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  • This Is Exactly How HIV Activists Disrupted Congress to Save Health Care

    Late last month, thousands of Americans with HIV/AIDS -- many of them among the millions of Americans who rely on Medicaid or Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans for their health coverage -- saw the news and breathed yet one more major sigh of relief: the Senate would not go forward on its final effort this year to kill the ACA (aka Obamacare) and take a devastating bite out of Medicaid.

    10 October 2017 | The Body
  • My Journey Through Health Care and HIV as a Black American

    There is a need for the black community to "unlearn" -- to build new trust around the state of our health care. We have, for so long, been treated as second-class citizens within these systems that we have opted for home remedies and religious protection over the advancements of modern medicine for our potential betterment.

    27 September 2017 | The Body Pro
  • Dear AIDS Activist

    Thank you for your dedication to improving the lives of people living with HIV infection and to efforts to end an epidemic that has gone on far too long. The work you do is even more impressive now, when HIV/AIDS is no longer the cause célèbre it once was and our red ribbon has joined a growing rainbow of good causes and works....Today, the science of HIV can greatly benefit from your true co-production. That means actually demanding to help create research, not just be a mostly mute study team member whose presence allows a box to be check-marked. In an increasing number of research networks, patients are at the drawing board, designing and implementing research. How ironic it is that in HIV research, where the roots of such co-production can be found, we are behind the times.

    21 September 2017 | North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center
  • Trump’s team is rewriting a rule that made transgender health care accessible. Patients are scared.

    The Trump administration is working to revise a section of the Affordable Care Act that says federally funded health programs cannot discriminate on the basis of sex. While the Obama administration made clear that this provision required states to cover transgender care through their Medicaid programs, the current administration is no longer enforcing the rule.

    05 September 2017 | STAT
  • The HIV response in Ukraine: at a crossroads

    The Ukrainian Government is looking to shoulder more of the burden of the response to the HIV epidemic in the midst of a complicated health-care overhaul.

    21 July 2017 | The Lancet (free registration required)
  • AIDS deaths are almost half of what they were in 2005 — but experts worry Trump could reverse that

    “If the president’s budget were enacted, we would see the progress that has been gained over the last decade reversed very quickly, and all of the hard-fought gains reversed almost quicker than we achieved them,” said Mitchell Warren, executive director of HIV-prevention advocacy group AVAC.

    21 July 2017 | Mic
  • A sex worker's view on South Africa's latest plans to beat HIV

    An open letter from a sex worker argues that the good intentions of South Africa's plan to end HIV infections will be undermined by the fact that sex work remains a criminal offence in South Africa. This means that sex workers remain vulnerable. They don’t have the right to protect themselves – for example from police violence and intimidation – or get the health care they need because they’re stigmatised by health workers.

    14 June 2017 | Times (South Africa)
  • PrEP Stymied in Europe: What's the hold up?

    Europe is the birthplace of the smallpox vaccine and the Renaissance, among other treasures. So why can’t this continent that has brought forth such cornerstones of public health and flourishing civilization deliver oral PrEP—a mere pill a day to prevent HIV, which already exists and is being successfully implemented in several countries, including Brazil, Kenya, South Africa and the US?

    08 June 2017 | AVAC
  • United States: A GOP Health Care Plan May Ruin Our Best Chance At Ending HIV And AIDS

    Though it’s unclear how (or if) the ACA will be repealed, the plan passed by the House this month would certainly lead to fewer insured Americans and, by extension, fewer patients able to afford PrEP.

    17 May 2017 | Huffington Post
  • Scott Gottlieb wins confirmation as FDA commissioner

    Dr. Scott Gottlieb is headed back to the Food and Drug Administration. By a vote of 57 to 42, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed Gottlieb, a former FDA deputy commissioner, as the agency’s next chief.

    10 May 2017 | STAT
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