HIV Health and Wellness

US: Gilead CEO insists federal government patent for HIV prevention pill Truvada is invalid

The chief executive of Gilead Sciences, the nation’s leading manufacturer of HIV drugs, defended the high cost of a key drug that prevents the lethal infection, telling a House committee Thursday that its hefty profits pay for continued research.

US: Gilead is accused of cutting anti-competitive deals to extend profit on HIV drug combinations

Combination drug “cocktails” to treat HIV infection are an important part of patients’ routine, allowing them to reduce the number of pills they must take each day. But the lifesaving tablets also were the focus of anti-competitive schemes by the nation’s leading HIV drug manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, according to a consumer lawsuit filed Tuesday.

China: Transgender people risk their lives with dangerous self-surgery

Transgender people in China are performing highly dangerous surgery on themselves and buying unsafe hormone treatments on the black market because it is almost impossible for them to access the health care they urgently need, Amnesty International said in a new report

India: Why Madras High Court Ban On Sex Change Surgery For Intersex Children Is Significant

It can be hoped that the ban on sex change surgery for intersex children will help prevent those medical interventions which are guided by parental anxiety rather than by medical advice.