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Notes from India: Concerns and Challenges Around PrEP

When it comes to PrEP, the common view in India (and elsewhere) appears to be that to take away dwindling funding and hard-to-get ARV drugs from HIV-positive people and directing them toward HIV-negative people is not a realistic or justifiable step.

Published
10 August 2011
From
Mapping Pathways
I haven't given up, I've taken charge - one man's story of taking HIV meds for prevention

Recently, I was surprised to learn that I had allegedly “given up on gay men.” According to Michael Weinstein, president and founder of the so-called “AIDS Healthcare Foundation,” I now consider the lives of gay men, including my own, “disposable.” What great crime have I committed to deserve Mr. Weinstein’s condemnation?

Published
02 August 2011
From
Positively Aware
HIV researcher plans new PrEP study

The NEXT (Novel Explorations of Therapeutics) PrEP Study will begin this fall. It will include 400 at-risk, HIV-negative gay men, and will take place over 48 weeks at 12 sites across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The NEXT PrEP Study will differ from iPrEx in that its primary experimental group will receive a daily regimen of the drug maraviroc (brand name Selzentry).

Published
29 July 2011
From
Mapping Pathways
New Prevention Data Leads WHO to Delay Guidelines for Couples

Upbeat new HIV prevention findings presented last week at an international AIDS conference held in Rome have complicated attempts by the World Health Organization (WHO) to draft much-anticipated guidelines for heterosexual couples in which one partner is infected.

Published
27 July 2011
From
Science
PrEP: Welcome Back to the 1980s

I read Regan Hofmann's blog-post last week titled "Not Drinking the PrEP Kool-AIDS" with a mixture of dread (would I be accused of being an irresponsible PrEP cheerleader?) and a growing sense of déjà vu.

Published
26 July 2011
From
Poz
Médecins Sans Frontières: Treatment As Prevention - We Urgently Need Policy Guidance

Rumours spread in the conference corridors that WHO had been pressured to delay the release of guidelines on the provision of ART in discordant couples. Some suggested the issue at stake was to find the right balance in investment between the results of HTPN 052 and those of the recently completed pre-exposure prophylaxis trials.

Published
26 July 2011
From
Speaking of Medicine
PrEP makes no sense for discordant couples

First PReP worked for gay men, and we were happy. Then it didn’t work for straight women, and we were sad. Now, two big studies in heterosexuals have shown it can work for straight couples, and we are deeply confused. Or at least I am.

Published
18 July 2011
From
The Wisdom of Whores
A call for clinical trials to evaluate combination prevention

“There is no silver bullet” is a common mantra in AIDS prevention, and Dr. Robin Shattock of the Imperial College in London provided a plenary talk in that vein on combination prevention and the need for scientific evaluation Monday at the 2011 International AIDS Conference in Rome.

Published
18 July 2011
From
Science Speaks
Call for human rights-based guidance on PrEP and ART as prevention

GNP+ calls on the World Health Organization and Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS to ensure guidance is developed and published for individuals and couples on how to make informed decisions about the HIV prevention options that work best for them, as well as guidance for those providing services to those in need to access ART and PrEP. This guidance should be developed in collaboration with networks of people living with HIV and key populations.

Published
18 July 2011
From
GNP Plus
Not drinking the PrEP Kool-AIDS

If we could test and treat every positive person--and, admittedly, there are many significant issues to address in order to make universal access feasible, not the least of which is the challenge of paying for ARVs for tens of millions of people for the rest of their lives or until there is a cure--would we really need PrEP?

Published
17 July 2011
From
Poz blog

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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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