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Betty Price's HIV Quarantine Query Echoes White Supremacist Voices in the Trump Era

Price's line of questioning seemed to belong to the 1980s, when HIV and AIDS were less understood and far less preventable, as well as surrounded by much more fear and hysteria. But I heard very similar consideration of quarantining people with HIV as a viable option a few months ago -- on a white supremacist podcast. And these podcasts are the new "test kitchens" of the right -- floating ideas once considered politically impossible to see what'll stick with the core supporters of the current regime.

01 November 2017
The Body
Wife of ex-US health secretary Price asks if people with HIV can be quarantined

A Georgia state lawmaker who is married to former Trump health secretary Tom Price asked during a legislative committee meeting about the possibility of quarantining people with HIV.

21 October 2017
The Guardian
Unpacking Michael Weinstein's Latest PrEP Denialism

The controversial head of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has taken his PrEP-skepticism campaign to the prestigious medical journal AIDS. The editorial is compromised by unsound logic, the cherry picking of evidence and the tendency to ignore important granular details about HIV infection and PrEP-use trends.

13 October 2017
‘AIDS spreads by shaking hands’: Old, banned pamphlets resurface on social media

A pamphlet on AIDS awareness with wrongly printed information has suddenly resurfaced on social media and gone viral, but it turns out, the campaign was over two years old and had already been recalled.

27 September 2017
Indian Express
Top HIV expert is not donating to crowdfunding HIV vaccine campaign, says it's "Fake News"

Dr. Carl W. Dieffenbach, head of the AIDS division of the US National Institutes of Health, has denounced an HIV vaccine crowdfunding campaign involving prominent stars. The major fundraising #ENDHIV campaign which features SIA, the campaign’s ambassador. Other celebrities include Zoe Saldana and Julianne Moore. Dr Dieffenbach's assessment is not pointed at the celebrities nor the organisation behind the campaign. It’s about the research of scientist, Dr. Paul, whom Dieffenbach asserts “is wrong” in his direction towards discovering the vaccine or cure promoted by the video and the campaign’s website Yet, the #ENDHIV video calls Dr. Paul’s work “a promising new AIDS cure.”

17 June 2017
BHIVA response to The Irish Times article 'Anti-HIV drug removes personal responsibility'

This piece has generated a considerable amount of concern in the HIV community already as its content is completely at odds with current recommendations by the World Health Organisation and NICE which recognise that HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an important component of HIV prevention. Numerous studies have shown that PrEP is a highly clinically and cost-effective safe intervention which reduces the risk of becoming infected with HIV by around 90%.

24 April 2017
How AIDS denialism spreads in Russia through online social networks

Three important factors for participation in AIDS denialist networks were determined: inadequate counselling, denial of the diagnosis because informants “felt good” and unwillingness to follow antiretroviral treatment. To our surprise, we found that the two most-known and hotly debated AIDS denial rhetorical strategies – that HIV science is fake and that it is a product of a global conspiracy – played almost no role in converting individuals to AIDS denialism.

05 April 2017
The Conversation
Mariëtte Botes: ARV pioneer who became the victim of abuse and hostility

Dr Mariëtte Botes, who has died in Pretoria at the age of 50, was an early pioneer of antiretroviral cocktails that saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people with Aids. But, reports The Times, while running a clinical trial at Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria in 1999, she became the target of a hostile campaign by Patricia de Lille, who was then an MP for the PAC, who accused her of abusing and exploiting her patients.

16 March 2017
Medical Brief
Turning the tide on HIV in Zimbabwe, one AIDS denialist at a time

How does a country—with a history of AIDS-denialism in government, and a financial crisis spanning 10 years—turn the tide on AIDS?

15 February 2017
BETA blog
Nigeria: Nigeria Aids Agency Warns Against HIV Cure 'Publicity'

The Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Sani Aliyu, has expressed displeasure with the publicity given to the claim of a cure for HIV/AIDS by a Nigerian professor.

07 February 2017
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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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