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July 31, 2012
Rep. Lee Introduces 'Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Act of 2012'
U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D–Calif.) and 34 cosponsors have introduced the Ending HIV/AIDS Act of 2012 (H.R. 6138), a bill that establishes a policy and funding framework to achieve an AIDS-free generation in the United States and abroad, according to a Lee statement.
Man Dies After Car Crash at Cleveland AIDS Festival
A man was killed at an annual fundraiser for the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland when an allegedly drunken driver crashed through a street barricade and into the crowd, Cleveland.com reports.
Lupe Ontiveros, Actress and HIV/AIDS Advocate, Dies
Actress and HIV/AIDS advocate Lupe Ontiveros has died after a brief battle with liver cancer, the Washington Post reports.
July 30, 2012
Reps. Himes, Lee Introduce the Cure for AIDS Act
U.S. Representatives Jim Himes (D–Conn.) and Barbara Lee (D–Calif.) have introduced the Cure for AIDS Act (H.R. 6187), a bill to fund research and development for an HIV cure, according to a Himes statement. 
Court Rules Namibia Forced Sterilization of Women With HIV
The Namibia High Court has ruled that the country’s government sterilized three HIV-positive women without their informed consent, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
Françoise Barré-Sinoussi Becomes IAS President
Françoise Barré-Sinoussi became the new president of the International AIDS Society (IAS) when the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, DC, closed on July 27, according to an IAS statement.
July 28, 2012
World Hepatitis Day 2012
Saturday, July 28, is World Hepatitis Day, which seeks to raise awareness around the globe about viral hepatitis.
July 20, 2012
XIX International AIDS Conference Launches
Leaders from the worlds of science, diplomacy, politics, philanthropy and entertainment are convening at the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, DC, from Sunday, July 22, to Friday, July 27.
The State of AIDS Among Black Gay Men in America 2012
Young gay black men have a roughly one in four chance of contracting HIV by age 25, according to a new report by the Black AIDS Institute.
Michel Kazatchkine to Receive IAS Presidential Award
During his tenure, Kazatchkine greatly expanded access to antiretroviral medications and was an active proponent of human rights, transparency and meaningful engagement and partnership with nations and communities most highly impacted by HIV.
July 19, 2012
Obama to Address AIDS 2012 by Video Message
President Barack Obama will address participants of the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) through a brief video message, according to a White House statement.
UNAIDS: Domestic HIV Funding Exceeds Global Spending
Overall, low- and middle-income countries are now investing more in domestic HIV spending than they receive from international HIV funding, according to a Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) statement.
House Subcommittee Advances Bill to Cut HIV Funding
On July 18, Republicans on the House Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee approved a bill that would significantly reduce HIV funding, according to a National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) statement.
Obama Administration Gives $80M to People with HIV/AIDS
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced almost $80 million in grants nationwide to increase access to care for people with HIV/AIDS, according to an HHS statement. 
July 18, 2012
CDC Launches 'Let's Stop HIV Together' Campaign
A new campaign raises awareness about HIV by showing that people living with the virus are real people and by using images and stories from HIV-positive people and their loved ones.
Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush Among Speakers at AIDS 2012
Organizers of the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) have announced that high-level speakers Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former First Lady Laura Bush will be appearing at the conference, according to an AIDS 2012 statement.
8,000 Colorado Dental Patients at Risk for Hepatitis and HIV
Colorado health officials have warned patients of dentist Stephen Stein that his reuse of needles and syringes may have exposed them to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, the Legal Examiner reports.
July 17, 2012
Elton John Tells His AIDS Story in 'Love Is the Cure'
Proceeds from the sale of Sir Elton John’s new book, Love Is the Cure: Ending the Global AIDS Epidemic, will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), according to an EJAF statement.
AIDS-Free World Gets Coca-Cola to Revise Sponsorships
Coca-Cola has revised its sponsorship policy after a Jamaican reggae musician named Sizzla performed a song calling for the murder of gays and lesbians at a Coke-sponsored concert in Montego Bay, Jamaica, according to a statement from AIDS Free World (AFW), an HIV advocacy group.
N.H. Town Settles With Home for People With HIV, Hep C
The Cleve Jones Wellness House, a home for people with HIV and hepatitis C, has reached a settlement in a legal dispute with the Town of Gilsum, New Hampshire, according to New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR).
July 16, 2012
Duke University Awarded $139M for HIV Vaccine Research
Duke University was awarded $139 million over seven years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to fund HIV vaccine research, The News Observer reports. 
Resolution by Rep. Barbara Lee Supports Global HIV/AIDS Fight
U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D–Calif.) introduced a resolution expressing support for continued international cooperation to combat HIV/AIDS, according to a Lee statement. 
IAS Gives Fellowships for Research in Drug Use and HIV
The International AIDS Society (IAS) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) awarded five research fellowships to further research in the link between drug use and HIV, according to an IAS statement. 
July 13, 2012
Scripps Research Institute Gets $77M to Develop HIV Vaccine
The Scripps Research Institute (SRI) was awarded $77 million over seven years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to focus on developing an HIV vaccine, according to an SRI statement. 
Los Angeles County to Vote on Condoms in Porn Mandate
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has gathered 371,000 signatures in support of a new Los Angeles County ballot measure that would tighten the mandate requiring porn actors to use condoms for all anal and vaginal sex scenes in adult film productions, The Huffington Post reports.
Pilot Project Provides Free Post-Exposure Prophylaxis in Canada
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) will be available at no cost to Canadians in a number of hospitals and medical centers in British Columbia's Lower Mainland Region, The Vancouver Sun reports. 
July 12, 2012
New Tool Could Improve HIV Care for Newly Released Inmates
A new method for tracking HIV/AIDS care data for newly released prison inmates could improve their access to health care - and reduce the nation's incidence of HIV, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study published in Virulence and reported by Medical News Today.
Court Rules Against Circumcision of Children in Germany
A German court has ruled that circumcising a child unable to give consent qualifies as bodily harm even if the parents give their permission, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
HIV Concerns As South Africa Moves to Universal Health Care
Health care experts warn that South Africa doesn't have nearly enough health care workers to support the government's plan to implement universal health care, PlusNews reports.
July 11, 2012
Advocates Want Better Federal Policies to End AIDS in America
In advance of the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), AIDS in America, a coalition of national and regional advocacy groups, is calling for better federal policies and leadership to end AIDS domestically, according to an AIDS in America statement.
Alameda County First in California to Expand Medicaid for HIV
Alameda County is the first county in California to expand Medicaid for low-income people with HIV, the Contra Costa Times reports.
IAS Recognizes Nine Researchers With Four Scientific Awards
The International AIDS Society (IAS) has selected nine researchers to receive four scientific awards, according to an IAS statement.
July 10, 2012
NAACP Launches Day of Unity to Inspire Pastors on HIV/AIDS
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) called on pastors and members of black churches to participate in the first annual Day of Unity, an initiative to inspire discussion about HIV/AIDS as a social justice issue, according to an NAACP statement.
Yale AIDS Memorial Project Launches
Christopher Glazek, a 2007 graduate of Yale University and a senior editor at n+1 magazine, has launched the Yale AIDS Memorial Project, a series of tributes to memorialize about 450 students, professors, alumni and staff members who have died of AIDS-related complications, The New York Times reports.
Advocates Seek Rapid In-Home HIV Tests in Australia
Australian HIV groups are calling on the government to lift a national ban that prevents HIV testing kits from being sold for at-home use, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
July 09, 2012
EJAF Gets $1M Donation From Lily Safra Jewelry Auction
Lily Safra, a Brazilian-Monégasque philanthropist, donated $1 million in June to the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) following an auction of 70 of her rare jewels, according to an EJAF statement.
Fast-Track HIV Health Care Reform Benefits in California
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved a request made by California to fast-track the state's transition to Affordable Care Act (ACA) benefits following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that the ACA individual mandate is constitutional, OaklandNorth reports.
Resolution in Support of AIDS 2012 by Rep. Alcee Hastings
U.S. Representative Alcee Hastings (D?Fla.) introduced a resolution expressing support for the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), which is being held July 21 to 25 in Washington, DC, according to a Hastings statement.
July 06, 2012
Jamar Rogers Releases His First Studio Single
Jamar Rogers, the former Voice contestant and a current general in the POZ Army, has released his first studio single, “Where Would I Be Without You,” according to The Bay Area Reporter (BAR).
AIDS.gov Redesign Enhances Smartphone Accessibility
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has redesigned AIDS.gov, the gateway to all federal HIV/AIDS information, InformationWeek reports. 
Traditional Leaders Engage in HIV Education in Swaziland
The Swaziland Ministry of Health is enlisting chiefs and other local traditional leaders to engage in HIV education, encourage testing and expand antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, PlusNews reports.
July 05, 2012
Wisconsin Hospital Sued Again for Improper HIV Disclosure
The University of Wisconsin Hospital has been subjected to a lawsuit after a patient's HIV-positive status was disclosed to various family members in 2010, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
Low HIV Rate in Philippines Rising Fast
The historically low incidence of HIV in the Philippines has increased 500 percent between 2007 and 2011, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Uganda to Enroll 100,000 More People With HIV on Treatment
Uganda's health ministry plans to provide antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to 100,000 additional people during the next year, PlusNews reports.
July 03, 2012
N.Y. Man With HIV to Be Released After Resentencing
David Plunkett, the New York man convicted of HIV-related aggravated assault, has been resentenced, and he will be released from prison in the next few days, the Center for HIV Law and Policy blog reports.
Friend-of-the-Court Brief Filed in Support of Iowa Man With HIV
The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and the HIV Law Project on June 28 filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief requesting post-conviction relief for Nick Rhoades, an HIV-positive Iowa man sentenced to lifetime sex offender registration and 25 years in prison for having protected consensual sex that did not transmit the virus, the Center for HIV Law and Policy blog reports.
L.A. Condom Wrapper Design Contest Winner Announced
'Suit Up,' a bowtie icon created by graphic designer Adam Lyons, was the winning entry in the 'L.A.’s Next Sex Symbol' condom package design competition, according to a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health statement via PR Newswire.
July 02, 2012
National HIV Awareness Month 2012
A coalition of AIDS groups has designated July 2012 as National HIV Awareness Month (NHAM) to coincide with the XIX International AIDS Conference to be held in Washington, DC, July 21 to 25, according to an NHAM statement.
Interactive U.S. Map Shows Impact of HIV in Cities by ZIP Code
The Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) has unveiled an interactive online map that shows the latest HIV data for 13 cities by ZIP code, according to an RSPH statement.
Teammate Trash Talks Magic Johnson Longevity With HIV
Clyde Drexler, a former NBA star who played with Magic Johnson, is quoted as trash talking Johnson in a new book, Dream Team, about the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team, CBS News reports.
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