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July 30, 2010
California’s ADAP Seeks Price Cuts for Reyataz
California’s state controller has sent a letter to Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) urging the company to “reduce the cost of drugs to California,” The Sacramento Bee reports. 
New Jersey ADAP Funding Restored
The nearly 1,000 HIV-positive people on New Jersey’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) who were going to lose their coverage as of August 1 because of state budget cuts will continue receiving their meds, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
New Campaign Promotes FC2 Female Condoms in DC
A new campaign promotes the FC2 female condoms in Washington, DC, as part of the city’s ongoing HIV prevention efforts, The Washington Post reports. 
July 29, 2010
Study: HIV Meds Will Cost Global Fund Nearly $2B Yearly
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will need to spend between $1.6 billion and $1.9 billion per year to provide ongoing support to the 2.5 million people it already provides with antiretroviral (ARV) therapy.
International HIV/AIDS Funding Slow to Reach Haiti
Funding promised to people with HIV/AIDS in Haiti before the January earthquake has been slow to materialize or not come at all.
Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV Is Focus at African Union
Improving maternal health, reducing child mortality and preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV were the major themes of the African Union summit held in Uganda from July 25 to 27.
July 28, 2010
'Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research' Inaugural Grants
Ten recipients have been awarded the inaugural “Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research” grants. The grants are funded in partnership with the International AIDS Society (IAS), the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Centers for AIDS Research, according to an IAS statement. 
HIV Researchers Honored at Vienna AIDS Conference
The International AIDS Society (IAS) and its partners honored 10 researchers with four scientific awards for their innovative global HIV/AIDS research; the awards were presented during the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, according to an IAS statement. 
New Jersey HIV/AIDS Agency Not Receiving Funding
La Villa Agency, a Newark, New Jersey-based multi-service federally funded HIV/AIDS agency, can’t provide services because the city of Newark has yet to disburse its funding, My9News reports. 
July 27, 2010
Elly Katabira Is New President of International AIDS Society
The International AIDS Society (IAS) has named Elly Katabira, MD, its new president and Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, PhD, as president-elect, according to an IAS statement. 
International AIDS Society Honors Jack Whitescarver
The International AIDS Society (IAS) has presented its inaugural IAS Presidential Award to Jack Whitescarver, PhD, associate director for AIDS research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and director of the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR), according to an IAS statement. 
AIDS Advocate Judith Peabody Dies
Judith Peabody—a well-known New York socialite, philanthropist and early AIDS advocate—died July 25 in her Fifth Avenue apartment in Manhattan as a result of a series of strokes in the last two years, The New York Times reports. 
July 26, 2010
Obama Recommits to HIV at Vienna AIDS Conference
President Barack Obama recommitted his administration to the fight against HIV at the XVIII International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Vienna, Reuters reports.
AIDS2010: HIV/AIDS Is a “Global Prison Crisis”
“There is a global prison crisis,” said Manfred Nowak, the top investigator on torture and punishment for the United Nations, at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
U.S., Vietnam Partner Against HIV/AIDS
The United States and Vietnam have agreed to a “partnership framework” to fight HIV/AIDS in Vietnam, according to a State Department statement.
July 23, 2010
New HIV/AIDS Policy Proposal for IV Drug Users
A new report from the International AIDS Society (IAS) advocates for broader use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) among intravenous drug users, both for their own health and to restrict HIV transmission, according to an IAS statement.
Merck, Tibotec and Gilead in Talks to Form a Patent Pool
Merck, Tibotec and Gilead are in talks with UNITAID to form a patent pool for HIV drugs, Reuters reports.
Survey: Emotional Barriers to HIV Care Are Key
A nationwide survey by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) found significant disparities between how health care providers and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) perceive the obstacles to finding care, according to a BMS statement.
National AIDS Fund Receives $3.6M Innovation Award
The National AIDS Fund (NAF) has received a $3.6 million grant from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service’s new Social Innovation Fund, according to an NAF statement.
July 22, 2010
Male Circumcision Promoted for HIV Prevention in Africa
Leaders at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna are promoting male circumcision as a “proven, cost-effective method” for HIV prevention in Africa, according to a Population Services International (PSI) statement.
UNAIDS Launches High Level Commission on HIV Prevention
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has launched a new High Level Commission on HIV Prevention, according to a UNAIDS statement.
AIDS2010: Vienna AIDS Conference Backs Evidence-Based HIV Prevention
Leaders at the XVIII International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Vienna are calling for an end to the lack of access to scientifically proven interventions that prevent HIV cases in at-risk populations, according to an IAC statement.
Health Reform Covers HIV Testing for Adults at High Risk
Millions of people in the United States will soon receive free preventive medical services as a benefit of the health care reform law.
July 21, 2010
Advice on Speeding the Search for an HIV Vaccine
A new report by the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise (GHVE) outlines the challenges in developing an AIDS vaccine and recommends ways to accelerate research, according to a GHVE statement. 
Innovation Continues in Global AIDS Response
The expansion of HIV treatment access, the use of antiretrovirals to prevent HIV infections and the pursuit of a cure for HIV are three of the major themes emerging at the XVIII International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Vienna, according to an IAC statement. 
Survey: Gulf Coast Oil Spill Affects HIV Services
A HealthHIV survey found that 54 percent of HIV-positive people along the U.S. Gulf Coast have family and friends who have been affected by the oil spill, according to a HealthHIV statement. 
PEPFAR Saved $323M Using Generic HIV Drugs
The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) saved slightly more than $323 million from 2005 to 2008 by using generic HIV drugs to treat people living with the virus, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
July 20, 2010
AIDS2010: HIV March in Vienna Links Science and Human Rights
The HIV and Human Rights March during the XVIII International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Vienna is a call for human rights as a fundamental component of efforts to prevent new HIV cases and provide treatment for people living with the virus, according to an IAC statement. 
Leaders in Vienna Seek $20B for the Global Fund
Delegates and speakers at the XVIII International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Vienna are calling on global leaders to commit at least $20 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the fund’s replenishment meeting in October, according to an IAC statement.
New Initiatives From ADAP Crisis Task Force and Merck
The ADAP Crisis Task Force and pharmaceutical company Merck have agreed to a series of new initiatives that provide funding relief to state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs, according to a Merck statement. 
New York State Can Try to Detain HIV-Positive Prisoner Who Served Time
A judge has ruled that New York State can try to detain Nushawn Williams, a convicted HIV-positive sex offender, beyond his completed 12-year sentence using the state’s recently passed civil-confinement law, The Associated Press reports. 
July 19, 2010
Study: Global HIV Rates Among MSM Are Soaring
Global HIV rates among men who have sex with men (MSM) are soaring, according to a Johns Hopkins/World Bank study of HIV epidemics among MSM worldwide in 2010.
CDC: HIV an Epidemic for Heterosexuals in Inner Cities
HIV prevalence among heterosexuals in U.S. inner cities is 2.1 percent, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reported by The Wall Street Journal.
AIDS2010: Flat Funding for Global HIV/AIDS From Donor Nations in 2009
Funding by donor nations for global HIV/AIDS efforts was flat in 2009 as a result of the global economic crisis, according to a study from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
July 16, 2010
Global HIV/AIDS Funding Faces Scrutiny
As a result of the global recession, HIV/AIDS funding worldwide is being scrutinized for increased efficiencies, Reuters reports.
AIDS2010: ViiV Improves Access to Its HIV Meds in Poor Countries
ViiV Healthcare has put forth a series of new initiatives to make HIV/AIDS treatment more accessible in poor countries, according to a ViiV statement.
San Francisco AIDS Walk Criticized for Sending Funds Abroad
Critics of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation allege the group has misrepresented the benefits to local charities from funds raised through its annual AIDS Walk, The Bay Citizen reports.
July 15, 2010
Sex Ed, Condoms and Teenagers in Uganda
In Uganda, HIV-positive teenagers who were born with the virus are now transmitting it sexually to HIV-negative teenagers.
Survey: AIDS Is Most Important Health Issue Worldwide
AIDS was recognized as the most important health issue worldwide.
PEPFAR Inspired the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
The Obama administration’s new national HIV/AIDS strategy was inspired by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) launched by George W. Bush in 2003.
July 14, 2010
UNAIDS: “Treatment 2.0” Could Prevent 10 Million Deaths
“Treatment 2.0” is a new approach to HIV/AIDS treatment, simplifying the way it’s provided and increasing access to HIV meds.
New Trend Increases HIV Risk for Heroin Users
Heroin users in some African countries are injecting themselves with blood from other users to share the high from intravenous (IV) drug use or to curb withdrawal symptoms, The New York Times reports. 
AIDS Hospice Favored by Princess Diana Transforms
Mildmay Mission—the London AIDS hospice where Princess Diana eased the fears of hugging and shaking hands with people living with HIV/AIDS—is being demolished to make way for a new hospital, reports. 
July 13, 2010
White House Reveals National HIV/AIDS Strategy
The White House has released its national strategy to fight HIV/AIDS, which is aimed at reducing the number of new infections and providing high quality care for those living with the virus, The New York Times reports. (Watch video.)
New Jersey Cuts 950 People From ADAP
New Jersey has changed income guidelines for its AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), resulting in 950 HIV-positive people being cut from ADAP as of August 1, reports. 
AIDS Activists Question HIV Criminalization in Mexico
In advance of the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, HIV/AIDS activists in Mexico are questioning their country’s HIV criminalization laws, the reports. 
July 12, 2010
White House to Release National HIV/AIDS Strategy
The White House will release the National HIV/AIDS Strategy on July 13, reports.
Obama Administration Launches
The Department of Health and Human Services has launched, a website to help the public understand the new health care reform law, Bloomberg reports.
New Privacy Rules Proposed for Health Care Partners
A proposed federal rule would subject billing companies, customer service contractors and other related businesses that regularly handle private health records to severe fines for unauthorized disclosure of patient information, Reuters reports.
July 09, 2010
ADAP Gets Additional $25M From Federal Government
The Department of Health and Human Services will provide an additional $25 million to supplement the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) until the end of the fiscal year on September 30, The New York Times reports.
Study: Inmates Should Be Routinely Tested for HIV
All inmates in Rhode Island should be routinely screened for HIV, according to researchers in that state, The Providence Journal reports.
Gay Blood Ban Lawsuit Dismissed in China
A court in China has dismissed a lawsuit by a gay man against the Red Cross, AFP reports. The man claimed that his blood donation was refused because he was gay.
July 08, 2010
Obama Appoints Medicaid and Medicare Administrator
President Obama has appointed Donald Berwick, a pediatrician and Harvard University professor, to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Study: More People on HIV Meds Saves Money
Researchers say that increasing the number of HIV-positive people on antiretroviral (ARV) therapy could save British Columbia, Canada, about $900 million USD.
Namibia Lifts HIV Travel Ban
Namibia lifted its travel ban against people living with HIV and other contagious diseases effective July 1.
July 07, 2010
Study: Poverty May Not Predict HIV Rates in Africa
Neither wealth nor poverty is a reliable predictor of HIV rates in African countries, according to a study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization and reported by PlusNews. 
Story of Beheaded Man in Uganda a Hoax
A lesson in not jumping to conclusions: A young man was indeed beheaded in Uganda, but he was not associated with Integrity Uganda, an Episcopalian LGBT group, the Box Turtle Bulletin blog reports. 
Michigan AIDS Groups Unite for Better HIV Policy
HIV advocacy groups in Michigan have formed the Michigan Coalition of AIDS, a new HIV policy lobbying group whose goal is to present a united voice to state lawmakers about HIV/AIDS legislation, The Michigan Messenger reports. 
July 06, 2010
HIV Disclosure Lawsuit Wins $1.25M for Indiana Man
An Indiana man was awarded a $1.25 million judgment against a collections agency that disclosed he was HIV positive, The Bilerico Project blog reports. 
HIV Testing Expansion Bill Advances in New York
A bill to expand HIV testing in New York has passed through the state legislature and awaits Governor David Patterson’s signature, the Housing Works blog reports. 
ViiV Launches Positive Action U.S. Southern Initiative
ViiV Healthcare has launched the Positive Action U.S. Southern Initiative to supplement services and programs that support linkages to care and treatment for people with HIV/AIDS, according to a ViiV Healthcare statement. 
July 01, 2010
Vienna Declaration Seeks Changes to “War on Drugs”
A global drive has been launched for signatories to the Vienna Declaration.
Bill Clinton to Be Honored at Life Ball in Vienna
Actresses Elizabeth Hurley and Whoopi Goldberg along with former President Bill Clinton will be guests of honor at the 18th annual Life Ball in Vienna.
Sex Ed Website Launched in Indonesia
The National AIDS Commission of Indonesia launches an interactive sex ed website. 
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