Six Top Experts Resigned From Donald Trump's HIV/AIDS Advisory Panel

Scott Schoettes, Counsel and HIV Project Director at the pioneering LGBTQ legal group Lambda Legal, resigned late last week from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), along with five other council members, in protest of Donald Trump’s polices  ― or lack of polices ― to combat the HIV epidemic. On Friday, Schoettes lambasted Trump as callous, a president who “simply does not care,” laying out the reasons for the resignations in a piece on Newsweek.com:  As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care. The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and—most concerning—pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease.  PACHA, created in 1995 during the Clinton administration, advises the Secretary of Health &Human Services, who is now Tom Price, the former Georgia GOP congressman with an abominable anti-LGBTQ voting record. In 2013, Price, on a conference call of far-right activists, responded to a question about the “medical health impact” of the “homosexual agenda” by stating that “the consequences of activity that has bee...
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AbstractBorn out of a necessity for fiscal sustainability, simulation modeling is playing an increasingly prominent role in setting priorities for combination implementation strategies for HIV treatment and prevention globally. The design of a model and the data inputted into it are central factors in ensuring credible inferences. We executed a narrative review of a set of dynamic HIV transmission models to comprehensively synthesize and compare the structural design and the quality of evidence used to support each model. We included 19 models representing both generalized and concentrated epidemics, classified as compartm...
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This report comes as it is announced South Africa has attained the UN goal of 90-90-90 diagnosis-treatment-suppression of HIV ahead of the 2020 objective. Pakistan’s recent leap away from that target illustrates the profound disparity in treatment and prevention of HIV across the globe. On April 25th, a number of children from Larkana, a city in the north-west of the Sindh province of Pakistan, were referred for HIV testing after they exhibited a persistent fever. An initial HIV-positive diagnosis of 15 children aged between 2 and 8 years old prompted a large-scale screening programme beginning on April 28th. Larkana...
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Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of a public meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) in Jackson, Mississippi on July 8-9, 2019. The meeting will include a presentation onEnding the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America and discuss recommendations regarding the prevention, treatment, and cure of HIV/AIDS. Mississippi is one of the 7 states with high rural rates of HIV/AIDS targeted by the President's plan to end the HIV epidemic in the U.S.
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Publication date: Available online 8 June 2019Source: SexologiesAuthor(s): M. OhayonSummaryImprovements in the prognosis for HIV infection and the impact of biomedical strategies for the prevention of transmission have created very specific situations for men who live with HIV within the homosexual minorities. Originally focused on their duty in preventing transmission, the issue at stake gradually moved towards one of power, with the HIV-infected person, the hero/martyr of the 1980s and 1990s, becoming the hero who has vanquished the fear of Aids. Undetectable viral load, the standard of current treatment, makes the indiv...
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Conclusion: This study provides a benchmark for further elaborate studies in the community to develop appropriate health education and awareness programs.Med Princ Pract
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Authors: Lippman SA, El Ayadi AM, Grignon JS, Puren A, Liegler T, Venter WDF, Ratlhagana MJ, Morris JL, Naidoo E, Agnew E, Barnhart S, Shade SB Abstract INTRODUCTION: To achieve epidemic control of HIV by 2030, countries aim to meet 90-90-90 targets to increase knowledge of HIV-positive status, initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and viral suppression by 2020. We assessed the progress towards these targets from 2014 to 2016 in South Africa as expanded treatment policies were introduced using population-representative surveys. METHODS: Data were collected in January to March 2014 and August to November 20...
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[SAnews.gov.za] The use of innovation and technology has been punted as the key tool to end the scourge of HIV and Aids in the country at the 9th South African Aids Conference.
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Earlier this year, the UK government announced it wanted to end new HIV transmissions in England by 2030.Hannah Devlin looks at the history of the epidemic, including its impact on the gay community, recent promising drug trials and whether Britain can meet its targetContinue reading...
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