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  • A step by step process on how we can support mothers living with HIV

    Our team in Toronto has supported four mothers living with HIV who wanted to breastfeed while on effective treatment with fully suppressed viral load. We have to say, though, it wasn’t easy! But we’ll walk you through the steps we followed, which can be used by other healthcare and service providers.

    12 March 2019 | CATIE
  • Migrants wrongly told to pay for NHS care upfront, minister admits

    Hospitals have wrongly told some migrants needing urgent care to pay for it in advance even though they qualified for free treatment on the NHS, the government has admitted for the first time.

    18 February 2019 | The Guardian
  • HIV clinic's hardest battle in treating people is helping them to overcome the social stigma

    Jason, who is using a pseudonym, is a heterosexual black man of African heritage. He is typical of the patients seen at the clinic in University Hospital Lewisham. There are 850 patients on the books, more than 50 per cent are heterosexual and most of African origin. Many live on the poverty line and struggle with mental health problems. But the biggest challenge facing the team is the issue of stigma.

    10 December 2018 | Evening Standard
  • Asylum seekers in Britain unable to access healthcare

    Cost and fears about how they will be treated, or consequences for their immigration status, are preventing people seeking or refused asylum from using health services, a new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found, prompting a call for greater separation of the immigration and healthcare systems.

    30 November 2018 | Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • 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.

    14 November 2018 | 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.

    12 November 2018 | The Guardian
  • 'Growing up, it felt like I was too gay to be black and too black to be gay'

    "What it's like coming out as a black man when people see it as a 'white thing'" - Phil Samba talks to BBC Radio 5 live about coming out as black and gay in the UK

    05 November 2018 | BBC
  • NHS fees for maternity care 'putting migrant mothers at risk'

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

    18 September 2018 | The Guardian
  • UK: Black Straight Men Face Highest Rate Of Late Diagnosis of HIV

    A study has revealed that black African heterosexual men are most likely to be diagnosed of HIV late

    13 September 2018 | The Voice
  • 8,900 checks on NHS ‘health tourists’ find just 50 liable to pay

    A pilot scheme set up by Jeremy Hunt to check whether patients were entitled to free NHS care found only a tiny number were ineligible, the Evening Standard can reveal.

    30 May 2018 | Evening Standard
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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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