July 18th, 2011

News release: Call for human rights-based guidance on PrEP and ART as prevention

Amsterdam, 18 July 2011 - Preliminary results from two large studies have now shown that a daily antiretroviral tablet taken by people who do not have HIV reduces their risk of contracting HIV by up to 73%. The Partners PrEP trial involved 4758 HIV-discordant couples in Kenya and Uganda. The TDF2 trial involved 1219 men and women in Botswana.

The studies looked at both tenofovir or tenofovir plus emtricitabine (Truvada) and found that each, when taken in advance by the HIV-negative partner as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), can prevent heterosexual transmission of HIV from men to women and from women to men.

July 14th, 2011

New resource: Policy framework to implement Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention

Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention highlights the importance of placing the person living with HIV at the centre of managing their health and wellbeing. As a step towards operationalising Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention, GNP+ and UNAIDS have developed Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention: A Policy Framework (January 2011). The Policy Framework provides the broad concepts that represent the first steps towards operationalising Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention.

June 24th, 2011

Indonesia, Malawi, Senegal and Tanzania join the HIV Leadership through Accountability family

Indonesia, Malawi, Senegal and Tanzania are the third round of countries partnering in the HIV Leadership though Accountability programme, spear-headed by the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and World AIDS Campaign (WAC). This five year programme (2008-2013) combines specific HIV evidence-gathering tools by and for PLHIV, national civil society advocacy platforms and targeted advocacy for Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

Following consultations with regional and national stakeholders, Indonesia, Malawi, Senegal and Tanzania have joined the programme in its third year.

June 10th, 2011

ICW Global and GNP+ Welcome “Global Plan to Eliminate New Paediatric HIV Infections and Keep Mothers Living with HIV Alive and Healthy”

Amsterdam/New York – June 10 2011 – Today the Global Task Team[1] launched the “Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections and keeping their mothers alive” (Global Plan). The Global Plan sets two ambitious targets for the global community to achieve by 2015: the reduction of new HIV infections among children by 90% and the reduction of AIDS-related maternal deaths by 50%.

June 10th, 2011

Essential life-saving medicines make Universal Access an investment, not an expense

Amsterdam/New York – June 9, 2011 –The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) welcomes the commitment of UN member states to achieve universal access to HIV treatment by 2015. Following weeks of negotiations, a new Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS will be agreed at the High Level Meeting on HIV, which is coming to a close in New York. Member states will commit to working towards 15 million people living with HIV being on antiretroviral treatment by 2015. Achieving this target will be a critical step towards ending the global AIDS epidemic.

May 26th, 2011

People living with HIV urge G8 countries to fulfill their HIV commitments

The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) is calling on the G8 countries to fulfill their commitments to universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support; and to counter stigma, discrimination and other HIV related human rights violations against people living with HIV. GNP+ calls on the G8 to take responsible leadership by intensifying their HIV response efforts and set the tone for the United Nations High Level Meeting on AIDS, June 8-10.

May 25th, 2011

New report: Late testing, late treatment: HIV-related stigma

The results from the People Living with HIV Stigma Index study, “HIV-related Stigma: Late Testing, Late treatment,” confirm an alarming number of people living with HIV seek testing and access care late. These are the results from interviews with more than 2,500 people living with HIV in Estonia, Poland, Moldova, Ukraine, and Turkey. These findings were presented on May 25, 2011 at the European conference HIV in European Region: Unity and Diversity in Tallinn, Estonia.

May 16th, 2011

Study confirms the impact of ART on prevention

A study known as HPTN 052 shows men and women living with HIV reduced their risk of transmitting HIV to their sexual partners by taking oral antiretroviral medicines. The study, which was supported by the United States National Institute of Health (NIH), began in April 2005 and enrolled 1,763 predominantly heterosexual (97%) HIV-discordant couples from 13 sites across Africa, Asia, and the Americas. It is the first large-scale study to confirm that ART greatly reduces HIV transmission risk in HIV-discordant couples, where the person living with HIV has a CD4 cell count of between 350 -550.

May 11th, 2011

Candlelight Memorial demands governments’ commitment to improve the lives of PLHIV

On Sunday 15 May 2011, tens of thousands of people worldwide will light a candle on occasion of the 28th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial. Community-based organizations in some 115 countries will use the event to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses, to support those living with HIV and affected by its […]

March 11th, 2011

Free trade should not block access to life-saving medicines

Activists for HIV treatment in Asia are continuing protests to prevent trade restrictions which would block access to life-saving generic HIV medicines. The European Union and India are currently negotiating a new free trade agreement, which has given rise to fears that the agreement will influence the production and export of generic medications. Thousands of demonstrators in India, Indonesia, Korea, and Malaysia amongst others, have protested against the inclusion of intellectual property rights in the EU-India Free Trade agreement.

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