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Public Health England sounds data sharing warning

Health chiefs have joined a protest over NHS data sharing rules, warning that asylum seekers, refugees and migrants will be deterred from seeking treatment. Public Health England (PHE) fears the handing over to the Home Office of personal data from patients - as part of a Government crackdown on illegal immigration – will have “unintended serious consequences”.

31 May 2017
UK Authority
UK: Two-thirds of charities subsidising public sector contracts to survive

New research warns of increasingly dysfunctional relationship between charities and the state amid budget cuts.

24 May 2017
The Guardian
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.

10 May 2017
On borrowed time

The delayed drug strategy – and lack of plan for an alcohol strategy – is pulling the lifeline from a sector in crisis, hears DDN

08 May 2017
Drink & Drug News
PrEP in Scotland: what next?

Following the SMC’s decision to make PrEP available on the NHS in Scotland George Valiotis reflects on the work that made this possible and looks forward to the next steps.

02 May 2017
HIV Scotland
This Unique HIV Charity Has Been Saved From Closure After A Huge Public Response

A coalition of politicians, charities, private companies, and the general public has managed to save the only inpatient HIV centre of its kind from closure, its CEO has told BuzzFeed News.

02 May 2017
BuzzFeed News
‘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.

28 April 2017
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."

26 April 2017
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.

25 April 2017
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

23 April 2017
Michael Carter
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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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