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US: Thousands on HIV drugs desperate amid budget woes

Cash-strapped states are cutting back on a program that provides free medicine to people with HIV, leaving thousands of patients to wonder where their drugs will come from and stirring fears of a return to the days when an AIDS diagnosis meant certain death.

Published
16 December 2010
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Washington Post
South Africa to double HIV patient treatment

South Africa's health minister says he has brought down the cost of HIV drugs by 53 percent, enabling the government to treat twice as many patients in the next two years.

Published
14 December 2010
From
Washington Post
Toronto AIDS drug protest gets attention in Ottawa

The December 13 “die-in” flash protest in Toronto's Dundas Square in support of Bill C-393 was designed to reach the ears of MPs in Ottawa. Did it work?

Published
14 December 2010
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Xtra
AFRICA: Straight Talk with Sheila Tlou, new UNAIDS head for Eastern and Southern Africa

Sheila Tlou, former Minister of Health in Botswana, took over as UNAIDS director for East and southern Africa in November, just a month before the deadline for achieving universal access to treatment, prevention, care and support expires.

Published
13 December 2010
From
IRIN Plusnews
Supreme Court caution to Indian Govt on second line treatment

The Supreme Court today cautioned the government against abdicating its constitutional duty of providing treatment to HIV positive patients on grounds of financial constraint saying it involves the right to life.

Published
13 December 2010
From
Yahoo News India
Deal spells doom for our chronically sick

"By sacrificing Africa, India could gain a bigger market in Europe for lifestyle diseases, while at the same time protecting its own products. This move confirms the truth in the adage — while India and the likes of Brazil chose to learn how to fish, we opted for handouts."

Published
13 December 2010
From
Daily Nation (Nairobi)
Trade agreements should not hinder efforts towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) calls on all countries to ensure efforts towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support are not impeded by bilateral and multilateral trade agreements.

Published
09 December 2010
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UNAIDS
Straight talk with...Ellen 't Hoen

Asher Mullard spoke to Hoen about the challenges of encouraging companies to share their intellectual property in a normally guarded sector.

Published
09 December 2010
From
EATG
European Commission Must Stop Attacking Generic Medicines That Are The Lifeline Of Millions Around The World

ITPC calls on all parties at the negotiating table to preserve and protect India's ability to produce and export affordable generic drugs that are the only HIV treatment option for millions of women, men and children.

Published
09 December 2010
From
Medical News Today

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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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