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IAS 2015: The Health Economics of HIV Treatment [VIDEO]

The world faces an opportunity to expand antiretroviral therapy to all who need it -- both to improve the health of individuals living with HIV and to prevent transmission of the virus -- and treatment would likely be cost-effective, experts agreed at a press briefing at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention last week in Vancouver.

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IAS 2015: Women with HIV Demand a Voice [VIDEO]

The International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS and their supporters held a demonstration and die-in outside the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention in Vancouver on July 21, demanding an end to institutional violence against women and girls, and for women with HIV to have a voice in setting research priorities.

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Supreme Court Allows Continuation of Affordable Care Act Subsidies in All States

On June 25 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a long-awaited decision in the King v. Burwell case, ruling that subsidies to help people purchase insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- popularly known as Obamacare -- are valid in all states, not just those that established their own insurance exchanges. The 6-3 decision will enable an estimated 6 million people to keep their subsidized health plans.

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IAS 2015: Vancouver Consensus Calls for Early Access to HIV Treatment and PrEP Worldwide

Leading figures in the HIV response field have endorsed a call for immediate access to antiretroviral therapy for all people upon diagnosis with HIV on the opening day of the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment in Prevention (IAS 2015) taking place this week in. The Vancouver Consensus statement -- intended to place pressure on donors and governments to support expanded HIV treatment and prevention -- has been endorsed by leaders of major agencies including UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

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FDA Reduces Gay Blood Donation Ban to 1 Year After Sex, Critics Say It's Still Discriminatory

On May 12 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance stating that men who have sex with men should wait to donate blood until 12 months after their last sexual contact with another man. This is an improvement over the previous policy of lifetime deferral, but some advocates argue that the new regulations still discriminate against gay and bisexual men.

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