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$4.5M Joint Effort to Improve Black HIV Care in Three Southern Cities

For several years now, national HIV rates have been highest in the South, notably among Black Americans. The region also lags in access to HIV prevention, care and treatment—a situation that has only worsened since the arrival of COVID-19. But a new $4.5 million collaboration funded by drugmaker Gilead Sciences aims to improve HIV health inequities in the South.
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Calls for 'proper' compensation after NHS infected blood scandal

A woman left infected with contaminated blood when she was a child has told how "no amount of money will replace having a normal healthy life". Mel McKay, from Bridlington in East Yorkshire, was among some 4,000 people given blood that led to them developing viruses like hepatitis and HIV.
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Infected blood: Sister of victims welcomes compensation

The sister of two Welsh victims of the infected blood scandal has said a compensation announcement is "a step in the right direction". Bev Tumelty lost her brothers after they were infected by HIV and hepatitis C through contaminated blood products. She called the payment good news, but said a...
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Infected blood scandal victim to continue compensation fight

A woman orphaned when her parents died from HIV eight days apart has vowed to continue campaigning until everyone affected by the infected blood scandal have been compensated. Lauren Palmer's father, a severe haemophiliac, received blood clotting product Factor VIII in the late 1970s, unaware it was contaminated. He tested...
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Staying Healthy While Immunocompromised

The immune system is the body’s natural defense mechanism against foreign substances like bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Sometimes, the immune system doesn’t work as well as it should, which can make serious illness more likely. If your immune system isn’t working at full capacity, you’re what’s known as...
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WHO Updates HCV Recommendations in Pursuit of 2030 Goals

WHO issues new HCV treatment recommendations that include "radical simplification" of care pathways, in pursuit of testing and treatment goals. The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued updated recommendations for addressing the major public health problem of hepatitis C virus (HCV) which call for "radical simplification" of care pathways and increased point of care (PoC) testing, if its Global Health Sector Strategy goals of 90% testing and 80% treatment are to be attained by 2030.
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Most families will not get blood scandal payout, victim's son says

A Coventry man whose father died after being given infected blood in the 1970s and 1980s has criticised the government's compensation scheme. Victims of the infected blood scandal will receive interim compensation payments of £100,000 each, as recommended by a public inquiry. The scandal saw thousands infected with HIV...
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