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Yes, we really do need UNAIDS

As the global network of people living with a disease that still infects 1.8 million people every year and kills another 1 million annually, GNP+ can say loud and clear: Yes, we absolutely need UNAIDS as a distinct body that leads and co-ordinates the HIV response.

Published
01 July 2019
From
GNP+
What Are Gilead Sciences’ Key Growth Drivers in Fiscal 2019?

TAF (Tenofovir alafenamide)-based HIV therapy Biktarvy and cell therapy Yescarta emerged as the key growth drivers for Gilead Sciences (GILD) in the first quarter. Besides these drugs, the company also expects HIV PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis therapies) Truvada and Descovy to be its key growth drivers in the future.

Published
26 June 2019
From
Market Realist
Selection Of New UNAIDS Executive Director Raises Larger Questions About Agency’s Purpose & Direction

A sensitive, closed-door selection of the new Executive Director for UNAIDS has kicked up a noisy social media debate among a number of leading global health figures, who questioned whether a separate bureaucracy for one disease, founded at the height of the AIDS epidemic, is justified today – when bigger global health threats now loom. Noncommunicable diseases now represent the lion’s share of the disease burden even in developing countries, critics say, but the current global health architecture allocates few resources towards those yawning needs.

Published
26 June 2019
From
Health Policy Watch
India: Developed, urbanized districts have high HIV prevalence

A new study has found that underlying factors for the epidemic also vary from region to region, and region-specific strategies may be necessary for HIV control. There is high prevalence of HIV in 63 districts in South and North-east regions of the country, the study has found. Of them, “better developed, urbanised districts with large population size, better socio-economic status of population are more likely to have consistently high HIV prevalence levels.” While planning HIV control strategies, the focus should be on districts which are showing signs of rapid urbanisation and socio-economic development, the study has suggested.

Published
25 June 2019
From
India Science Wire
Exclusive: North Korea claimed to be free of HIV. But infections appear to be surging

If HIV infections continue to climb, North Korea could take draconian measures “to contain the disease at all costs,” Taehoon Kim warns. North Korean statutes permit the government to move ill people against their will or deport them, he notes.

Published
25 June 2019
From
Science
Desperate patients turn to buyers clubs

What do you do when the NHS won’t buy the treatment you need?

Published
25 June 2019
From
The Economist (free registration required)
Elton John awarded France's highest civilian award Legion d'Honneur

The British musician was presented with the award by President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony at the Élysée Palace. President Macron's office praised Sir Elton, 72, as a "melodic genius" and as one of the first gay artists to give a voice to the LGBT community. He used his acceptance speech to promote his charity work.

Published
25 June 2019
From
BBC News
Kenya: 69,000 newborns at risk due to ARVs shortage

Medical personnel at several public hospitals who spoke to the Nation on the condition of anonymity said the shortage began about four months ago. They said the situation is dire, and that if no intervention is made urgently, things could turn disastrous. The administration of ARVs to newborns without HIV is meant to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission (perinatal acquisition).

Published
24 June 2019
From
The Nation
Exclusive: UNAIDS executive shortlist

Five candidates are competing for the top job at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS to replace Michel Sidibé, who led the organization since 2009 and left in May this year amid controversy. The shortlist includes only one woman and four men.

Published
24 June 2019
From
Devex
The Slow Rollout Of PrEP Is Denying Gay Men Their Right To Human Dignity

Gay men are already a socially marginalised and stigmatised group – their health can no longer continue to be sacrificed, National AIDS Trust's Yused Azad writes

Published
24 June 2019
From
Huffington Post

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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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