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“Buddies” Remains an Urgently Moving Study of Life and Death in the AIDS Era

For a stretch of time in the 1980s and ’90s, the word buddy meant, in modern gay life, someone who had agreed to be a friend to a man dying of AIDS. A buddy visited. Listened to stories. Told stories. Laughed. Cried. And above all, tried to make sure that the frail man in the bed knew that he had not been forgotten. That his passing would be noted. And mourned. In the 1985 film Buddies, writer-director Arthur J. Bressan Jr. did a simple yet radical thing: He told the story of one such friendship and, in the process, made the first feature-length drama about AIDS.

Published
19 June 2018
From
Village Voice
‘Culturally competent’ transgender health care starts with clinicians

Infectious Disease News spoke with several experts about how to improve transgender care in the U.S. and what areas of research need to be scaled up. Experts said a lot can be done at the clinical level to make transgender patients feel more comfortable and to improve their access to care, including having appropriately trained staff.

Published
15 June 2018
From
Healio (requires free registration)
SA healthcare: It’s not collapsed, merely distressed — Motsoaledi

While Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi this week claimed that government health services were just ‘distressed’, a Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) report listing shocking failings has been tabled in Parliament, with Health Ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba describing the system as ‘collapsing’.

Published
11 June 2018
From
Medical Brief
A Day in the Life: Physician Cares for HIV-Positive Patients in Jail

Every Tuesday Anne Spaulding MD works as a staff physician and infectious disease consultant at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta. “It has turned out to be a really good fit for somebody who is interested in health disparities, infectious diseases, social justice issues, HIV, and hepatitis C,” Spaulding said of corrections medicine. “It has been a very good career path.”

Published
31 May 2018
From
Journal of the American Medical Association
Why Experienced HIV/ID Doctors Leave Clinical Practice

Three of my good friends — they’re way more than just colleagues after all this time — in the HIV/ID world have left clinical practice recently.

Published
16 May 2018
From
NEJM Journal Watch
HIV Care Gaps of Less Than 9 Months Do Not Worsen Patients

Gaps in care of up to 9 months for patients with HIV do not worsen viral loads, a study involving more than 6000 HIV-infected individuals has found. Current guidelines specify that gaps in visits to primary care doctors should not exceed 6 months for clinically stable HIV patients with sustained viral suppression—even though longer lapses are common.

Published
16 May 2018
From
MD Magazine
South Africa: Providing healthcare to men who have sex with men is complex but possible

In many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, men who have sex with men encounter stigma and prejudice when they use health services. However, our research shows that it’s possible to provide good quality care in the public sector to men who have sex with men.

Published
15 May 2018
From
The Conversation
Dean Street clinics—battling London's MSM HIV epidemic

Dean Street's success in managing those at risk of HIV infection is evident, with their clinics' new HIV diagnoses dropping from a peak of 72 cases in June 2015 to 11 in September 2017. But like other prevention services in the UK, the good work being done risks being undone by the continual cuts to the public health grant from central government that councils across England use to fund HIV and STI prevention.

Published
08 May 2018
From
The Lancet HIV (requires free registration)
South Africa tests ATMs for medicine

People living with HIV and other chronic illnesses are getting faster, simpler access to essential medicines thanks to new medicine dispensing machines being piloted in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Published
04 May 2018
From
UNAIDS
Orban is not delivering health for Hungary

Viktor Orban's re-election to a third consecutive term in Hungary offers a preview for western countries of what the health consequences could be for governments that value populism and economic strength over the health of their people...An OECD Country Health Profile on Hungary in 2017 offers a stark comparison with health outcomes in other European Union (EU) countries. Life expectancy in Hungary is nearly 5 years below the EU average...lower than all of Hungary's immediate neighbours with the exception of Romania. Under Orban's leadership, the number of new cases of HIV/AIDS has more than doubled in a decade, rising from 1·0 per 100 000 in 2005 to 2·7 per 100 000 in 2015.

Published
21 April 2018
From
The Lancet
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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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