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UK national sexual health charity to close

MEDFASH (Medical Foundation for HIV & Sexual Health) has announced that it will close at the end of 2016.

Published
21 September 2016
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MedFASH
Emergency department’s routine HIV testing has helped identify dozens living undiagnosed

A London hospital that introduced routine HIV screening for emergency patients has helped diagnose dozens of people who were unaware they were living with HIV.

Published
15 September 2016
From
Pink News
Where would gay men prefer to take their next HIV test?

Among English gay men who have never previously taken a test for HIV, self-testing and self-sampling are the most popular options for a future HIV test, but

Published
15 September 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Sexual health charity launches new edition of popular booklet to improve HIV diagnosis and care in general practice

A new 2016 edition of MEDFASH's " HIV in Primary Care" has been published. An essential guide for GPs, practice nurses and other members of the primary healthcare team.

Published
12 September 2016
From
MEDFASH press release
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
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
Have your say on PrEP – Londoners urged to voice their opinions

Londoners are being urged to share their views and opinions on PrEP with NHS England. Councillor Teresa O’Neill OBE, London Councils’ Executive member for health, stressed the importance of Londoners sharing their views as a large portion of those living with HIV reside in the capital. “We are concerned that NHS England, by arguing it is not responsible for funding PrEP, is trying to shift costs to local authorities."

Published
16 August 2016
From
Gay Times
HIV is back on the front pages

At The King's Fund, we have argued for empowering local services to reform from within rather than relying on top-down direction, regulation or market forces to deliver high-quality care. The dispute over the funding of antiretroviral drugs for prevention illustrates the challenges of doing this in the absence of an effective strategic and integrated approach to commissioning, especially when the structures are so complex and the relationship between local decisions and national strategy so loosely defined.

Published
03 August 2016
From
The King's Fund
PrEP rationing is symptomatic of NHS bid to cut costs, at all costs

NHS England’s setback in the high court over its attempt to get one set of cash-strapped public bodies (local councils) to foot the £10m-£20m a year bill for PrEP treatment rather than another – itself – is the latest manifestation of the health service’s increasing efforts to reduce the number of treatments it pays for, or the number of patients who receive them, or both.

Published
03 August 2016
From
The Guardian
August update on the commissioning and provision of Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PREP) for HIV prevention

A hearing was held in the High Court on Wednesday 13 July 2016 to consider whether NHS England had the legal power to commission the PrEP service. At the hearing, NHS England contended that it did not have the power to commission the service, and that whether or not it should be commissioned was a matter for local authorities. NHS England has considered the judgement carefully and has taken legal advice. Queen’s Counsel has advised that the Court’s ruling interprets the legislation governing NHS England’s role and functions in a way that is inconsistent with Parliament’s intention.

Published
02 August 2016
From
NHS England
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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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