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Are We Really Prepared To Stop HIV?

Last weekend (9/10 February) in Amsterdam, European healthcare workers, activists, advocates and policy makers were at a conference discussing how they could facilitate HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) more widely across European countries. Is it right to continue to limit or stagger access to PrEP to those at highest need in England when it is available freely on the NHS in Scotland and Wales?

Published
12 February 2018
From
Huffington Post
What’s missing from the conversation about safe injection sites: drug users’ voices

"This is a very top-down process, and that doesn't always reflect what's best for drug users," said one harm reduction activist. Inside the fight to quell Philadelphia's opioid addiction crisis.

Published
26 January 2018
From
Generocity
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).

Published
16 January 2018
From
The Body
New Online Resource For PrEP Created By Dublin-Based Activists

Will St Leger, Adam Shanley and several other sexual health advocates have collaborated to create a site full of everything you need to know about PrEP in Ireland.

Published
07 January 2018
From
Gay Community News
‘Drugs are too expensive for the NHS – and people are paying with their lives’

Don’t blame the NHS for denying vital medication, say members of a new activist group, Just Treatment. Blame the pharma companies hooked on huge profits.

Published
20 December 2017
From
The Guardian
How I use Twitter in the fight against HIV

‘Ignorance = fear; silence = death’ proclaimed the poster from the radical AIDS activist group, Act Up. The image was burned into my mind, as a young gay man, recently diagnosed with HIV. I got involved in HIV charity work in 1999 because I wanted to dispel the ignorance and to end the silence that had resulted in the deaths of so many that I loved. I wanted to share intelligence, to empower people through knowledge. In 2017, social media is a vital tool in that mission.

Published
08 December 2017
From
JustGiving blog
Petition: Save our sexual health services

Reverse the damaging cuts to the public health budget in England and provide sufficient funding to ensure that patients can continue to access high-quality sexual health services throughout the country

Published
04 December 2017
From
British Association for Sexual Health and HIV
Achieving HIV Targets through Human Rights Instruments

This post presents an overview of the human rights political mechanisms and expert bodies available to activists at the Human Rights Council, as well as resources for how they can be utilized.

Published
20 November 2017
From
MSMGF
Harm Reduction Beyond Numbers

How cultural attitudes, the political environment, and donor expectations shape harm reduction – and how they can divert it from its original mission as a movement.

Published
20 November 2017
From
Drug Reporter
This year's 30 charity leaders on social media: be bold to succeed

This year’s top 30 charity leaders on social media have been named, together with the winners in each of the six award categories. The annual social CEOs awards aim to encourage even more leaders to excel online, and this year’s winners, announced on 16 November at an event hosted by JustGiving, demonstrate that those willing to take risks will gain traction – even without a large budget. The top 30 are not ranked, but the overall winner is Matthew Hodson, executive director of NAM.

Published
17 November 2017
From
The Guardian
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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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