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29 JUNE 2018 VOLUME 19 ISSUE 26

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  • With a monthly dose of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) in Finland costing 800 euros per month, some Finnish users are ordering the drug from Germany at a fraction of the cost to help keep themselves HIV negative.

    June 29, 2018
    YLE
  • Gilead Sciences, which manufactures Truvada, launched the campaign, aptly titled “I’m on the Pill,” this week to get the word out about the HIV prevention option. It’ll air on broadcast TV as well as other media platforms. You can watch the commercial here.

    June 29, 2018
    POZ
  • Gay dating app Grindr has made history by offering the first-ever HIV test locating service in India.

    June 29, 2018
    PinkNews
  • In a bid to try and understand the lives of these young people and the implications of living with HIV we conducted a study that involved interviews with a cohort of young teenagers living in a childcare facility....They identified four main sets of challenges: stigma among their peers at school, difficulties discussing their HIV statuses, feeling discriminated against by living in a childcare facility and feeling a lack of belonging.

    June 28, 2018
    News24
  • The Global Forum on MSM & HIV, which was known as MSMGF and addressed the HIV-related needs of men who have sex with men (MSM) has broadened its scope and changed its name to MPact: Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights.

    June 28, 2018
    POZ
  • The AIDS Memorial account on Instagram was started in April 2016 by a guy called Stuart who lives in Scotland. Every day, those who’ve died from AIDS are remembered via pictures and words from the people who knew and loved them, as well as first person accounts from those who are long term survivors of HIV and AIDS.

    June 28, 2018
    Vogue
  • Rilpivirine is better tolerated, less toxic and more durable than efavirenz when used as part of a first-line antiretroviral regimen, investigators from Italy report in HIV Medicine. Although the two drugs showed similar virological efficacy, people treated with efavirenz were significantly more likely than individuals taking rilpivirine to stop taking a drug because of toxicity, intolerance or to make a proactive treatment switch in the first two years after antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation.

    June 28, 2018
    aidsmap
  • Mere days before the departure of respected French HIV expert Francoise Louis, civil society group Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) yesterday made an impassioned plea to Health Minister Aaron Motsoledi to curb the powers of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) on registering foreign-trained doctors.

    June 28, 2018
    Citizen
  • Jakarta resident Naufal, 26, who has been married for almost two years, said he never bought condoms at the same store and always made sure to buy it far away from his home.... When he was a university student, he had bought condoms at a store near his campus....an elderly woman approached him and asked him whether he was a college student. “When I said yes, she looked at me and said, ‘be careful with your way of life, son’. I just nodded and quickly walked away,” Naufal recalled.

    June 28, 2018
    Jakarta Post
  • Today is National HIV Testing Day in the United States. Donald Trump released a statement on the White House website — and completely ignored LGBTI people.

    June 28, 2018
    Gay Star News
  • “Justice Kennedy literally transformed the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in America,” said James Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT and HIV Project. “He transported us from criminals in the eyes of the law to having the freedom to marry the people we love most in the world. There are few civil rights journeys as sweeping or as fast, and Justice Kennedy was a key part of that.”

    June 28, 2018
    Washington Post
  • On National HIV Testing Day 2018, we must acknowledge that we are far from ending the US HIV epidemic and that our progress is uneven and fragile at best. HIV testing is the gateway to both prevention and care, and we continue to fail at providing this essential service to those most in need.

    June 27, 2018
    General
    The Hill
  • Approximately 4% of deaths among people with HIV in France are due to suicide, investigators report in HIV Medicine. Suicide incidence remained stable over 13 years of follow-up, but HIV-related factors were not associated with an increased risk of suicide.

    June 27, 2018
    aidsmap
  • AIDS is no longer a crisis, at least in the United States, and that is a phenomenal public-health success story. But it also means that an entire generation of gay men has no memory or interest in the devastation it wrought. AIDS catalyzed a culture of sexual health that has begun to disintegrate before our eyes. What is there to be done to bring it back?

    June 26, 2018
    New York Times
  • The People vs The NHS, shows how a disparate group of people from very different walks of life banded together to force the English National Health Service to provide PrEP. That’s pre-exposure prophylaxis, the pill that has contributed to significant falls in HIV diagnoses in gay men.

    June 26, 2018
    aidsmap
  • So what to do with Patrick William Kelly’s New York Times op-ed “The End of Safe Gay Sex?,” whose headline is built on the assumption that the only kind of safe sex is that which is had with condoms, and whose argument is based on the idea that PrEP is doing a disservice the population whose lives it is protecting.

    June 26, 2018
    Jezebel
  • A group of open science advocates have launched the first preprint service aimed exclusively at African scientists. AfricArxiv seeks to improve the visibility of African science by helping academics share their work quickly.

    June 26, 2018
    Nature
  • Strong numbers on the uptake of a new provincial government-funded drug program that significantly reduces the likelihood of HIV infection could have a major impact on BC’s growth rate of new cases of HIV.

    June 26, 2018
    Daily Hive
  • An experimental vaccine for HIV is set to be tried on humans in 2019. Scientists from the US have recently made significant steps with a new vaccine that attacks vulnerable parts of HIV by drawing out powerful antibodies.

    June 25, 2018
    PinkNews
  • In the driver’s seat at the International AIDS Society are two locals who are passionate about leading the fight against the epidemic. South African HIV/AIDS experts are again at the forefront of the international fight against the disease.

    June 25, 2018
    City Press
  • This month, Family Health Options Kenya shuttered its clinic in Kitengela, Kenya. The clinic, which had operated for more than four years, was closed in response to funding cuts due to the “global gag rule.” FHOK, which is the country’s first and largest sexual and reproductive health organization, provided 3.1 million reproductive health services in 2016.

    June 25, 2018
    Devex
  • I recently had the opportunity to chat with Dr Joia Mukherjee, a long-time colleague, mentor, and co-conspirator of mine, about the legacy of the global AIDS movement, and what comes next in modern healthcare delivery.

    June 22, 2018
    OUP Blog

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