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30 August 2017

Abstinence education is a theoretical dream that does not work

A review of abstinence-only education policies and programmes in the United States (USA) found they violated human rights, stigmatised or excluded youth, reinforced gender stereotypes, and set back HIV and other STI prevention efforts.

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06 June 2017

Grindr survey reveals many gay men using PrEP without doctor support

There is a high appetite for increased access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among gay app users in Switzerland, according to research looking into the need for a national PrEP programme.

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26 April 2017

Doctors in the USA see few cases of risk compensation among PrEP users

Most healthcare providers cite worries over risk compensation after providing PrEP, but experiences among doctors who do prescribe PrEP are positive.

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14 November 2016

Norway provides PrEP for free to all those at risk of HIV

The game-changing drug, Truvada – the only drug approved for PrEP – will be offered to groups considered at risk of HIV.

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14 September 2016

Europe grants marketing approval of Truvada for use as PrEP

The European Commission has given pharmaceutical company, Gilead, the green light to market Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) across the region.

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23 March 2016

Advocates left shocked by NHS England decision against providing PrEP

National Health Service (NHS) England has decided against providing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV-negative people at a high risk of HIV, sparking outrage among a number of HIV charities and service providers in the UK.

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08 January 2016

US partially lifts ban on government funded needle exchange programmes

The United States of America has in December, quietly and partially lifted their ban on federal funding for needle and syringe exchange programmes (NSPs).

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11 September 2015

UK: Calls for PrEP to be available on National Health Service

Leading HIV and AIDS organisations have called for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to be made available on the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

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28 August 2015

Mental health assessments recommended for people seeking PEP

Many people who use PEP for HIV are also highly likely to have a mental health issue, according to new research published in AIDS and Behaviour this month. 

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11 August 2015

US HIV strategy highlights role of PrEP

The United States government has released an updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which sets out the country’s priorities to combat HIV for the next five years.

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