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  • American HIV Activists Prepare for What Lies Ahead in 2018

    In the past year, health advocacy in the U.S. was a real stressor. President Donald Trump (along with the GOP-led houses of Congress) came into office fully focused on dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and reforming taxes to benefit the wealthy. This move could have taken us back to the days of AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting lists, people with HIV being denied coverage, and people being refused coverage for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

    16 January 2018 | The Body
  • Experts worry about consequences of Trump’s HIV/AIDS council firings

    Without explanation, the Trump administration fired every remaining member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) in letters on Dec. 27. The firings came 6 months after six members of the council publicly resigned in a letter that said President Donald J. Trump “simply does not care” about the subject of HIV/AIDS. Experts question the timing and meaning of the terminations by a White House now seen as detached from the HIV/AIDS community and possibly disdainful of science-based solutions to public health issues.

    10 January 2018 | Healio
  • Trump administration fires all members of HIV/AIDS advisory council

    The remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS were fired en masse this week. Months after a half-dozen members resigned in protest of the Trump administration's position on health policies, the White House dismissed the rest through a form letter.

    31 December 2017 | Washington Post
  • CDC Reportedly Bans Words Including “Transgender” and “Science-Based”

    The Trump Administration is forbidding policy analysts at the nation’s main public health agency from using seven words and phrases, including transgender, fetus and evidence-based, in official documents dealing with the upcoming budget, The Washington Post reported. That assertion is a “complete mischaracterization of discussions,” says an HHS spokesperson.

    19 December 2017 | Poz
  • Trump Marks World AIDS Day. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    Answers from the Twitterverse.

    04 December 2017 | Poz
  • Now Mugabe is gone there is a chance to get HIV/AIDS under control

    In Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, the poor and the marginalised with HIV/AIDS lived on borrowed time. Although there were significant strides in reducing the country’s HIV prevalence from an average of 27% in the 1990s to less than 15% in 2017, those pushed into extreme poverty continue to fight a daily battle against corruption and prejudice which limits their access to vital treatment, support and care. Now Mugabe is gone there is a glimmer of hope. But Zimbabwe’s new leaders need to take action quickly before more lives are lost.

    01 December 2017 | The Conversation
  • Cuba’s HIV Sanatoriums: Prisons or Public Health Tool?

    An interview with Dr. Jorge Pérez Ávila, former sanatorium director and renowned HIV expert, and medical anthropologist and activist Alfredo González, on Cuba’s controversial sanatorium system.

    27 November 2017 | North American Congress on Latin America
  • Top 10 HIV Clinical Developments of 2017

    By David Alain Wohl, M.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina (UNC).

    19 November 2017 | The Body Pro
  • 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
  • Eliminating viral hepatitis: time to match visions with action

    Fundamentally, the tools needed to move towards elimination targets already exist—an effective vaccine for hepatitis B and a curative treatment for hepatitis C. What is needed now more than anything else is the political will to scale up prevention, diagnosis, and treatment programmes.

    10 November 2017 | The Lancet (editorial)
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