Saldana and Julianne Moore. Dr Dieffenbach's assessment is not pointed at the celebrities nor the organisation behind the campaign. It’s about the research of scientist, Dr. Paul, whom Dieffenbach asserts “is wrong” in his direction towards discovering the vaccine or cure promoted by the video and the campaign’s website www.endhiv.com. Yet, the #ENDHIV video calls Dr. Paul’s work “a promising new AIDS cure.”

Published
17 June 2017
From
imstilljosh
New HIV Infections Climb Among Young Women in South Africa

South Africa has almost 7 million people living with HIV and manages the globe's largest antiretroviral program, keeping about 4 million people alive with the drugs. At the South African National AIDS Conference in Johannesburg this week, specialists voiced their concern about the spiking rates of infections among young women, a trend reflected throughout the continent.

Published
16 June 2017
From
Voice of America
United States and Vietnam launch oral HIV pre-exposure option to reduce new infections

Today, leaders and senior officials from the Ministry of Health (MOH), the US Embassy, PATH, local authorities, community groups, private-sector companies, and celebrities came together to officially launch pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) services in Vietnam. PrEP is being offered by both private and public clinics, including those run as social enterprises by members of key populations themselves. Community-based organizations, which offer HIV testing by lay providers and HIV self-testing, are involved in screening people to see if they are eligible for PrEP and referring them to services.

Published
15 June 2017
From
PATH
Viet Nam: Oral HIV pre-exposure service launched

The Việt Nam Administration for AIDS Control in coordination with PATH has launched an oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) service in Việt Nam.

Published
14 June 2017
From
Viet Nam News
South Africa: Parents, principals will no longer decide whether pupils access condoms at schools

School governing bodies and parents will no longer be able to prevent pupils from getting condoms at schools, according to a new basic education department policy released on Wednesday.

Published
14 June 2017
From
Bhekisisa
US Food and Drug Administration approves a generic form of PrEP - UK comments

Sexual health advocates hope this will widen access to PrEP, the medication that helps prevent people contracting HIV.

Published
14 June 2017
From
Gaystar News
A sex worker's view on South Africa's latest plans to beat HIV

An open letter from a sex worker argues that the good intentions of South Africa's plan to end HIV infections will be undermined by the fact that sex work remains a criminal offence in South Africa. This means that sex workers remain vulnerable. They don’t have the right to protect themselves – for example from police violence and intimidation – or get the health care they need because they’re stigmatised by health workers.

Published
14 June 2017
From
Times (South Africa)
The opioid epidemic is making the fight against HIV more difficult

Thanks to the opioid economic, hard-won gains in bringing down the US HIV infection rate may be reversed. Hoping to prevent future outbreaks and to drive the HIV infection rate to zero, public health experts are holding a Capitol Hill summit Wednesday. Federal funding for harm reduction programmes has helped to contain recent outbreaks among drug users, but they could be endangered if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

Published
14 June 2017
From
Washington Post
USA: Female Condoms, Used by Women and Men for HIV Prevention, Will Now Be Prescription Only

With the manufacturer banking on birth control benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to bolster sales, the oft-overlooked method may now cost as much as $20 per condom for the uninsured if they can't get it through Health Departments or non-profits.

Published
13 June 2017
From
The Body

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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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