No African American Left Behind?
The Black AIDS Institute released a report July 29 titled Left Behind, Black America: A Neglected Priority in the Global AIDS Epidemic. Funded by the Ford Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the report praises the federal government’s response to the global AIDS pandemic but criticizes its domestic response to the AIDS epidemic among African-American people. Phill Wilson, CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, spoke with POZ about the report and why leadership from the presidential candidates is crucial.
Living 2008 Summit Reclaims AIDS Advocacy
The 2008 Positive Leadership Summit kicks off July 31 in Mexico City. About 400 HIV-positive people from 88 countries will participate, including POZ editor-in-chief Regan Hofmann.
July 29, 2008
The South Rises Again
The Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) issued an update to its 2002 Southern States Manifesto, highlighting both the encouraging progress made against the HIV epidemic in the South and the daunting work that remains to be done. SAC co-chairperson Kathie Hiers shares with POZ her dream that activists will unite next year to help heal a part of the country most severely ravaged by the epidemic.
July 22, 2008
Loreen Willenberg: In Search of (Other) HIV Controllers It took Loreen Willenberg nearly 10
years after her HIV diagnosis to write “I am HIV-positive.” When her
name first appeared in the March 2001 issue of POZ,
Willenberg was still closeted in her small town life working as a
landscaper. Five years later, her name and her story were all over the
world press as a spokesperson for an international HIV study. Now she
is launching a foundation and website to attract others to the study
and help them enter clinical trials. Willenberg tells POZ what happened between 1992 and 2006 to convince her to shed her veil of anonymity and become a world-class HIV advocate.
July 18, 2008
POZ Podium:The Worst Kept Non-Secret in Public Health
Since the fall of last year, rumors have been circulating that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will release revised statistics indicating that the number of people living with HIV in the United States is actually higher than previously reported. Some say the number could be as much as 50 percent higher. But, nearly three-quarters of a year later, there is still no indication of when we might see a new report documenting the likely number of HIV infections occurring each year in America. David Ernesto Munar, a vice president at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and chairman of the board of the National Association of People with AIDS, writes the following piece in response to the CDC’s continued silence on the matter.
July 15, 2008
New Guidelines for Treating—and Avoiding—Opportunistic Infections Despite the fact that HIV is now perceived as “manageable,” opportunistic infections (OIs) remain a threat, especially for those who are unaware of their HIV status and those out of HIV treatment options. In this AIDSmeds interview, National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientist Henry Masur, MD, explains the Department of Health and Human Services’ recently revised OI prevention and treatment guidelines. They help health care providers and patients steer clear of—and treat—these life-threatening illnesses.
July 10, 2008
From Dolly! to WALL-E
On his 77th birthday, Broadway legend and former POZ cover star Jerry Herman—who created La Cage aux Folles, Hello, Dolly! and whose songs can now be heard in WALL-E—gives his regards to fellow HIV survivors everywhere.
July 09, 2008
Is Treating AIDS the Way to Stop the Spread of the Disease? The use of HIV treatment as a prevention strategy has been largely overlooked by public health officials. Now, a study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases suggests that aggressive treatment programs for HIV-positive people could reduce the number of new cases by as much as 60 percent.
July 02, 2008
Moving the Needle on Syringe Exchange The decision to lift the ban on federally funded syringe-exchange programs is gaining bipartisan momentum on Capitol Hill. This July, a new bill recommending lifting the ban is scheduled to hit Congress. Has the time finally arrived for evidence-based science to prevail over moral debates around the issue of providing clean syringes for safer injecting?
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