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Pharma company donates PrEP drugs to trial participants ‘abandoned’ by NHS

Pharma company Gilead has confirmed it will continue to supply HIV-preventing drugs to men who took part in a study, after NHS England went back on an agreement to continue a supply. In a statement today, Gilead, which makes HIV-preventing drug Truvada, confirmed it would donate a six-month supply of the drug to bail out participants, while the NHS considers a long-term solution.

Published
02 September 2016
From
Pink News
Vaginal ring for HIV prevention effective and acceptable

An updated adherence analysis from the ASPIRE study indicates that consistent users of a vaginal ring containing dapivirine experienced 65% fewer infections, the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in

Published
02 September 2016
By
Roger Pebody
MPs say NHS dispute over HIV-preventing PrEP drugs exposes flaws in health legislation

The influential Health Select Committee has said a dispute with NHS England about HIV-preventing drugs has shown flaws in the government’s localised health legislation.

Published
01 September 2016
From
Pink News
Study looks at use of PrEP during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Women in San Francisco and New York City frequently chose to use Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) when it was offered as an additional tool for preventing HIV

Published
01 September 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
Gaps remain in Russia's response to HIV/AIDS

Russia has drafted its first national HIV/AIDS policy in a decade, but it falls far short of what is needed to curb the country's growing epidemic, say experts.

Published
31 August 2016
From
The Lancet
Pioneering methadone programme in Dar es Salaam gives hope to thousands

Two hospitals in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania now make methadone available as treatment for addiction. Methadone maintenance treatment is regarded by WHO as the most effective therapy for heroin users, and methadone was added to WHO’s model essential medicines list in 2005.

Published
30 August 2016
From
World Health Organization
US PrEP study achieves high levels of engagement and adherence among black men who have sex with men

What was described at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) as “the first PrEP trial devised and run by four black gay men” has shown that

Published
27 August 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Gilead Ignored HIV Groups Before Failed Bid To Have PrEP Subsidised In Australia

A drug manufacturer failed to take the advice of top HIV/AIDS organisations when it made a submission for a highly effective HIV prevention drug to be subsidised by the government, those organisations say.

Published
25 August 2016
From
BuzzFeed
Neglect of infectious diseases in prisons highlighted at AIDS 2016

“Prisoners are among the most neglected of the key populations; they bear higher burdens of HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis than in the communities from which they

Published
25 August 2016
By
Theo Smart
Hysteria about drugs and harm minimisation. It's always the same old story

"No matter how impressive the evidence of benefits, or how weak the evidence of serious side effects or how badly a strategy is needed, new harm reduction strategies are always greeted the same way: with relentless hostility. Debates about harm reduction always follow the same pattern. Hysterical fears are confidently asserted as if proven beyond doubt while potential benefits, often based on considerable research and experience, are dismissed or ignored."

Published
23 August 2016
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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