May 2nd, 2010

Position on Detention Centres for “Drug Treatment”

It is well-recognised that blood transfer through the sharing of drug injecting equipment increases the risk of HIV infection. Of an estimated 16 million injecting drug users in the world, three million are living with HIV.

February 18th, 2010

PLHIV consult on new TB Guidelines

GNP+ and other networks of people living with HIV and HIV and TB activists late 2009 provided recommendations to the new Tuberculosis (TB) Guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO). To develop the recommendations, GNP+ organized an international electronic consultation. ICW organised face to face consultations in Southern Africa.

December 16th, 2009

WHO releases new and improved ART Guidelines

Key recommendations of people living with HIV have been included in the new WHO Guidelines for Anti Retroviral Therapy. During summer 2009, people living with HIV participated in consultations to develop recommendations for the revision of the WHO’s 'Recommendations for Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV Infection in Adults and Adolescents' (WHO ART Guidelines). The reports from the GNP+ consultations are available here.

October 30th, 2009

People living with HIV celebrate United States lifting HIV travel and immigration ban

The United States Government today announced the lifting of HIV related entry, stay and residency restrictions. The ruling confirmed that HIV infection will be officially removed from the definition of communicable diseases of public health significance as of January 1st, 2010. The Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe (DAH), European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) and the Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) congratulate the United States Government on fulfilling its promise and completing the legal procedure that was started by former President Bush on World AIDS Day 2007.

September 23rd, 2009

PLHIV provide recommendations for revision of ART Guidelines

During Summer 2009 GNP+ identified key recommendations for the revision of the World Health Organisation’s Recommendations for Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) for HIV Infection in Adults and Adolescents (ART Guidelines). In two technical consultations at the IAS 2009 Cape Town and ICAAP 2009 Bali conferences, as well as an e-consultation, people living with HIV discussed what they expect from their treatment programmes, what should be included in the coming ART Guidelines revision, and what should not be included.

September 20th, 2009

First Human Rights Count! training in Zambia

Human Rights Count! is an evidence gathering programme documenting HIV related human rights violations against people living with HIV both through an online questionnaire and through face to face interviews. In the joint GNP+/WAC programme “HIV leadership through accountability” Human Rights Count! is one of the evidence collecting programmes that will feed into the national […]

August 28th, 2009

LIVING2008 Evaluation Report

LIVING2008: The Positive Leadership Summit was the twelfth International Conference of People living with HIV, but was a first in many other things. It was the first International Conference of people living with HIV organised by a consortium of 11 agencies, known as the LIVING2008 Partnership, with GNP+ acting as the ‘secretariat’ for the Partnership. In addition, the LIVING2008 was the first International Conference of People living with HIV organised immediately prior to an International AIDS Conference (IAC).

June 24th, 2009

Report of LIVING2008: The Positive Leadership Summit

LIVING 2008 – organized by the LIVING 2008 partnership - was a momentous event, the first gathering of positive leaders from around the world in five years. It was an opportunity to take stock of where the PLHIV movement stands, what its challenges are and how to react to them, and where to go from there. The preparations for LIVING 2008 included a gathering of 40 HIV positive leaders entitled “HIV+ Monaco” held in Monaco from 24-26 January 2008.

November 27th, 2008

GNP+ supports WHO recognition of Treatment as Prevention

The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) welcomes the assertion from WHO that widespread access to HIV treatment contributes to prevention (a) - but concerns need to be addressed.

GNP+ welcomes the WHO breakthrough in thinking on Treatment as Prevention

Treatment as Prevention is a concept that has been known and lived by people living with HIV (PLHIV) for some time. GNP+ in collaboration with the South African Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) recently finalised a WHO-funded research project(b) in which 51 serodiscordant couples in three countries (South Africa, Tanzania and Ukraine) were interviewed (c), including the role of treatment in their relationships and reproductive choices.

The hypothesis put forward by the WHO mathematical model asserts that universal annual voluntary HIV testing and immediate treatment with ARVs - regardless of CD4 status - could eventually drive the HIV epidemic towards elimination. This assertion is based on an acceptance of the idea that HIV transmission decreases when PLHIV are on treatment.

This is a breakthrough in thinking from the UN agency. GNP+ appreciates that the model indicates clearly that universal voluntary testing and early treatment lead to a significant reduction in HIV transmission.

The positive aspects of this model are that it assumes that testing will become more widely available and that treatment access will improve to the point where everyone who tests HIV positive will have access to ARVs when they choose to commence treatment.

April 21st, 2008

Report HIV+Monaco

As part of the pre-consultations to LIVING2008: the Positive Leadership Summit, GNP+ and Fight AIDS Monaco organised the HIV+Monaco conference. The conference was hosted by HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco. To access the final report and the summary of the conclusions of the working groups, please click here.

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