Officials: New Zealand TV Condom Ad “Inoffensive”
A television advertisement by the New Zealand AIDS
Foundation was found to be “inoffensive” by the country’s Advertising Standards
Authority, stuff.co.nz reports. The authority chairman said the ad carries an
important health message. (Watch video.)
HIV/AIDS Among Top 10 Crises of 2009
HIV/AIDS makes the Doctors Without Borders top 10 list of
humanitarian crises of 2009, the Associated Press reports. A funding shortage
could leave an estimated 10 million HIV-positive people without treatment in
the developing world.
Ugandan President Promises to Veto Antigay Bill
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni told the U.S. Department
of State he would work to prevent a proposed antigay bill from becoming law in
his country and he would veto the controversial legislation should it come to
his desk, DC Agenda reports.
CDC Switches Direction of Botswana PrEP Trial A study already underway in
Botswana regarding the usefulness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is being
adjusted to account for the dropping HIV rates in that country, Reuters
December 18, 2009
New York City Launches Condom Wrapper Design Contest New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is inviting New Yorkers to design the wrapper for a “special edition” city-branded free condom that will be unveiled in the fall, The New York Times reports.
AIDS Foundation of Chicago Forms the Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago has selected 17 local AIDS advocates to form the Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy (IL ASAP), which aims to empower policy and HIV community leaders, increase involvement in HIV-related activities across the state and strengthen ties and communication among elected officials, the media and those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Gates Foundation Offers Money for HIV Testing in China The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has created a unique blood-buying program in 14 cities throughout China that encourages organizations to establish makeshift blood collection centers in bars, bathhouses and apartment buildings to test for syphilis and HIV, The New York Times reports.
White House Speaks Out Against Antigay Uganda Bill
President Barack Obama’s administration directly condemned a Ugandan bill that would punish acts of homosexuality by life imprisonment and even death for HIV-positive people performing those acts, The Advocate reports.
Tiger Linked to AIDS
HIV might have originated from an ancient tiger that lived thousands or even millions of years ago, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology and reported on by HealthDay.
Pastor Rick Warren Speaks Out Against Antigay Ugandan Law
In response to recent speculation he supports a proposed Ugandan bill to further criminalize homosexuality in the East African country, Pastor Rick Warren, founder of the Evangelical Saddleback Church in California—who has been heavily involved in Ugandan religion and politics—has issued a letter and video statement to Ugandan church leaders calling the bill “unjust, extreme and un-Christian toward homosexuals.” (Watch video.)
Texas: Illegal Tattoo Operation Poses Infectious Disease Risk
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has advised residents of Tyler, Texas, who received tattoos at an unlicensed, illegal apartment-based tattoo facility to get tested for HIV and other infectious diseases, reports local ABC affiliate KRTE 9 News.
December 10, 2009
Medicare to Cover HIV Testing The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced December 8 that Medicare recipients would now be covered for HIV tests.
Congressional Committee Moves to Lift Needle Exchange Ban, End Abstinence-Only Funds
A combined fiscal year 2010 spending bill including provisions to lift the 20-year-old ban on using federal funding for needle exchange programs has worked its way through a House and Senate appropriations conference committee and is expected to move to the House of Representatives floor by tomorrow, December 10. The legislation must then pass the Senate before President Barack Obama can sign it into law.
Activists: Invite HIV-Positive Leaders to White House
On World AIDS Day, the Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy urged President Barack Obama to invite HIV-positive community leaders to a White House summit on the formation of a national AIDS strategy. The request was laid out in a letter to the president endorsed by 119 organizations and 155 individuals.
HIV/AIDS Advocates Criticize Obama’s Global AIDS Program President Barack Obama’s global AIDS program is facing criticism for scaling back efforts to put people on HIV drug therapy in order to emphasize HIV prevention and treat other less costly diseases, reports The New York Times.
Antigay Ugandan Law Ignites Controversy Among LGBT and HIV Advocates Human rights groups around the globe are condemning a bill before Uganda’s parliament to further criminalize homosexuality in the country, The Guardian reports. Under the bill, the minimum punishment for anyone convicted of performing homosexual acts is life in prison; if the accused person is HIV positive, a serial offender, “a person of authority” over the other partner or if the partner is younger than 18, the penalty is death.
South Africa’s Zulu King Promotes Male Circumcision South African King Goodwill Zwelithini has proposed reintroducing the practice of circumcision to curb HIV transmission among Zulus, reports BBC News. Traditionally practiced as part of a Zulu ritual, circumcision was outlawed by King Shaka in the 19th century when he claimed that it sidelined young warriors for months at a time.
Examining the Obstacles to HIV Prevention What constitutes evidence in the field of HIV prevention? That
was the main topic of discussion on World AIDS Day at the Social Aspects of
HIV/AIDS Research Alliance conference in Johannesburg, PlusNews reports.
Report: HIV Criminalization Laws Unnecessary Laws criminalizing HIV transmission are not necessary,
according to a report published in the November 2009 issue of Reproductive
Health Matters and reported by Medical News
Report: Pacific Region Needs Better Strategy Against HIV HIV in the Pacific region cannot be managed in isolation and,
instead, should be considered along with other issues of development in that
part of the world, according to a report by the Commission on AIDS in the
Pacific and reported by UNAIDS.
December 03, 2009
NYC Activists Interrupt Mayor Bloomberg’s World AIDS Day Breakfast
Dozens of activists from New York City AIDS service organization Housing Works rallied outside Gracie Mansion on World AIDS Day, calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to provide more affordable housing to low-income HIV-positive New Yorkers, Chelsea Now reports. (Watch video.)
Study: Needlestick Injuries at Med Schools Often Go Unreported
Medical students who stick themselves with needles often fail to report their injuries to employee health services, according to a study from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore as reported by Reuters. This puts them at risk for contracting HIV, hepatitis and other blood borne illnesses.
HIV-Positive Pennsylvania Man Convicted of Raping 12-Year-Old Girl On December 2, Shaun Austin, an HIV-positive man from Bath, Pennsylvania, was convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl, The Associated Press reports. Northampton County jurors found the 25-year-old guilty of charges including statutory sexual assault and rape of a child.
December 02, 2009
South Africa to Expand HIV Treatment for Pregnant Women, Babies South African President Jacob Zuma announced a policy to broaden antiretroviral treatment to more pregnant women and babies, The New York Times reports. In an effort to combat mother-to-child transmission of HIV, the policy will cover more women; it will also make meds available earlier to babies.
Alicia Keys and Jay-Z Perform at World AIDS Day Charity Concert in NYC
R&B songstress Alicia Keys spoke out about the impact of AIDS in Africa and raised funds for her charity, Keep a Child Alive, at her World AIDS Day concert in New York City’s Times Square, MTV News reports. The concert also featured an appearance by rap superstar Jay-Z. (Watch video.)
NYC YouTube Campaign Encourages HIV/AIDS Discussion
On World AIDS Day, December 1, the New York City Council—in partnership with local AIDS service organizations—launched “I Talk Because...,” an Internet-based HIV/AIDS awareness campaign that invites people to film and upload YouTube testimonials on why it’s so important to talk about HIV with people in their lives. (Watch video.)
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