HIV Infections Rise 45 Percent in Philippines New HIV infections in the Philippines rose 45 percent since 2006, Agence France-Presse reports. According to a report from the country’s health department, an average of 29 new HIV/AIDS cases were recorded each month compared with 20 monthly cases in previous years.
Court Rules on HIV-Related Privacy Act Violation
New HIV infections in the Philippines rose 45 percent since 2006, Agence France-Presse reports. According to a report from the country’s health department, an average of 29 new HIV/AIDS cases were recorded each month compared with 20 monthly cases in previous years.
Bill Clinton Praises Obama’s HIV/AIDS Efforts
Former President Bill Clinton heralded presidential Democratic nominee Barack Obama’s commitment to bolster efforts to fight HIV/AIDS not only overseas but also domestically, The Associated Press reports.
HIV in New York City Is Triple the National Rate
Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new HIV surveillance methods, the agency says that the number of new infections in New York City is triple the national rate, The New York Times reports. The city’s HIV incidence is 72 new infections for every 100,000 people compared with 23 per 100,000 nationally.
Mother-to-Child Transmission Still High in Uganda
Despite the government’s continued efforts to reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission through antiretroviral (ARV) regimens, the number of Uganda’s children infected with HIV during pregnancy, childbirth and breast feeding remains high, IRIN/PlusNews reports.
August 27, 2008
HIV Increases Among Latino People in Connecticut HIV specialists in Stamford, Connecticut, are noticing an increase in new HIV infections among Latino people compared with the city’s general population, The Stamford Advocate reports. While Latino people make up 22.3 percent of Stamford’s HIV/AIDS cases, they represent only 19.7 percent of its population.
Foreclosures Evict Positive Renters in New York At least 50 HIV-positive New York renters during the past several months have complained to city housing organizations after being forced out of their homes or evicted due to foreclosures, The New York Times reports.
Local Funds for DC Syringe-Exchange Programs
Eight months after Congress lifted a decade-long ban on using funds from the District of Columbia to support syringe-exchange programs in Washington, DC, local tax dollars are beginning to reach such initiatives, The Washington Times reports.
August 25, 2008
Puerto Rico and 8 States Lose HIV Surveillance Funding Puerto Rico and eight states in the continental United States will no longer receive federal funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new HIV monitoring system, which found that that annual U.S. infection rate was 40 percent higher than previously estimated, The New York Times reports. The CDC is shifting the number of participating states from 34 to 25 based on a competitive application process.
Uganda Faces Antiretroviral Shortage A shortage of antiretroviral (ARV) medications is hindering efforts to treat Uganda’s 1.1 million people living with HIV, The New Times reports. Health officials and advocates said that many first-line drugs are not reaching districts such as Katakwi, Pallisa, Rakai, Soroti, Hoima and Luwero.
August 22, 2008
CDC Cuts Georgia From Innovative HIV Tracking Program Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed August 21 that Georgia would be removed from a federal program designed to pinpoint trends in HIV infections, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Cambodian Health Officials Optimistic in AIDS Fight The number of Cambodians living with HIV/AIDS has seen a sharp decline since its all-time high in the mid-1990s, and health experts estimate that prevalence will continue to decrease, Xinhua News Network reports.
Survivor Winner Kicks Off HIV Awareness Journey Former professional soccer player and Survivor: Africa winner Ethan Zohn began a journey from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, to Washington, DC, on August 20 to raise funds and awareness for Grassroot Soccer, a nonprofit HIV awareness initiative for children in Africa, The Boston Globe reports.
Federal Housing Grants to Assist Low-Income People With HIV A $19.4 million housing grant is being distributed to 15 states under the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program to help positive people with short-term rent, mortgage and utility assistance, the Burlington Free Press reports.
August 20, 2008
Helping Sexual Assault Victims in South Carolina Careteam, a South Carolina AIDS service organization, is teaming with the Rape Crisis Center to provide post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment and follow-up care to women who have been victims of sexual assault to prevent possible transmission of HIV, The Sun News/Myrtle Beach Online reports.
Ugandan Activists Fight to End Domestic Violence Following a recent string of HIV-related violence against women in Uganda, human rights activists are calling for government officials to pass the Domestic Relations Bill, Uganda’s New Vision reports.
Black Churches Assist AIDS Advocates in Delaware
Despite rising HIV/AIDS rates in the black community, rates in Delaware seem to be going down thanks to an increase in funding and aggressive activism throughout the state, especially by African-American churches, Delaware Online reports.
August 19, 2008
HIV/AIDS in Georgia’s Rural, Black Communities HIV/AIDS advocates in Georgia say that their inability to provide effective prevention, testing and counseling services to African-American and rural populations is driving new infection rates, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Widespread stigma directed at LGBT people and those living with the virus is keeping many residents from discussing HIV openly.
Anti-Stigma “Condom” Ring Tone Launched in India The BBC World Service Trust India has launched a new safer-sex ring tone that sings “Condom, condom!” to eliminate HIV/AIDS stigma and make condom use more socially acceptable, The Associated Press reports.
HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy Developed in Caribbean Following Jamaica’s example, other Caribbean islands will soon be required to implement national HIV/AIDS workplace policies once a regional policy—modeled after International Labor Organization (ILO) guidelines—is established, The Jamaica Observer reports.
Beijing Promotes HIV/AIDS Prevention During Olympics Beijing’s federal health bureau distributed 400,000 free condoms to 119 contract hotels of the Olympic Games and other hotels throughout the city to advocate safe sex and HIV/AIDS prevention, Xinhua News Network reports.
Blood Transfusions Spread HIV to 2 Patients in Argentina Two intensive-care patients at public hospitals in the Argentine province of Cordoba contracted HIV through blood transfusion, The Associated Press (AP) reports. The story was originally reported by local newspaper La Voz del Interior.
HIV “Prank” Becomes Deadly in Australia An Australian teenager stabbed his mother’s boyfriend to death after she received prank phone calls alleging that the man may have infected her with HIV, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Drug to Prevent Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission in Uganda
Pharmaceutical company Quality Chemicals Limited is expected to produce a new medication in November to reduce the risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Uganda, The Monitor/allafrica.com reports. More than 25,000 children in the sub-Saharan African country become infected with the virus through breast feeding each year.
Erection Loss and Unsafe Sex Gay men who experience erection loss are less likely to use condoms during anal sex and less likely to use them in the future, says a new Dutch report. According to aidsmap.com, Condom Induced Erectile Dysfunction (COINED) was much more of an independent factor of unprotected sex than thought before.
August 13, 2008
Examining Medical Mistrust in HIV-Positive Latino People Latino people represented 17 percent of new U.S. HIV infections in 2006. An upcoming study by Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina will determine whether a lack of trust in the health care system is contributing to a higher mortality rate among this group, the Winston-Salem Journal reports. The two-year study, funded by the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), begins in September.
amfAR’s Susan Blumenthal: U.S. Suffers ‘AIDS Amnesia’ Susan J. Blumenthal, MD, medical advisor at the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), urges increased attention to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic in response to the recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report showing that HIV incidence rates were 40 percent higher than previously estimated.
Food Shortages Hinder HIV Treatment in Mozambique Continuing global food shortages are making it difficult for positive Mozambicans to adhere to their treatment regimens despite free and easy-to-access antiretroviral drugs, IRIN/PlusNews reports.
New Health Insurance for HIV-Positive Indians For the first time ever, positive people in the Indian state of Karnataka will be eligible for HIV-specific group health insurance to help cover the cost of treatment, India’s The Economic Times reports.
August 12, 2008
Five AIDS Organizations Honored With Red Ribbon Awards The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) awarded organizations from five countries with Red Ribbon awards on August 7 at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City to honor their commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS, Xinhua News Agency/People’s Daily reports.
HIV-Positive People Should Test for TB Only 1 percent of positive people are tested for tuberculosis, researchers from the Advocacy to Control TB Internationally (ACTION) coalition said during a press conference August 8 at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, Reuters reports.
August 11, 2008
Oxfam Urges More Access to Female Condoms A report by non-governmental coalition Oxfam International slams policymakers for not promoting female condoms as part of their HIV/AIDS and family planning programs, despite evidence that many women worldwide prefer them to male condoms, Toronto’s Globe and Mail reports.
Seeking New Creativity for HIV Education Activists exhibited fresh attention-grabbing campaigns at the XVII International AIDS Conference that ended in Mexico City on August 8, The New York Times reports.
Rethinking Criminalization of HIV Calls to reverse laws that criminalize and stigmatize groups at risk for HIV marked the end of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, The New York Times reports.
August 08, 2008
Nurses Ease Shortage of HIV/AIDS Doctors Researchers at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City revealed that people living with HIV in the care of trained nurses faired just as well—if not better—than those treated by doctors, Reuters reports.
Universal Access to HIV Treatment by 2010 Unlikely Achieving universal access to anti-HIV drugs and treatment by 2010 is unlikely to be reached by every nation across the globe, two leading officials said August 6 at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, Agence France-Presse reports.
Drug-Resistant HIV Found in China More than 17 percent of positive people in China possess a drug-resistant strain of HIV, Chinese researchers announced at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, Reuters reports.
August 07, 2008
"Functional" AIDS Cure Attainable
Although it has been a goal difficult to achieve, positive people could live symptom-free without medications if aggressive treatment is started at pivotal times and if newer drugs can control the disease, the chief of U.S. infectious disease research said August 6 at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, Bloomberg reports.
Homophobia Fuels HIV/AIDS in Mexico Mexico, which is hosting the XVII International AIDS Conference, is having difficulty addressing HIV/AIDS transmission risks for men who have sex with men (MSM) due to social stigma there and throughout Latin America that force homosexual activity underground, The New York Times reports. While Mexico’s overall HIV prevalence in the general population is 0.3 percent, it approaches 15 percent among MSM.
Shifting Focus to Children in AIDS Fight Health workers at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City said August 6 that too little global AIDS funding is allocated toward treating children and preventing mother-to-child HIV infections, The New York Times reports.
August 06, 2008
Experts Discuss Behavior Modification for HIV Prevention Experts at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City on August 5 discussed ways in which behavior modification—such as delaying intercourse, using condoms, decreasing drug abuse, providing access to needle exchange programs and promoting male circumcision—could help countries worldwide with HIV prevention, The New York Times reports.
Canada Denies Transplants to People With HIV Canadian activists at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City said August 5 that many hospitals in their home country deny people with HIV/AIDS from receiving life-saving organ transplants, The Globe and Mail reports.
China to Lift HIV Travel Ban in 2009 The top Chinese health official at the XVII International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Mexico City says that China will likely lift its decades-old policy banning visitors with HIV/AIDS some time next year, the China Daily reports.
AIDS Vaccine Still Possible A leading health official at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City says that an AIDS vaccine has been elusive but there’s no reason to give up hope, The Globe and Mail reports.
August 05, 2008
More HIV Prevention Needed for Gay Men Worldwide
Experts at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City say that discrimination aimed at gay men around the world must be stopped and that countries should put more programs in place to prevent HIV transmission among gay men, Bloomberg reports.
Does Undetectable Equal Uninfectious? Hours before the XVII International AIDS Conference began in Mexico City, A panel of experts engaged in a heated debate over statements made by the Swiss Federal AIDS Commission in January, which affirmed that an undetectable viral load renders an HIV-positive person uninfectious under optimal conditions, Aidsmap.com reports.
Health Officials Track New HIV Cases by State
The same technology employed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reassess HIV incidence in the United States has allowed health officials to revise rates of new HIV infection at the local level, Newsday reports.
August 04, 2008
Examining the Criminalization of HIV Criminalizing exposure to—or transmission of—HIV prevents people from actively seeking out HIV/AIDS treatment and does little to reduce the spread of the virus, according to an opinion piece in the August issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) as reported in MarketWatch.
Presidential Candidates Respond to New HIV Estimates Presidential candidates Sens. Barack Obama (DIll.) and John McCain (RAriz.) responded to the underestimating of U.S. HIV infections over the last decade by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to AIDS 2008.
HIV Travel Ban to be Lifted, but Not Yet President George W. Bush signed a law on July 30 eliminating travel restrictions on HIV-positive foreigners entering the United States. However, experts warn that reversing the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation may take months or may not happen at all until the next administration enters the White House, Gay City News reports.