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Updated to include a tribute from the Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique (link at the end of the article) To his friend, the warm and wise novelist, poet and activist, Susanna Mitchell, both members of SHA. Reprinted from Camden New Journal 22nd July 2021. http://beta.westendextra.com/article/beware-flying-too-close-to-the-sun The sad news came from Susanna Mitchell’s family on the afternoon of July 7th – “Susanna has passed away peacefully at the Marie Curie Hospice,” after a long illness. Susanna was born and educated in Ireland. She was a novelist and poet, an activist and teacher with a background in political philosophy. Her novels include […]
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Simon Collins at HIV i-Base reports today that the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) has decided to limit access to all conference materials – behind a pay wall –  for up to six months after the conference. As before, copying and distribution of i-Base reports is encouraged and free. But please credit HIV i-Base as source. Here is today’s post about CROI: This year, CROI has decided to limit access to all conference materials to delegates or new subscribers for up to six month after the conference. These include abstracts, posters and webcasts. Usually, CROI has made all […]
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HIV i-Base continue to report on COVID-19 vaccination and treatment. The Q&A service on the i-Base website has been answering many questions about coronavirus vaccinations. Please see this new question: Are animal products in the COVID vaccines? Are they Halal? https://i-base.info/qa/16668 Answer: The vaccines are safe and recommended if you are Muslim. There are no animal products in the Pfizer, Moderna or Oxford vaccines. There are also no traces of pig products or egg products. These vaccines are all Halal safe. The video in the i-Base link above is from Imam Yunus having the vaccine at Newham Hospital in East London. […]
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HIV i-Base continue to report on COVID-19 research and treatment as a supplement to HIV treatment research and information. Copying and distribution of i-Base infomation is encouraged – and free – but please credit HIV i-Base as source. You can see this Q&A here or read it below: Q&A on COVID vaccines: are they safe and effective? The following questions were for a community UK-CAB workshop on COVID vaccines. Answers by Angelina Namiba and Simon Collins. Are vaccines against COVID-19 effective? Yes, any approved vaccine has been very carefully studied in  a wide range of people. These first vaccines are […]
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Today HIV i-Base (where I work part-time) and the UK-CAB (of which I’m a member) joined with more than 70 other organisations sending a joint statement to the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Health, and the interim leadership of Public Health England regarding our concerns of the restructuring of public health in England. Over 70 health organisations unite to raise serious concerns with Government about plans to reorganise the public health system Today over 70 health organisations and alliances have sent a joint statement to the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Health, and the interim leadership of […]
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Joint response to the announcement of the National Institute for Health Protection and the future of public health, published today 18 August 2020: Terrence Higgins Trust, National AIDS Trust (NAT), British HIV Association (BHIVA), British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), the UK Community Advisory Board (UK-CAB) HIV treatment advocates network – Tuesday 18 August 2020 Following today’s announcement regarding the National Institute for Health Protection, and the implications for the future of public health, five of the nation’s leading HIV and sexual health organisations have issued a joint response. The Secretary of State’s speech today leaves us with […]
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The Camden New Journal (CNJ) have published the sixth article about the NHS written by Susanna Mitchell and Roy Trevelion. You can see it on the CNJ website under ‘Forum’ published on 16 July 2020 here. Or you can read it below: Neglect and inadequate excuses lie at the heart of the government’s failures, argue Susanna Mitchell & Roy Trevelion It is understood that there will be a public inquiry into the UK’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. This should begin now, and not when the current crisis is over. Criticisms will be focused on the government’s disastrous response: Its […]
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On Friday 24 July 2020 HIV i-Base published the sixth COVID-19 supplement to HIV Treatment Bulletin (HTB). Please see this link. All i-Base reports are free to copy and i-Base encourages wide distribution. Please credit i-Base when distributing these reports. This is a slightly expanded issue of HTB that covers both AIDS 2020 and related virtual meetings plus a fair number of COVID-19 developments that seemed too important to leave out. It is a mixed compilation, but hopefully useful. This edition of HTB includes reports from the virtual AIDS 2020 conference and linked satellite meetings on COVID-19. The main heading […]
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Kay Marshall (from AVAC) and Richard Jefferys (from TAG) call on organisations working in health and social care to sign in support of their statement on human challenge studies for COVID-19 vaccine development. Richard Jefferys writes: TAG and AVAC are circulating this statement and seeking endorsements from organizations that agree with our position:  https://forms.gle/xatyJBaePmbh25Pw7 As background, challenge trials involve deliberate exposure to a pathogen in order to test vaccines. Typically they involve pathogens for which treatments are available (malaria challenge studies are probably the best known example). A human challenge with SARS-CoV-2 would obviously be very different given the lack […]
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The UK-CAB is the UK’s HIV treatment advocates network.   A couple of weeks ago four UK-CAB members spoke to Dr Rageshri Dhairyawan from Barts Health NHS Trust. It was a chance for HIV positive people from BAME communities to voice their concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The strong focus was on questions from people living with HIV and the communities they work in. Watch via YouTube: https://youtu.be/Cy7d7FD2ro0 The recording is about 40 minutes long. It covers a wide range of questions in relation to COVID-19. Discussion covers inequalities in health care, sexual health, mental health, research, stigma and HIV treatment.    We hope […]
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HIV charities, community groups, health professionals and activists have today written to Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. They write to express their profound concern at the decision to roll back the Secretary of State’s commitment on PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV) in England. Last week it was announced that the budget provided to local authorities for the implementation of PrEP would be reduced from £16 million to £11 million. The letter says this budget cut for PrEP jeopardises the ability to fully roll-out the most powerful prevention tool to help fulfil Mr Hancock’s commitment to […]
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On Friday 26 June 2020 HIV i-Base published the fifth COVID-19 supplement to HIV Treatment Bulletin (HTB). Please see this link. All i-Base reports are free to copy and i-Base encourages wide distribution. Please credit i-Base when distributing these reports.   HIV and COVID-19: a new supplement to HIV Treatment Bulletin (HTB). This publication reviews the latest news on COVID-19, including research that is important for care of people living with HIV. All articles are online as html web pages. The PDF files use a single column layout that makes it easy to read each issue on tablets and other hand […]
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