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.
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.
AIDS2010:'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.
AIDS2010: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.
AIDS2010: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.
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.
AIDS2010: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.
Survey: Emotional Barriers to HIV Care Are Key
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.
AIDS2010: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.
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.
AIDS2010: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.
AIDS2010: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.
AIDS2010: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.
AIDS2010: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.
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).
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, PinkPaper.com reports.
July 13, 2010
AIDS2010: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, NorthJersey.com 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.
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.
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.
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.