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June 30, 2011
U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that it was constitutional for Congress to require all Americans buy health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. health care reform, The New York Times reports. 
HHS to Collect Sexual Orientation Data by 2013
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will begin collecting health data on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, according to an HHS statement.
Swaziland Could Run Out of HIV Meds in Two Months
Swaziland Health Minister Benedict Xaba told parliament that state hospitals will run out of antiretroviral (ARV) medications in two months, The Washington Post reports.
June 29, 2011
Alert Health Inc. to Permanently Close in Miami
The Miami-based nonprofit Alert Health Inc., which provides preventive health services for chronic diseases such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS, will permanently close June 30 because of funding constraints, according to an Alert Health statement.
George Michael Concert to Benefit Elizabeth Taylor Memorial Fund
George Michael will perform a November 6 concert at London’s Royal Opera House to benefit the Elizabeth Taylor Memorial Fund, a new HIV/AIDS charity created by Elton John, BBC News reports.
Believers in AIDS Conspiracies 50% Less Likely to Use Condoms
A new study shows that young South Africans who believe in AIDS conspiracy theories, such as the claim that HIV was engineered by scientists, are 50 percent less likely to use condoms, PlusNews reports.
June 28, 2011
HIV/AIDS Advocate Allen Huff Dies
HIV/AIDS advocate Allen Anthony Huff died June 9 at his home in Texas, The Houston Chronicle reports. 
Chinese HIV/AIDS Activist Hu Jia Under House Arrest
Just days after his release from prison, Chinese HIV/AIDS activist Hu Jia is being held under conditions “equivalent to house arrest,” the BBC reports. 
ViiV Gives $1.5M to 82 Projects Worldwide for Children
The Viiv Healthcare Positive Action for Children Fund has awarded about $1.5 million in small grants to 82 projects in 21 countries, according to a ViiV statement. 
June 27, 2011
June 27 Is National HIV Testing Day
June 27 is the 17th annual National HIV Testing Day. Founded in 1995 by the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA), this awareness day urges all Americans to get tested for HIV at least once a year.
Illinois Man Claims He Was Denied HIV Meds in Jail
An Illinois man claims he was denied his HIV medications while he was imprisoned in a county jail in 2010, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
"Viagra Condom" Recommended for European Approval
An erection-enhancing condom has been recommended for European approval, Reuters reports.
June 24, 2011
CDC Tests 2.8M Americans for HIV in Three-Year Initiative
A three-year initiative by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has resulted in nearly 2.8 million HIV tests, according to a CDC statement. 
HHS to Collect LGBT Data in Federal Health Surveys
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is committed to collecting LGBT data through federal national health surveys, the Washington Blade reports. 
1 in 5 HIV-Positive New Yorkers Don’t Know Their Status
Despite media campaigns and free condoms to convince New Yorkers to get tested for HIV and practice safer sex, thousands still remain unaware they have HIV and are too scared to find out, Metro New York reports. 
June 23, 2011
More Americans "Very Concerned" About Getting HIV
The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has conducted its eighth national survey of Americans’ attitudes toward HIV/AIDS, according to a KFF statement.
Pennsylvania Bill Makes It a Crime to Expose Police to HIV
A bill in Pennsylvania criminalizing the attempt to expose police officers to communicable diseases such as hepatitis B or HIV passed the state’s House of Representatives, The York Dispatch reports.
Michelle Obama on HIV/AIDS Stigma in South Africa
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to South African women in Johannesburg about HIV/AIDS stigma, Reuters reports.
June 22, 2011
Michigan Will Not Pay for PEP for Uninsured Low-Income Residents
Michigan will not pay for non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis (n-PEP) for low-income state residents who do not have health insurance, The Michigan Messenger reports.
WHO Debuts Guidelines on MSM, Transgender HIV Prevention
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released its first guidelines on the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people, according to a Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) statement.
Heterosexuals in Africa Misunderstand Anal Sex HIV Risk
A new study shows that the omission of anal sex in HIV prevention programs for heterosexuals in Africa is being interpreted to mean that unprotected anal sex is safe, PlusNews reports.
June 21, 2011
HIV Fear After Man Urinates in Oregon Reservoir
The city of Portland, Oregon, flushed 8 million gallons of water from its reservoir after a security camera caught a man urinating in it, The Associated Press (AP) reports. 
IAS, NIH Launch New Round of Grants for HIV Research
The International AIDS Society (IAS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for AIDS Research have launched a new round of grants for their joint research program, Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR), according to an IAS statement. 
HIV Cases on the Rise in Japan
Health departments in Japan are reporting a record high number of HIV cases, IPS News reports.
June 20, 2011
Supreme Court to Decide if HIV-Positive Pilot Can Sue
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether an HIV-positive pilot can sue the federal government over losing his license, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
amfAR Gives $1M for Second Round of HIV Cure Grants
A second round of funding for the amfAR Research Consortium on HIV Eradication (ARCHE) totals more than $1 million, according to a statement from amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.
Evaluating HIV Risk of Male Sex Workers in Africa
New research is illuminating the activities and risks of male sex workers in southern Africa, PlusNews reports.
June 17, 2011
Follow-up Trials for Vaginal Tenofovir Gel to Begin Soon
The Follow-on African Consortium for Tenofovir Studies (FACTS)-a vaginal microbicide follow-up to the CAPRISA 004 study-is expected to begin later this summer, The New Age reports. 
Massachusetts Revises Teen Sex-Ed Website After Complaints
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has made content changes to a sexual education website after complaints it used graphic sex language and downplayed the risks of abortion, The Boston Herald reports.
Montel Williams Partners With California Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Montel Williams, a former talk-show host who is living with multiple sclerosis (MS), has partnered with Sacramento, California, medical marijuana providers in opening a new dispensary, The Sacramento Bee reports.
June 16, 2011
DC Releases HIV Report; AIDS Rate Climbs Among Older Adults
Washington, DC, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the District’s Department of Health (DOH) released the District of Columbia HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Epidemiology Report 2010 Update, according to a DOH press release.
AIDS Advocates Ask Obama Administration for Increased ADAP Funding
A group of HIV/AIDS organizations, state representatives and individuals wrote a letter to President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking them to increase funding to the failing AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP) throughout the country, BusinessWire reports.
White House Releases National Prevention Strategy for Health, Wellness
The National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council—a.k.a. the National Prevention Council, which is part of the Obama Administration—has released The National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy in order to increase the health and wellness of Americans, according to a Health and Human Services press release.
June 15, 2011
Tracy Morgan Credits Father’s AIDS Death With Learning About Homophobia
After apologizing for his homophobic remarks, Tracy Morgan has committed to working with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to make amends, according to a GLAAD statement.
Florida Man Charged With HIV Transmission Is Released
Daniel Hay Lewis—the Florida man who in May was charged with criminal transmission of HIV, grand theft and assault on an officer—tested HIV negative and was released from jail preceding trial, The Florida Independent reports.
Advocates Ask CDC to Stand Against HIV Criminalization
A coalition of advocates has published an open letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asking the CDC to take a stance against HIV criminalization, according to a statement by the Center for HIV Law & Policy.
June 14, 2011
Police Claim Elderly Colorado Woman Used AIDS to Rob Bank
An elderly woman in Colorado allegedly robbed a bank by threatening a teller with AIDS, Reuters reports. 
New Programs Reduce Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission in South Africa
A new South African prenatal and neonatal program has lowered the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV to 3.5 percent, AllAfrica reports. 
HIV-Positive Man First Egyptian to Disclose Publicly
A 31-year-old HIV-positive man recently became the first Egyptian to disclose publicly, Al Jazeera English reports. 
June 13, 2011
The Normal Heart Wins 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival
The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer won Best Revival of a Play at the 2011 Tony Awards, The New York Times reports.
Lawyer Claims Florida Man Charged With Criminal Transmission Is HIV Negative
The lawyer for Daniel Hay Lewis—a Florida man charged with criminal transmission of HIV—said his client is HIV negative, The Florida Independent reports.
All Sexually Active MSM in U.S. Should Get Frequent HIV Tests
Regardless of risk, sexually active gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States should be tested for HIV every three to six months, according to a study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and reported by aidsmap.
June 10, 2011
Global Plan to End Mother-to-Child HIV Transmissions by 2015
World leaders have unveiled a plan to eliminate new cases of mother-to-child transmission of HIV worldwide by 2015, according to a UNAIDS statement.
U.N. Seeks 15 Million People on HIV Meds by 2015
At the close of the 2011 United Nations High-Level Meeting on AIDS, world leaders adopted the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS.
Panel Faults Intercourse Judge for Condoms in Acorns
A state judicial panel has accused Isaac H. Stoltzfus, 58, a district judge in Intercourse, Pennsylvania, of violating standards of conduct in 2010 when he handed women acorns that had been hollowed out and stuffed with condoms, reports.
More Prisoners to Get Access to Condoms in Australia
Victoria has become one of the last Australian states to provide condoms to prisoners in order to prevent sexually transmitted infections, The Age reports.
June 09, 2011
"We Can End the AIDS Epidemic," Declare Researchers, Activists
An international coalition of scientists and activists launched a common declaration—“We Can End the AIDS Epidemic”—on the eve of the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, according to a statement from the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (AVAC).
HRSA’s Updated Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care Is Online
The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has updated its comprehensive Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care, which explains how physicians, dentists and nurse practitioners can best manage the long-term care of people living with HIV/AIDS, according to a statement by HRSA, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
June 08, 2011
June 8 Is National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Wednesday, June 8, is National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the sixth annual observance to promote HIV awareness, education and testing throughout Caribbean-American communities.
World Leaders at U.N. High-Level Meeting on AIDS to Set New Policies
The United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AIDS will take place June 8 to 10 in New York City to reaffirm current pledges to the global AIDS response and adopt a new Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS, according to the U.S. Department of State.
Increased HIV Programs for MSM Could Slow Global Epidemic
Providing better HIV prevention and treatment to men who have sex with men (MSM) in low and middle-income countries would significantly slow the global epidemic, according to a World Bank study conducted in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Obama Issues Statement Regarding U.N. AIDS Meeting
In response to the United Nations High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, President Barack Obama released a statement via the White House.
Activists Rally to Pressure U.N. AIDS Meeting for Aggressive Goals
Hundreds of activists rallied at Bryant Park in New York City then marched to the United Nations in efforts to pressure world leaders at this week’s U.N. High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS to announce aggressive targets for fighting global AIDS, the Housing Works blog reports.
June 07, 2011
Medicaid Expands Coverage for People With HIV
The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are allowing states to apply for more than 1,000 Medicaid projects that would provide support for people living with HIV, according to CMS. 
Supreme Court Favors Roche in HIV Patent Lawsuit
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Roche in a patent lawsuit brought on by Stanford University, reports Bloomberg News. 
New Global HIV Cases Fell 25% From 2001 to 2009
There has been a 22-fold increase in people receiving antiretroviral medications since 2001, and the global rate of new HIV infections declined by nearly 25 percent between 2001 and 2009, according to a report released by the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). 
June 06, 2011
New Initiative Integrates HIV in Community Health Centers
The AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) National Center for HIV Care in Minority Communities (NCHCMC) has launched an initiative to integrate HIV services into the primary care services at 24 community health centers, according to a HealthHIV statement.
U.S. Joins Partnership to Combat Sexual Violence in South Africa
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced a public-private partnership to provide greater access to medical, legal and psychological care for survivors of sexual assault in South Africa, according to a State Department statement.
HIV Meds Don’t Fight Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Counter to research published in 2009, chronic fatigue syndrome might not be linked to infection with xenotropic murine leukemia virus (XMRV), according to two studies published by the journal Science and reported by The New York Times.
June 05, 2011
June 5 Marks 30 Years of AIDS
The first public account identifying AIDS was published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on June 5, 1981. 
June 03, 2011
Florida Man Charged With Criminal Transmission of HIV for Attempted Bite
A Florida man allegedly attempted to bite an officer who was arresting him for shoplifting, the Sun Sentinel reports. Authorities claim the man is HIV positive.
Clear Channel Gives $1M to AIDS Project Los Angeles
Clear Channel Communications has given more than $1 million in donations to AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), according to an APLA statement. 
UNAIDS Executive Director Speaks at Vatican Conference
Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, told a Vatican conference that comments made by Pope Benedict XVI on condoms and HIV prevention had “opened up a new space for dialogue,” The Associated Press (AP) reports.
June 02, 2011
LA City Council Wants a State Law to Enforce Condoms in Porn
On May 25, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ask state and county officials for legislation that would empower the city to make condom use a condition of getting a film permit on porn sets, Daily News Los Angeles reports.
Safe-Sex Ad With Gay Couple Is Pulled From Australian Bus Shelters
Australian HIV activists criticized the firm Adshel for pulling from Queensland bus shelters a safe-sex ad featuring two fully clothed gay men hugging, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reports.
Injection Drug Use Spreads HIV in Afghanistan
Afghan health officials are concerned about growing HIV infection trends among the country’s injection drug users, according to The National and Abu Dhabi Media.
June 01, 2011
AIDS Care Opens Expanded Adult Health Program in Rochester
AIDS Care has opened its Adult Day Health Program in Rochester, the first program in the state outside New York City to offer health care and supportive services to adults living with HIV/AIDS, the Fairport-East Rochester Post reports.
"Godfather of Rap" Gil Scott-Heron Dies
Gil Scott-Heron, a recording artist renown for infusing biting political critiques into spoken-word poetry in songs such as “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” died May 27 at age 62, The Associated Press reports.
20 Countries Risk Running Out of ARV Supplies, Says Global Fund
A Global Fund (GF) report identified 20 countries’ risks of running out of stocks of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), according to
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