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People who use drugs still adherent to PrEP

New research conducted with a group of PrEP clients at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation PrEP clinic suggests that people who use substances adhere to PrEP and stay in care at about the same rate as people who do not use drugs.

Published
13 April 2016
From
BETA blog
Adherence State of Mind

Tom Hayes writes: "As someone with near flawless adherence for the last four years I was shocked when I recently fell off the rails. It seems none of us are perfect."

Published
18 February 2016
From
Beyond Positive
Four Skills You Need to Successfully Manage Your HIV

Chronic illnesses can impact anyone, the secret is to manage yours. And to do that you need some specific skills. The people who are the most successful at managing their disease often do so by thinking of their illness as a journey or a hike down a path.

Published
24 January 2016
From
Huffington Post Canada
IV and Injectable HIV Treatments Are Much Discussed -- But Won't Be Here Anytime Soon

Given the success of currently available oral therapies -- in which essentially 100% of people who take it are virologically suppressed -- why do so many people say they want injectable shots instead?

Published
21 January 2016
From
TheBody Pro
Antiretroviral Drugs Fail to Consistently Reach Patients in Countries Most Affected By HIV/Aids

MSF today warned that life-saving antiretroviral medicines (ARVs) are routinely not making their way to patients in sub-Saharan Africa - most often despite sufficient stocks already being present in countries - and called for urgent improvements in ARV supply chains in the region.

Published
30 November 2015
From
MSF press release
Can’t Swallow a Pill? There’s Help for That

“Age doesn’t really impact your ability to swallow a pill,” said Dr. Kathleen Bradford, a professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “A teenager can have just as many problems as a 5-year-old. It likely has to do with anxiety and the negative associations with swallowing a pill.”

Published
22 September 2015
From
New York Times
The Silent Struggle of HIV Treatment Adherence

Long-acting antiretroviral medications has the potential to help many people with HIV who face adherence barriers to better health. But that does not mean that it will be a panacea for all adherence issues.

Published
28 August 2015
From
The Body
Namibia: Kids Eat ARVs Discarded By HIV Patients

Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs that are randomly discarded are becoming a regular occurrence in the informal settlements and a cause for concern, because small children pick the pills up and chew on them. Community activist Anna Mooya believes people on treatment are throwing away their drugs, because they do not have enough food to eat. "Some complain of hunger, that their faces swell up [when they take the medication], they feel dizzy and sometimes get stressed out. They do face a lot of challenges," she said.

Published
19 August 2015
From
AllAfrica.com
African-Americans most likely to stop taking meds in Medicare Part D's coverage gap

Medicare Part D provides help to beneficiaries struggling with the cost of prescriptions drugs, but the plan's coverage gap hits some populations harder than others, particularly African-Americans age 65 and older. Reaching, or even approaching, the gap affects access to medication and influences whether those medications are taken as prescribed.

Published
17 August 2015
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Africa: MSF Warns Successful Global HIV Response Will Require Bigger Emphasis On Adherence

New MSF report surveying lay counsellor policies across eight countries highlights major weaknesses for adherence support

Published
22 July 2015
From
AllAfrica

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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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