Steps to a Cure? Scientists have created an enzyme that can remove the HIV virus from an infected cell, with hopes that the discovery might one day lead to the development of a cure.
Dems Debate Race and AIDS Senator Hillary Clinton received a standing ovation last night for saying that, “If HIV/AIDS were the leading cause of death of white women between the ages of 25 and 34, there would be an outraged outcry in this country.”
India’s Labor Pains An HIV-positive pregnant woman was refused hospital assistance last night when she went into labor at an Uttar Pradesh hospital, forcing her husband to deliver their baby boy himself as doctors looked on.
June 28, 2007
Prison for Kazakh Docs A Kazakhstan court has sentenced 17 physicians to prison, with sentences ranging from nine months to eight years, for infecting more than 100 children with HIV by using unsterilized blood transfusion equipment.
Washington Gets Cyber-Savvy to Reach Teens City officials in Washington, D.C. announced a three-year youth education and prevention effort yesterday on National HIV Testing Day, vowing to combat mounting HIV infection rates among young people with new technologies and other creative strategies.
HIV Toons for Southeast Asia Migrants An influx of young migrant workers in the Mekong River region in Southeast Asia has prompted the International Organization for Migration (IMO) to develop a new, animated series of videos to raise HIV awareness.
FDA Reviews Merck’s Isentress Pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. has announced that the Food and Drug Administration is officially reviewing the safety and effectiveness of its integrase inhibitor Isentress (raltegravir).
June 27, 2007
Mozambique Needs 8,000 Doctors With too few health care workers to meet its growing HIV crisis, Mozambique plans to recruit an additional 8,000 doctors from other African countries over the next 10 years, Health Minister Ivo Garrido announced.
Detroit Shelter Closes its Doors A transitional housing program for people living with HIV/AIDS in Detroit is closing its doors this week after losing federal funding.
The Ethical Way to Test for HIV A new guide to ethical HIV testing practices was released today on the occasion of National HIV Testing Day in the United States.
HIV Meets the Real World An Indian reality television show has won a World Award at the 2007 Asia Media Summit for the “Best TV program to reduce discrimination against people living with HIV.”
June 26, 2007
Abstinence Supporters Rally Back The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a 40-page report countering criticism of abstinence-only education with charges that pro-condom sex ed is full of inaccuracies and misleading information.
Girls Kick it in South Africa Eleven Washington, D.C.-area high school soccer players touched down in South Africa yesterday to teach the sport to (and bond with) young girls their age, many of whom are HIV positive or closely affected by the disease.
Kenya’s HIV Rate Drops Kenyan officials said today that the HIV/AIDS rate in the country has dropped to 5.9 percent, down from 6.1 percent in 2004.
A Little Kale With Your Kaletra During her visit to a hospital in Senegal today, First Lady Laura Bush stressed the importance of proper nutrition for people living with HIV, with special consideration to the role it plays in allowing antiretroviral medications to work properly.
June 25, 2007
AIDS Activists Detained in Burma Eleven HIV activists are reportedly in police custody at an undisclosed location in Burma, including Phyu Phyu Thin, a young woman who helped positive people find housing, education, counseling and medical services.
HIV in the Deaf Community HIV and AIDS may affect deaf people up to 10 times more than others, in part due to the difficulty of using American Sign Language to convey complex AIDS information designed for the hearing community.
Virginia Reaches Out to Latinos The Virginia Department of Health has embarked on a $50,000 advertising campaign to encourage Latinos to get tested for HIV—just in time for National HIV Testing Day on Wednesday.
June 22, 2007
Open Call for HIV Tests A cast of black actors and actresses including Vanessa Williams and Jimmy Jean-Louis will line up at the Screen Actors Guild in L.A. on Monday, June 25 to get HIV tests on camera.
U.S. Support for Patent Busting? Democratic legislators and U.S. trade reps are finishing up negotiations to put more flexibility in international trade agreements for poorer countries looking to get around drug patents in order to save citizens’ lives, according to the CongressDaily.
New York Rape Testing Bill Passes The New York State Assembly passed a controversial law yesterday that allows rape survivors to force suspects in their case to get tested for HIV.
An HIV Fossil Helps Out Early humans’ immune systems found a way to fend off an ancient chimpanzee virus by evolving a neutralizing protein.
June 21, 2007
The Sex Work Factor
HIV rates among sex workers are more closely tied to a community’s overall HIV rates than the number of men who have been circumcised, according to a new study in PloS One.
New Entry Inhibitor Is “Approvable”
The FDA has sent Pfizer an “approvable letter” for its new entry inhibitor, Celsentri, which probably means marketing clearance for the HIV med is imminent.
Viracept Scare in Zambia, Europe A recall of Viracept (nelfinavir) that was contaminated with carcinogenic agents has sparked panic among Zambians, who are demanding an explanation from the government to alleviate fears that other HIV meds could be contaminated as well.
June 20, 2007
Black Baptists’ First Look at HIV
The National Baptist Convention USA, the largest black religious organization in the country, is focusing on HIV at its annual conference for the first time this year.
A Bathhouse Surprise
Gay and bisexual men are less likely to practice unsafe sex in public bathhouses than in private settings, according to a report in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
HIV Rates Soar in Nepal
HIV rates among Nepali women and children have skyrocketed in the past 18 months, rising approximately 150% and 200% respectively, according to data released by the National Center for AIDS and STD Control.
Remote Indonesia’s Information Gap Only half of the population in Indonesia’s remote Papua province have even heard of HIV, despite the fact that at 2.4%, it has an HIV rate 15 times higher than the national average.
June 19, 2007
Pediatricians Rethinking Circumcision The American Academy of Pediatrics is reconsidering its neutral stance on circumcision in the wake of studies that suggest the procedure can reduce HIV transmission by 60%.
African Soldiers Have HIV Too Many countries in Africa test recruits for HIV and ban the participation of positive troops, raising concerns about soldiers’ rights as well as whether the continent’s armed forces can afford to lose so many enlisted men.
Dunking HIV on Prime Time Actors Queen Latifah and Jamie Foxx are joining up with NBA superstars like Lamar Odom and Kyle Korver in new HIV public service announcements sponsored by NBA Cares.
UCSF Ousts Transgender AIDS Expert University California San Francisco has not renewed the contract of a controversial professor who studies Asian and transgender AIDS issues—four years after defending him against attacks by the Republican-controlled Congress.
June 18, 2007
No Condomless Pigs on Fox or CBS Fox and CBS have rejected a new Trojan condom ad, slated to air on other stations tonight, that features pigs in a bar carrying cell phones—but not condoms—and the tagline “Evolve. Use a condom every time.”
Side Effects, Nation by Nation The World Health Organization will monitor the side effects of HIV meds around the world to see if they vary according to different treatment strategies.
Activists Call Prez's AIDS Council Comments Racist Several HIV/AIDS organizations—including the Campaign to End AIDS, the National Minority AIDS Council and the National Association of People With AIDS—are calling on the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) to formally denounce racially insensitive comments that were made by PACHA members at the group’s 33rd annual meeting on Tuesday.
June 14, 2007
Not Just Straight Talk
Middle and high school health classes in Montgomery County, MD will be adding homosexuality and gender identity next fall.
HIV Jitters in Iran An influx of cheap heroin from Afghanistan and increased sexual transmission have pushed up HIV infection rates in Iran.
Clinton Wins Caribbean AIDS Grant MAC Cosmetics granted $1.25 million yesterday to the William J. Clinton Foundation for the fight against HIV in Caribbean countries.
June 13, 2007
Reggae Stars Promise “Compassion” Popular reggae and dancehall artists Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton have all signed on to the Reggae Compassionate Act, agreeing to remove violent and homophobic lyrics from their songs.
Life in Prison for Not Disclosing An HIV positive man in Missouri was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for allegedly having unprotected sex with a woman without telling her that he was positive.
More Indian Drug Users? A new study by the Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses suggests that injection drug use and the accompanying HIV/AIDS risk in India may have been underestimated.
June 12, 2007
CDC Testing Plan Off Target?
A national HIV testing campaign specifically targeting higher risk individuals would be more effective than the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) universal screening program, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
HIV Wake-Up Call for Baltimore Youth The Baltimore-based After School Institute launched a “Spread the Word Not the Disease” HIV/AIDS prevention campaign last week with the city’s department of health, Mayor Shelia Dixon and a local radio station to target young people with messages about abstinence and condom use.
Abbott Sues ACT-UP Paris Pharmaceutical company Abbott Laboratories has filed a lawsuit against ACT-UP Paris for what an Abbott representative called an “unlawful organization of a cyber attack” on the pharmaceutical company’s website last April.
New Love for HIV Widows in India HIV positive widows in India are finding new partners—and sometimes a way around extreme social ostracism—with the help of the country’s first marriage bureau specifically designed for the purpose.
June 11, 2007
Miss Navajo Nation Gets the Word Out Among the obstacles to spreading AIDS awareness in the Navajo nation: Limited access to treatment clinics, confidentiality concerns and traditional beliefs that speaking about death and disease can bring it upon oneself or a loved one, reports the Mohave Daily News.
Dance Visionary Bill T. Jones Wins a Tony How quickly we’ve morphed, since the red-ribbon orgy that was the 1993 Tony Awards telecast honoring “Angels in America,” to last night’s program—in which AIDS was never mentioned.
Laura Bush Praises Bulgaria on HIV
First Lady Laura Bush praised her Bulgarian hosts today by describing the country as a good example in the fight against HIV and AIDS because the infection rate is not increasing there.
June 08, 2007
India’s HIV Estimate Drops A new study by Avahan, part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shows that HIV rates in India may actually be much lower than previously believed.
Democrats Practice Abstinence in the House A House Subcommittee approved a bill yesterday that would increase funding for abstinence-only education by $27.8 million, a move that AIDS advocates tagged an unfortunate Democratic compromise.
Bono: G8 AIDS Pledge Is “Misleading” The Group of Eight announced plans today to give $60 billion to fight AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis—and Bono called the pledge “deliberately misleading.”
June 07, 2007
Gay Activists Condemn Surgeon General Nominee
The advocacy groups AIDS Action and the Human Rights Campaign have announced their strong opposition to President Bush’s nomination of Dr. James W. Holsinger to be surgeon general.
New Shot of Funds for Needle Exchanges The California Assembly voted Tuesday, June 5,to repeal a ban on using state funds to purchase clean needles for drug users—which could now help boost HIV prevention and harm reduction.
G8 Summit Skimps on AIDS Documents from the Group of Eight wealthy countries summit occurring this week in Germany reveal that they are considering slashing their 2005 pledge to get HIV meds to 10 million people by 2010.
Highgrade Stigma in China Universities
Only 33% of Beijing college students surveyed by the China Youth University for Political Sciences said HIV positive students should be allowed in their classrooms.
June 06, 2007
South Africa’s Manto Gets Snubbed South African Health Minister Manto Tshabalalala-Msimang, known internationally for her controversial thinking on HIV, pulled out of an AIDS conference after complaining that she had not been invited to play a dominant role.
AHF Criticizes Pharma Lobbying Group The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is criticizing the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America for successfully lobbying for language in the Food and Drug Administration Revitalization Act that criticizes generic production or importation of patented drugs by certain countries.
Africa Has Not Slowed New Infections While hundreds of thousands of Southern Africans are receiving HIV treatment that they didn’t have access to before, the rate of new infections has not decreased since the late 1990’s.
Sex Worker Policy Is Back in Court The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York heard arguments last week in a lawsuit filed by several international non governmental organizations against the Bush administration’s requirement that overseas AIDS organizations sign a pledge against prostitution before they can receive U.S. funds.
June 05, 2007
AIDS Care Crisis in Puerto Rico Hundreds of HIV positive people in Puerto Rico lose access to antiretrovirals for weeks at a time due to mismanagement of Ryan White funds, the New York Times reports.
Porn Again Three years after an HIV outbreak in California’s porn industry, most production studios have dropped or never even implemented condom-only policies, say LA County health officials.
Positive Nation Founder Dies John Campbell, 39, cofounder of Positive Nation, the UK’s largest HIV magazine, died yesterday of HIV-related neurodegenerative disease.
June 04, 2007
Can AIDS Topple South African Governments? In some Southern African countries elected leaders are dying from AIDS faster than they can be replaced, threatening the stability of local governments, according to a study by the Institute for Democracy in South Africa.
Controversy Over Australian Conference
The International AIDS Society (IAS) will still hold its conference in Australia this July (July 22-25), despite Prime Minister John Howard’s recent public statement that he believes HIV positive foreigners should be barred from entering the country.
HIV Rates Rise in Chinese Women HIV infection rates are on the rise among women, with the ratio of new HIV diagnoses shifting from 5:1 (men to women) in the 1990s to 2:1 (men to women) today, according to Chinese government officials.
HIV Prevention Needed For California Seniors
In Solano County California health officials are urging seniors to get tested for HIV after reports that 14% of people being diagnosed with AIDS in the region in are aged 50 and over.
June 01, 2007
More Anti-Immigrant Talk in Australia
Australian Prime Minister John Howard is being advised by his health and immigration ministers to develop a policy that would require all HIV positive immigrants to report to health authorities within a month of their arrival, or risk losing their visas.