HIV in Blood Differs From HIV in Semen The genetic makeup of HIV in semen differs from that of HIV in the bloodstream, according to a study published in the Public Library of Science online journal PLoS Pathogens and reported by The Seattle Times.
China Court to Hear HIV Discrimination Case A court in China's Anhui province has agreed to hear a lawsuit involving a prospective schoolteacher who says he was denied a job because he is HIV positive, The New York Times reports.
Iowa Radio Host Rebuked for AIDS Comments After WHO-AM host Jan Mickelson made contentious remarks about AIDS education and gay marriage during a broadcast from the Iowa State Fair, station owner Clear Channel Communications denounced the comments on-air, DesMoinesRegister.com reports.
Michigan AIDS Walk Raises $10,000 The Grand Rapids, Michigan, AIDS Walk/Run raised more than $10,000 during its 18th annual 5K run or walk on August 28, Mlive.com reports.
August 27, 2010
Guilty Verdicts for HIV-Positive German Pop Star
Nadja Benaissa, a member of the all-girl German pop band No Angels, was found guilty of aggravated battery for having unprotected sex with a man without revealing her HIV-positive status, Der Spiegel reports.
Child Forced From School in India Over HIV Status A group of parents at a private school in Anantapur, India, forced a 4-year-old girl out of the school because they suspected she was HIV positive after they learned the girl’s parents were HIV positive, The Times of India reports.
Strike Threatens HIV Treatment in South Africa A health worker wage strike in South Africa has disrupted antiretroviral and tuberculosis treatment as well as local programs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, PlusNews reports.
Obama Seeks Extra $65M for HIV/AIDS in FY2011 The Obama administration has asked Congress for an additional $65 million for HIV/AIDS funding for fiscal year 2011, according to a statement from the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP).
HIV-Positive Chinese AIDS Activist Detained A well-known AIDS activist has been detained in China for lobbying for compensation for Chinese people who contracted HIV through tainted blood supplies, Agence France Presse (AFP) reports.
Candidate for Minn. Gov. Wanted to End HIV Funding
Tom Emmer—the Republican candidate for governor of Minnesota who received a $150,000 campaign contribution from Target Corporation—led an effort in the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2005 to eliminate statewide funding for the Minnesota AIDS Project, change.org reports.
Oil and Gas Companies Urged to Prioritize HIV/AIDS Oil and gas companies consistently fail to address HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria among their workforces, according to a study by the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC) and Booz & Company.
August 19, 2010
Rand Paul Belongs to HIV Denialist Group
Rand Paul, MD, the Republican Senate candidate from Kentucky, is a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), prwatch.org reports. According to the article, AAPS denies that HIV causes AIDS.
National AIDS Fund to Grant $1.5M in Southern U.S.
The National AIDS Fund (NAF), with support from the Ford Foundation, is providing $1.5 million in grants to advance HIV/AIDS public policy and advocacy through an initiative called Southern REACH (Regional Expansion of Access and Capacity to Address HIV/AIDS), according to an NAF statement.
NIH Awards $21M to Study Early Response to HIV The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $21 million grant to a multi-institutional team to study the early stage immune response to HIV, according to a statement by the Salk Institute.
Lawsuit Claims Delta Flight Attendant Fired for HIV A former Delta Airlines employee has filed a lawsuit against the company claiming he was fired because he was HIV positive, had a sleep disorder and was in recovery from drug addiction, Sun-Times Media Wire (STMW) reports.
Prison Sentence in Fake Trojan Condoms Scheme New York City resident Jian Wang, a U.S. citizen who emigrated from China, has been sentenced to 37 months in prison for his part in a counterfeiting scheme that involved over a million fake Trojan condoms imported from China, Bloomberg News reports.
Free Condom Machines in Schools Proposed in Australia
Planning Victoria, a sexual and reproductive health organization in Australia,
has asked the federal government to fund contraceptive services and recommends
free condoms in high schools, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.
India Expands Female Condom Program India will expand its female condom program from eight states to 17 in an effort to control HIV rates among female sex workers and other women at high risk, The Times of India reports.
UNAIDS: Major Cities Must Increase HIV/AIDS Efforts Major cities around the world must increase their HIV/AIDS efforts, said Michel Sidibe, executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), during a visit to Shanghai, UNAIDS reports.
Senator John Kerry Introduces Bill to Fight Viral Hepatitis
Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) introduced the Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Control and Prevention Act of 2010 in the Senate, calling for a national strategy to help prevent and stop hepatitis B and C, according to a statement by the senator’s office.
Free Crack Pipes for HIV Prevention in Seattle
The People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, a Seattle-based
nonprofit group, has started a new program that hands out free crack pipes to
reduce HIV transmission, Hip-Hop Wired reports. (Watch video.)
Plans for a “Gay Condom” in India A
year after India’s highest court decriminalized homosexuality, a leading condom
manufacturer in the country plans to market a “gay condom” with extra
lubrication, making it more suitable for anal sex, Mid Day reports.
USAID Awards $38M to Pediatric AIDS in Uganda The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is awarding the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and the Ugandan Ministry of Health a five-year, $38 million cooperative agreement to provide services related to HIV, tuberculosis and malnutrition in southwest Uganda, according to an EGPAF statement.
New HIV Cases in Fiji Increase Prevention Efforts Fiji's Health Ministry is exploring options to deal with a rise in HIV cases, Xinhua News Agency reports. Officials are calling on parents, teachers and religious groups to encourage HIV prevention, including sex education in schools.
CDC Awards $42M to Community-Based HIV Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $42 million to 133 community-based organizations (CBOs) to help them implement HIV prevention programs, according to a CDC statement.
Hip Hop 4 HIV Concert Gets Thousands Tested The fourth annual Hip Hop 4 HIV concert treated more than 15,000 young adults to a free concert in Houston, but there was one catchthey had to be tested and educated about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), khou.com reports.
Global Fund Seeks Contributions From China, India China, India and other countries with fast-growing economies should begin contributing to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said the head of organization, Agence France Presse (AFP) reports.
Using Faith-Based Groups to Fight HIV/AIDS in Africa Since faith-based organizations (FBOs) provide an estimated 30 percent to 70 percent of health care in Africa, they should be used to help fight HIV/AIDS, according to a study of nongovernmental organizations reported by PlusNews.
Sex Ed Implemented Slowly in Latin America Many countries in Latin
America have enacted legislation and policies promoting sex education and
sexual health services for young people, but implementation has been slow, the
Inter Press Service (IPS) reports.
Study: HIV Prevention Often Ignores Gay Couples Gay couples are often
ignored in HIV prevention efforts despite their sexual behaviors, which can
lead to seroconversions, according to a study published in the journal AIDS
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