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Facebook refuses to remove ads claiming PrEP is dangerous, even though it banned PrEP awareness campaign weeks ago

Facebook has been criticised by more than 50 LGBT+, HIV and public health groups after it refused to remove adverts claiming that PrEP usage carries a risk of harmful side effects. The Facebook adverts in question allege that PrEP has been linked to bone disease and kidney disorders, and purport to be from personal injury lawyers and groups with names such as “Help for PREP & TDF Victims”. GLAAD and its allies have debunked the ads as “factually inaccurate”, but it is feared that they “are convincing at-risk individuals to...
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Facebook refuses to remove ads claiming PrEP is dangerous, even though it banned PrEP awareness campaign weeks ago

Facebook has been criticised by more than 50 LGBT+, HIV and public health groups after it refused to remove adverts claiming that PrEP usage carries a risk of harmful side effects. The Facebook adverts in question allege that PrEP has been linked to bone disease and kidney disorders, and purport to be from personal injury lawyers and groups with names such as “Help for PREP & TDF Victims”. GLAAD and its allies have debunked the ads as “factually inaccurate”, but it is feared that they “are convincing at-risk individuals to...
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New blood donation rules for gay and bi men in the UK has not changed rates of infected blood

New blood donation rules that allow gay and bisexual men to give blood if they have abstained from sex for three months have not changed rates of infected blood. Just seven out of 2 million blood donations made in England, Scotland and Wales in 2018 were infected with HIV, Katy Davison of Public Health England revealed in a presentation in San Antonio, Texas, New Scientist reports. The number was up from the year before – by just one. Six donations were infected with HIV in 2017, during which time gay...
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PrEP activists accuse pharmaceutical company Gilead of intentionally delaying HIV medication

PrEP activists in the United States have accused pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences of intentionally delaying development of a treatment for the virus. The PrEP4All Collaboration claimed yesterday (December 5) that Gilead Sciences deliberately put off developing a drug called tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) which is used to treat HIV. It is also used in Descovy, one of two approved PrEP drugs. This week, PrEP4All filed an emergency petition with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) challenging Gilead Sciences’ request to extend its patent monopoly on the drug. They claim...
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To the surprise of nobody, there’s major problems with the Trump administration’s plan to give free access to PrEP

When news broke this week that the Trump administration was planning to provide free PrEP to 200,000 uninsured people, many were overjoyed. The new federal scheme – called ‘Ready, Set, PrEP’ – will make the HIV-preventing drug available at no cost to 200,000 at risk people who do not have health insurance. But it’s not all good news. There are a number of issues with the plans that could see the cost rack up for those on the programme. James Krellenstein, founder of PrEP4All Collaboration, told The New York Times...
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Trump Omits LGBTQ People In World AIDS Day Proclamation For Third Year In A Row

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); President Trump has once again omitted any recognition of LGBTQ people as among the groups primarily affected by the epidemic in his proclamation Wednesday recognizing World AIDS Day. For the third year in a row, Trump omitted any recognition of LGBTQ people even as he touted his administration’s “unprecedented initiative” to eliminate at least 90 percent of new HIV infections in the United States within 10 years. “Through this initiative, we will continue to lead the charge in applying the latest science to better diagnose,...
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New HIV diagnosis rates in Ireland now higher than the height of the AIDS epidemic

HIV rates in Ireland have risen again this year with numbers now higher than they were at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s. There have been 476 new diagnoses of HIV in Ireland this year so far compared to 447 in the same period of last year, according to The Irish Times. The statistics mean that Ireland is now at double the European average for new diagnoses. According to HIV Ireland, almost 10,000 people have been diagnosed with the virus in Ireland since the early...
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Top Democrats Rip Trump On World AIDS: ‘This President Is No Ally Of People Living With HIV’

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); The Democratic National Committee (DNC) ripped into President Trump on World AIDS Day over administration policies that party leaders said are hurting people living with HIV. “This president is no ally of people living with HIV, who are disproportionately LGBTQ and people of color,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez, DNC Disability Council Chairman Tony Coelho, and DNC LGBTQ Caucus Chairman Earl Fowlkes said in joint statement Sunday. “His administration has proposed cutting global HIV-prevention programs and attacked health care services that people living with HIV rely...
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Top Democrats Rip Trump On World AIDS: ‘This President Is No Ally Of People Living With HIV’

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); The Democratic National Committee (DNC) ripped into President Trump on World AIDS Day over administration policies that party leaders said are hurting people living with HIV. “This president is no ally of people living with HIV, who are disproportionately LGBTQ and people of color,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez, DNC Disability Council Chairman Tony Coelho, and DNC LGBTQ Caucus Chairman Earl Fowlkes said in joint statement Sunday. “His administration has proposed cutting global HIV-prevention programs and attacked health care services that people living with HIV rely...
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