An HIV Mystery in the San Tribe July 31, 2006—A University of Toronto anthropologist is researching mysteriously low HIV rates among members of the San tribe in Sub-Saharan Africa, in hopes of finding clues that will help fight HIV across the region.
July 28, 2006
Montreal Is Full of PEP: Let the Games Begin
July 28, 2006—Montreal health officials have stocked up on Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) as part of a safer sex campaign aimed at thousands flocking to the city this weekend for the Outgames, a gay sports competition.
Convicted HIV Infector On the Lam
July 28, 2006—Mark James, convicted last April in London of infecting his partner with HIV, ditched his sentencing hearing this week and hasn’t been heard from since.
July 27, 2006
Irish Blood Case Won’t Go to Court July 27, 2006—There will be no lawsuits after all against U.S. manufacturers of blood clotting products responsible for infecting Irish hemophiliacs with HIV in the 1980s and early 1990s, the Irish government announced.
Be Nice to Gays, Says India July 27, 2006—Indian health authorities want to scrap a 145-year-old law criminalizing gay sex due to concerns that it may be helping spread HIV.
UK Gay Sex Ads Nixed July 26, 2006—Two explicit ads for the London-based gay men’s health group GMFA were banned by a British watchdog group that found them “obscene” and “offensive.”
July 25, 2006
Honey, I Tested the Kids July 25, 2006—Who’s Positive, an organization that raises AIDS awareness through the firsthand accounts of HIV-positive youth, has announced its ambitious Operation Get Tested Campaign.
A Throbbing Migrant Headache July 25, 2006—Amid the debate over American immigration health-care policy, data from the Association of Medical Clinics for Migrant Workers reveals that HIV rates have exploded among Indonesian migrant workers.
July 24, 2006
Top American HIV Doc Steps Down July 24—Howard Grossman, MD, the powerful executive director of the
American Academy of HIV (AAHIVM) and a founding board member, resigned
from his position last week, the AAHIVM website reports.
Viral Download: An AIDS E-Mail Scam
July 24—Typically known for posing as ousted African royals who need to smuggle a small fortune into U.S. bank accounts, which they promise to share with anyone who “lends” them money up front, Nigerian e-mail scammers have a new approach.
July 21, 2006
Positive Athletes Go For the Gold July 21, 2006—Competing at this week’s Gay Games VII in Chicago is an extra morale booster for some HIV positive athletes—and an extra physical drain, according to a story by The Chicago Tribune.
Man Denied HIV Test Crashes Into Clinic July 21, 2006—Geoffrey Fitzgerald, 50, crashed his minivan into a medical clinic in La Crosse, Wisconsin last week in a rage against a doctor who he says refused him an HIV test back in 1988.
July 20, 2006
Gates Chips in $287 Million for an HIV Vaccine July 20, 2006—The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation made its largest ever investment in HIV research yesterday with a whopping $287 million donation to 165 teams of scientists around the globe who are working on developing an HIV vaccine.
State by State, Abstinence Trumps Sex Ed July 20, 2006—Despite bipartisan support among New York State legislators, a moderate bill to help boost sex ed in public schools never became law because of broader political forces on the national level, according to a column in yesterday’s New York Times.
July 19, 2006
A Banner Year for HIV Stigma July 19, 2006—People with HIV around the world were subjected to beatings, murder and widespread discrimination during the past year, Human Rights Watch reported this week.
Ex-Cop Cuffed for Transmitting HIV to a Teen
July 19, 2006—Nevada authorities are charging former police officer Shawn Michael Shelton with sexual assault and "intentionally transmitting" HIV to a 14-year-old boy through oral sex.
July 18, 2006
NAACP: HIV is the New Civil Rights Movement July 18, 2006—The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), usually shy to address AIDS, referred to HIV as “America’s new civil rights movement” at a major health symposium this week in Washington, DC.
HIV Sits High Atop the G8 Summit July 17, 2006—At the Group of Eight economic summit, which ended today in St. Petersburg, leaders from Russia, France, the UK, Germany, Italy, the U.S., Canada and Japan declared their commitment to providing universal HIV treatment by 2010.
Cleveland Wants Squeaky Clean Bathhouses July 17, 2006—City health officials in Cleveland, Ohio, have asked the owners of a gay bathhouse, scheduled to open next month, to offer condoms, HIV testing and education.
July 14, 2006
Liz Taylor Helps Out in New Orleans July 14, 2006—Legendary movie star and AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor has donated a 37-foot van fitted with medical equipment to get much-needed AIDS care out to sections of New Orleans still crippled by last August’s Hurricane Katrina.
LIFEBeat Concert Cancelled July 13, 2006—LIFEBeat, a music industry AIDS group, cancelled a July 18 benefit concert in New York City due to protests against two reggae performers, Beenie Man and TOK, whose lyrics are violently homophobic.
D.C. Schools Will Train Parents to Teach HIV July 13, 2006—This fall, Washington DC will train parents to go into city schools and provide HIV education as part of a program called Parents and Teachers Coordinating Health Education Strategies (PATCHES).
July 12, 2006
Atripla "The Triple" Is Approved!
June 12, 2006—Bristol-Myers Squibb and Gilead Sciences announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given clearance for them to begin selling Atripla, the long-awaiting tablet containing Sustiva (efavirenz) and Truvada (tenofovir and emtricitabine).
Positive Tourists Still Not Welcome July 12, 2006—Just in time for the international Gay Games opening in Chicago this weekend, the Chicago Tribune reports on widespread frustration with the longstanding U.S. ban on HIV positive foreign visitors.
AIDS Stresses South Africa’s Elderly July 12, 2006—Emotional stress from losing younger folks to HIV is a major health risk for the elderly in South Africa, who in addition to suffering psychological trauma, end up raising their grandkids.
July 11, 2006
Teen Blues and Risky Sex July 11, 2006—Sexual experience plus depression equals risky sex in teenagers, according to a new study that evaluated 4,152 adolescent boys and girls across the U.S. for a year.
Anti-Gay Reggae Stars to Headline AIDS Benefit? July 11, 2006—Bloggers and activists are demanding that anti-gay reggae performers Beenie Man and TOK be banned from performing at a New York City concert to help raise HIV awareness among people of Caribbean decent.
July 10, 2006
Time for a UN Agency for Women?
July 10, 2006—HIV is putting an ever greater strain on the problems of women worldwide, the UN’s Special Envoy for HIV in Africa told a high-level panel last week, urging the world body to create an agency specifically addressing women’s issues.
Day Laborers at Risk for HIV July 10, 2006—Day laborers in California are frequently hired by men to have sex and they often do not use condoms, according to a report today in the Los Angeles Daily News.
July 07, 2006
An Indian Prince is Disinherited July 7, 2006—An Indian Prince has been disowned by his family for publicly coming out as gay in violation of a 145-year-old law banning homosexuality.
The Row over Routine Testing July 7, 2006—Today’s Wall Street Journal explores opposition to new HIV testing recommendations expected this summer from the Centers for Disease Control.
July 06, 2006
Non-Progressors Could Be the Key to a Cure July 6, 2006—Researchers at UC San Francisco are studying 50 people who have had HIV for a long time but never gotten sick to see if it is their immune system or a particular mutation in the virus that allows them to control HIV.