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NHS denied treatment for migrants who can’t afford upfront charges

Treatment deemed urgent or “immediately necessary” is meant to still be carried out regardless of ability to pay. However, the Guardian has learned of a patient with an advanced form of blood cancer who was denied urgent chemotherapy after the hospital demanded upfront payment.

Published
14 November 2018
From
The Guardian
Home Office scraps scheme that used NHS data to track migrants

The Home Office has abandoned a controversial “hostile environment” scheme using NHS data to track down patients believed to be breaching immigration rules. In the face of a legal challenge brought by the Migrants’ Rights Network, a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Health, NHS Digital and the Home Office is being scrapped.

Published
12 November 2018
From
The Guardian
Situation Improving For HIV-Positive Individuals Detained at the United States Border

Individuals with HIV who have been detained by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement are far more likely to be released having had some consultation about their health and steps to improve their outlook compared with those who were detained several years ago, according to new research presented the 2018 ID Week Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Published
12 October 2018
From
MD Magazine
Desperate border crossings, as Venezuela runs short of HIV drugs

Venezuela's economic meltdown has triggered the biggest exodus of people in modern Latin American history.

Published
03 October 2018
From
Reuters
The Violence of Uncertainty — Undermining Immigrant and Refugee Health

"Immigrants and refugees in the United States have long faced structural violence due to unequal access to health care. Now we are seeing an emerging form of violence inflicted on these groups, enacted through systematic personal, social, and institutional instability that exacerbates inequality and injects fear into the most basic of daily interactions. We refer to such violence as “the violence of uncertainty.”

Published
02 October 2018
From
NEJM
NHS fees for maternity care 'putting migrant mothers at risk'

Vulnerable women becoming distressed by legacy of ‘hostile environment’, report says

Published
18 September 2018
From
The Guardian
Improved Transnational HIV Care Needed for Deported Immigrants

As more immigrants from Latin America are detained and deported from the United States, the transnational coordination of care for HIV must be strengthened to prevent poor health outcomes, according to a viewpoint published in Lancet HIV.

Published
28 August 2018
From
Infectious Disease Advisor
HIV treatment services in African countries need to adapt to serve mobile and migrant populations

Health facilities must be responsive to the needs of mobile individuals and of migrants if they are to retain people in care, Bwalya Chiti of Zambart told

Published
26 July 2018
By
Roger Pebody
Trump Agency Is Using Federal HIV Funds to Separate Immigrant Families

“We oppose diverting Ryan White funds to cover a policy that is a violation of basic human decency,” says AIDS United about the report.

Published
11 July 2018
From
Poz
For Immigrants Living With HIV, an Impossible Choice Between Viral Suppression and Deportation

The themes of separation, trauma, and having to decide between one's own health and the safety of those one loves can be found all across the country in immigrant communities from Alabama and Ohio to Los Angeles and New York City.

Published
04 July 2018
From
The Body
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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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