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UK-CAB statement on Brexit, HIV and access to medicines

On 19 December 2018, the UK-CAB, an HIV treatment advocacy organisation, published recommendations to mimimise the risk for HIV positive people having an interruption in supply of medicines, due to uncertainty over plans for Brexit.

Published
20 December 2018
From
UK-CAB
Benefits of dolutegravir treatment for all substantially outweigh the risks

Providing an antiretroviral regimen of dolutegravir, tenofovir and lamivudine to all adults living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, regardless of viral suppression or plans to have children,

Published
17 December 2018
By
Keith Alcorn
With no antiretrovirals, Venezuela HIV patients rely on leaf remedy

As Venezuela’s hyperinflation and chronic medicine shortages leave HIV patients with little hope of obtaining antiretroviral drugs, many are now relying on the leaves of a tropical tree known as the guasimo.

Published
13 December 2018
From
Reuters
Stigma, access and testing: why HIV is still rising in Europe

The latest annual surveillance report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that Europe maintains its distinction as the World Health

Published
11 December 2018
By
Gus Cairns
Bringing Down the House on Intellectual Property and Access

As the Trump administration makes noise about the high price of pharmaceuticals while doubling down on its commitment to “protect the engine of American ingenuity,” this issue of TAGline dives deep into the rhetoric and realities of intellectual property (IP) protections and the current wave of political shenanigans on critical drugs, surfacing the fundamental lies and vested interests that deny medication to those in need in the United States and around the world.

Published
10 December 2018
From
Treatment Action Group
Asylum seekers in Britain unable to access healthcare

Cost and fears about how they will be treated, or consequences for their immigration status, are preventing people seeking or refused asylum from using health services, a new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found, prompting a call for greater separation of the immigration and healthcare systems.

Published
30 November 2018
From
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Trump Wants to Restrict Access to HIV Meds for People on Medicare

In a move to cut Medicare costs, the proposed changes would also affect people with cancer, depression and schizophrenia.

Published
29 November 2018
From
Poz
MSF: Pharmaceutical corporations failing children with HIV

Developing countries are struggling to provide HIV-positive children with World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended treatments because pediatric versions of HIV medicines don’t exist, are priced out of reach, or haven’t been registered in all countries that need them, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ahead of a Vatican City meeting of HIV stakeholders on scaling up diagnosis and treatment for children.

Published
29 November 2018
From
Doctors Without Borders
New HIV testing centers open in the Philippines as HIV crisis worsens

More HIV testing centers have opened in the Philippines as the country struggles to curb the growing number of new cases. Already this year there have been more than 7,600 new HIV diagnosis in the Philippines. The south-east Asian nation has experienced a 174% increase in new infections since 2010. LoveYourself is an organisation mostly made up of volunteers who take multi-layered action on the HIV epidemic through promoting self-worth.

Published
16 November 2018
From
Gay Star News
NHS denied treatment for migrants who can’t afford upfront charges

Treatment deemed urgent or “immediately necessary” is meant to still be carried out regardless of ability to pay. However, the Guardian has learned of a patient with an advanced form of blood cancer who was denied urgent chemotherapy after the hospital demanded upfront payment.

Published
14 November 2018
From
The Guardian

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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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