July 28 Is World Hepatitis Day
Thursday, July 28,
World Hepatitis Day. Launched in 2008 by the World Hepatitis
year’s event is coordinated for the first time with the World
HHS Outlines Steps to End Gay Blood Donation Ban
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has outlined steps toward ending the nationwide ban on men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood, according to a statement from U.S. Senator John Kerry (D—Mass.), who has been lobbying to repeal the ban.
New Vaccine May Prevent Heroin Highs
Researchers have developed a vaccine that fights heroin highs, and they’ve proved its potential in animal trials, according to a Scripps Research Institute statement.
Florida Lawmakers to Meet HHS Secretary on ADAP Crisis U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and U.S. Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Alcee Hastings, all of Florida, will meet with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss the state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) crisis, The Florida Independent reports.
27 Hate Murders in 2010 of LGBT, HIV-Affected People A new report reveals that in 2010 there were 27 murders of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and HIV-affected people in the United States, according to a National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) statement.
Hepatitis C Sexually Transmitted between HIV-Positive Men Sexual activity is a cause of hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission, at least among men living with HIV who have sex with men, according to a study performed by researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital and published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
July 20, 2011
Rome Mayor Urges Italy to Keep Global Fund Commitment
Giovanni Alemanno, the mayor of Rome, has published an open letter to Silvio Berlusconi, the prime minister of Italy, urging the country to allocate promised funds to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
BI and BMS Start Negotiations With Medicines Patent Pool The Medicines Patent Pool has started negotiations with two pharmaceutical companies, Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), and is in negotiations with five other patent holders, according to a UNITAID statement.
HIV Treatment Research Funding Exceeded $2B in 2009 The collected data on global investments in HIV research shows that funding for treatment research topped $2.46 billion in 2009, according to a joint report from The Treatment Action Group, AVAC and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
Armenia Lifts Its HIV Travel Ban The government of Armenia has lifted all travel restrictions on people with HIV, according to a Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) statement.
July 15, 2011
DEA Declares Marijuana Has No Accepted Medical Use
Nine years after cannabis supporters asked the U.S. government to reclassify marijuana, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration ruled that marijuana has no accepted medical use and should remain classified as a highly dangerous and addictive drug on the level of heroin, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Five Emerging Countries to Improve Medical Access Health ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (The BRICS) said they would work with international groups such as the World Health Organization and UNAIDS to provide access to low-cost and high-quality medicine, reports Agence France-Presse news.
July 14, 2011
HHS Releases Guidelines for Affordable Insurance Exchanges
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a plan to implement Affordable Insurance Exchanges, a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. health care reform, according to an HHS statement.
PrEP Reduces HIV Risk in Two Major Studies Two major studies of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) provide additional evidence that antiretroviral (ARV) drugs can be used to prevent HIV transmission, according to early results from both clinical trials, released ahead of their full presentations at the 6th International AIDS Society Conference of HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention next week in Rome.
Gilead Is First Drug Company to Join Medicines Patent Pool Gilead Sciences has expanded its global access program for HIV medications in developing countries and has become the first pharmaceutical company to enter into licensing agreements with the Medicines Patent Pool Foundation, according to a Gilead statement.
UNAIDS Welcomes the Republic of South Sudan
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has joined the international community in welcoming the world’s newest nation, the Republic of South Sudan, according to a UNAIDS statement.
NIH Gives $14M in 2011 to HIV Cure Research
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is providing grants to three research teams working on strategies to eradicate HIV from its reservoirs in the body, according to an NIH statement.
HIV Medicare Fraud Gets Miami Physician 20 Years in Prison A Miami physician was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison for his key role in a Medicare fraud conspiracy, The Miami Herald reports. Rene de los Rios, MD, and accomplices at two local clinics—Metro Med of Hialeah and J&F Community Medical Center—charged Medicare $19.7 million in HIV treatments that were either unnecessary or not provided to patients.
Nigeria Seeks to Replace PEPFAR Funding of HIV Meds The Global HIV/AIDS Initiative in Nigeria (GHAIN) will end in a few weeks, and advocates are concerned about the 68,000 HIV-positive people who currently receive antiretroviral (ARV) treatment under the expiring program, AllAfrica.com reports.