NYC Mayor Bloomberg Opposes HIV Housing Bill A bill that would help thousands of HIV-positive New Yorkers afford housing passed the State Senate on April 27, but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office is urging Governor David Paterson to veto the bill, The New York Times reports.
NYC Council Calls on FDA to Lift Gay Blood Ban The New York City Council passed a resolution that calls on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lift its lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM).
April 29, 2010
AIDS Report Issues Call to Action for New York Latinos The Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA) has released a new report titled New York State Responds to the Latino HIV/AIDS Crisis and Plans for Action, with the ultimate goal of reducing new infections among that population.
New York State Wants HIV-Positive Prisoner Held After Serving Time Nushawn Williams, an HIV-positive Brooklyn man, recently completed a 12-year prison sentence for statutory rape and reckless endangerment for transmitting HIV to at least 13 women. But New York State wants to keep him locked up indefinitely under a civil law meant to keep dangerous criminals off the street even after they’ve served time, The Associated Press reports.
April 28, 2010
New York Senate Passes HIV/AIDS Affordable Housing Bill The New York State Senate passed on April 27 a landmark bill that would create affordable housing protection for HIV-positive New Yorkers and their families. The measure would cap “shelter costs” (rent and utilities) to 30 percent of income for people living with HIV/AIDS who receive public assistance.
China Lifts 20-Year-Old HIV Travel Ban China lifted its 20-year-old entry ban on foreigners living with HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and leprosy, the Xinhua News Agency reports.
Study: Cutting Global AIDS Funding Could Make HIV a “Death Sentence” HIV-positive people in the developing world are being turned away from treatment programs as stocks of HIV medications are running out due to budget cuts and flatlined funding from donors such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, according to a new study by the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) as reported by Reuters.
April 22, 2010
AIDS Groups File Brief in Michigan HIV Terrorism Case
The Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund has joined three Michigan AIDS advocacy groups in filing a friend of the court brief in the case of Daniel Allen, an HIV-positive Macomb County man charged under a state terrorism law last year for allegedly biting a neighbor during a dispute, The Michigan Messenger reports.
“Idol Gives Back” Performances Raise HIV Awareness
On April 21, Sir Elton John performed on American Idol’s “Idol Gives Back” charity music event to raise AIDS awareness and to encourage donations to his AIDS foundation. Other performers at the event included Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, the Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox and Mary J. Blige.
April 21, 2010
China Prepares to End HIV Travel Ban China is ready to lift its decades-old ban on HIV-positive foreigners, the country’s State Council announced April 19 according to Xinhua News Agency.
Study: AIDS Is Increasing Maternal Mortality in Africa
Annual deaths of women from pregnancy and childbirth around the world have dropped significantly from about 526,300 in 1980 to 342,900 in 2008, according to a study in the medical journal The Lancet and reported by The New York Times.
Australia Rethinks MSM Blood Donation Ban The Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS) plans to review its ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM) as a result of a Tasmanian man’s discrimination case against the organization, The Medical News reports.
April 14, 2010
New York State Might Block Release of HIV-Positive Prisoner New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo’s office intends to block the release of Nushawn J. Williams, an HIV-positive Brooklyn man who pleaded guilty in 1997 to charges of statutory rape and two counts of reckless endangerment for transmitting the virus to two girls, though he was associated with about 13 women who tested positive at that time, The New York Times reports.
U.S. Strains to Control Rising PEPFAR Costs U.S. officials have asked some overseas AIDS clinics to cease new patient enrollment in antiretroviral drug programs funded through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), according to doctors and official correspondence as reported by The Boston Globe.
ADAP Cuts Feared in South Carolina Counties South Carolina’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) faces an estimated $4.1 million shortfall in state funding, which is causing concern among AIDS activists about the availability of medication for low-income HIV-positive people in the state, The Times and Democrat reports.
Lady Gaga: Celibacy Is OK, Free Condoms at Concerts While in the United Kingdom to promote M·A·C Cosmetics’ latest Viva Glam campaign, which funds HIV/AIDS prevention and support programs for women and girls, pop superstar Lady Gaga said she is practicing celibacy at the moment, and she encouraged anyone not ready for sex to do the same, MTV News reports.
Utah’s GOP Lawmakers: Ryan White Unnecessary Under “Obamacare”
After review by the Executive Appropriations Committee, Utah’s Republican lawmakers deferred approving the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s $5.2 million in funding, saying that the program—which requires a $1.4 million investment by the state—is unnecessary under the recently passed federal health care overhaul, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
White House Report Highlights Public Input on National AIDS Strategy
Last year, the White House’s Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) asked the general public for guidance in developing a national AIDS strategy. It sought input through a series of 14 National HIV/AIDS Community Discussions as well as through an online submission process. On April 9, ONAP released a report highlighting the major themes that emerged in these recommendations, compiling information from nearly every state and U.S. territory.
April 08, 2010
Remembering Ryan White 20 Years Later
Two decades ago today, Ryan White—an Indiana teenager with hemophilia who contracted HIV from a tainted blood-clotting treatment—died at the age of 18, The Indianapolis Star reports.
Clear Channel Promotes HIV Testing With New PSAs In partnership with the Greater Than AIDS campaign, Clear Channel Communications is creating a series of public-service announcements (PSAs) to broadcast HIV/AIDS information and promote testing.
CDC Offers Funds to Expand HIV Testing Among At-Risk Populations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering funds to eligible health departments to increase HIV testing opportunities among at-risk populations, primarily African Americans, intravenous drug users and men who have sex with men (MSM).
April 02, 2010
ACLU: Drop Bioterrorism Charges Against HIV-Positive Man The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is urging the Macomb County, Michigan, Circuit Court to dismiss bioterrorism charges against Daniel Allen, a 44-year-old HIV-positive man charged with “possession or use of a harmful device” after biting his neighbor during a fight, The Michigan Messenger reports.
April Is STD Awareness Month
STD Awareness Month—recognized and supported annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—aims to encourage awareness of how sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV/AIDS, chlamydia and gonorrhea affect public health.
April 01, 2010
Health Care Insurers Agree to Cover Children With Preexisting Conditions
Insurance companies say they will comply with rules laid out in the White House’s recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which stipulates that children and teens younger than 19 may not be denied health insurance if they have a preexisting medical condition, The New York Times reports.
April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), which highlights sexual assault as a public health issue and promotes the need to prevent sexual violence.
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