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Research Toward a Cure
December 1, 2015 – A listing of clinical trials and observational studies related to the research effort to cure HIV infection.

JOB OPENING: Senior Health Policy Officer
November 30, 2015 – Under the supervision of the US & Global Health Policy Director, the Senior Health Policy Officer is primarily responsible for managing and advancing the public policy priorities of the Treatment Action Group (TAG).

Tuberculosis Research Funding Crisis Imperils Elimination Goal
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, NOVEMBER 30, 2015Worldwide funding for tuberculosis (TB) research fell $1.3 billion short of global targets in 2014, according to a report released today by Treatment Action Group (TAG). Total funding of US$674,036,492 in 2014 amounted to barely one-third of the US$2 billion experts estimate the world must spend on TB research and development (R&D) each year to eliminate TB. Alarmingly, funding for TB drug research fell by US$25 million compared with 2013. Overall, funding for TB R&D fell by US$12 million.

RSVP for TAG's HCV Global Access Webinars

Webinar #1: The Cost of Production for HCV Treatment
Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. New York/3 p.m. London/10 p.m. Bangkok/3 p.m. Casablanca
 Presenter: Dr. Andrew Hill, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Liverpool University, United Kingdom

WEBINAR #2: Direct-Acting Antivirals Drastically Simplify HCV Diagnosis and Monitoring
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. New York/ 4 p.m. Cape Town/ 2 p.m. Casablanca/9 p.m. Bangkok
Presenter: Dr. Teri Roberts, Senior Scientific Officer, Hepatitis and HIV, FIND (Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics), Geneva

Symposium: Scale Up to Get Down to Zero TB Deaths, New Infections, and Suffering
In conjunction with the 2015 Union World Conference on Lung Health Conference
Friday, December 4, 2015
18h00 – 20h30
Southern Sun The Cullinan, Protea 1 & 2
1 Cullinan Street Cape Town Waterfront
Cape Town, South Africa 8001

TAG's Response to Sen. Cassidy Statements on AIDS Research Spending
19 November 2015 – I would like to offer comments to correct the record on statements given by Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) at the October 7, 2015, hearing on the National Institutes of Health fiscal year 2016 budget. Several of his comments to the committee and NIH Director Francis Collins were incorrect or misleading. If his erroneous statements about AIDS research funding at the NIH are mistaken for fact, we will set a dangerous course for current and future research being conducted at the agency and undermine the prioritization process under way at the Office of AIDS Research (OAR).

TAG Response to the Release of the World Health Organization’s 2015 Global Tuberculosis Report
October 28, 2015 — Global leaders’ half-hearted response has enabled TB to overtake AIDS as the world’s leading cause of death from an infectious disease.

TAGline Fall 2015

Leading Advocates and Organizations Call on Gilead to Price TAF Responsibly
September 21, 2015 – The Fair Pricing Coalition sent the letter to Gilead, with 115 organizational and 376 individual signatories.

ACT UP/New York and TAG to Host Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Drastic Cuts to Citys HIV Testing and STD Screening Programs
August 31, 2015, New York New York – In response to disturbing trends in New York City’s response to the ongoing HIV and STD epidemics, ACT UP/New York and Treatment Action Group (TAG) will host a town hall meeting at the New York City LGBT Center on West 13th Street in Manhattan at 6:30 p.m. on September 1, 2015. ACT UP and TAG seek to push the de Blasio administration to mitigate the massive citywide reduction of sexual health services in recent years, including the March 2015 closure of the Chelsea STD Clinic.

Don’t Forget Treatment on World Hepatitis Day
July 28, 2015 – The prohibitive price of hepatitis C virus medications will result in needless deaths if we don’t act now
On World Hepatitis Day 2015, as the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasizes prevention, the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) and Treatment Action Group (TAG) urge pharmaceutical companies and the governments of middle-income countries (MICs) to act now to facilitate access to treatment for all people with hepatitis C virus (HCV), to avoid needless deaths from HCV complications and to prevent new infections.

2015 Pipeline Report
July 17, 2015 – HIV, HCV, and TB Drugs, Diagnostics, Vaccines, Preventive Technologies, Research Toward a Cure, and Immune-Based and Gene Therapies in Development

Washington Blade Op-Ed: D.C. AIDS Plan Ambitious but Must Include Community
July 10, 2015 By Kenyon Farrow – Could D.C. be the next place that declares a bold plan for ending the HIV epidemic in just a few years? New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was the first governor to announce such an effort. Now it appears that Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to make this a priority in her first term. But while I applaud the mayor for taking on this ambitious (yet achievable) goal, she needs to make the community part of the process of conceiving, developing, and implementing this new plan.

NYC AIDS Memorial: Interview with TAG's Board President, Barbara Hughes July 2, 2015

Public Health Groups Sue FDA For Disclosure of Clinical Trial Data for Costly Hep C Drugs
June 25, 2015, New Haven, Connecticut – Treatment Action Group (TAG) and the Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP) have filed a federal lawsuit to obtain access to the information that Gilead Sciences submitted to the FDA to obtain approval of two new—and extremely expensive—hepatitis C drugs, Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and Harvoni (sofosvubir/ledipasvir).  Hepatitis C affects at least 3 million people in the United States. Sovaldi and Harvoni significantly improve cure rates, but initial pricing was unprecedented: $84,000 and $94,500 for a 12-week course of treatment, respectively. 

Toward Comprehensive HIV Prevention Service Delivery in the United States: An Action Plan
June 24, 2015 – An objective of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), released by the White House in July 2010, is to lower the annual number of new infections in the United States by 25 percent by the end of 2015. Yet it is unclear if we will succeed in meeting this arguably unambitious target: 36,400 estimated new infections in 2015, compared with the 48,600 new infections estimated for the baseline year of 2006.

NYTimes Op-Ed: Don’t Weaken the F.D.A.’s Drug Approval Process
By Gregg Gonsalves, Mark Harrington, and David A. Kessler
June 11, 2015 – During the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, there were no effective treatments against H.I.V., the virus that causes the disease. Because of this, many thousands of people died lingering deaths. The desperation of those times led to the rise of an activist movement that took to the streets and pressed government officials to expedite research on drugs to treat AIDS.

2014 Annual Report
May 29, 2015 – Progress in the Fight Against HIV, HCV, and TB.

TAG’s Involvement in HIV Cure Research
May 19, 2015 – A brief overview of TAG’s advocacy role in the pursuit of an HIV cure.

Gilead: Stop Blocking Access to Hepatitis C Treatment
Thousands of activists urge company to change its policies on eve of shareholder meeting
May 5, 2015, New York, New York –  On the eve of pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences’ annual shareholder meeting, thousands of people who have hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HCV/HIV coinfection, with their allies and physicians, have demanded that Gilead change its policies that deny access to treatment for millions of people in developing countries.

Governor Releases Blueprint to End AIDS in New York State by 2020
April 29, 2015, New York, New York – Governor Cuomo formally accepted the long-awaited Blueprint to End AIDS at a public event on Wednesday, marking an important step towards fulfilling his commitment to end AIDS in New York State.

Governor Cuomo’s Plan to End AIDS Will Save Lives and Money
April 21, 2015 – TAG & Housing Works Report Shows Plan to End AIDS by 2020 Will Translate into $4.5 Billion in Net Medicaid Savings for NY State.

TAGline Spring 2015

  • On Targets and Timelines
    With growing recognition that science and discovery have forged the tools necessary to effectively diagnose, treat, and, indeed, eliminate three of the world’s most lethal infectious diseases—HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and hepatitis C—there is a need for greater mobilization and strengthened accountability among all stakeholders.
  • Ending the HIV Epidemic (ETE) in New York State
    Not only is it the right thing to do for the health of New Yorkers, but a new analysis demonstrates that it is also cost-effective.
  • Toward an Ambitious National HIV/AIDS Strategy
    We won’t end HIV as an epidemic with anemic goals, delayed surveillance data, feeble support of state policies and resource needs, and an inadequate implementation science agenda.
  • An HIV Cure and a Vaccine within the Next 15 Years?
    Optimism is not without merit, but the science remains incredibly fragile.
  • C U L8ter: Hepatitis C Eradication
    Hepatitis C is now curable. Now all we need is surveillance to monitor it, global funding to fight it, and targets set to address it.
  • TB R&D’s Shift to the Left
    As the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation realigns its TB vaccine strategy to focus on early-stage candidate development, equitable access priorities must also be established before large-scale trials are conducted.

Guiding Principles for Eliminating Disease-Specific Criminal Laws
February 27, 2015 – The Positive Justice Project is dedicated to eliminating disease-specific criminal laws that base liability on an individual’s health status rather than on the intent to harm another individual. We oppose the use of felony laws, and the associated lengthy terms of incarceration that treat health status as evidence of wrongful intent, and transmission of a treatable illness as equivalent to manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and other forms of assaults that pose immediate, lifethreatening harm to another.

150 HIV Organizations Urge Continuation of D:A:D Study
February 20, 2015 – HIV drugs are used in combinations, so it is right that the companies who make and sell these drugs collaborate on this study on long-term safety.

Activist Strategies for Increasing Access to HCV Treatment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (English and Russian)
February 2, 2015 – This report presents a number of key strategies through real-world case studies and shows how strategies used to combat the AIDS epidemic can be—and have been—adapted to increase HCV treatment access. These strategies are introduced in three sections: Laying the groundwork through community organizing; overcoming the cost barriers to HCV treatment access; and collaborating with researchers to build your case for HCV treatment access.

Governor Cuomo’s Ending the Epidemic Task Force Completes Plan to End AIDS in NY State by 2020
– Activists, service providers, public health professionals hail governor’s leadership, call on legislators and local governments to join forces to end the epidemic –
January 13, 2015, Albany, New York.  Today the Ending the Epidemic Task Force, convened by the New York State Department of Health (DOH) at the behest of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, completed its comprehensive, rigorous, and unprecedented plan to end AIDS in New York State by 2020.

2014 TAGupdate

  • Letter from TAG Board Member Alby Maccarone
  • Message from Board President Barbara Hughes
  • TAG Catalyzes New York State’s Plan to End AIDS
  • Reports from the Front
  • Q&A with Kenyon Farrow, U.S. and Global Health Policy Director
  • Q&A with Board Member Jim Aquino