Advocates: Cambodian “AIDS Colony” Violates Human Rights More than 100 HIV/AIDS and social justice groups are urging the Cambodian government to stop sending families affected by HIV/AIDS to a so-called “AIDS colony,” Human Rights Watch reports. They delivered their message via a joint letter to the country’s prime minister and health minister.
Queens, NY, Residents Reject Homeless Shelter for HIV-Positive People New York City’s Human Resources Administration has decided not to send homeless clients who are HIV positive to a shelter in Elmhurst, Queens, because of protests from the neighborhood’s residents, the New York Daily News reports. Despite a rally against shelter earlier this month, the Queens Alliance, which runs similar facilities in other boroughs, plans to continue operating their Elmhurst location.
July 30, 2009
Advocates: Budget Cuts Will Increase HIV in California AIDS advocates fear that severe cutbacks to California’s HIV/AIDS funds will increase HIV rates in the state’s hard hit regions, according to the Bay Area Reporter. Earlier this week, in an attempt to manage the state’s $24 billion deficit, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger used his line-item veto power to cut $52 million in HIV/AIDS funding from his revised budget; coupled with cuts to the state’s Office of AIDS, this would eliminate as much as $85 million for HIV/AIDS funding.
Students Who Think They’re “Invincible” Less Likely to Get STI Vaccines
Researchers from the University of Missouri have found that if a vaccine that protects against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) were available, college students who believe themselves to be physically invulnerable, or “invincible,” would be less likely to seek it out, ScienceDaily reports.
More HIV/AIDS Funding Cuts in Revised California Budget California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made further cuts to HIV/AIDS services in the state’s revised budget using his line-item veto power, The Advocate reports. He also made deep cuts in programs for children and senior citizens.
Veterans to File Claims for VA Hospital Errors The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) soon will receive claims from an attorney on behalf of about 60 veterans to pay disability benefits and damages for exposure to infectious body fluids, The Associated Press reports.
Lesbians in China Rally Against Country’s Ban on Gay Blood Donors Lesbians in China have created an online petition urging the country’s government to eliminate a 1998 law that prohibits LGBT people from donating blood, The Associated Press reports. The petition has drawn 540 signatures so far, with the goal of reaching 1,000.
FDA Warns Abbott Over Kaletra Ad Featuring Magic Johnson The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning letter to Abbott Laboratories regarding a promotional DVD in which HIV-positive basketball Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson discusses his experiences with HIV medication Kaletra, Bloomberg reports.
Pioneering AIDS Physician Joel Weisman Dies
Joel D. Weisman, MD, one of the first physicians to detect the AIDS epidemic in the United States, died July 18, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 66. He had heart disease and was sick for the past few months, said Bill Hutton, his partner of 17 years.
July 23, 2009
Abbott’s New Blood Test Detects HIV Earlier An HIV test developed by Abbott can detect HIV antigens before viral antibodies are present, meaning that it can detect HIV sooner compared with tests currently on the market. According to research on the assay, presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, the test can effectively detect HIV from zero to nine days following infection.
Obama: Health Care Reform Will Boost Economy In President Obama’s July 22 nationally televised address to the country, he said that health care reform is key to restoring the economy and that without immediate congressional action, “We are guaranteed to see Medicare and Medicaid basically break the federal budget,” The Washington Post reports.
Scientists Discover HIV “Missing Link” in Primates Scientist believe that a primate version of HIV—called simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV)—is killing the endangered African chimpanzee at a high rate, The Associated Press reports. It had previously been believed that chimps, like other primates in the wild, did not get sick from SIV.
July 22, 2009
Study: Food Pre-Chewed by Positive Caregivers May Transmit HIV to Infants
U.S. researchers said they have “compelling evidence” that three infants have contracted HIV by eating food pre-chewed by their positive caregivers, a transmission route that has been not previously reported and has important global implications, Reuters reports. Their study is published in the latest issue of Pediatrics.
Pregnancy and STI Rates Climb Among U.S. Teenagers
A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that birth rates in teenagers increased in 2006 and 2007 and that sexual and reproductive health in young people has been declining in recent years, ABC News reports.
NY Senate Passes Three Measures to Benefit HIV-Positive People Following an impassioned speech by openly gay and HIV-positive Senator Tom Duane (D-Manhattan), the New York State Senate passed three bills last week that will assist people living with HIV and improve HIV prevention efforts, Out in Buffalo reports.
July 20, 2009
Lawsuit: LA County Too Lax on HIV Prevention in Porn Industry
A petition filed by the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation is urging the LA County Supreme Court to require that county health officials enforce stricter condom regulations and safety measures in the porn industry to better prevent transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among adult-film performers, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Camp for HIV-Positive Children Closes Because of H1N1 Flu Virus A camp session for homeless children and those living with HIV/AIDS was canceled after two of its volunteers tested positive for H1N1 virus (swine flu), The Associated Press reports. One Heartland, a Milwaukee-based charity, scheduled the weeklong camp to begin July 17 at Willow River in eastern Minnesota.
Federal Grant Will Fund HIV Prevention for Former Inmates in Austin AIDS Services of Austin (ASA) will use a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health to create a substance abuse and HIV prevention program for former inmates, Austin Business Journal reports.
Boston Takes Part in a Six-City Study on Black MSM Boston’s Fenway Health and the Multicultural AIDS Coalition (MAC) are looking to recruit 330 HIV-positive and -negative black men who have sex with men (MSM) for Project Save Ourselves (SOS), the Boston branch of a new six-city study to find effective ways to combat HIV in the black gay community, Bay Windows reports. The study is also collecting data from black MSM in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington, DC.
U.K. Sex Ed Booklet Teaches Teens That Sex Is Fun, Healthy Britain’s Nation Health Services (NHS) has released a new sex education pamphlet that teaches teens the physical and emotional benefits of sex and masturbation, The Associated Press reports. The organization is facing opposition from some educators who fear the material will encourage casual sex among teens when the country already has high rates of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
California Clinics Cancel Needle Exchange as U.S. Lawmakers Revisit Ban Open Door Community Health Centers’ clinics in Arcata and Eureka, California, have discontinued their needle exchange program this month because of a lack of resources, the Times-Standard reports. Open Door clinics in both areas exchanged more than a total of 190,000 needles in 2008.
Unprotected Sex Puts Tijuana Sex Workers and Clients at Risk U.S. and Mexican researchers have found that high incidence of unprotected sex and intravenous drug use among male clients of female sex workers in Tijuana, Mexico, is driving rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in the region, United Press International reports.
July 13, 2009
French First Lady Spurs G8 to Honor Global HIV/AIDS Commitments In a July 7 Guardian opinion piece, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, called on G8 leaders meeting last week in L’Aquila, Italy, to stay focused on HIV/AIDS despite the turbulent global economy. Bruni-Sarkozy is a global ambassador for HIV prevention for women and children with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Kansas Advocates Petition for CVS to Unlock Condoms Nationwide Advocates throughout Kansas join more than 200 groups nationwide in a petition urging drug store chain CVS Caremark Corp. to stop its practice of keeping condoms locked in cases, especially in low-income neighborhoods with high numbers of minorities, The Kansas City Star reports. The national petition is sponsored by Change to Win, a labor coalition.
Decriminalization of Homosexuality in Delhi, India, Draws Opposition While HIV/AIDS advocates applauded the recent decriminalization of homosexuality in Delhi, India—a measure that would improve outreach efforts as well as access to testing and treatment—a new petition has been filed to reinstate the 148-year-old colonial-era law, BBC News reports.
Female Condoms Finally Profitable and Popular The Female Health Company (FHCO), manufacturer of the only female prophylactic approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), is turning a profit for the first time in nearly 20 years thanks to the success of its second-generation female condom, the FC2, CNN Money reports.
New Facility Fills HIV Care Gap in Arlington County, Va. A new health facility has opened two blocks down the road from the former Whitman-Walker Clinic in Arlington County, Virginia, in an effort to offer care to some of the HIV-positive clients who were treated at the clinic before it closed this year because of financial constraints, The Washington Post reports.
July 09, 2009
AIDS Activists Arrested During Capitol Demonstration Police arrested 26 AIDS activists earlier today, July 9, for holding a demonstration in the Capitol rotunda, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Demonstrators chanted “Fight global AIDS now” and “Clean needles save lives” while carrying signs in support of HIV prevention programs, treatment access, needle exchange funding and HIV/AIDS housing.
Beijing: New HIV Cases Up 21% in Past Year
The Beijing Disease Control and Prevention Center reported 501 new HIV cases during the first five months of this year, an increase of 90 cases from the same period in 2008, the Xinhua News Agency reports.
DC Health Officials Push for Opt-Out Routine HIV Testing In response to the disproportionately high rate of HIV in Washington, DC—where at least 3 percent of the overall population is HIV positive—the district’s HIV/AIDS Administration is urging health care providers to make HIV testing a routine part of a doctor’s visit, The Washington Examiner reports.
Illinois Appoints Its First Openly HIV-Positive Cabinet Member
It was announced on July 6 that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has named Brent Adams—who is openly gay and HIV positive—as the Acting Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Adams’s appointment makes him the state’s first openly HIV-positive cabinet member.
HIV Prevention Succeeding in Haiti About 20 years after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed Haitian nationality as a primary risk factor for HIV, the country has been ahead in prevention, diagnosis and treatment, The New York Times reports.
Michigan Sex Sting Raises HIV Disclosure Concerns The Lansing Police Department faces legal backlash after publicizing the HIV status of a man accused of trying to engage in sexual intercourse without first disclosing his status, The Michigan Messenger reports
Iowa Might Revisit HIV Transmission Laws A recent Iowa court case regarding the criminal transmission of HIV has lawmakers and residents considering whether to revisit the Hawkeye state’s criminal code, reports the Iowa Independent.
Lady Gaga Supports HIV-Positive Youth in England Pop singer Lady Gaga recently paid a visit to Body Positive North West, an AIDS service organization in Manchester, England, that caters to young people living with and affected by HIV, The Telegraph reports. She met with volunteers from the organization and helped them paint a mural of herself.
Ryan White’s Mom Remembers Michael Jackson
The mother of Ryan White, a hemophiliac teenager who died of AIDS-related illness in 1990 after contracting HIV through a blood transfusion, mourns the loss of music icon Michael Jackson, who died from cardiac arrest on June 25, FOX 35 reports. Jackson befriended the teen in the late 1980s and, after Ryan’s death, dedicated a song to him titled “Gone Too Soon.”
WHO: TB Vaccination Fatal for Babies With HIV A new three-year study by the World Health Organization (WHO) has shown that babies with HIV could die if given a standard tuberculosis vaccine, The Associated Press reports. The study was published July 1 in the journal Bulletin of the World Health Organization.
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