Stigma at the Doc One out of four people with HIV feel stigmatized by their doctors, says a study published in the August issue of AIDS Patient Care and STDs.
Very Political Science
American epidemiologist James Chin’s new book The AIDS Pandemic accuses UNAIDS of dramatizing the epidemic for political and financial gain.
The Power of Pillboxes
Pillbox organizers are an inexpensive way to improve HIV medication adherence and improve viral suppression in low-income individuals, suggests a new study.
Heavy Drinking Lowers CD4 Count in Some HIV-positive people who are heavy drinkers and who are not taking antiretroviral medications have lower CD4 counts than moderate or non-drinking HIV-positive people not on meds, according to a new study published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.
August 30, 2007
Diplomas and HIV Test Results In Hand...
AIDS activists and health officials in Nigeria are speaking out against a private Christian university’s practice of requiring its students to take HIV and pregnancy tests.
Sperm Washing Bill Approved in California The California senate has approved a bill that would allow HIV-positive men to undergo sperm washing and use their sperm for artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization.
Testing Before Tying the Knot Beginning next year, couples in Saudi Arabia will be required to test for HIV and hepatitis before getting married.
All They Need Is Love Research conducted at the University of California has shown that children who have one or more parents living with HIV or AIDS, or who have lost a parent because of the disease, have a better chance of coping if they have a strong social support network.
August 29, 2007
Detox for Vancouver IDUs Starting in early September, a safe-injection center in Vancouver will offer intravenous drug addicts who go to the site for clean needles access to detox beds as well as short-term housing facilities.
Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems A recent study presented at the 8th International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific last week shows that the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Asia is largely being driven by wealthy men, disputing the idea that it is fueled by impoverished members of society.
A Little (Self) Help, Please? A new study in Singapore indicates that individuals at the highest risk for infection use HIV self-tests incorrectly.
Making Amends, but Not Really Following a public uproar, Michigan’s Ingham County Health Department has amended a document that is intended to track whether or not a newly diagnosed HIV-positive person had been counseled about the subject of partner notification.
August 28, 2007
Testing: Under Cover of the Night
A group in Kenya, Moonlight Voluntary Counseling and Testing Services, has been providing HIV tests at night, offering an alternate approach for those people who are hesitant to get tested during the day for fear of being identified.
Condoms for Sugar Daddies? A new study in Zimbabwe suggests that promoting condom use will be more effective in curbing HIV rates than discouraging the “sugar daddy” phenomenon of older men having sex with younger women.
Not Meth-ing Around Researchers at the Wake Forest School of Medicine found that one in 20 North Carolinian men who have sex with men have used crystal methamphetamine in the last month, raising concerns over the increased risk of transmitting HIV.
Viral Load Peaks in Semen Viral concentration in the semen of HIV positive men reaches its peak three to four weeks following infection, says a new study published in the August 20th edition of AIDS.
August 27, 2007
Good News for Botswana’s Babies The prevalence of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Botswana has dropped to four percent, marking the first time that a developing nation with a high HIV infection rate has lowered its transmission level close to levels in the United States and Europe.
Buried Alive? A woman living with HIV in Papua New Guinea says that she has witnessed families burying their HIV positive relatives alive when they can no longer care for them.
Old Spice Channel A new study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reveals that most men and women remain sexually active well into their 70s and 80s, engaging in vaginal intercourse, masturbation and oral sex.
Chewing the Fat People living with HIV that have higher-than-normal lipid levels consume more fat, saturated fat and more cholesterol than the general population, according to a study published in the July 31st issue of AIDS.
August 24, 2007
Green Light for NY Rape Bill A controversial bill that allows rape survivors to force suspected attackers to be tested for HIV was signed into law yesterday by New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who said it would give women the “ability to receive timely treatment and peace of mind.”
Staying Alive in Cleveland Hundreds of people living with HIV converged on Cleveland this week for Staying Alive 2007, the annual conference organized by the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA) to highlight the epidemic’s challenges and triumphs.
Wikipedia Snafu A South African government official was suspended today for allegedly deleting HIV/AIDS entries on the country’s Wikipedia site.
Mandatory Testing for Carolina Moms-to-Be? The North Carolina Commission for Public Health recommended this week that all pregnant women in the state who don’t know their HIV status should be tested for the virus when they arrive at a hospital to give birth.
August 23, 2007
Gay Sex Alert in Ft. Lauderdale
Activists in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida were incensed yesterday after Mayor James Naugle held what some said was an anti-gay news conference under the guise of an initiative to stop the spread of HIV by discouraging promiscuous gay sex.
Manchester Docs Pressured to Get Tested?
Soon-to-be doctors in the UK’s Greater Manchester area are being pressured into taking HIV tests if they want to work in the National Health Service, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Trafficking Threatens an Asian Pandemic According to a U.N. report released yesterday, tens of thousands of women trafficked in Asia’s sex trade may be fueling HIV infection on a continent where 5.4 million people are already living with the virus.
After Whitman-Walker Shut Down...
Since the closing of the Whitman-Walker satellite clinic in suburban Takoma Park, MD two years ago, HIV/AIDS care in the area is hurting, reports the Washington Post.
August 22, 2007
Treatment Delays at Florida Jails HIV/AIDS advocates and lawyers in southern Florida say that several jails in Broward and Palm Beach Counties are consistently getting meds late to HIV-positive inmates, leaving treatment gaps that could lead to drug resistance. Activists are concerned that some inmates may develop AIDS.
Oral Painkiller vs. Heroin A new UN initiative is set to curb HIV infection rates among injection drug users at five sites around New Delhi by offering the opiate buprenorphine, taken orally, as a substitute for injection drugs such as heroin.
There’s No Substitute for Meds Researchers at the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) have concluded that no amount of food or supplement can substitute for medical treatment of HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis.
Fish-Farming Goes Swimmingly By introducing fish-farming to 1,200 households in Malawi, researchers with the Worldfish Center have improved the health and income of families affected by HIV/AIDS.
You Booze, You Lose A study at the Boston University School of Medicine has revealed that consuming alcohol may have an adverse effect on the CD4 counts of positive people who do not adhere to antiretroviral therapy.
Small Business Program Empowers Women HIV positive women in Cambodia, China and India will have the opportunity to achieve economic independence by running small businesses as part of the Women and Wealth Project (WWP).
Don't Wash? Uncircumcised men who wash their penises directly after having unprotected sex may be at a heightened risk of contracting HIV, according to a new study.
August 20, 2007
PEPFAR to Fund Circumcision in Africa
Countries involved in the United States’ President's Emergency Program For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will now have the opportunity to seek funds to increase access to circumcision procedures in order to reduce HIV transmission, U.S. health officials said on Sunday.
Chinese Teens Spread the Word Through an online screening process, the China Center for Disease Control has chosen 125 teenage ambassadors to raise HIV/AIDS awareness among young people between the ages of 15 to 24, a group that currently accounts for 50 percent of new infections.
HIV Positive Pilots Grounded in Botswana Botswana’s Civil Aviation Department will fire any pilot or air traffic controller who tests positive for HIV, despite widespread protests of the policy—in the country with the highest HIV rate in Africa.
It’s a Rap BET’s award-winning Rap-It-Up Campaign has partnered with the Baton Rouge Office of the Mayor’s HIV/AIDS Task Force to host a women’s health conference scheduled to take place tomorrow in order to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and discuss prevention methods.
August 17, 2007
Labor Day Swim at Alabama Pool Park This Labor Day, the Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA) plans to hold a “family reunion” at the Alabama park that banned an HIV positive toddler from entering its public pool and shower last month.
LGBT Ugandans Speak Up—Behind Masks The first ever press conference on the rights of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people in Uganda was held yesterday at a hotel in Kampala.
HIV Tests Before Marriage? Nigeria’s Anglican Church is implementing a program to encourage couples to take an HIV test before getting married.
August 16, 2007
South Africa’s TAC Protests Firing
South Africa’s Treatment Action Group (TAC) threatened yesterday to take the government to court over its AIDS policy failures and to call nationwide protests over last week’s firing of Deputy Health Minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, a move that TAC fears is already reversing strides in the delivery of HIV treatment around the country.
Abstinence-Only Doesn’t Prevent HIV A series of studies published in the August 4th issue of The British Medical Journal found that abstinence-only education in America is ineffective in preventing the spread of HIV.
Putting the ‘Can’ in Canada A recent Ipsos Reid poll conducted by the Canadian Coalition for Youth and HIV/AIDS in Africa indicates that a majority of Canadian citizens feel Ottawa needs to step up its AIDS treatment spending in Africa and other developing countries.
HIV Help for Indonesia’s Homeless Children The Indonesian government should direct more HIV/AIDS prevention initiatives toward homeless children, according to the secretary general of the National Commission for Child Protection.
Two More Drugs OK for PEPFAR The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted tentative approval for the 50th and 51st anti-retroviral drugs included under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which funds programs overseas.
August 14, 2007
Catholic School Yanks Condom Ad A city-funded billboard promoting condom use and HIV testing has caused a stir among teachers and administrators at a Boston Catholic school who claim that the ad’s proximity to the school is in poor taste—and have won a promise from the mayor and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPC) that funded it that the ad will come down before school resumes in the fall.
AIDS Ain't Nothing But A Black Thang? Empowering Everyday Women Online, an online magazine geared toward Christian African-American women, is asking its readers, "Is HIV/AIDS viewed as a black thing?"
Samoa Imports 50,000 Condoms Athletes participating in Western Samoa’s South Pacific Games later this month will have no shortage of protective equipment, as 50,000 condoms have been imported by Samoan officials in preparation for the event.
Radio Awareness in India Radio disc jockeys in India are receiving HIV/AIDS sensitivity and awareness training to inform their on air commentary about the virus.
Family Sues Over Death of Detained AIDS Patient The family of Victor Arrelano, a 23-year old AIDS patient who died last month while in custody at an immigration detention center in San Pedro, California, has announced that they plan to file a wrongful death suit for lack of proper care and medical treatment for Arrelano.
Arafat Had HIV The personal physician of Yasser Arafat confirmed this weekend that HIV antibodies were present in the former Palestinian leader’s blood, adding that it was poison, not AIDS, that killed Arafat in November of 2004 in Paris.
Does ‘El Cantante’ Get it Wrong? El Cantante, the biopic of Puerto Rican salsa singer Hector Lavoe starring Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez gets, the reality of HIV in the mid-80s wrong, says The Los Angeles Times.
August 10, 2007
Call Today About NY’s Forced-Testing Bill Housing Works, the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women and other groups are issuing a call to action to prevent the signing of a bill that would allow rape victims to force their suspected attackers to get tested for HIV.
Gadafy’s Son: Yes, We Tortured Them Seif al-Islam Gadafy, the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gadafy, told al-Jazeera TV in an interview broadcast Wednesday that the six foreign medical workers recently released after eight years of imprisonment for infecting Libyan children had indeed been tortured.
South African Gov’t Loses an AIDS Advocate South African AIDS activists are protesting the firing of Deputy Health Minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, calling the move a major setback for anti-HIV efforts, which had been much more agressive in the past year under Madlala-Routledge’s guidance, after years of government inaction.
NYC AIDS Doc Arrested Dr. Ramon Torres, former director of the AIDS center at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City, and a respected member of the HIV/AIDS community for his work with HIV-positive patients and research initiatives, has been arrested for Medicaid fraud and practicing medicine with a suspended license.
August 09, 2007
Older Women Don’t Want HIV Tests Despite rising rates of HIV infection among the older set, a new study suggests that many women over the age of 50 still have no interest in being tested for the virus.
Angolan Handball Star Slams Stigma Angolan handball player Filomena Trindade told college students yesterday in a "Sports and HIV/AIDS" workshop that positive athletes should be allowed to participate in sports just like anyone else.
D.C. Mayor Picks New AIDS Director Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty today appointed Dr. Shannon Lee Hader as the head of the district’s HIV/AIDS Administration—a tricky job with the challenge of grappling with the highest HIV rate in the country.
No Condoms, Please; We’re British A recent study in Great Britain found that adults are so embarrassed to talk about condoms with a new sex partner that one third polled said they had been sometimes been too uncomfortable to use one.
August 08, 2007
Montana's Name Game A year after health officials throughout the U.S. were ordered by the feds to begin registering and tracking HIV-positive people with their real names—or risk losing federal funding—Montana health officials report good results and fewer errors.
One Year to Beijing Olympics
Crowds gathered in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square today for fireworks, music and dance celebrations—exactly one year from the day that China hosts the 2008 Olympics—amid concerns that the government is cracking down on potentially “embarrassing” behaviors in the face of international scrutiny.
Sugar (Daddy) Free
A campaign launched last week by Population Service International is taking aim at cross-generational sex in Uganda in order to fight the spread of HIV to girls and women.
AIDS Orphans’ Latest Risk Lack of adequate education, support and nutrition are behind South African AIDS orphans’ higher likelihood of engaging in early and risky sex, according to a recent study.
August 07, 2007
Lee Vows to Deport Travel Ban California Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) introduced a bill last week that would repeal the United States’ controversial HIV travel ban, which prohibits people with HIV from entering the country.
Saudis Consider HIV Bill of Rights The National Human Rights Society in Saudi Arabia is proposing a bill of rights for people living with HIV in the kingdom in order to address job discrimination and assure privacy for patients undergoing treatment—with violations punishable by steep fines or jail time.
Needles Litter San Francisco Playgrounds
San Francisco officials are working to revamp the city’s needle exchange program after residents complained about finding used needles in playgrounds and parks, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Europe Suspends Viracept Sales The European Commission temporarily suspended Roche’s license to sell the protease inhibitor Viracept (nelfinavir) in the European Union today, after the company voluntarily recalled the drug due to contamination in some batches found in early June, according to Reuters Alertnet.
HIV Rate Drops Among Pregnant South Africans The HIV rate among pregnant South African women has decreased for the first time in eight years, a drop that the country’s health minister said last week was due to changes in behavior among South Africans.
Soldier Saga Continues in NC An HIV-positive soldier at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg may be court martialed following a recommendation made last week by an investigating officer.
Menstrual Problems for Positive Women
Menstrual abnormalities such as light, irregular or painful periods are more common for women living with HIV than among other woman, according to a recent study at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research.
August 03, 2007
“How ‘bout the USA?”
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was challenged earlier this week while discussing his commitment to fighting global AIDS.
Docs Busted in Puerto Rico In yet another dramatic turn in a healthcare crises sweeping Puerto Rico, dozens of doctors were arrested yesterday for allegedly using fraudulent methods to obtain their medical licenses.
Kicking Around AIDS Information The South African Football Players Union (SAFPU) has launched a study to gauge players’ knowledge of HIV/AIDS, and to get their input on how to fight the epidemic.
August 02, 2007
Early Treatment Act Returns to Congress At a press conference today in Washington, DC, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) announced they were reintroducing the Early Treatment for HIV Act (ETHA) into the House of Representatives.
From HIV to AIDS There is ever more evidence that the loss of CD4 cells in people with HIV is sometimes prompted by immune activation—the process whereby a stimulus such as a parasite or HIV itself trips the immune system and viruses replicate more quickly.
High Rates Among Women at DC Jail About 7 percent of 607 women tested recently for HIV at the Washington, DC jail tested positive—nearly three times the rate of infection among male inmates.
Gallo Tests a Vaccine Dr. Robert Gallo, one of the U.S. scientists who first discovered HIV in the 1980s, will use a $15 million grant to test a possible vaccine for the virus that has already proved successful in monkeys.
August 01, 2007
Medical Marijuana and the KS Connection
People with HIV who use marijuana products for nausea, pain or appetite problems associated with HIV and HIV meds may have been alarmed to hear this morning’s news from researchers at Harvard Medical School that the drug may encourage Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS).
HIV Stalks Sex Slaves Young girls being sold into the sex trade around the world are at great risk for contracting and spreading HIV, according to a new study.
Drug Use Slams Black and Latino Men Black and Latino men are more likely than other Americans to contract HIV through drug use and related behaviors, participants in the 2007 National Conference on Latinos and AIDS heard yesterday.
Get Your Meds Through UnitedHealthcare?
Starting today, UnitedHealthcare patients getting “specialty” meds such as HIV drugs need to use the company’s Specialty Pharmacy Program to fill their prescriptions.
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