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The cost of PrEP will be slashed from April 1, after the HIV prevention medication is finally listed and subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-daily pill that has been found to be up to 99% effective at reducing the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-negative people, …

HIV antibody

A vaccine that has delivered promising results in treating all known strains of HIV is moving on to large scale testing in humans, pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson says. The company’s Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels made the announcement at the recent Global Citizen festival. “For the past ten years, we have been working on …

QNews Magazine Cannes Film Festival 120 beats per minute

French AIDS activism drama 120 Beats Per Minute was awarded one of the top honours by critics at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The French-language film, by out writer/director Robin Campillo, depicts a group of HIV/AIDS activists in the Paris branch of advocacy group ACT UP as they battle the government and the pharmaceutical industry …

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