Monthly Archives: July 2015

AHF on President Obama’s Latest AIDS Plan: More Action, Less Strategy Needed

AHF lauds President for newfound focus on the Southern US, where the epidemic has been exploding, but says greater focus—and resources—should be dedicated to ‘treatment as prevention’ to identify and link the 70% of the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS today who do not have their virus suppressed. HIV/AIDS patients on treatment are 96%…

Little Red Protects Jamaica

On July 20, 2015, at a ceremony at the National Family Planning Board (NFPB) in Kingston, Jamaica, AHF Jamaica handed over three million Love Condoms to the Ministry of Health and the NFPB. Those present at the hand-over included Permanent Secretary Dr. Kevin Harvey at the Ministry of Health, Chairman Dr. Sandra Knight at the…

AHF Says Professor Jeffrey Sachs’ “Gilead’s Greed That Kills” Commentary is “Right on the Money”

On World Hepatitis Day, with 150 million people worldwide living with Hepatitis C, AHF lauds Dr. Jeffrey Sachs for calling out Gilead Sciences on its greed, when he wrote, “Gilead is the main obstacle between tens of millions of very sick individuals and the medicine that could end their suffering and save their lives.” Gilead…

New HIV Cases Soar in Florida

By Dan Sweeney Sun Sentinel The number of reported HIV cases in Florida has jumped 23 percent so far this year, the biggest increase in a continuing upward trend that began in 2012 after several years of decreases. And the proportion of Floridians infected with the disease is at its highest in seven years. Experts say…

FPPC to Investigate Porn Industry Over Foreign Money in Failed 2012 L.A. Campaign Against Condoms

In a July 17, 2015 letter, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) stated that it’s Enforcement Division will be opening an investigation to look into foreign money donated to the adult film industry’s failed 2012 ‘No on Government Waste, No on Measure B’ campaign seeking to block passage of Measure B, the so-called condoms in…

AHF Criticizes Gilead for Blacklisting Hepatitis C Patients from Drug Assistance Programs to Punish Insurers

The WSJ’s Pharmalot blog reports that many Hepatitis C patients are now being pushed out of Gilead’s Patient Assistance Program, “…which helps people obtain the Sovaldi and Harvoni treatments when they lack sufficient insurance coverage or the financial wherewithal to get the medicines otherwise.” “…The drug maker is taking this step after finding that some…

AHF Says WHO’s New HIV Testing Guidelines, ‘Game Changing”

AHF Welcomes the World Health Organization’s updated and streamlined HIV testing services guidelines, says testing and linkage to treatment is way to break chain of infection and control epidemic. WASHINGTON (July 20, 2015) AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), which provides HIV/AIDS medical care and treatment to more than 438,000 people in 36 countries, cheered news from…

Condoms in Porn Advocates Collect 371,000 Signatures, Enough to Qualify California Ballot Measure

366,880 valid signatures of registered California voters are needed; however, backers will continue to collect up to 550,000 signatures total as a cushion before September 14th filing deadlines for measure, which would then appear on November 2016 presidential ballot. LOS ANGELES (July 16, 2015) Safer sex advocates affiliated with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the group,…

On the 3rd Anniversary of PrEP – AHF Asks the CDC: What are you doing to promote adherence and condom use?

LOS ANGELES (July 16, 2015) — On the third anniversary of the FDA approval of the use of the HIV anti-retroviral medication, Truvada (tenofovir DF + emtricitabine), for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) renewed its call for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reevaluate PrEP…

AHF Fact-Checks POZ Magazine

Many of you may have seen POZ Magazine article in response to AHF’s recent ‘War Against Prevention’ ad that ran in several community papers including the South Florida Gay News (SFGN). The AHF ‘War Against Prevention’ ad outlines many of our concerns regarding PrEP and what appears to be a corresponding growing movement away from…