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Lib Dems say HIV prevention drug should be available on NHS

Lib Dem health spokesman Norman Lamb said: "PrEP is a vital weapon in the fight against HIV, and it's high time that it was made routinely available to those who are at risk of infection."

Published
10 May 2017
From
Evening Standard
HIV blood disaster: UK families search for the truth

Jason Evans says his father was killed by contaminated blood that the government "knew was dangerous". In what is understood to be the first case of its kind, Jason is taking legal action against the government for its role in his father's death. More than 2,000 people – mostly haemophiliacs – have died after being infected with HIV and hepatitis C through blood treatments in the 1980s.

Published
10 May 2017
From
BBC
New HRI report warns of HIV and Hepatitis C 'powder keg' in the European Union ahead of the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference (HR17)

UK based NGO Harm Reduction International (HRI) warns that if the roll back of funding harm reduction services such as needle and syringe programmes and methadone provision in the European Union remained unchecked, renewed spikes in HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) infections amongst people who use drugs were inevitable.

Published
10 May 2017
From
HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
Aiding and Abetting: Why Western Fundraising Fails to Stop AIDS Epidemics

International organizations have repeatedly deceived donors to ensure ever more funding for AIDS-relief efforts.

Published
09 May 2017
From
World Policy
From pill to needle: Prescription opioid epidemic may be increasing drug injection

The prescription opioid epidemic is shrinking the time it used to take drug users to progress to drug injection, a new Keck School of Medicine of USC-led study suggests. The study may predict the next national public health threat related to prescription painkiller abuse. 'The prescription opioid epidemic is creating a heroin epidemic, which will create an injection drug use epidemic,' said Ricky Bluthenthal, study lead author.

Published
09 May 2017
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Manual Items
Where harm reduction policies went up, hepatitis C incidence went down, study finds

In a study tracking numbers of new infections of hepatitis C and rates of sharing syringes among people injecting drugs over two and a half decades, differences in infection trends emerged across cities in North America, Australia and the Netherlands, researchers report in a recent Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Published
09 May 2017
From
Science Speaks
Gay New Zealand welcomes removal of HIV meds restriction

The decision of New Zealand's drug regulator Pharmac to remove a restriction on when people newly-diagnosed with HIV can be put on medications will "significantly benefit people newly diagnosed with HIV and those living with HIV as well as efforts to prevent HIV transmission” according to the NZ AIDS Foundation. “New Zealand is one of few countries in the developed world to still have a restriction on treatment access,” the NZAF's Executive Director Jason Myers says. “Early treatment is a fundamental pillar of NZAFs Ending HIV programme."

Published
08 May 2017
From
Gay New Zealand
Gilead slowly rolls out ads for Truvada for PrEP — 4 years after approval

Gradually ramping up promotion of its HIV-prevention pill, Gilead Sciences has turned to humor, dating apps, and social-media sites like Tumblr and Snapchat to raise awareness about HIV prevention.

Published
08 May 2017
From
Medical Marketing & Media
Kenya launches self-test kits and PrEP

The Government of Kenya has reinforced its commitment to end AIDS by 2030 by launching two innovative technologies: self-testing for HIV and PrEP.

Published
05 May 2017
From
UNAIDS
Naloxone is a heath intervention that can’t be effectively provided without the knowledge and social connections of people who inject drugs

Programmes to provide naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of opiate overdose, are successful because they harness the social contexts of drug use and

Published
05 May 2017
By
Roger Pebody

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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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