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The NHS shouldn’t fund a drug that prevents HIV

What would you say if a powerful cyclists’ pressure group ganged up on the NHS and lobbied it to provide free cycle helmets to anyone who asked for one, accusing it of having on its hands the blood of every helmet-less cyclist who died while the NHS tried to spurn the demand? I think I can guess the answer in the case of most readers: shove off and buy your own helmets.

Published
09 June 2016
From
The Spectator
First supervised drug injection centre set to open in Dublin this year

Health Minister Simon Harris has confirmed that the government intends to proceed with plans to open a medically supervised injection centre in Dublin this year.

Published
09 June 2016
From
Independent.ie
Men to get HPV vaccine in new drive to combat cancer, announces health minister Jane Ellison

The first men in England have started receiving the vaccination as part of a pilot to stamp out cancers and genital disease. The scheme went live in two clinics this week and will eventually see 40,000 men vaccinated to protect them against penile, anal and other cancers. The project is specifically targeted at men who have sex with men, but ministers are exploring the possibility of rolling out the HPV vaccine to all boys.

Published
08 June 2016
From
Evening Standard
To keep winning against AIDS, China needs to talk more about gay sex

Despite successes in keeping HIV under control in other groups in China, men who have sex with men are experiencing the worst spike in new infections of HIV, with male homosexual sex constituting 80 percent of new cases in China. Beijing has never really managed to address the spread of the virus in this population.

Published
08 June 2016
From
PRI
Tories blasted for 'delaying' HIV prevention pill PrEP by launching another review

Charities have attacked the Tories for "delaying" a vital HIV prevention pill by launching a fresh review by NICE of what it will cost. Campaigners say the review is just a "delaying tactic" and there is already plenty of evidence the drug works.

Published
08 June 2016
From
Daily Mirror
MPs Accuse Minister Of “Having Head In The Sand” Over HIV Prevention Drug

Public health minister Jane Ellison faced a hostile and protracted grilling by MPs from both sides of the House of Commons on Tuesday over the NHS’s refusal last week to fund the drug that prevents HIV, in a regime known as PrEP.

Published
07 June 2016
From
BuzzFeed
UN High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS faces battle over key populations

Activists say that a United Nations Political Declaration on Ending AIDS, due to be finalised this week at a UN High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in New York,

Published
07 June 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
NHS England must make 'revolutionary drugs that prevent HIV available immediately'

A 'potentially revolutionary' drug that prevents HIV must be made available on the NHS immediately, a leading charity said today.

Published
07 June 2016
From
Daily Mail
Stop stalling and make PrEP for HIV available now

NHS England’s vacillating has thrown into stark relief a health system that is not designed to come to timely and confident decisions about nationally important preventive interventions, for all the talk we hear of prevention being the new health priority. Further delay to pre-exposure prophylaxis risks the NHS appearing discriminatory of populations at risk.

Published
07 June 2016
From
The BMJ
How to meet the first-ever global hepatitis targets

It will be critical to ensure that the ambitious targets towards HCV elimination by 2030 are accompanied by predictable and focussed funding for testing, prevention and treatment, especially for middle-income countries, which suffer from the highest burden of HCV infections. In addition, placing the most at risk populations, in particular PWID, at the centre of the response will be essential. Despite dramatic advances in science with new medicines able to cure nearly all PLHCV, including people co-infected with HIV and the emergence of promising policies, the question of access to care by the communities most in need remains.

Published
06 June 2016
From
International AIDS Society

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