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Advocates hope for change in HIV non-disclosure law after Ottawa meeting with provinces

Advocacy groups are hoping the law criminalizing HIV non-disclosure in Canada will change after a meeting between Ottawa and the provinces in the spring. Last month, a protest was held outside the ministry’s office to protest the “overly broad and unjust” charges relative to HIV disclosure. Ontario leads in the number of people charged with HIV status non-disclosure and 180 people have been charged across the country

Published
07 March 2017
From
Toronto Star
PrEP approved but difficulties remain says New Zealand AIDS Foundation

Approved access to the PrEP medication Truvada is being cautiously welcomed by the NZ AIDS Foundation which says difficulties remain in accessing and using the drug to ward off HIV infection and a poor level of training of GPs.

Published
06 March 2017
From
Gay NZ
New South Wales: HIV notifications fall to five-year low

New data out today shows promising signs of a decline in HIV transmission in NSW. The 2016 NSW Annual Data report shows 317 NSW residents were notified with HIV last year, the lowest annual count in more than five years. This was despite a 21 percent jump in the number of HIV tests conducted in people at risk in public sexual health clinics compared with the previous year.

Published
06 March 2017
From
NSW Government
An excellent graphical history of drug treatment in the UK

Lifeline recently published an excellent infographic crammed with information on the way drug and alcohol treatment services have been funded over the last 30 years. It contains information on how the various cultural and political shifts over that time have altered the expectations on these services.

Published
02 March 2017
From
Russell Webster (blog)
HIV’s milder cousin may be less mild than previously thought

HIV-2’s virulence may have been underestimated and although progression to AIDS  and death in HIV-2 infection was slower than with HIV-1, it was the rule

Published
02 March 2017
By
Gus Cairns
FPA welcomes government announcement on relationships and sex education

FPA is delighted that the Secretary of State, Justine Greening, has announced today (Wednesday 1 March) that, in England, every child from the age of four will be taught about safe and healthy relationships and, later, about sex.

Published
01 March 2017
From
FPA
NAT welcomes Statutory Sex and Relationships Education, but says it must not leave LGBT young people behind

We are delighted that the Government is taking this desperately needed and long-awaited step to make PSHE and SRE compulsory in all schools. The guidance must empower and support schools to talk about same-sex relationships, gender identity and information on HIV and other STIs.

Published
01 March 2017
From
National AIDS Trust
What is safe sex now? Does it include undetectable viral load and PrEP?

Treatment as prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) provide new ways to safely avoid HIV, but this poses challenges to the ways in which communities understand

Published
28 February 2017
By
Roger Pebody
Can Florida's First Needle Exchange Help Curb HIV?

The state leads the nation in new diagnoses, and close to six percent are attributed to injection-drug users sharing used or infected needles.

Published
27 February 2017
From
The Atlantic
What we know about the new England PrEP trial

@teamPrEPster, and other HIV advocate groups, will be keeping a watchful eye on development of the trial, not least to ensure that there are no further delays to its implementation.

Published
27 February 2017
From
Prepster

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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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