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  • #BREAKTHEPATENT

    The drug Truvada has the ability to reduce the risk of HIV transmission by more than 99%, but it's being withheld from the American public because of the greed of its manufacturer. Sign the petition to call on the National Institute of Health to break the patent around Truvada as PrEP.

    20 June 2018 | breakthepatent.org
  • MSF challenges Gilead's undeserved patent in China on lifesaving hepatitis C medicine

    The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) filed a legal patent challenge today at China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), requesting the invalidation of the patent it granted to US pharmaceutical corporation Gilead Sciences in 2012 for the oral hepatitis C medicine velpatasvir. This unmerited patent means this lifesaving medicine could remain priced out of reach for several more years, leaving millions of people to unnecessarily go without in China and abroad.

    20 June 2018 | MSF press release
  • Private Payers Deny Hepatitis C Drug Coverage to 52% of Members

    Over half of private payer health plan beneficiaries were denied necessary hepatitis C drug coverage and prescriptions.

    14 June 2018 | Health Payer Intelligence
  • How to Deal With Conflicts About Ex-Lovers, HIV, Trump and More

    A provocative interview with author Sarah Schulman also reveals the most pressing issues facing gay people and the HIV community.

    13 June 2018 | Poz
  • The End of AIDS: Far from Over

    The tools exist. HIV/AIDS can be treated and contained. But in many communities, social, political and economic obstacles get in the way. There, the epidemic is far from over. PBS Newshour reports from Russian, Nigeria and Florida.

    12 June 2018 | PBS NewsHour
  • Russia’s HIV/AIDS epidemic is getting worse, not better

    Almost anywhere in the world, an HIV-infected woman who has an uninfected partner and wants to have a baby would be first in line to receive ARVs. The challenges Katia faced in getting treatment amid Russia’s epidemic highlight the country’s faltering response, which critics have blasted as misguided, lackadaisical, and downright dismissive. Some federal health officials even question the term epidemic. “This is a very large and very serious epidemic, and certainly one of the few epidemics in the world that continues to get worse rather than get better,” says Vinay Saldanha, the Moscow-based regional director for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. “This is a public health crisis.”

    12 June 2018 | Science
  • In the face of a misguided response to HIV/AIDS in Russia, these bright stars are taking charge

    In 2015, Pavel Lobkov, a news anchor on TV Rain, an independent station in Moscow, confronted a predicament unlike any he had faced in more than 2 decades working as a journalist. It was World AIDS Day, and he was slated to host a show. His guest was the head of the Federal Center for the Prevention and Control of the Spread of AIDS, Vadim Pokrovsky. For 12 years, Lobkov had been Pokrovsky’s patient.

    12 June 2018 | Science
  • Conflict in Ukraine and a ticking bomb of HIV

    Occupation by Russian forces in the east of Ukraine have created conditions that threaten HIV control in the region and further afield as people move to escape conflict.

    11 June 2018 | The Lancet HIV (requires free registration)
  • Price cut on medicine will help preserve the health of more people living with HIV

    Unitaid and Indian drug manufacturer Cipla Ltd. struck a landmark agreement today that will lower the price of the first combination therapy (containing co-trimoxazole, isoniazid and vitamin B6) that prevents opportunistic infections in people living with HIV.

    11 June 2018 | UNITAID
  • Switzerland: Black lists kill

    Many patients have difficulty paying their health insurance premiums. Some cantons have therefore drawn up black lists. The listed patients will then only receive medical services that are classified as emergency measures. For the doctors this is an ethical dilemma, for an HIV patient in Graubünden it ended fatally - he died at the Chur Cantonal Hospital end of 2017. The therapy initiated after a long back and forth came too late, he could no longer be saved.

    08 June 2018 | Positivrat Schweiz
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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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