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  • Beyond donor dollars for health care: how Uganda is thinking outside the box

    What’s become increasingly clear is that there’s funding gap for the scale-up of antiretroviral treatment as well as service delivery. In our research we looked at how Uganda is attempting to plug this gap with a range of innovative approaches involving different donors and for different aspects of HIV treatment.

    1 hour ago | The Conversation
  • Status check: PrEP uptake & delivery in the US

    How are public health and community health organizations creating demand and facilitating access to PrEP—and what more can be done? Kenneth Mayer, MD, medical research director and co-chair of The Fenway Institute, joined BETA to answer questions about the opportunities to expand PrEP access in the U.S.

    1 hour ago | BETA blog
  • South Africa’s HIV treatment programme: a phoenix rising from the ashes?

    In our most recent modelling study, published this week in PLoS Medicine, we have attempted to look back on what the ART programme has achieved to date – and what could have been achieved. It’s too soon to say whether progress reducing AIDS deaths has stalled, but the early signs suggest that this may be the new reality in the post-2014 period.

    13 December 2017 | Ground Up
  • UNAIDS announces nearly 21 million people living with HIV now on treatment

    In the year 2000, just 685 000 people living with HIV had access to antiretroviral therapy. By June 2017, around 20.9 million people had access to the life-saving medicines. Such a dramatic scale-up could not have happened without the courage and determination of people living with HIV demanding and claiming their rights, backed up by steady, strong leadership and financial commitment.

    20 November 2017 | UNAIDS press release
  • Review identifies aspects of healthcare most valued by people with HIV

    Researchers in the United Kingdom conducted a systematic review on the aspects of healthcare valued by people with HIV. They identified seven areas of importance for patients: relationship with their healthcare provider; expertise of their healthcare provider; access to care; receipt of information and support; coordination between the services they receive; confidentiality; and participation in their care.

    19 November 2017 | CATIE
  • British Columbia just lost its last two excuses not to cover the pill that prevents HIV

    Julio Montaner, the head of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, told a room full of doctors and activists Nov 6, 2017, that his centre has negotiated a deal with generic drug manufacturers that could deliver the treatment without swelling the budget. “The message is, we’re ready,” Montaner told Xtra following his announcement. “It’s time to do this.”

    13 November 2017 | XTRA, Vancouver
  • HIV in West and Central Africa – the state of an epidemic left behind

    The UNAIDS, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and African Union 18-month catch-up plan aims to increase treatment access and reduce mortality in West and Central Africa.

    10 November 2017 | Avert
  • 'Caring at Its Essence': HIV Nurses Recall Pivotal Moments With Patients

    One of the central tenets of nursing is compassion: a quest to heal patients holistically and with empathy rather than focusing narrowly on the clinical treatment or prevention of a specific condition. At the 2017 Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) conference, we asked HIV nurses to share a moment in which their unique perspective made a big difference in the care of a particular patient.

    09 November 2017 | The Body Pro
  • Why do some HIV drugs cost so much in the US? Pharma, insurers, advocacy groups and consumers weigh in

    As open enrollment begins November 1, millions of Americans are comparing insurance plans available on the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace. Prescription copayments and which medications a health plan covers are key considerations for people living with HIV and for those taking regular prescription medications. The cost to the consumer is very different, however, from the price that insurers negotiate with pharmaceutical companies, and the debate around drug pricing has hit national headlines in recent years with cases like EpiPen and Daraprim. Drug pricing is a complicated issue, with pharmaceutical companies on one side, patient activists on the other, and consumers oftentimes stuck somewhere in the middle.

    03 November 2017 | BETA blog
  • Top gay sexual health clinic forced to turn away four out of five people a day

    Around 1,500 people are trying to get just 300 appointments at the most popular sexual health clinic for gay and bi men in the UK, after other clinics closed. Now experts are warning the cuts could lead to sexual infections rising in the UK capital.

    30 October 2017 | Gay Star News
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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.

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