Denial of Coverage in Iowa to People With HIV Investigated
State senators Matt McCoy (D-Des Moines) and Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines) have joined critics in calling for reforms at the Iowa Comprehensive Health Association, a $35 million program that aims to insure Iowans with preexisting conditions but denies coverage to about 100 HIV-positive residents, The Des Moines Register reports.
Anthony Fauci, Phill Wilson to Speak at AIDS 2012 Plenary Anthony S. Fauci, MD, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will be the opening plenary speaker at the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, DC, according to an AIDS 2012 statement.
Relationship Dynamics Key to Adherence in Partners PrEP
Harvard University researchers have found that heterosexual serodiscordant couples reported high adherence to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) because they viewed PrEP as a way to preserve their relationship despite the pressures resulting from having different HIV statuses, according to an article in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and reported by aidsmap.
Federal Appeals Court Hears HIV Lawsuit Against Atlanta Police
Lambda Legal recently urged a U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court ruling against the claim of a man who applied to be a police officer with the Atlanta Police Department (APD) but was denied employment because he has HIV, according to a Lambda Legal statement.
New Standards for Sexual Health Care of Youth in Detention
The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) has released the first set of standards created to ensure that sexual health care is included in basic medical services for young people in detention and other types of state custody, such as foster care, according to a CHLP statement.
Rapid HIV Test Results From Blood Slightly Better Than Saliva
Test results from the Oraquick rapid HIV test are slightly more accurate when they use blood samples compared with saliva samples, according to a University Health Center of Montreal study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases and reported by MedPage Today.
Activists Protest at FDA Against Approval of Truvada as PrEP Activists from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) held a protest outside Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters because of their denied access to review Gilead Science’s application for Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), according to an AHF statement.
January 24, 2012
HHS Confirms Health Care Insurers Must Cover Contraceptives
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued final rules that confirm health care insurers must officially cover preventative health services for women, including contraceptives and HIV testing, under the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. health care reform, according to an HHS statement.
CDC: Fewer Americans Having Unsafe Sex
The number of Americans who practice behaviors that put them at risk for HIV has declined significantly, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reported by HealthDay.
First PrEP Study for MSM in Europe to Launch The first HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Europe is about to launch, according to a statement by ANRS (French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis).
Insufficient Funding of HIV/AIDS Programs for Gay Men, MSM
A new report shows that low
funding for HIV/AIDS programs that target gay men and men who have sex with men
(MSM) may be holding back the goal of an “AIDS-free generation,” according to a
statement by amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Achieving an AIDS-free
Generation for Gay Men and Other MSM was authored by amfAR and the Center for Public Health and Human Rights
at Johns Hopkins University.
AIDS Groups File Brief in Support of Health Care Reform The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) and 15 other HIV advocacy organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief January 13 in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. health care reform, according to a CHLP statement.
Loss of Federal Funds Cut HIV Prevention Jobs in Georgia Georgia’s Department of Public Health is cutting 26 state HIV prevention jobs based on the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strategy of concentrating prevention efforts in the 12 U.S. jurisdictions that have the highest rates, including Atlanta, The Telegraph reports.
Florida ADAP Waiting List to Grow in 2012 Florida's AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting list grew to over 1,200 people in early January, according to a National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) statement reported by the American Independent.
HIV Rates Increasing in Navajo Nation
HIV rates are rising in the Navajo Nation at a time when rates are holding steady or declining in other minority groups across the United States, The Los Angeles Times reports.
Atlanta Case Manager Gets 15 Years in HIV Medicaid Scam George Boyd, an Atlanta nonprofit worker who volunteered to help people with HIV and then used their personal information to defraud Georgia’s Medicaid program, was sentenced to three years in prison, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reports.
CDC Gives $339M to Health Departments for HIV Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has started awarding almost $339 million in HIV prevention funds to state and local health departments in the first year of a five-year funding cycle, according to a CDC statement.
Advocates Support Federal HIV Decriminalization Bill
A coalition of advocacy groups, backed by U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), has launched a campaign to press for review and repeal of criminal laws that target HIV-positive people, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
Los Angeles to Vote on Condoms in Adult Films Los Angeles voters who cast ballots in the June presidential primary may also be asked whether the city should require adult film actors to wear condoms during sex scenes, The New York Times reports.
Chicago HIV/AIDS Activist Fernando Biasco Dies Fernando Blasco, 52, a longtime Chicago-based HIV/AIDS activist, was killed on December 23 by a car crash that resulted from a gang-related chase through the streets of the city, Windy City Times reports.