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Free ARVs are not enough: the hidden costs of treating HIV in Nigeria

The Nigerian government’s decision to provide antiretrovirals freely as part of HIV programmes at the country’s health facilities has dramatically improved the uptake of treatment. But it has not been enough to eliminate the high and sometimes inequitable economic burden of HIV/AIDS on households. Exorbitant food and transport costs, as well as the costs of illnesses linked to HIV, hinder full access to treatment services. Households end up having to fork out money they don’t necessarily have.

Published
15 March 2016
From
The Conversation
Calls for DWP staff training to recognise the fluctuating nature of HIV

Staff working at the DWP’s assessment centres should be better trained to deal with people living with HIV, according to an SNP MP. Stewart McDonald has written Iain Duncan Smith calling on him to make sure the Work Capability Assessment, to which those claiming sickness and disability benefits must submit, takes into account the fluctuating nature of HIV.

Published
01 March 2016
From
The National
US: Study shows direct link between state spending habits and AIDS deaths

American states with higher spending on social services and public health -- such as education and income support -- per person living in poverty (according to the federal poverty threshold) had significantly lower HIV/AIDS case rates and fewer AIDS deaths.

Published
04 February 2016
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
AHF's Michael Weinstein Has a New Fight, and It's Not About HIV

Several offices of the world's largest HIV services provider are located in Hollywood, the legendary Los Angeles neighborhood that's either in the middle of a rebirth or the throes of self-destruction, depending on who you ask. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation and its powerful leader, Michael Weinstein, are very much of the latter opinion. The organization is waging a lobbying war against the latest proposed development for Hollywood: a pair of 28-story towers adjacent to its own high-rise corporate office, on a site where a parking lot now sits.

Published
13 January 2016
From
Advocate.com
“My Biggest Fear Isn’t AIDS, It’s Being Evicted From My Rent-Controlled Unit”

With the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment hovering around $3500 per month by latest estimates, housing is a top concern for many San Francisco residents, but especially so for those whose long personal histories tie them to the city—such as long-term survivors living with HIV.

Published
13 January 2016
From
BETA blog
Worlds Apart: Vast Disparities In Treatment Separate Americans With HIV

HIV/AIDS activists and physicians now emphasize the socioeconomic barriers that keep some people living with HIV from consistently obtaining and using antiretroviral drugs to remain healthy. Addressing patients’ social and economic challenges is complicated and not reimbursable.

Published
04 January 2016
From
Kaiser Health News
As people with HIV live longer, life insurance companies see a new market

Now that people with HIV are living longer, thanks to medical and public health advances, life insurers are taking notice. Prudential Financial Inc., one of the nation's largest life insurers, and HIV-AIDS specialist Aequalis, are joining forces to offer "standard plans that are the same as those offered to any other customer."

Published
03 December 2015
From
San Francisco Business Times
For African migrants in Europe, destitution shapes sexual behaviour and HIV risk

For African migrants recently arrived in France, periods without a residence permit, secure housing or enough money are very common and are associated with transactional and casual

Published
01 December 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Women living with HIV in the UK continue to have poorer treatment outcomes

Women have triple the rate of poor treatment outcomes of gay men and the gap has not narrowed over the last decade, according to an analysis from

Published
13 November 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Nearly three-quarters of providers offer HIV cover

None of the UK’s major life assurance providers offer income protection or critical illness cover to those who are HIV positive.

Published
28 October 2015
From
FT Adviser

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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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