AIDS Rate in DC Higher Than in Any State Although new AIDS cases in Washington, DC, decreased from 2004 to 2008, the city has a higher AIDS rate than any state, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reported by Washington City Paper.
Paul McCartney Performs for Born HIV Free Paul McCartney performed a live concert June 27 for Born HIV Free, a campaign by Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the first lady of France, to raise awareness of and support for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
June 28, 2010
Global Commission on HIV and the Law Launches A step forward for the rights of people with HIV/AIDS around the world: The United Nations Development Programme and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) have launched the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, according to a UNAIDS statement.
California Porn Star Clinic Under Federal Scrutiny
A California clinic that tests porn stars for sexually transmitted infections is being investigated by a regional office of the U.S. Department of Health of Human Services, the Los Angeles Times reports.
June 25, 2010
GMHC Finds a New Home
New York City-?based AIDS service organization Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) is moving from its longtime home in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, the New York Post reports.
HIV Story Project Launches Interactive Video Booth The
HIV Story Project, a nonprofit group dedicated to creating a video narrative of
those affected by the virus, has set up an interactive video booth in San
Francisco’s Castro district to record people’s stories, the SF Public Press reports.
June 24, 2010
June 27 is National HIV Testing Day Sunday, June 27, marks the annual observance of National HIV Testing
Day, which promotes HIV testing nationwide for everyone. The National
Association of People With AIDS founded this HIV/AIDS awareness day in
Free Condoms at Hotels During World Cup Hotels throughout Cape Town are distributing 160,000 free condoms to
World Cup visitors as part of the South Africa Department of Health’s
“one million rubbers roll-out,” the Vancouver Sun reports.
Free Anti-Rape Female Condoms Grab the World Cup Thirty thousand anti-rape female condoms lined with jagged rows of teeth-like hooks that attach to a man’s penis during penetration are being distributed for free at the World Cup in South Africa, cnn.com reports.
Tattoos Promote HIV Testing in Hawaii A new HIV prevention campaign in Hawaii inks people with spray-on tattoos that say “Get Real, Get Tested” to encourage HIV testing among Hawaiians ages 25 and younger, hawaiinewsnow.com reports.
HIV Status of Rapist Revealed by Australian Court A taxi driver in Australia who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three female passengers between 2003 and 2007 had his HIV-positive status disclosed in a published decision by the Court of Criminal Appeal, brisbanetimes.com.au reports.
June 22, 2010
Study: HIV Rates in South Africa Slowing HIV rates in South Africa declined 35 percent between 2002 and 2008, according to a study by South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council and the Imperial College London
Rising Costs Close Prominent San Francisco AIDS Practice The cost of living: Marcus Conant, MD, a prominent HIV/AIDS physician who ran one of the world’s largest private practices for people with HIV/AIDS, is shutting down his practice in San Francisco because of rising costs, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Church Sues to Stop Sex Ed in the Philippines The Philippines Department of Education will continue to test a United Nations Population Fund program to teach sex education unless stopped by the courts, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports.
FDA Fines American Red Cross $16M for Noncompliance
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) levied a $16 million fine against the American Red Cross for violating federal laws and regulations to ensure that blood products—red blood cells, plasma and platelets—are collected and manufactured safely, according to an FDA statement.
CDC Encourages Physicians to Increase HIV Testing
As part of its 'Act Against AIDS' campaign, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched 'HIV Screening. Standard Care.' The goal is to encourage physicians to integrate HIV testing into their standard medical checkups for people ages 13 to 64, according to a CDC statement.
Unprotected Anal Sex, Women and HIV in Kenya Many
unmarried young heterosexual couples in Kenya favor unprotected anal sex
because it allows women to retain their vaginal virginity until their wedding
night—and because they mistakenly consider it safe, Women’s eNews reports.
Heiress Sued by Domestic Worker for HIV Test
The miseducation of HIV: Agnes Cybulska, a domestic worker, filed a lawsuit against her potential employer, Dana Hammond, the Annenberg fortune heiress, for violating New York City’s Human Rights Law by requesting she take an HIV test before employment, The New York Times reports.
Zambia Risks $300 Million in AIDS Funding
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has suspended $300 million in HIV/AIDS grants to Zambia because of fund mismanagement by the health ministry, BBC News reports.
Just Say No to Sex Ed at NYC School?
The Clinton School for Writers and Artists in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood plans to move into the former building of St. Michael’s Academy, but the middle school wouldn’t be allowed to teach sex education courses because the property is owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, DNAinfo reports.
June 15, 2010
Stress May Fuel HIV Risk
Another reason to take it easy: Stressful life events may increase HIV risk among gay men, aidsmap reports.
FDA Wants to Boot Chicago HIV Doc The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking to disqualify Daniel Berger, MD, a prominent Chicago HIV doctor, from future drug studies after finding that his clinic submitted fictitious data in a trial of a drug that treats chronic diarrhea in people with HIV, the Chicago Breaking News Center reports.
More Irish MSM Testing Positive
Newly diagnosed HIV cases among gay and bisexual men in Ireland shot up 42.3 percent from 2008 to 2009, according to a study by the Irish health service and reported by the Irish Times.
June 14, 2010
Mobster's Son Reveals HIV Status in Court
File this under “odd HIV criminalization tales”: John
Franzese, an underboss in the Colombo organized crime family, is on trial for
extorting adult clubs in New York City for protection money, the Daily News reports. His son, John Jr., testified against him.
Under cross-examination, the defense lawyer got John Jr. to reveal he was HIV
positive. The defense lawyer then asked John Jr. if he had told his brother he
had unprotected sex with women. The prosecutors objected, and the judge told
John Jr. not to answer. The brother later told reporters that John Jr. “didn’t
confide that in me.”
AIDS Draws "Red Card" at World Cup The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has launched its “red card” campaign with the support of international soccer stars “to ensure an HIV-free generation by the 2014 FIFA World Cup” in Brazil, according to a UNAIDS statement. The goal is to eliminate the transmission of HIV from mother to child. The campaign title refers to the red card a soccer referee gives a player to eject him or her from a game.
"Yes" to Gay Blood Ban
A setback for both LGBT and HIV/AIDS advocates: The U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Advisory Committee on Blood
Safety and Availability voted 9 to 6 in favor of keeping the federal
government’s current ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men, the
Washington Times reports. The
committee’s nonbinding recommendations will be sent to the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), which will ultimately decide the issue.
AIDS Groups Allege Condom Distribution Blocked at World Cup A coalition of HIV/AIDS groups in South Africa alleges that the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), or the International Federation of Association Football, is blocking the distribution of condoms at World Cup soccer events, The Guardian reports.
Black Churches in Chicago Combat Rising HIV Rates Black churches in Chicago are fighting rising HIV rates among black residents by becoming advocates for HIV testing, more government HIV/AIDS funding and HIV prevention education, the Chicago Tribune reports.
June 08, 2010
June 8 is National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NCAHAAD) is Tuesday, June 8. The Caribbean has the second highest rate of adult HIV prevalence (1 percent), with more than 200,000 people living with HIV. The highest rate is in sub-Saharan Africa (5.2 percent).
Testing for ARV Vaginal Ring Initiated in South Africa
A new trial of a vaginal ring containing an antiretroviral (ARV) drug that could prevent HIV transmission during intercourse is being initiated in South Africa. The nonprofit International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) is conducting the trial.
June 07, 2010
White House Convenes Meeting on Black Men and HIV The White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) convened a meeting June 2 on the impact of HIV on black men. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 16 black men in the United States will become HIV positive in their lifetimes.
Sports Stars Promote HIV Testing for Men in South Africa High-profile South African and international soccer, rugby and cricket players are using their celebrity status as sports ambassadors for Brothers for Life, a national campaign encouraging men to stand against gender-based violence and HIV, PlusNews reports. The campaign begins June 21, which is 10 days after the month-long FIFA World Cup kicks off.
Judge Drops Bio-terrorism Charge in Michigan HIV Case The judge has dropped the bio-terrorism charge in the case of Daniel Allen, an HIV-positive Michigan man charged under a state terrorism law last year for allegedly biting a neighbor during a dispute, The Michigan Messenger reports.
2010 World Cup to Distribute 3.5 Million Female Condoms The 2010 World Cup will distribute 3.5 million female condoms to attendees this summer to prevent sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. The month-long event, from June 11 to July 11 in South Africa, offers 3 million tickets for sale.