How you can help to prevent HIV

[Evening Standard, Sep 15, 2017] An innovative new Do It London campaign will run until early 2018 to help reduce HIV transmission in the capital. Funded by London boroughs, and delivered by a specialist team based in Lambeth, it encourages Londoners to “do it your way” when it comes to HIV prevention, with options including… Read More »

Doctors call on new BC premier to pay for PrEP

[From Daily Xtra, Aug 14, 2017] In an open letter published Aug 14, 2017, more than a dozen BC doctors and public health groups are calling on Premier John Horgan to immediately cover the costs of a drug that has been shown to effectively prevent the transmission of HIV. For more, click here.

Tiny packet is making a big—and growing—dent in childhood HIV

[From Medical Xpress, Aug 9, 2017] Developed in 2008, the Pratt Pouch—a ketchup packet-like pouch of antiretroviral drugs—has already saved thousands of lives in Ecuador, Zambia and Tanzania. And now, its reach is expanding in Ecuador and a new initiative will bring the pouch to Uganda. For more, click here.

Many Western European countries close to achieving UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets

[From aidsmap, June 25, 2017] Countries in Western and Southern Europe are well on their way to meeting the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets, according to a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Using data collected to the end of 2013, a survey of eleven countries shows that an estimated 84% of people with HIV were diagnosed,… Read More »

War on Drugs Poses a Challenge for HIV Treatment, Prevention Among Users

[Specialty Pharmacy Times, May 18, 2017] The “War on Drugs” has a negative impact on the treatment and prevention of HIV, a new study suggests. This aggressive approach to enforcement has unsuccessfully reduced drug use, incarcerating thousands of drug users who may have benefitted more from drug treatment. For more, click here.

HIV: from a devastating epidemic to a manageable chronic disease

[From WHO] In the decade since the United Nations declared HIV an unprecedented human catastrophe, the AIDS response has underscored the ethical imperative of fair access to medicine. WHO’s standard-setting work helped make prevention and treatment more accessible, safe, effective and efficient, and encouraged integrating HIV services into existing health systems. WHO has prequalified more… Read More »

Addressing stigma, coping behaviours and mechanisms in persons living with HIV could lead to better health outcomes

[From Medical Xpress, April 21, 2017] Investigators from the University of Alabama at Birmingham have developed a new conceptual framework highlighting how unique dimensions of individual-level HIV-related stigma might affect the health of those living with HIV. According to the paper’s authors, little is known about the mechanisms through which stigma leads to worse health… Read More »

Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) Endorses Canadian Consensus Statement on HIV and its Transmission in the Context of Criminal Law

[Positive Lite, April 11, 2017] As the country’s premier national HIV research conference got underway, a statement released by the original signatories of the Canadian consensus statement on HIV and its transmission in the context of criminal law (2014) was endorsed by the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) at… Read More »

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