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June 30, 2010
Researchers Propose National Months of Abstinence
Researchers propose countries that are most affected by HIV should start national months of abstinence to test whether such campaigns could slow the spread of the virus, aidsmap.com reports. 
Missouri Veterans Possibly Exposed to HIV, Hepatitis
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mailed 1,812 letters to veterans informing them that they may have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis B and C, STLtoday.com reports. 
Getting a Clearer Picture of HIV in the Middle East
A study has uncovered previously unknown data on the HIV/AIDS epidemics in the Middle East and North Africa, IRIN News reports. 
June 29, 2010
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.
NYC Budget Includes Cuts in HIV/AIDS Funding
New York City Council budget details for proposed HIV/AIDS funding in fiscal year 2010–2011 are in, according to the Housing Works blog.
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. 
South African HIV/AIDS Strategy Gets Mixed Review
An official review of South Africa’s HIV/AIDS national strategic plan reveals mixed results, Plus News reports. 
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.
Florida University Gets $16M for HIV/AIDS Education
A $16 million federal grant was awarded to the University of South Florida Center for HIV Education and Research, located in Tampa, the St. Petersburg Times 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 1995.
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.
New Media HIV Campaign for Latinos in Mississippi
In Jackson, Mississippi, a campaign using new media promotes HIV testing and awareness in the Latino immigrant community, the Sun Herald reports.
June 23, 2010
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. 
June 21, 2010
Obama Gives HIV Prevention $30M for FY 2010
The Obama administration has allocated about $30 million for HIV prevention in federal fiscal year 2010, according to a statement by The AIDS Institute.
FDA Approves Earlier Detection HIV Test by Abbott
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an HIV test made by Abbott that can detect the virus days earlier than antibody-only HIV tests, according to an Abbott statement.
South African Protesters Seek More U.S. AIDS Funding
Thousands of protesters marched on the U.S. consulate in South Africa demanding the United States increase its HIV/AIDS funding for Africa, the Huffington Post reports.
June 18, 2010
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 productsred blood cells, plasma and plateletsare 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.
June 17, 2010
"Evidence-Based" Sex Ed Gets $144M From Obama
The Obama administration is allocating $114 million this year to comprehensive sexual education programs for youth nationwide that use an “evidence-based approach,” NPR reports.
New Workplace Protections for Positive People Worldwide
A new set of principles to protect the rights of HIV-positive workers around the world was adopted at this year’s annual conference of the International Labour Organization.
ViiV Gives $2 Million to amfAR for Pediatric HIV in Asia
ViiV Healthcare has donated $2 million to support the pediatric efforts of TREAT Asia.
June 16, 2010
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.
June 11, 2010
Most Malaysians With HIV/AIDS Are Muslims
About 72 percent of the 87,710 people with HIV/AIDS in Malaysia are Muslims, according to a study by the Malaysian AIDS Council and reported by Malay Mail Online.
Corporate Travelers Can Now Donate to AIDS Funds Through Massive Good
Massive Good—an initiative that allows people to make $2 contributions toward global health causes, including HIV/AIDS, every time they buy a plane ticket—has launched a new program, Massive Good Corporate, which allows business travelers to do the same.
June 10, 2010
Global Fund Provides 2.8 Million People With HIV Meds in First Half of 2010
About 2.8 million people worldwide have received antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatments for HIV in the first half of 2010 through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, according to a Global Fund report. 
Director of HIV/AIDS Administration in DC Resigns
Shannon L. Hader, director of the HIV/AIDS administration in Washington, DC, has abruptly resigned, The Washington Post reports. 
June 09, 2010
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).
ViiV Grants $2 Million in Venture With Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
ViiV Healthcare and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) formed a partnership to improve pediatric HIV/AIDS treatment and early diagnosis in three South African countries. 
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. 
Gates Foundation Pledges $1.5 Billion for Mother and Child Health
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $1.5 billion during the next five years for improving maternal and child health, family planning and nutrition in developing countries, The Seattle Times reports. 
June 04, 2010
Study: Condom Use Is Up in U.S., but Inconsistent
Condom use is up among heterosexual couples having premarital sex for the first time, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reported by Salon.com. 
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. 
June 03, 2010
NYC: 23% of Women, 61% of MSM Always Use Condoms for Anal Sex
Only 23 percent of women in New York City always used condoms during anal sex in the past year, compared with 61 percent of men who have sex with men, according to a new study by the New York City Health Department. 
HIV-Positive Women Allegedly Sterilized Without Consent in Namibia
HIV-positive women in Namibia are suing the health ministry for allegedly being sterilized by their doctors without informed consent, BBC News reports
June 02, 2010
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.
Ford Foundation Grants $25 Million for HIV Advocacy in U.S.
The Ford Foundation launched a $25 million initiative for locations and groups with high HIV/AIDS rates, which include the District of Columbia and nine Southern states, as well as African Americans, Latinos and women nationwide. 
June 01, 2010
Donor Funding Cuts to Africa Threaten HIV/AIDS Progress
A study by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, shows that widespread donor funding cuts are a threat to Africa’s progress against HIV/AIDS, the Associated Press reports.
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