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UNAIDS outlines progress on HIV, but decries funding cuts

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) released its latest report on the status of the HIV epidemic and the global response ahead of the 10th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV

22 July 2019
Liz Highleyman
Are 2 million bottles of PrEP an empty gesture?

Gilead should either commit to providing all the doses of PrEP required for everyone who would benefit or open the market up to a range of generic manufacturers.

15 July 2019
The Lancet HIV
Insurance Will Soon Cover HIV Prevention, But Many People Who Need it Still Won't Have Access

When Corey Walsh began using the drug Truvada, the pills were free but the quarterly lab tests and doctors' visits cost almost $400.

11 July 2019
Gilead fails to keep promise on access to lifesaving drug for people living with HIV

Pharmaceutical corporation Gilead promised to expand access at an affordable price to a drug for people with an HIV-related infection, cryptococcal meningitis. One year on, the drug is registered in only six developing countries and remains prohibitively expensive.

01 July 2019
Médecins Sans Frontières
Desperate patients turn to buyers clubs

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

25 June 2019
The Economist (free registration required)
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).

24 June 2019
The Nation
For People With HIV, Health Coverage Is Improving

A new analysis finds that Obamacare has driven down the proportion of individuals without insurance.

19 June 2019
PrEP reduces HIV infections by over 95% in US ‘real world’ study

A study of people prescribed pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) over a four-year period at a large centre in Los Angeles has found that HIV incidence in people

18 June 2019
Gus Cairns
Global ingredient shortage caused ARV stockouts

A worldwide shortage of an active pharmaceutical ingredient is the reason behind the anti-retroviral (ARV) medication shortfall across the country, the department of health confirmed. The anti-retroviral drug called Lamivudine is currently in short supply globally and this has affected ARVs that contain this ingredient.

07 June 2019
This drug could end HIV. Why hasn't it? (Podcast)

Dr. Robert Grant developed a treatment — a daily pill known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP — that could stop the AIDS crisis. We look at why that hasn’t happened.

06 June 2019
New York Times
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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

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

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