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England: Sexual health figures mask serious trends and inequalities

Sexual health must be sufficiently funded on a national level, to deliver high quality sexual health services and information, say the Health and Social Care Committee in its report on sexual health.

02 June 2019
Fifty new HIV diagnoses at Dean Street linked to caps on IMPACT study

One of the most sobering posters at BHIVA 2019 was able to directly link recent HIV infections to the NHS block on access to PrEP.

10 May 2019
HIV i-Base
London: Tower Hamlets Mayor calls for Government to fund PrEP for all to stop HIV transmission

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets has written to Matt Hancock the Secretary of State for health, to call for the funding of HIV treatment that could stop the spread of HIV, saving the NHS millions of pounds.

11 April 2019
Tower Hamlets council
Sticker Shock: PrEP Is Not Cost-Effective at Current Price, Health Economists Find

For years, the U.S. HIV prevention community has known that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is prohibitively expensive for many patients who need it. Now, new research presented at the 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) in Atlanta finds that not only is PrEP expensive for individual patients, it's also not cost-effective for the health system as a whole.

09 April 2019
The Body
Scotland urged to eliminate new HIV transmissions by 2030

Scotland has a chance to eliminate new cases of HIV if it avoids complacency in the fight against the virus, according to a charity.

26 March 2019
BBC News
UK Government appoints first National Adviser for LGBT Health

Clinical adviser in the NHS appointed to advise on LGBT health issues. Expert panel also appointed, which will focus on key issues such as conversion therapy, improving access and tackling inequality in healthcare.

18 March 2019
LGBT+ health adviser urges Britain to make HIV-prevention drug free

Britain’s first national adviser for LGBT+ health has said the roll-out of a highly effective HIV prevention pill could save hundreds of thousands of pounds for the country’s publicly funded health authority. In an exclusive interview Michael Brady, who will take up the role on April 1, said a planned roll-out of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) - a once-daily pill that protects against HIV – in England would prove cost effective “very quickly”.

18 March 2019
Effective HIV Interventions Have Changed the Approach to Trials

In the past, individuals who were at high risk for HIV infection and who were enrolled in placebo-controlled prevention trials had been typically randomly assigned to either an experimental agent or placebo. However, that trial design—and the way those trials were interpreted—has shifted. This was the topic of discussion during David Dunn’s session yesterday at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2019. Dunn is a researcher at University College London in the United Kingdom.

11 March 2019
Infectious Diseases Consultant
HIV infections lowered by 30% in universal testing and treatment study

Communities in southern Africa which received a door-to-door HIV testing intervention and support for linkage to care had substantially lower HIV incidence, the Conference on Retroviruses and

06 March 2019
Roger Pebody
Ireland: The new HIV crisis needs a better response

HIV is a public heath issue, but a spike in diagnoses in Ireland seems to be going unchecked. New figures published last week show there were 531 new cases of HIV infections diagnosed in 2018, an increase from 492 in 2017. There is now a new diagnosis of HIV in Ireland every 17 hours; Ireland’s rate of new diagnoses stood at 10.2 per 100,000 people in 2017, while the European average is 6.2 per 100,000.

04 March 2019
Irish 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

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