June 27 Is National HIV Testing Day
The National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA) will commemorate National HIV Testing Day on Wednesday, June 27, by calling on residents and mayors of U.S. cities to raise awareness about HIV.
Ohio AIDS Group Discriminated Against for LGBT Pride Parade
The AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland experienced a major setback in its plans for the 24th annual Cleveland Pride parade when the truck driver sent to tow the group’s float allegedly yelled obscenities and drove off to avoid participating in the parade, Fox 8 Cleveland reports.
June 25, 2012
CDC: Hormone-Based Birth Control Does Not Raise HIV Risk There is no clear link between using contraceptives such as injectable or pill forms of birth control and an increased risk that a woman will contract HIV, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reported by Reuters.
Vatican: Pope Wants Free Meds for People With HIV in Africa Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s number two official and secretary of state, has called for universal, free access to HIV medications in Africa and for more investments into finding a cure for the virus, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
World Cup Ball Giveaway to Honor PEPFAR 10th Anniversary In celebration of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 10-year anniversary, member countries are invited to symbolically kick a 2010 Official World Cup Match Ball into a portable goal for an AIDS-free generation at their embassy from June 25 to 26, according to a Goree Challenge statement.
HIV/AIDS 'Robin Hood Tax' on Wall Street Campaign Launches The Robin Hood Tax Campaign launched June 19 as high-profile celebrities, economists and hundreds of demonstrators mobilized in 15 cities across the nation to call for a small tax on Wall Street financial transactions; the money would be used to fund national education, infrastructure and health care, including HIV/AIDS, according to a National Nurses United (NNU) statement.
Congressional Roundtable on HIV/AIDS in the South A June 19 congressional roundtable was held to raise awareness about high HIV prevalence rates in the American South, where roughly half of all new U.S. AIDS cases are currently being diagnosed, USAToday reports.
Whitman-Walker Health, Walgreens to Give Free HIV Tests in DC Beginning Wednesday, June 27, National HIV Testing Day, Whitman-Walker Health (WWH) is joining with Greater Than AIDS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide three days of free rapid HIV testing at a Walgreens store in Washington, DC, according to a WWH statement.
Teacher With HIV Sues Calif. School for Wrongful Termination
Matthew Edmondson, a gay middle school science teacher, has filed a lawsuit against The Pegasus School in Huntington Beach, California, for workplace discrimination and wrongful termination because he has HIV, according to a statement from Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP, which represents him.
AHF Asserts Gilead Has Discontinued Funding AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has criticized HIV drugmaker Gilead Sciences for pulling funding from AHF’s global programs, allegedly in response to AHF’s advocacy efforts that challenge Gilead, according to an AHF statement.
N.Y. State Republicans Defeat HIV Affordable Housing Bill New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and most Senate Republicans defeated a bill that would ensure low-income people with HIV/AIDS who qualify for rental assistance pay no more than 30 percent of their income toward their rent, the standard for affordable housing in every other low-income housing program in the state, according to a VOCAL-NY statement.
New Sexual Health Clinic Opens in Las Vegas The Southern Nevada Health District has opened a new health clinic in Las Vegas to provide testing and counseling services for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, Fox 5 News reports.
Connecticut Legalizes Medical Marijuana
Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law legislation to legalize medical marijuana for people with debilitating conditions, including cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and HIV/AIDS, according to a June 1 statement from the Democratic governor.
Fewer U.S. High School Students Learn About HIV/AIDS The prevalence of high school students in the United States who were taught about HIV/AIDS decreased from 87 percent in 2009 to 84 percent in 2011, according to the 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
N.Y. High School Gives Free Condoms at Safer-Sex Assembly Administrators at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Preparatory High School in Brooklyn, New York, planned to make condoms available to students at the prom, but when the Department of Education said that parents would all have to sign release forms, the prom condoms were nixed and instead made available during a special assembly about safe sex, DNAinfo.com reports.
HIV Still a Chief Cause in Smaller Racial Life Expectancy Gap
The gap in life expectancy between black and white American is not only shrinking, it’s now the lowest ever recorded in the United States, but HIV still plays a role in the disparities, according to a report in The Journal of the American Medical Association that looked at black-white differences in mortality.
U.N. Women Join UNAIDS as a Cosponsoring Partner
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is the eleventh U.N. body to join the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) as a cosponsoring partner, according to an UNAIDS statement.
South African Actress Stops Taking Her HIV Meds South African soap opera actress Lesego Motsepe, an 'AIDS ambassador' who has worked to educate children about HIV, has revealed that she quit antiretroviral therapy against her doctor's advice, The Times reports.
WHO Calls for Actions Needed to Stop Untreatable Gonorrhea
Gonorrhea that's resistant to cephalosporin antibiotics?the last line of defense against resistant strains?is on the rise in several countries, including Australia, France, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, according to the World Health Organization.
June 06, 2012
N.J. Man Alleges Hospital Denied Him HIV Meds
A gay, HIV-positive New
Jersey man is suing Catholic teaching hospital Trinitas Regional Medical Center
for allegedly denying him treatment and visitors, Courthouse News Service (CNS)
N.Y. Gets New Health Care Plan for People With HIV/AIDS
VSNY CHOICE, an affiliate
of Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the largest provider of HIV/AIDS
services in New York, will acquire the New York-Presbyterian System
SelectHealth (NYPS) health care plan for people with HIV/AIDS and their
families, according to a VSNY statement.
HIV Status Linked With Anti-LGBT Violence 2011 saw an increase in the severity of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) communities—in fact, the year marked the highest number of hate violence murders ever recorded, according to an annual report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP).
Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Veteran With Hep B
Carl Huddleston, who claims he contracted hepatitis B from a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Tennessee, missed the deadline to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, according to a federal appeals court ruling reported by The Associated Press.
June 01, 2012
Federal Judge Dismisses Defamation Suit in HIV Fraud Case
A federal judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit by Cornell Jones, who is accused of misappropriating more than $300,000 from the HIV/AIDS program of Washington, DC, and using the money to open a strip club, The Washington Times reports.
U.K. HIV Group Recommends Improving Partner Notification HIV testing and early diagnosis can be increased if health officials put more focus on contacting the sexual partners of people diagnosed with HIV and alerting them that they may have been exposed to the virus, according to the findings of U.K.-based National AIDS Trust (NAT) and reported in Pink News.