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December 30, 2011
Science Names HIV Treatment as Prevention Breakthrough of 2011
The journal Science has chosen the HPTN 052 clinical trial, an international HIV prevention trial sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as the 2011 Breakthrough of the Year, according to an NIH statement. 

Lady Gaga, Ellen Degeneres in Top 20 Celebs Gone Good for 2011
Pop star Lady Gaga and talk show host and comedian Ellen Degeneres are among the celebrities who made it onto’s annual “Top 20 Celebs Gone Good” list, reports.
December 29, 2011
Grassroot Project Teaches HIV Prevention to DC Teens
The Grassroots Project, a nonprofit in Washington, DC, uses varsity, college and professional athletes to teach middle school students about HIV through games and sports, The Washington Post reports.
Most New HIV, TB, Hep B Cases in Britain From Immigrants
The majority of new HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and tuberculosis cases in Great Britain are found in immigrants, according to a United Kingdom Health Protection Agency (HPA) study and reported by Mail Online.
December 28, 2011
Julio Montaner Urges Decriminalization of HIV
Julio Montaner, MD, director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, says that HIV-positive Canadians shouldn’t be legally required to reveal their status to sexual partners, CTV News reports.
UC Berkeley Gets $1.47M Gates Foundation Grant
Luke Lee, a professor of Bioengineering at University of California at Berkeley (UCB), has been awarded $1.47 million in research funding over three years through the Grand Challenges in Global Health program, an initiative created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, according at a UCB statement.
December 27, 2011
Arizona HIV/AIDS Charity Distributes $228,000
Aunt Rita's Foundation, an HIV/AIDS Foundation in Arizona, will be distributing $228,000 to 19 HIV/AIDS service providers in the local area this year, according to a statement released by the foundation. 
Ukraine to Produce Antiretrovirals in 2 Years
The Ukrainian pharmaceutical industry is gearing up to manufacture antiretroviral drugs for people with HIV/AIDS within two years, Ukrinform reports.
December 23, 2011
FDA Warns Private Sperm Donor on Lack of STI Testing
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent Trent Arsenault a cease-and-desist letter late last year telling him he must stop donating sperm because he does not follow the agency’s requirements for getting tested for sexually transmitted infections within seven days before giving sperm, according to The Associated Press (AP). 
Medical Marijuana Nonprofit Expands Services in Maine
Northeast Patients Group, one of the nonprofits licensed to operate medical marijuana dispensaries in Maine, has changed its name to Wellness Connections of Maine, according to an article in Mainbiz.
December 22, 2011
Same-Sex Marriage Reduces Health Care Costs for Gay Men
State laws legalizing same-sex marriage result in gay men leading healthier lives and spending less on health care costs, especially those related to mental health issues, according to a study led by researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and published in the American Journal of Public Health.
Fewer Newly Diagnosed People With HIV in New Zealand
A recent drop in HIV diagnoses in New Zealand has been attributed to a 'sexy' new prevention campaign promoting condom usage, Voxy reports.
December 21, 2011
Alcohol Has Direct Influence on Intention to Have Unsafe Sex
Alcohol consumption has a direct influence an individual's intention to have unprotected sex, according to a study published in the journal Addiction and reported by aidsmap.
Activist Threatened With HIV-Tainted Needles in India
Anna Hazare, an anti-corruption activist in Delhi, India, received an anonymous letter threatening to inject him and his supporters with needles tainted with HIV, Gulf News reports.
December 20, 2011
Supreme Court to Hear Health Care Reform Arguments in March
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of different aspects of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. health care reform, from March 26 to 28, Bloomberg News reports.
Suit Claims Patient Contracted HIV at Mississippi Cancer Clinic
Meera Sachdeva, MD—a Mississippi cancer clinic doctor arrested on charges of Medicare and Medicaid fraud and using watered-down chemotherapy drugs and old syringes—is now facing a civil lawsuit claiming that one patient contracted HIV from a dirty needle, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
Petition Against Dental Clinic HIV Discrimination Gains Support
A petition in support of James White—a Detroit man who alleges workplace discrimination because of his HIV-positive status—has thousands of signatures, according to a statement.
December 19, 2011
Congress Bans Federal Funding for Needle Exchange Programs
Congress has restored a ban on using federal funding for syringe exchange programs, reports. 
Behavioral Interventions Increase Condom Use, Decrease STIs
Behavioral interventions aimed at reducing risky sexual behaviors can also successfully lower rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to a report in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
December 16, 2011
Boston AIDS Official Guilty of Embezzling Over $100,000
Valerie Tebbetts, a former executive director for Boston Living Center, an HIV/AIDS nonprofit organization, recently pleaded guilty to charges of embezzling more than $100,000 from the center, according to

HIV Education to Stop Homosexuality in Ghana
Paul Krampah, a public relations officer for Ghana’s Education Ministry, said he is “optimistic” that his department’s sex education programs will make homosexuality a “thing of the past,” according to 
Depression in People With HIV Often Overlooked in Africa
People living with HIV in Africa frequently suffer shame and depression, but the continent’s health care systems are ill-equipped to handle the issue; this can affect not only people’s quality of life, but also their adherence to HIV treatment regimens, according to PlusNews.
December 15, 2011
Wisconsin Clinic Continues Testing for HIV, Hepatitis Exposure
Because of possible exposure during the past five years to HIV and hepatitis B and C, more than 1,500 patients at the Dean Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin, have been tested for the viruses, reports. 
LGBT Discrimination Fuels HIV Rate in Guatemala
Discrimination against LGBT people in Guatemala’s health care system keeps them from getting adequate HIV treatment, IPS reports. 
Gilead Seeks FDA Approval for Truvada PrEP
Gilead Sciences has filed an application with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve its combination drug Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), in other words, as a method of preventing HIV infection, according to iPrEx News. 
December 14, 2011
Elizabeth Taylor's Jewelry Collection Sells for $115M
Elizabeth Taylor's extensive collection of jewelry fetched a record-breaking $115 million on the first night of auction at Christie's in New York City, The Associated Press (AP) reports. 
San Bernardino Gets $27M to Assist Ex-Prisoners With HIV, Hepatitis
To better handle cases of tuberculosis, HIV and hepatitis, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health has received nearly $27 million to connect with prisoners of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation immediately following their release, reports.
NYC AIDS Memorial Park Coalition Gains Support
New York City bold-faced names and leaders are stepping forward to support the Queer History Alliance's proposal to turn St. Vincent's Triangle Park in the West Village into an AIDS memorial, according to an AIDS Memorial Park (AMP) statement.
December 13, 2011
Time Names HIV Treatment as Prevention the No. 3 Medical Breakthrough of 2011
In its “Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs” of 2011, Time magazine has listed HIV treatment as prevention at number three, just behind the use of cloning to create stem cells and a first-ever malaria vaccine.
APLA Renames Food Pantry to Recognize $3.5M Gift
The family of Vance North, a young man who died of AIDS in 1995, has given $3.5 million to AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), according to an APLA statement.
School Bans Girl With HIV-Positive Father in Indonesia
A 6-year-old girl in Indonesia was thrown out of a Jakarta elementary school after other parents complained to administrators about her father having HIV, reports.
December 12, 2011
Obama Administration Seeks Jobs for People With Disabilities
 The Obama administration is instituting an affirmative action rule that would require federal contractors to hit a hiring goal of 7 percent for workers with disabilities, The Huffington Post reports.
NYC Explains Proposed Increase to HIV/AIDS Data Surveillance
 New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is defending its proposal to more widely share collected health information on people with HIV, Gay City News reports.
Rumors of HIV in Pepsi Debunked in India
A text message circulating that Pepsi products have been contaminated with HIV is untrue, Asia One reports.
Study: Hep C Doesn’t Impair Women’s Cognitive Faculties
Infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) doesn't damage women's cognitive function—mental tasks such as attention, memory and the abilities to solve problems and make decisions—according to Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) data published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and reported by aidsmap. The researchers confirmed, however, that HIV infection alone is independently associated with cognitive impairment.
December 09, 2011
Obama Seeks Decriminalization of Homosexuality Worldwide
The Obama administration announced that the United States would use all the American diplomacy at its disposal, including foreign aid, to promote gay rights around the world, according to The New York Times. 
HIV Stigma Among Gay Men Remains Widespread
“Stigmatization of HIV-positive gay men appears to be extensive and wide-ranging.” That’s the conclusion of a recent review published in the journal AIDS Care. 
Jury Convicts NYC Physician in HIV Medicaid Scam
A New York City jury has convicted Suresh Hemrajani, MD, for scamming Medicaid out of $700,000 by prescribing HIV medications for patients who weren’t tested for the virus and for billing Medicaid for treatment he didn’t provide, according to The Associated Press (AP).
December 08, 2011
Duke University Gets $37.2M Gates Foundation AIDS Grant
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded three grants totaling $37.2 million to Duke University, according to a Duke University statement.
Proposed Guidelines to Identify 'Elevated Risk' Organ Donors
Organ donors who’ve had more than one sexual partner in the past 12 months will be labeled as 'elevated risk,' but this won’t keep their organs out of the donation process, according to newly proposed guidelines by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reported by ABC News.
Needle Exchange in Prisons Abandoned in Canada
Despite recommendations from public health and corrections officials, a Canadian parliamentary committee has rejected needle exchange programs in the nation's prisons, The Globe and Mail reports.
December 07, 2011
Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewelry on Display at Christie’s
Elizabeth Taylor’s sizable collection of jewelry, clothes and accessories is now on display at Christie’s in New York City, The Wall Street Journal reports. 
Michigan Man in HIV Bioterrorism Case Released From Probation
Daniel Allen—an HIV-positive man from Michigan who became the first person in the state to be charged with bioterrorism—has completed his probation, The Detroit News reports. 
Microsoft Email Spam Filters Help Search for HIV Vaccine
Microsoft researchers are using the same principles they employed to build email spam filters to help find an HIV vaccine, Technet reports. 
December 06, 2011
Bill Clinton Proposes Generic ARVs in U.S. Until 2014
To help people with HIV who cannot afford their antiretroviral (ARV) medications, former President Bill Clinton has proposed that the U.S. government allow low-cost generic versions of patented HIV drugs to be sold domestically until the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. health care reform) takes full effect in 2014, The Washington Post reports.
Nancy Mahon Appointed as New Chair of PACHA
Nancy Mahon, the executive director of the MAC AIDS Fund, was appointed to chair the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), according to a Health and Human Services (HHS) statement.
Interconnected Needs of Homeless People With HIV/AIDS
The HIV rate for homeless families is nearly 12 times the national average, according to a new Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness (ICPH) report.
December 05, 2011
Supreme Court to Hear Privacy Case of HIV-Positive Pilot
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a lawsuit by an HIV-positive pilot who is suing the federal government for damages over losing his license to fly, National Public Radio (NPR) reports. 
1 in 11 Gay Men in London Have HIV
The number of people with HIV in the United Kingdom has reached about 91,500, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and reported by Pink News.
HIV Rates Up in China Among Older Men, College Students
New data from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that an increasing number of older men and college students throughout the country have contracted HIV through unsafe sex in recent years, Xinhuanet reports.
December 02, 2011
National HIV Awareness Month to Launch July 2012
The Coalition for National HIV Awareness Month has established July 2012 as National HIV Awareness Month to re-ignite a national discourse on the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, according to a coalition statement.
1 in 20 Dentists in Los Angeles Will Not Treat People With HIV
A new Williams Institute study has found that many HIV-positive people still face routine discrimination when accessing dental care, The Huffington Post reports. 
New Recommendations for Managing Older People With HIV
The American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA) released the first clinical treatment strategies for managing older people who have HIV.
December 01, 2011
'Getting to Zero' on World AIDS Day 2011
The theme of this year's World AIDS Day is 'Getting to Zero,' to emphasize the long-term goals of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths, according to a World AIDS Campaign statement.
IAS Selects Melbourne to Host AIDS 2014
The city of Melbourne, Australia, has been chosen to host the XX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), according to an International AIDS Society (IAS) statement.
Penn. School Sued for Rejecting HIV-Positive Boy
The Milton Hershey School, a free private school for low-income students, rejected a 13-year-old honor roll student because he has HIV, according to a federal discrimination lawsuit reported on in the Philadelphia Daily News.
Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa Faces Closure
Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), an HIV/AIDS activist organization in South Africa, may shut down in January 2012 due to lack of funds, the Mail & Guardian reports.
Obama Pledges Additional HIV Funds in U.S. and Abroad
James HoustonDuring a World AIDS Day speech, President Barack Obama set new goals for U.S. investment in the fight against HIV/AIDS, The Associated Press (AP) reports. (Watch video.)
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