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Gilead Continues To Block Ireland From Sourcing Generic Truvada

Gilead Sciences, the company that supplies Ireland with the drug Truvada, will have a full court hearing in mid-October to determine whether the Irish Health and Safety Executive (HSE) can source a generic analogue of the drug from the pharmaceutical giant’s competitors. In July, GCN reported that Gilead was taking legal action to stop the HSE from securing generic drug from Actavis and Mylan, the company’s competitors, for the purposes of HIV prevention as PrEP.

Published
16 October 2017
From
Gay Community News
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.

Published
10 October 2017
From
The Body
HIV JUSTICE Toolkit to support advocacy against HIV criminalisation now online

HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE today announced the launch of the HIV Justice Toolkit, which aims to support advocates to oppose HIV criminalisation at all levels – from educating communities and lawmakers to defending individual cases.

Published
10 October 2017
From
HIV Justice Network
Reconsidering Primary Prevention: a Call To Action For The Global HIV Response

"The [HIV] prevention toolbox is getting bigger, but the application of the tools is getting smaller. For...prevention to stand a chance, the silence, denial, negativity, and moralism surrounding sex and drug use must end. Policy makers and donors, including governments, must shed their reluctance to openly and positively address sex and drug use in their public health discourse and responses to HIV."

Published
09 October 2017
From
MSMGF
What’s a Network of People Living With HIV?

And what makes it different from other kinds of groups made for people living with HIV? I start the discussion here...

Published
02 October 2017
From
Poz
Moments of Stillness

An interview with photographer Stephen Barker, whose portraits show early AIDS activists, minus all the anger.

Published
25 September 2017
From
Poz
South Africa: Aids Activist David Ross Patient Has Died

World renowned South African AIDS activist David Ross Patient, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1983, died on Friday evening after contracting pneumonia following an operation.

Published
25 September 2017
From
AllAfrica
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.

Published
21 September 2017
From
North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center
PrEP-ing for HIV prevention in Ireland

Lack of access to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is presenting dilemmas for the HSE, clinicians, the medicines regulator and those seeking the medication in Ireland. A recent memo to healthcare professionals sent on behalf of the HSE’s Working Group on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), discouraging them from directing patients to the activist-led website www.iwantPrEPnow.co.uk for information on sourcing pre-emptive antiretroviral therapy online, is a talking point among campaigners advocating for access.

Published
18 September 2017
From
The Medical Independent
Capturing the Wild Sadness of the AIDS Crisis at Its Height

It was not until decades later — after drug advances and cultural changes had dulled the sharp edge of the AIDS crisis, after the disease and those who fought it became something that many people saw as history — that the photographer Stephen Barker realized that he had been creating a photo project about AIDS and the people he met at ACT UP, the AIDS advocacy group.

Published
13 September 2017
From
Time
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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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