Canada Warns Semen Acquired Online May Have HIV Canada’s health agency has cautioned aspirant parents seeking donor sperm that unregulated semen advertised as “fresh” online may be tainted with sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, Agence France Presse (AFP) reports.
High HIV Rate Persists Among MSM in India Although India has succeeded in reducing its HIV rate by 50 percent overall in the past decade, a high HIV rate persists among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people, Agence France Press (AFP) reports.
HIV Discrimination Suit Filed Against NYC Real Estate Firms Housing Works and the Fair Housing Justice Center have filed a suit against five New York City realty companies and one landlord for discriminating against NYC residents living with AIDS, according to a statement released by Housing Works.
GOP Candidate for Congress Adopted AIDS Orphan Bob Turner, the Republican candidate for ex-Representative Anthony Weiner’s vacant Brooklyn-Queens seat, and his wife Peggy have identified themselves as the adoptive parents of Rosemary Holstrom’s son C.J., now 26, The New York Daily News reports.
Global Fund Resumes AIDS Funding Grants to China The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has lifted its freeze on distributing funds to China that resulted from a dispute over suspected misuse of funds, The Associated Press reports.
Guyana Reduces HIV/AIDS Prevalence From 2009 to 2010, the small South American country of Guyana has reduced its HIV/AIDS prevalence to 1 percent, the National Communications Network (NCN) reports.
August 24, 2011
Federal Funding Delay Affects People With HIV in DC Congressional delay in passing a federal budget this year and internal errors at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) may be holding up funding for critical medical care and services for more than 16,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in the District of Columbia, The Washington Post reports.
HIV-Positive Rural Kenyans Lack Food During Drought Some people with HIV in rural areas of Kenya are too weak to travel to major distribution sites to access the emergency food assistance provided to 3.6 million people during the current drought, IRIN/PlusNews reports.
CDC to Launch Campaign for Black MSM HIV Testing
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has unveiled "Testing Makes Us Stronger," a new campaign to increase HIV testing among black men who have sex with men (MSM), Edge Boston reports.
Montel Williams Seeks DC Medical Marijuana License
Talk show host Montel Williams is involved in upscale medical marijuana cooperative Abatin Wellness Center's efforts to get a license for a medical marijuana dispensary in Washington, DC, The Washington Post reports.
Makers of Goat Blood Drug Cheat Investors of $20M
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accused Immunosyn Corp., the makers of a bogus drug made from goat’s blood, of cheating investors of $20 million, the Courthouse News Service reports.
Ryan White CARE Act Turns 21 August 18 is the 21st anniversary of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, the largest federally funded U.S. program for people living with HIV/AIDS.
NIAID Gives $3.2M for Saliva Protein HIV Prevention Study The National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded a $3.2 million grant to further study the antiviral effects of gp340, a protein found in saliva and other mucosal secretions, to prevent transmission of HIV, according to a New York University (NYU) statement.
New Rules Compel Health Insurers to Give Clear Information To make the benefits and costs of insurance coverage more transparent, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and the Treasury have jointly proposed new regulations compelling insurers to provide that information in an easy-to-understand format, according to an HHS statement.
August 17, 2011
'High-Impact Prevention' at 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference
Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 40 other public and private agencies, the 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference was held August 14 to 17 in Atlanta. According to a CDC statement, more than 3,000 public health workers and community leaders attended. The major emphasis this year was on how to use new research and strategies to advance the HIV prevention goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy using a high-impact prevention approach.
HIV Funding by Governments Fell 10% From 2009 to 2010 Funding disbursements by donor governments for the global response to HIV/AIDS fell by $740 million—about 10 percent—between 2009 and 2010, according to a Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) statement.
Ruth Brinker, Founder of Project Open Hand, Dies Ruth Brinker, founder of Project Open Hand, died August 8, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. She was 89. Project Open Hand is one of the first organizations to support gay men with HIV/AIDS.
August 16, 2011
Advocates Question Shift in CDC HIV Prevention Funding The new five-year HIV prevention Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for state and local health departments includes significant changes in how funds get allocated, according to an HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA) statement.
HIV-Positive Teenage Girl in Canada Denied Bail A Canadian teenage girl has been denied bail after being arrested for allegedly having unprotected sex without telling two male partners about her HIV-positive status, United Press International (UPI) reports.
NYC Requires Sex Ed With Lessons on Condom Use Starting this year, public middle schools and high schools in New York City will be required to offer sex education classes with curriculum that includes lessons on how to use a condom and the risks of unprotected sex, The New York Times reports.
Anti-LGBT Group Lobbies to Keep Gay Blood Ban The anti-LGBT group Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) has launched a campaign to keep the ban preventing gay men from donating blood, The Washington Independent reports.
Ghana Launches HIV/AIDS Workplace Project The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MOFEP) of Ghana has launched an initiative to fight HIV in the workplace, according to a statement by the Ghanese government.
August 10, 2011
U.S. to Deport Husband of Gay Man With AIDS Citing the Defense of Marriage Act, the Obama administration has denied
immigration benefits to a married gay couple from San Francisco, the San
Francisco Chronicle reports.
MTV Not Responsible for HIV, STIs on Real World
The standard contract for cast members on MTV's reality show The Real World provides explicit references to HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to The Village Voice's blog.
Potential Misuse of HIV Test in Criminalization Cases
The National AIDS Trust in the United Kingdom has published a report highlighting the potential for misusing the Recent Infection Testing Algorithm (RITA) HIV test with regard to criminalization of HIV transmission, according to UNAIDS.
CDC: New HIV Cases Among Young Black MSM Up 48% New HIV cases between 2006 and 2009 remained relatively stable at about 50,000 per year, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statement. These new data come from the CDC’s first multiyear estimate from its national HIV incidence surveillance. New HIV cases among young black men who have sex with men (MSM) increased by 48 percent—from 4,400 cases in 2006 to 6,500 cases in 2009.
Canadian Court Rules HIV-Positive Man “Dangerous Offender” A Canadian court has handed down an indefinite sentence and dangerous offender status to John Aziga, a man believed to be the first in Canada to be convicted of first-degree murder through HIV transmission, The Vancouver Sun reports.
Boys Who Masturbate Are More Likely to Use Condoms
A new study of sexually active adolescents revealed that boys who masturbated were about eight times as likely to have used a condom during their last sexual encounter when compared with boys who did not masturbate, Reuters Health reports.
August 02, 2011
Affordable Care Act to Cover Contraceptives, HIV Testing for Women The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. health care reform, will now officially cover preventative health services for women, including contraceptives and HIV testing, without charging co-payments, co-insurance or a deductible, according to a statement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Federal Government Reverses Position on Florida ADAP
The federal government will not limit the level of emergency funding that states, especially Florida, can receive for their AIDS Drug Assistance Programs to less than what they received last year, according to a statement from The AIDS Institute.
Rapid Field Test for HIV Succeeds in Rwanda
In an initial field trial in Rwanda, the "mChip" rapid field test detected HIV and syphilis with reliable accuracy, according to a study published in Nature and reported by The Washington Post.