AIDS 2018 in three words: lack of urgency

International AIDS Conferences at their best are galvanizing moments that shake up the world to the deadly effects of inequities in access to life saving HIV treatment (see for example, the International AIDS Conference in Durban in 2000 and again in 2016).

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AIDS 2018

Just a few days before the start of the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, UNAIDS released an explosive report on the state the AIDS pandemic. You can read Health GAP’s reaction to the findings here.

Our takeaway? We are at risk of failing to reach what should be imminently attainable global HIV treatment and prevention targets, not because we don’t have the tools, but because our leaders don’t have the political will to fully fund HIV treatment and prevention, to uphold science, and to defend human rights.

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5 Lessons Learned from the 2018 PEPFAR Planning Process

Last month, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) finalized its Country Operational Plans (COPs) for 2018—with a formal signing ceremony on the plans that will direct U.S. funding for HIV in the next fiscal year, starting October 2018. Health GAP and other allies from around the world have been witnessing, interrogating, engaging, and pushing this process to ensure the 2018 COPs invest much more in the most urgent community-level HIV treatment and prevention priorities. Here is a round-up of some of the top takeaways and victories.

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More than just good grades

By Emily Sanderson, National Organizer, Student Global AIDS Campaign

As this academic year winds down and some members of the Student Global AIDS Campaign receive their degrees, I’d like to look back and highlight some of the work these activists have done this past year to bring the world one step closer to ending AIDS.

In September, they travelled from around the country to Washington D.C. for Fall Uprising, a weekend of intensive skills-building advocacy workshops that culminated in a chance to visit Congressional offices to present the cold, hard facts to both Republicans and Democrats: if Congress doesn’t muster the political will urgently needed to address the AIDS crisis, millions more people will die unnecessarilynot due to complications of HIV, but due to their apathy and inaction.

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Drug Companies Getting Away with Murder – Trump’s Solution: Round Up Foreign Country Targets

By: Professor Brook K. Baker, Senior Policy Analyst Health GAP, Northeastern. U. School of Law

President Trump famously declared on the campaign trail that drug companies were “getting away with murder” and that his administration would tackle the problem of extortionate drug pricing.  A major plank of his drug-price policy, announced today during a rambling speech, was to identify new targets for Big Pharma’s profiteering – foreign countries – that he alleges unfairly “extort unreasonably low prices from U.S. drug companies” who thereby shift the burden of financing bio-pharmaceutical research and development onto America patients and taxpayers. “The U.S. pays more to subsidize the enormous cost of research and development.”  What costs of few dollars in a foreign country costs hundreds in the United States.

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