A Microbicide Flunks the Test Trials testing cellulose sulfate gel as a microbicide to prevent HIV transmission when applied vaginally have been discontinued due to preliminary findings that it might actually increase HIV risk.
Is the AIDS Quilt Obsolete? The New York Times today examines a legal battle over who will house 6,000 squares of the historic AIDS quilt.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell in Jamaica
The Jamaican Senate has approved a bill making it illegal to screen potential employees for HIV, which is reportedly very common in the Caribbean nation.
Small State, Big Problems Seventy noisy AIDS advocates converged on the Rhode Island State House today to protest nearly $1 million in proposed funding cuts to state AIDS services.
Puerto Rico Putsch?
The New York-based Latino Commission on AID is among a coalition of groups urging federal intervention into the
operations of Puerto Rico’s Health Department, which has long faced
charges of corruption and mismanagement.
January 29, 2007
L.A. Patients Turned Away
HIV positive Los Angelenos are turned away from health care in shockingly high numbers, according to a study released by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy.
Thailand Smacks Down Another Drug Patent The Thai government agreed today to license generic versions of HIV med Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir), prompting a protest from patent-holder Abbott Laboratories.
China’s Prevention Push China and the U.S. are funding an HIV prevention program targeting China’s many millions of migrant workers, among whom transmission rates are especially high.
January 26, 2007
Back on Her Feet in Brooklyn HIV positive women just out of prison have a new place to call home in Brooklyn, where AIDS group Housing Works opened the doors today at the Transitional Women’s Housing Residence.
Rougeberry Eau de Toilette! Next Monday, January 29, MTV Networks and the Body Shop are launching a limited edition fragrance, Rougeberry Eau de Toilette, to benefit the Staying Alive Foundation, which gets young people involved in grassroots HIV prevention.
Common Infection Boosts Women’s HIV Risk Women infected with trichomoniasis, a common sexually transmitted infection, are 1.5 times more likely to get HIV, according to a study reported in The Journal of Infectious Disease.
January 25, 2007
Massachusetts Names Names
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health yesterday approved a new policy of reporting new HIV infections by name instead of numerical code, amid continued debate about patient privacy.
Let’s Talk About Sex The North Clackamas School Board in Oregon approved a new sex education program that shows eighth graders how to apply condoms and fend off sexual advances, among other skills.
Like a Bad Neighbor... Life insurance is rarely available to the 1 in 11 South Africans with HIV, IRIN reports, even those who are on treatment and healthy.
January 24, 2007
Illinois May Test School Kids A bill introduced in the Illinois House this week would make HIV testing routine for all kids before they enter kindergarten, fifth grade and ninth grade, although parents could opt out.
Ladies’ Night in Thailand Sex workers who run the “Can Do” Bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand say that being in charge gives them the confidence to demand that clients wear condoms and otherwise control their working conditions.
HIV Stars in Bollywood Mira Nair and three other A-list Bollywood directors are making short HIV awareness films that will air with blockbuster features in India, linking the glamourous movie industry to HIV prevention for the first time on such a grand scale.
January 23, 2007
South Africa Considers TB Quarantine South Africans infected with a treatment-resistant strain of tuberculosis may be isolated from the general population in a scare that puts people with HIV at particularly high risk but also raises civil liberty concerns.
Gay Blood? No Thanks A 1977 ban preventing gay men from donating blood faces a growing chorus of critics who find it outdated and discriminatory.
Pfizer Sued Over Viagra Ads The AIDS Healthcare Foundation filed a lawsuit against Pfizer today, claiming that the pharma giant encourages recreational use of its erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, thereby increasing unsafe sex and fueling new HIV infections.
Students to Abbott: Do Not Pass Go
Two dozen students from the Student Global AIDS Campaign dumped bags filled with Monopoly money at Abbott Laboratories today to protest the high cost of HIV med Kaletra/Aluvia (lopinavir/ritonavir) in the developing world.
POZ on Nerve.com
Nerve.com investigates criminal laws that punish non-disclosure of HIV, reporting that penalties may even be harsher than for driving drunk, even when one of the parties wears a condom.
January 19, 2007
D.C. Free Clinic Closes Its Doors After nearly 40 years of operation, the Washington Free Clinic is closing its doors today, citing “today’s administratively burdensome healthcare environment” as the reason for the shutdown.
The Trouble With Tina Websites catering to gay men provide one-stop shopping for sex and crystal meth, reports Reuters, a combination that continues to fuel HIV infections.
January 18, 2007
HIV Chases Women Down the Oil Pipeline
Oil companies promised new jobs and economic growth when they built two new pipelines in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, but instead brought foreign workers and an increase in poverty, sex trafficking and HIV-positive women.
Medical Marijuana Raids in California
Federal Drug Enforcement Agents raided 11 medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles County yesterday, according to some reports seizing drugs, weapons and cash but arresting no one.
January 17, 2007
Susan Sarandon Talks to Gay Men Uber-actresses Susan Sarandon, Rosie Perez, Whoopi Goldberg and Amanda Peet talk barebacking, crystal meth, sexual communication and HIV in a new TV prevention campaign aimed at gay men.
Those Pesky Flakes...
Up to 30% of people with HIV experience severe dandruff, compared with 3% of negative folks, reports a British researcher, who believes it can sometimes be an early indicator of HIV infection.
January 16, 2007
Brazilian Algae to Prevent HIV? A gel made from Brazilian algae may be the most effective anti-HIV microbicide tested so far with a stunning 95% success rate, according to researchers.
Syphilis and Sex in China Syphilis in China has skyrocketed from .2 cases per 100,000 in 1993 to 5.7 cases per 100,000 in 2005, sparking concerns that HIV rates may follow.
January 12, 2007
Scientists Put HIV to Sleep Princeton University researchers have discovered a genetic trigger that makes HIV go into a latent phase, rendering it almost harmless.
South Africa Genocide Complaint A South African group filed a genocide complaint this week against Treatment Action Campaign leader Zackie Achmat for promoting antiretroviral treatment.
January 11, 2007
PREP Study Targets Gay Black Men The AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta is focusing on gay black men in its research on whether Viread (tenofovir) might work as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PREP), preventing HIV infection in negative people.
Mommies Can Take Nevirapine Pregnant positive women who take HIV med nevirapine to protect their babies from HIV transmission during birth can safely take the drug as part of their own treatment as well—as long as they wait 6 months after giving birth.
January 10, 2007
Money Matters The New York Times looks today at how a new generation of economists is addressing “fundamental questions” such as, for example, the link between economics and HIV.
50 Cent and NYC Wrap It Up Rapper 50 Cent is launching his own line of condoms to promote HIV awareness and will donate part of the proceeds to fight AIDS.
January 09, 2007
Pos Mom + Pos Dad = ? A clinic in Tokyo is conducting the first ever in-vitro fertilizations in which both parents (donors) are HIV positive.
The End of Cheap Generics? India’s decision last year to start complying with global patent standards could make it harder for developing nations to find affordable generic HIV drugs, with prices as much as 50 times higher.
U.S. AIDS Aid Falls Short If Congress doesn’t move quickly to approve 2007 funding for the Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), 100,000 people may lose their lives, according to U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Mark Dybul.
January 05, 2007
AIDS Quilt Quandary A piece of the AIDS Memorial Quilt that was to find a permanent home in San Francisco may not be making the trip after all—at least not yet.
Brazil's Drug Prices Are No Carnival
The high cost of second-line HIV drugs has increased Brazil’s AIDS med spending by 75% in the past two years, raising questions about the country’s ability to continue providing HIV treatment for free.
January 04, 2007
AIDS Shakeup in D.C. Washington D.C.’s new mayor is replacing Marsha Martin as head of the city’s AIDS efforts following a rocky 18 months and recent reports of delays and disorganization at her office.
Iran’s Brisk Trade in Miniskirts and HIV Iranian shopkeepers commonly trade discounted clothing for favors from sex workers, The Guardian reports, helping fuel a rise in HIV infection rates nationwide.
January 03, 2007
Schooltime for Oprah's Girls
Pupils entering the all-girl Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa, which opened this week, will be tested for HIV with parental permission, according to the founder herself.
A Kaletra Conspiracy? Documents reviewed by the Wall Street Journal confirm AIDS advocates’ suspicions that Abbott Laboratories hiked the price of Norvir by 400% in December 2003 in order to improve sales of Kaletra, according to a story in today’s paper.