Lawmakers Seek Release of HIV-Positive Florida Prisoner
Six Florida state representatives and one state senator have sent a letter to the state parole commission asking for a compassionate release of Betsie Gallardo, an HIV-positive prisoner dying of cancer and currently serving a five-year sentence.
Sotomayor Argues for HIV-Positive Louisiana Prisoner
Of the seven opinions written in 2010 to comment on why the Supreme Court did not hear a case, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote three of them, including one concerning the rights of an HIV-positive Louisiana prisoner.
Virginia to Move 760 ADAP Clients to Waiting List Nearly 760 people currently in Virginia’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) but who have stable immune systems will transition on to the ADAP waiting list in the next few months, reports The Hampton Roads.
For More Serodiscordant Couples, Love Conquers Fear The number of serodiscordant couples, or “magnet couples”—nicknamed because they’re attracted to each other despite one being HIV positive and the other being negative—is on the rise, reports the Detroit Free Press.
December 22, 2010
Fish Pedicures Pose HIV Risk
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Health warns that fish pedicures, in which tiny fish nibble flakes of skin off the feet, pose a risk of spreading HIV and hepatitis as well as other infectious diseases, according to the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG).
Vatican Clarifies Pope’s Condom Remarks The Vatican clarified Pope Benedict XVI’s recent remarks about condoms by reiterating they could sometimes be used to prevent the spread of disease but not to prevent pregnancy, The New York Times reports.
Gates Foundation Evaluates Its Five-Year Grants Five years after donating $450 million in five-year grants to more than 40 cutting-edge scientific proposals, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is assessing the grantees’ progress and deciding whether to continue or cut funding, The New York Times reports.
Regulating Medical Marijuana in California Despite medical marijuana being legal in California, dispensaries in San Jose have been raided and accused by state narcotics agents of drug trafficking, The Associated Press reports.
December 17, 2010
Philippine Parliament Cuts Funding for Free Condoms The Philippine parliament agreed to cut 200 million pesos (U.S. $4.55 million) from the health ministry’s 2011 budget, The Associated Press (AP) reports. In the past, such funds have provided free condoms and family planning services to poor people.
U.S. and South Africa Sign 5-Year HIV/AIDS Partnership
The United States and South Africa have signed a five-year partnership under the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) that will guide future HIV/AIDS efforts in South Africa, according to a PEPFAR statement. (Watch video.)
Younger Gay Australian Men Taking More Sexual Risks
Younger gay men are contracting HIV earlier because they’re taking more sexual risks and are less aware or concerned about the virus since the introduction of antiretroviral treatment, according to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia and reported by The Age.
NYC Ads Show Graphic Content to Fight HIV A New York City health department public service announcement (PSA) is drawing heat for using graphic content to warn gay and bisexual men about the health problems related to HIV, including bone loss, dementia and anal cancer, reports The Advocate.
Kentucky Ends Its ADAP Waiting List The Kentucky Department of Public Health has ended its waiting list for the state's AIDS Drugs Assistance Program (ADAP) by moving the 306 individuals on the list into the program, kypost.com reports.
Los Angeles HIV Porn Clinic Is Shut Down A nonprofit clinic in Los Angeles that tests adult film performers for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections has been shut down by the county health department for operating without a license, the Los Angeles Times reports.
December 09, 2010
Catholic AIDS Workers Promoted Condoms Before Pope Roman Catholic AIDS workers in South Africa promoted safer sex by handing out condoms long before Pope Benedict XVI gave his blessing on the selective use of condoms to lower HIV rates, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
Online Social Networks Help Prevent HIV in Homeless Youth Sexual health messages through online social networking could reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) among homeless youth, according to a study published in AIDS and Behavior, PsychCentral reports.
Billionaire Donates $500K to Save "Dead" Celebrities
Keep a Child Alive has raised $1 million through its 'Digital Life Sacrifice' campaign, so 'dead' celebrities have been revived and released from their online coffins, the International Business Times reports.
Injection Drug Use Criminalization a
HIV transmission could be slowed down worldwide if governments treated injection drug users as medical patients instead of criminals, according to a study by the International Federation of the Red Cross and reported by The Associated Press (AP).
Discrimination Against HIV-Positive Workers in China People living with HIV/AIDS
in China should have a right to employment, and workers should no longer be
forced to undergo mandatory HIV testing, according to a study coauthored by the
International Labor Organization and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and
Prevention, Xinhua News Agency reports.
Burma Allows AIDS Care Home to Stay Open Authorities
in military-ruled Burma are allowing an AIDS care home to remain open after
earlier saying it had to be shut down, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
New Kind of AIDS Activists Developing on U.S. Campuses
A new breed of AIDS activists is evolving on college campuses—a small group of public health students, mostly heterosexual, mostly personally untouched by HIV/AIDS and mostly acting out of a sense of solidarity and social justice for those facing the epidemic abroad, The New York Times reports.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" a Factor in Undiagnosed HIV
The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy carries with it health hazards for military personnel, the military at large and the general public, according to an editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
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