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  • There is a problem with the decade's greatest medical moments. Most medical advances originate in rich countries, so they are sometimes out of reach for the world's poor — even when they address health problems more common in low-income countries. Treatment for HIV, for example, became available in the U.S. in 1996 but the rollout in Africa didn't begin until 2002. But some breakthroughs of the past decade have gone on to have a truly global impact.

    December 24, 2019
  • Inad never planned on being an AIDS advocate. He was set to become a lawyer, enrolling in law school in Mindanao, an island in southern Philippines. But in 2011, in the middle of his studies, he received the news that changed that trajectory. Inad found out he was HIV positive.

    December 16, 2019
    US News & World Report
  • As we approach 2020 — a pivotal year on many levels — we have more options and a clearer picture than ever of what must be done to end the HIV epidemic globally.

    December 3, 2019
  • Buried within a 2009 New England Journal of Medicine article on an HIV vaccine regimen was a sentence that would change the face of HIV vaccine research for the next decade: "the modified intention-to-treat analysis showed a significant, though modest reduction in the rate of HIV-1 infection as compared with placebo."

    December 3, 2019
    MedPage Today
  • Much of the progress in fighting HIV/AIDS is thanks to treatments such as antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. Alongside those, however, are other innovations that have provided models for broader moves towards universal health coverage.

    November 28, 2019
    Financial Times
  • The New HIV and Vaccine Microbicides Advocacy Society (NHVMAS) Wednesday urged the Federal Ministry of Health to reduce the age of access for both Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) and HIV testing services to 14 years. The civil society organisation, which made this known at a round table discussion in Abuja, in collaboration with AVAC and GADO Agency LTD Nigeria, also urged the government to integrate SRH education into the curriculum of schools.

    November 20, 2019
    The Nation
  • The US government routinely sues pharmaceutical companies for making false claims, bilking Medicare, illegal kickbacks, and sloppy manufacturing practices. But on 6 November, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit against Gilead Sciences Inc. of Foster City, California, for reasons that cannot easily fit on a bumper sticker.

    November 8, 2019
  • The Trump administration, on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), filed a patent infringement lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturer Gilead Sciences, seeking damages from infringement on HHS patents related to HIV prevention medications, the agency announced on Wednesday night.

    November 7, 2019
    MedPage Today
  • As expected, the FDA granted a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) indication to the HIV drug combination emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide (F/TAF, Descovy), to prevent infection in at-risk individuals except those who have receptive vaginal sex.

    October 3, 2019
    MedPage Today
  • Jonathan Van Ness is coming forward about the moment he discovered he was HIV-positive. The Queer Eye star talked about the news in an interview with NBC's TODAY on Tuesday and also chatted about its connection to his new memoir, Over The Top.

    September 24, 2019
    Daily Mail