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US on course to end its HIV epidemic – eventually

If current trends continue, the US may eventually end its HIV epidemic, a mathematical model recently published in AIDS & Behavior shows. In 2009, the average

Published
09 May 2016
By
Gus Cairns
HIV researchers welcome TGA approval of Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis HIV prevention

The Kirby Institute at UNSW Australia welcomes the announcement that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved the use of Truvada, an antiretroviral therapy currently used to treat HIV, to be prescribed in Australia as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for people who are HIV negative but at high-risk of contracting the virus.

Published
06 May 2016
From
Kirby Institute
Australian TGA approves Truvada for PrEP – next: put it on the PBS, say HIV advocates

Australians can now access HIV medication as a way of protecting themselves against HIV transmission. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has licensed HIV drug Truvada for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily course of medication for HIV negative people that drastically reduces the risks of transmission.

Published
06 May 2016
From
Gay News Network
PrEP in the Wild — A whirlwind tour of the who, what, where and how of PrEP use and provision outside of approval

In this webinar, presenters spoke about PrEP’s use and provision in countries that haven’t yet approved it or who are in the early days post approval. Among others, these presenters from Thailand, South Africa, England, Peru, Mexico and the United States took on the following questions and more:

Published
05 May 2016
From
AVAC
Study of HIV and STI risk is a “wake-up call” for health providers serving young gay men

Rates of new HIV and STI cases were as high, or higher, among participants than among rates previously found for older age groups, especially for Black and Hispanic young men.

Published
04 May 2016
From
BETA blog
Second update to the BHIVA-BASHH Position Statement on PrEP in the UK

This second update follows the recent NHS England decision on the commissioning and provision of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention in which they declined to recommend a full roll-out of PrEP but offered £2 million for a small pilot implementation project.

Published
04 May 2016
From
BHIVA / BASHH
It’s Tough to Stop Sex, Study of U.S. AIDS Effort Shows

Researchers have found no benefits from a decade-long attempt to curb the spread of HIV in Africa by promoting abstinence and monogamy. The U.S. has spent more than $1.4 billion since 2004 telling young people in Africa to abstain from sex before marriage and then commit to a single partner. That funding didn’t influence the number of sex partners people had, the age at which they started having sex, or teen pregnancy rates, according to a study published on Monday. See http://www.aidsmap.com/page/2949285/ for more on this issue.

Published
04 May 2016
From
Bloomberg
The Drugs Consensus Is Not Pretty - It's Been Ripped Apart at the Seams

The UNGASS was certainly not a success for the defenders of the status quo. The consensus on punitive prohibition has been well and truly ripped apart at the seams. This UNGASS demonstrates the impact civil society pressure can achieve. The drug policy reform movement will continue to grow into a formidable global social movement towards 2019. The collective demand for change will grow ever louder leading to sustainable and seismic break-throughs at national, regional and ultimately UN levels.

Published
04 May 2016
From
International Drug Policy Consortium
Number of HIV infections falling in United States, but fails to meet reduction goals

The number of new HIV infections occurring annually in the United States decreased by an estimated 11 percent from 2010 to 2015, while the HIV transmission rate decreased by an estimated 17 percent during the same time period, according to new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Pennsylvania.

Published
04 May 2016
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Shaping the Next Administration's Response to HIV in the U.S.

What do we want the next administration to do to reduce the burden of the HIV epidemic in the United States? Thus far, two of the presidential candidates have published HIV policy statements online, and have agreed to meet with HIV advocates and stakeholders in the days ahead. That is an encouraging start, but we hope all of the candidates will share their views on HIV. Here we share our partial wish list for the next administration (and we hope that others working to address HIV in the U.S. will add to or refine this list in commentary).

Published
04 May 2016
From
Huffington Post

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