J&J Urged to License HIV Drugs to Medicines Patent Pool
The French charity Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontièrs (MSF) published an open letter to Johnson & Johnson (J&J) CEO William C. Weldon urging the company to license all relevant HIV/AIDS patents to the Medicines Patent Pool.
S.C. Limits Medicaid Access to Brand-Name HIV Drugs
South Carolina senators approved budget measures that will affect the state’s Medicaid program, making it tougher for people with mental illnesses or HIV/AIDS to get name-brand drugs, GoUpstate.com reports.
HHS Alleges Florida Mismanaged Its ADAP Funds
A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report alleges that Florida’s Bureau of HIV/AIDS mismanaged its state and federal funds while administering its AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), The Florida Independent reports.
April 27, 2011
HUD Grants $23M for HIV/AIDS Housing in 18 States More than 1,000 extremely low-income people living with HIV/AIDS will receive permanent housing as a result of $23 million in grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), according to a HUD statement.
Arkansas Group Seeks to Legalize Medical Marijuana Arkansas for Compassionate Care (ACC) is seeking statewide support for a proposed voter initiative that would legalize marijuana for medical use, The Times Record reports. ACC has until July 6, 2012, to collect 62,507 signatures from registered voters to qualify the proposal for the November 2012 general election ballot.
U.S. Children Born With HIV Since Mid 1990s Faring Well
A new study shows that children born with HIV since the mid 1990s in the United States have been faring well into adolescence and adulthood, according to a Tulane University statement. The study was coauthored by Russell Van Dyke, MD, an infectious diseases expert at Tulane University. Advances in treatment have nearly eradicated mother-to-child transmission of HIV in the United States.
April 21, 2011
New Erection-boosting Condom Awaits Approval
erection-enhancing condom, informally dubbed "the Viagra condom," is awaiting
regulatory approval in Europe and could appear on the shelves of European
pharmacies and supermarkets by the end of the year, The Wall Street Journal reports.
CDC Faults Porn Industry for Not Cooperating With Public Health Agencies
A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) faults the adult film industry after an HIV scare in 2010 for not cooperating with public health authorities and for not providing information needed to conduct a quick and thorough investigation, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Juvenile Offenders Need Better HIV Prevention Interventions Juvenile offenders, a group at increased risk for contracting HIV, need more intensive, possibly family-based, HIV prevention interventions, according to a study published in the Journal of Correctional Health Care by researchers at the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center (BHCRC).
Young Adults Born With HIV Facing Lifelong Complications
Despite 85 percent being on antiretrovirals (ARV) and having undetectable viral loads, young adults who were born with HIV are experiencing lifelong complications such as higher rates of hospital admissions, comorbidities and lipodystrophy, according to a study by St. Mary’s Hospital in London and reported by aidsmap.
GeoVax Labs Expands HIV/AIDS Vaccine Program
GeoVax Labs Inc. announced the expansion of its preventative HIV/AIDS vaccine development program in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), according to a GeoVax statement.
Florida Proposes Restricting ADAP Eligibility In the face of the growing AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) crisis in Florida, the HIV/AIDS Bureau of that state’s health department has proposed restricting ADAP eligibility, The Florida Independent reports.
Rangel Introduces Bill to Fight HIV Among Blacks
U.S. Congressman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has introduced a bill that focuses on expanding and increasing HIV/AIDS programs in the African-American community, according to a statement released by Rangel's office.
A New Push to End Ban on HIV-Positive Organ Transplants While it's currently illegal in the United States to transplant organs from HIV-positive donors, various health officials and scientific experts recommend changing the law so that HIV-positive people can receive organs from HIV-positive donors, The New York Times reports.
Hustler Video Fined $14K for Not Using Condoms in Porn Larry Flynt’s Hustler Video is facing up to $14,175 in fines for failing to ensure the use of condoms or other protective equipment to protect its adult film stars, which is a violation of California State workplace safety rules, reports The Associated Press.
Landlords Can’t Evict HIV-Positive Tenant, Support Dog
The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) ordered landlords to pay $25,000 for trying to force HIV-positive tenant Richard M. Blake to get rid of his emotional support dog or move out of his Brighton apartment, The Boston Globe reports.
NASTAD Studies HIV Epidemic Among Latino Gay Men
The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) has released a report focused on the response of health departments and community organizations to HIV/AIDS in the Latino gay men (LGM) community.
More Research Needed to Improve LGBT Health Data on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are lacking—and more research about them is needed in order to improve LGBT health, according to a report covered by Reuters.
Porn Wikileaks Breaches HIV Test Database
The patient database of the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (AIM)—which provides the majority of the porn industry with testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections—has been breached, Gawker reports.