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Addaction publishes major new poll on World Hepatitis Day: 4 in 5 British adults say NHS wrong to restrict access to treatment

Today, as Addaction host a large conference at The British Medical Association in London for World Hepatitis Day, the charity calls for an urgent review of the decision to ration clinically proven treatments to just 10,000 people with the virus per year, limiting access to new drugs that can effectively treat nine out of every ten carriers of the virus.

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Addaction
Association of British Insurers guide on life insurance to support customers with HIV

A new guide has been produced by the Association of British Insurers to inform customers with HIV about life insurance.It lets people living with HIV know that they can get life insurance, and that they do not need to cancel an existing policy if they become HIV positive.

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5 hours ago
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Association of British Insurers
Hepatitis C will be eradicated from Australia in a decade, doctors say

Doctors are predicting the eradication of hepatitis C from Australia by 2026 after a dramatic take-up of new-generation "revolutionary" drugs. Nearly 22,500 patients have commenced treatment since the drugs were listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in March, representing about 10 per cent of all people who are estimated to be living with hepatitis C.

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6 hours ago
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Sydney Morning Herald
NHS England tried to sabotage hepatitis C drugs release because it couldn't afford them, doctors claim

NHS England tried to sabotage the release of hepatitis C drugs because it couldn't afford them, it has been claimed. Under current procedures, drugs approved by Nice typically become widely available to NHS patients after a statutory period of 90 days. However, the BMJ claims: “In an apparent panic over high prices and affordability, NHS England deployed many delaying tactics to block timely access to the hepatitis C drugs.”

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6 hours ago
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The Independent
Stigma persists in the undetectable era

In an era of widespread HIV treatment and undetectable viral load, stigma remains a persistent feature in the lives of almost half of people living

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10 hours ago
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Roger Pebody
How Three New studies Unravel South Africa's Patterns of HIV Transmission

Three studies conducted by the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) in rural and urban sub-districts of the KwaZulu-Natal province provide new insights into the engine that drives HIV transmission in the country. They also reveal a new way to tackle the problem of HIV. Caprisa’s director Professor Salim Abdool-Karim explains the latest findings.

Published
27 July 2016
From
The Good Men Project (blog)
'Screen-and-treat' scheme for hepatitis B may prevent deadly complications

Research into Africa's first 'screen-and-treat' programme for hepatitis B suggests the initiative may reduce deadly complications of the virus. The new findings, from researchers at a number of international institutions including Imperial College London and the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia, also suggest the initiative is feasible and cost-effective.

Published
27 July 2016
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Eurekalert Inf Dis
As EU Approval Moves Closer Are Governments Prepared For PrEP?

On Friday the EU's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced its positive opinion on Gilead’s HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis product Truvada PrEP. But with many European governments trying to control healthcare costs, the biggest issue facing Truvada PrEP might not be approval but rather reimbursement.

Published
27 July 2016
From
Seeking Alpha
Prince Harry's HIV test inspired a 500% increase in people checking their status, says charity

The Terrence Higgins Trust described the effect of the prince’s social media appeal as a “groundbreaking moment in the fight against HIV ”. The charity was running a pilot scheme offering people the chance to find out their status by sending off for a 15-minute HIV self-testing kit when Harry sat down for his test on Thursday July 14.

Published
27 July 2016
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Daily Mirror
Reducing clinic visits can support retention in HIV care, African studies show

Interventions which reduce the need for people to attend clinics are proving highly successful in retaining people in care and supporting adherence to HIV medication in southern

Published
26 July 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
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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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