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‘Postcode lottery’ for HIV-preventing drugs as England, Scotland and Wales split on issue

England, Scotland and Wales will end up with divergent rules on the use of HIV-preventing drugs, after a recommendation against providing the drugs on the NHS from the Welsh medicines advisory body.

Published
28 April 2017
From
Pink News
British HIV Association (BHIVA) statement on Wales' failure to approve Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention

Although a final decision is yet to be announced, the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) has indicated that Wales will not join Scotland in recommending the provision of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) by the NHS for the prevention of HIV. BHIVA Chair, Professor Chloe Orkin, said: "A negative decision would be a harsh blow for those of us throughout the UK at the front line of HIV prevention and care."

Published
26 April 2017
From
BHIVA
Complexity of health system is 'holding back progress' in HIV care

While HIV care in England is among the best in the world, the Health and Social Care Act 2012 has created a complex and fragmented system for HIV care. Responsibility for delivering services is spread between NHS England, local NHS organisations and councils, which has made it harder for areas to make co-ordinated changes across HIV services.

Published
25 April 2017
From
The King's Fund
Switching from Atripla to generic-containing regimens can produce large cost savings

Switching from branded Atripla to regimens that include at least one generic drug formulation can achieve big cost savings without compromising virological efficacy, according to research from Brighton presented

Published
23 April 2017
By
Michael Carter
Behaviour change interventions in HIV prevention: is there still a place for them?

A meta-analysis of studies of brief interventions to reduce HIV risk behaviour in HIV-negative gay men has concluded that there is evidence that such techniques did have

Published
12 April 2017
By
Gus Cairns
PrEP is approved in Scotland

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) today announced that it had accepted tenofovir disoproxil/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC – Truvada) for use within the Scottish National Health Service

Published
10 April 2017
By
Gus Cairns
What do cuts in sexual health services mean for patients?

In some parts of the country we heard that clinics have been closed, moved to less convenient locations or their opening hours reduced. Some clinics are being run with less consultant input, which some see as an efficiency saving but others see as a safety concern. A recent survey shows that patients with STI symptoms are finding it more difficult to access appointments within 48 hours. We were particularly concerned about cuts to health adviser posts in clinics.

Published
03 April 2017
From
King's Fund
British Mothers With HIV Are Going Hungry To Pay For Formula Milk

Breastfeeding risks infecting the baby and, according to a new report, mothers living in poverty are sacrificing their health to avoid it. “I have to skip eating lunch to save for food in the evening,” a mum of three told BuzzFeed News.

Published
03 April 2017
From
BuzzFeed
Where Is PrEP? HIV Charities Warn The NHS Will Miss Its Own Deadline

Britain's top HIV organisations have accused NHS England of dragging its feet in providing the prevention drug, despite 17 people a day contracting the virus.

Published
30 March 2017
From
BuzzFeed
Investigating late HIV diagnoses as serious incidents may spur change across the health system

Investigating cases of very late HIV diagnosis through the NHS’ serious incident reporting process allows identification of the reasons for late diagnosis and provides an

Published
28 March 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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