Monthly Archives: May 2016

AHF Calls on FDA, Congress to Investigate Gilead Sciences Over HIV/AIDS Drug Patent Manipulation

Blistering Los Angeles Times news article exposes Gilead’s bald-faced greed, patent manipulation and disregard for patient safety re: two formulations of a key AIDS drug used by as many as 80% of American AIDS patients, one formulation of which can cause significant bone loss and kidney damage.   AHF filed a federal lawsuit against Gilead…

LA Times: A question of timing – A lawsuit claims Gilead Sciences could have developed a less-harmful version of its HIV treatment sooner

By Melody Petersen | Los Angeles Times | May 29, 2016 More than a decade ago, researchers at Gilead Sciences thought they had a breakthrough: a new version of the company’s key HIV medicine that was less toxic to kidneys and bones. Clinical trials of the new compound on HIV-positive patients in Los Angeles and…

AHF Vietnam is now in Hai Duong Province

On April 28, AHF Vietnam celebrated the launch of its “HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Treatment: Linkage Between Chi Linh Township Hospital and Hoang Tien Prison” project with an opening ceremony in Hai Duong Province, Vietnam. AHF Asia Bureau Chief Dr. Chhim Sarath took part in the event, giving a speech to attendees and providing technical…

Knockout HIV, Nigeria! Get Tested

In April 2016, AHF Nigeria launched the “Knock out HIV” campaign to promote HIV testing to communities in Abuja, Anambra, Benue, Cross River, and Nasarawa. To encourage more people to get tested, AHF’s campaign offered a number of other important medical services, including blood pressure monitoring, blood glucose testing, malaria testing, and treatment for other…

New Community Testing Center Opens in Myanmar

AHF Senior Vice President Peter Reis, Asia Bureau Chief Dr. Chhim Saarath and Deputy Asia Bureau Chief Dr. Bao Yugang attended the opening ceremony of a new community testing center in Yangon, Myanmar on March 29. AHF Myanmar will operate the new center in collaboration with Myanmar’s Ministry of Health and Myanmar Highway Freight Transport…

AARP California Endorses California Drug Price Relief Act

3.3 Million-Member Organization Backs Nov. Ballot Measure to Lower Drug Prices SACRAMENTO, CA (May 26, 2016) AARP California today announced that the 3.3 million-member organization has endorsed the California Drug Price Relief Act of 2016, a first-in-the-nation ballot measure to reign in rampant price-gouging in the pharmaceutical industry. The non-profit, non-partisan organization, with a national…

AHF: “Business as Usual Cannot Continue,” Declare Public Health Experts as World Health Organization Prepares to Elect New Leader

Authors of new article in British Medical Journal say WHO has proven inefficient on global health security; outline key questions that must be asked of prospective director general candidates In an article published this week in the British Medical Journal, members of three different independent panels who last year evaluated and released reports on the…

The New Times Rwanda: New project to increase condom availability in HIV hotspots in CoK

By Sharon Kantengwa | The New Times Rwanda | May 21, 2016 The government, in partnership with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and the City of Kigali (CoK), have launched a new effort they say is an innovative approach to ensuring easy access to condoms in HIV hotspots in the capital. The initiative, dubbed 24/7 Condom Distribution Kiosks…

AHF: FL Gov Rick Scott Should Comply With Federal Guidance on Transgender Students

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) May 13th “dear colleague” letter issues guidance on Title IX compliance to school’s receiving federal assistance. FT LAUDERDALE (May 23, 2016) AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today strongly urged Florida Governor Rick Scott and Florida Department of Education Chancellor Pam Stewart to require schools…

AHF Documentary “The People’s Hope” Celebrates 15 Years of AIDS Treatment in South Africa

AHF held a panel discussion and screening of The People’s Hope, a documentary about the establishment of AHF’s Ithembalabantu Clinic in South Africa, at the Arclight Hollywood Theater in Los Angeles on May 17th.   The documentary chronicles AHF’s battles with the South African government and pharmaceutical companies in its campaign to provide affordable medicine for…