Pfizer and GSK's HIV/AIDS division, ViiV, prevents children with HIV from getting needed medicine

Pfizer and GSK's HIV/AIDS division, ViiV, prevents children with HIV from getting needed medicine

“ViiV needs to recognise its responsibility as today’s only producer of paediatric versions of the new gold standard in treatment for babies and children with HIV, and move mountains to make sure kids can access this treatment immediately,” said Jessica Burry, HIV pharmacist at MSF’s Access Campaign. “A full four years after ViiV first made […]

Meeting the specific needs of key populations living with HIV

Meeting the specific needs of key populations living with HIV

Overcoming barriers to healthcare MSF’s experience in Mozambique, Malawi and India shows that key populations need to have health services that are adapted to their lifestyles, otherwise they risk avoiding seeking medical treatment for fear of discrimination, from health staff and other people. “In order to respond to the needs of key populations, it is […]

Helping the 'PrEP Shop Boys' to get Aids drugs

Helping the 'PrEP Shop Boys' to get Aids drugs

Antony Oomen (left) and his PrEPnu organisation demonstrate during a gay pride march in Amsterdam in 2017. (supplied) A South African doctor linked up with Aids activists in the Netherlands to smuggle HIV medicine to them from South Africa in a nifty inversion of the usual foreign aid story – and a tribute to how […]

3 Key Things to Watch in Gilead Sciences' Q2 Earnings Report

3 Key Things to Watch in Gilead Sciences' Q2 Earnings Report

When Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) reported its Q1 results in May, investors received a double dose of bad news. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) franchise sales sank yet again, to no one’s surprise. However, growth for Gilead’s HIV drugs was unexpectedly weak. The big biotech announces its second-quarter results on Wednesday, July 25. How will Gilead fare […]

State wants to use grant money for needle exchange programs

State wants to use grant money for needle exchange programs

Citing a near doubling in the number of HIV diagnoses associated with injection-drug use, the Ohio Department of Health has asked the federal government for authorization to fund syringe programs with grant money designated for HIV-prevention work. In 2017, 121 HIV diagnoses across the state were attributed to injection-drug use, about 12 percent of the […]

Ohio wants to use federal grant money for needle-exchange programs

Ohio wants to use federal grant money for needle-exchange programs

Citing a near-doubling in the number of HIV diagnoses associated with injection-drug use, the Ohio Department of Health has asked the federal government for authorization to fund syringe programs with grant money designated for HIV prevention. In 2017, 121 HIV diagnoses across the state were attributed to injection-drug use, about 12 percent of the 1,015 […]

Nova Scotia government adds HIV prevention drug to pharmacare program

Nova Scotia government adds HIV prevention drug to pharmacare program

HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government said Friday that it will add a drug that helps prevent HIV to the provincial pharmacare program, though some activists are still calling on the province to provide universal funding. Pre-exposure prophylaxis — often referred to as PrEP — can be taken daily by people who are at a high-risk for HIV infection, like […]

Nova Scotia will fund HIV-prevention drug PrEP with pharmacare

Nova Scotia will fund HIV-prevention drug PrEP with pharmacare

Nova Scotia will cover the HIV-prevention drug PrEP under the provincial pharmacare program, the government announced Friday.  The government said PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, helps prevent the spread of HIV, especially with people at high-risk for infection. It will be covered starting Monday.  The move comes days after CBC News reported a big increase in HIV cases in Nova Scotia. […]

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