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August 31, 2012
California Supreme Court Dismisses Medical Marijuana Ban Case
A California appellate court ruling that held federal law trumped some forms of medical marijuana dispensary regulations has been dismissed by the state Supreme Court, The Weed Blog reports.
Catholic Archbishop Seeks HIV/AIDS Awareness in Philippines
Roman Catholic Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has urged increased HIV/AIDS awareness in the Philippines and scheduled two workshops on the virus, the Union of Catholic Asian News reports.
August 30, 2012
California School District Sued Over Abstinence-Only Sex Ed
Parents and physicians are suing the Clovis Unified School District near Fresno, California, over its high school abstinence-only sex education, according to a statement by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which represents the plaintiffs.
Asians Affected by New Disease With AIDS-like Symptoms
Dozens of people in Asia and some people of Asian descent in the United States are displaying symptoms similar to AIDS despite being HIV negative, The Associated Press reports.
August 29, 2012
Carjacker Threatens Woman, Claims Bloody Syringe Has HIV
A homeless man allegedly carjacked a 17-year-old girl in the parking lot of a CVS pharmacy in Waltham, Massachusetts, by threatening her with a bloody syringe he said contained HIV, according to WCVB.com.
AHF Expands HIV/AIDS Care by Acquiring MOMS Pharmacy
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has acquired MOMS Pharmacy, a specialty pharmacy that provides medications and support services to people with HIV/AIDS, according to an AHF statement.
August 28, 2012
U.S. Pediatricians Group Sees Benefits in Newborn Circumcision
The American Academy of Pediatrics, an influential U.S. pediatricians group, says in a new policy statement that the health benefits of circumcision in newborn boys outweigh any risks, The Associated Press reports.
Arkansas Voters to Decide on Medical Marijuana
Election officials in Arkansas have approved putting a proposal on the ballot this November on whether to legalize medical marijuana, The Associated Press says.
August 27, 2012
Barack Obama, Mitt Romney Adorn Custom Condoms
Say It With a Condom, a customized condom company in New York, has created prophylactics inspired by President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, his Republican opponent, The Huffington Post reports.
Mary Fisher 20 Years After Republican Convention HIV Speech
Twenty years after delivering what is now considered one of the best speeches of the 20th century, Mary Fisher continues her work as an HIV/AIDS activist, The New York Times reports.
August 24, 2012
Syphilis Outbreak Shuts Down Porn Industry
An outbreak of syphilis among adult film actors in Los Angeles has prompted a nationwide halt in filming to prevent further spread of the disease, The Associated Press reports.
Sonoma County Losing Federal and California HIV Funding
Sonoma County in Northern California has seen a steady reduction in federal and state HIV funding, The Press Democrat reports.
August 23, 2012
HIV Pharmacies Improve Adherence by Clients to Medications
Community pharmacies that provide HIV services with specially trained staff improve the compliance of people with HIV to their medications, according to a study published in the journal AIDS Patient Care and STDs and reported by Medical News Today.
HIV Cases Among Transgender People Increasing in Thailand
Activists in Thailand say HIV rates are increasing in the transgender community, The Phuket News reports.
August 22, 2012
NIH Gives Nearly $8M to 14 Innovative HIV Vaccine Grantees
First-year funding from the Innovation for HIV Vaccine Discovery initiative totaling $7.8 million was given to 14 grantees by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to an NIH statement.
Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch Compares Pussy Riot to ACT UP
The former mayor of New York City during the 1980s has compared the behavior of an all-girl Russian punk band to AIDS activists, Politicker.com reports.
August 21, 2012
U.S. Task Force to Endorse Routine HIV Tests
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is expected to endorse routine HIV testing, Reuters reports. The health panel would make its recommendation available for public comment by the end of this year.
Order of Perpetual Indulgence Seeks AIDS Memorial Repair
An Australian order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an international grassroots network, has asked the City of Vincent near Perth to repair an AIDS memorial, according to a statement by the nuns.
August 20, 2012
U.S. Teens Not More Likely to Have Oral Sex Before Vaginal Sex
Almost half of U.S. teenagers ages 15 to 19 have had both oral and vaginal sex, The New York Times reports.
Marijuana Sold to South Africa Helps AIDS Orphans in Swaziland
Swazi Gold, a highly potent and valuable strain of marijuana, is being sold to South Africa from neighboring Swaziland by the grandmothers of AIDS orphans, The New York Times reports.
August 17, 2012
Yale Researchers Create HIV Prevention iPad Video Game
Yale University researchers are creating a video game for the iPad as an HIV prevention tool for at-risk youth of color, Yale News reports.
Daniel Camus Appointed Chief Financial Officer at Global Fund
Daniel Camus, a financial executive, has been appointed the new chief financial officer of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, according to a Global Fund statement.
August 16, 2012
North Dakota Voters to Decide on Medical Marijuana
Supporters of medical marijuana legalization in North Dakota claim to have submitted enough petition signatures to put the issue on the ballot in November, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
New HIV Cases Slowly Begin to Decrease in Swaziland
The HIV epidemic in Swaziland may have begun to stabilize in the past few years, according to the Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey and reported by Medical News Today.
August 15, 2012
HHS Gives $68M to HIV Care for Women and Children in Need
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has granted $68 million to 114 groups nationwide to provide HIV care and treatment for women, infants, children and youth in need, according to an HHS statement.
U.K. School Governor Quits Over Sex Ed Video Controversy
The decision to show a controversial sex education video at a U.K. primary school—including elementary school kids as young as 5 years old—has prompted the resignation of one of its governors.
August 14, 2012
DC Man Misdiagnosed With HIV Settles $20M Suit
An HIV-negative man in Washington, DC, has settled a $20 million lawsuit for negligent emotional distress against Whitman-Walker Health, which falsely told him 12 years ago that he had HIV, The Washington Post reports. 
Alabama AIDS Group Investigates Its 'Financial Irregularities'
South Alabama Cares (SAC), an AIDS group based in Mobile, will investigate its 'financial irregularities,' Local15 reports. 
August 13, 2012
Tech Tied to NH Hep C Outbreak Worked in 7 Other States; CDC Expands Testing
Hepatitis C testing following an outbreak in New Hampshire has been expanded to Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan New York and Pennsylvania.
People With HIV Doubt They Would Get a Fair Court Hearing
HIV criminal laws have created a hostile legal environment for HIV-positive people, according to a survey by the Sero Project and reported by The American Independent.
South Africa Takes the Lead on Its HIV Efforts From PEPFAR
The United States has started the process of transitioning main responsibility in the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa to South Africans, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of State. 
August 08, 2012
Boy With HIV Still Suing Hershey School Despite New Policy
Rhonda Goldfein, the lawyer representing the boy who was allegedly denied admission to the Milton Hershey School because he has HIV, said she plans to continue the lawsuit seeking financial damages despite the school reversing its initial admission decision, PennLive.com reports. 
Australian Olympic Trampolinist Publicly Discloses He Has HIV
Ji Wallace, a gay Olympic athlete from Australia, has publicly disclosed he has HIV, the Star Observer reports.
$50K in Copper and Wiring Damages at Chicago AIDS Group
An AIDS service organization in Chicago has been left without electricity and air conditioning after thieves vandalized the site to steal the copper found in its wiring and cooling units, Fox Chicago reports. 
August 07, 2012
AIDS Activist Claims Men Beat Her for Not Putting on Veil
Eva Andrew, a Western AIDS activist working in Tanzania, was allegedly beaten by a group of men at a public market for leaving her head uncovered during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, AllAfrica.com reports.
Hillary Clinton Shares HIV Hopes, Concerns in Uganda, Malawi
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made HIV/AIDS a central focus of her recent visit to Malawi and Uganda, juxtaposing recent differences in these nations’ HIV policies, The Washington Post reports.
Health Canada Rejects HIV Funding for 'Advocacy Purposes'
Health Canada, the country’s federal health department, has denied the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and other HIV groups significant funding by citing a new policy against funding any proposals that may be used for advocacy purposes, The Globe and Mail reports.
August 06, 2012
Condoms at London Olympic Village to Fight HIV/AIDS
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has provided about 100,000 condoms for more than 12,000 athletes participating in the 2012 London Summer Olympics; the move is part of IOC’s commitment to HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, Policy Mic reports.
NYC Community Board Approves New AIDS Memorial Design
A New York City Community Board has approved a modified design for an AIDS memorial park across from the former St. Vincent's Hospital site, Gay City News (GCN) reports.
Hershey School Reverses Denial of Admission to Boy With HIV
The Milton Hershey School will admit a student who was allegedly denied admission because he has HIV, PennLive.com reports.
August 03, 2012
CDC: Teen Condom Use Slips, but Remains High
Four out of every 10 new HIV infections in the United States occur in people younger than 30, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research reported by The Huffington Post.
Federal Court to Hear Case Challenging Marijuana as 'Dangerous'
Is marijuana a dangerous drug with no medical value? 

PEPFAR Gives $5M for 'Together for Girls' Partnership
A $5 million fund from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will address violence against girls and boys—particularly sexual violence against girls, according to a U.S. Department of State (DOS) announcement. 
August 02, 2012
Female Sex Workers Worldwide 14 Times More at HIV Risk
Female sex workers are 14 times more likely than other women to contract HIV, according to data from a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study presented at the XIX International AIDS Conference and reported by aidsmap.
Orphans in Kenyan Grant Program Less Likely to Have Sex
Participants in Kenya's grant program for poor orphans and other vulnerable children start having sex later, and they have sex less often, than their peers outside the program, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study reported by aidsmap.
HIV-Positive Man in Florida Arrested for Having Sex Without Disclosing
Deputies arrested a Florida man for having sex with his live-in girlfriend without informing her that he was living with HIV, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
August 01, 2012
Tennessee Man Loses Wife, Job After False HIV-Positive Test
A Tennessee man has lost his job and separated from his wife after receiving a false positive from an HIV test, reports News Channel 5.
N.Y. Grocery Store Stocks Condoms, Beer in 'Man Aisle'
The Westside Market in New York City has launched a “man aisle” meant to help male shoppers find everything they need in a hurry—including condoms, reports the New York Post.
L.A. City Council Votes to Ban Most Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously voted to close down most of the city’s 762 medical marijuana dispensaries, reports the Los Angeles Times.
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