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June 29, 2012
Legal Medical Marijuana Does Not Increase Pot Use by Teens
New research suggests legalizing marijuana doesn’t make kids abuse the substance or move on to other drugs, Business Insider reports. 
Gay Blood Donation Ban to Be Lifted in France
The ban on the donation of blood by men who have sex with men in France is due to be lifted in the coming months, Pink News reports.
Boston Red Sox Fans Raise Funds to Fight AIDS in Tanzania
The Sons of Sam, a well-known fan blog dedicated to the Boston Red Sox, have launched an "anti-viral video" campaign to fight HIV/AIDS in Tanzania, reports. 
June 28, 2012
Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Act, Individual Mandate
The individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is constitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday morning, the Washington Post reports.
Indonesia to Promote Condoms to Youth, At-Risk Groups
Indonesia's health ministry has embarked on a campaign to distribute condoms to young people ages 15 to 24, the Jakarta Globe reports.
Transplant Surgeons Lobby to End Organ Donation Ban Between HIV-Positive People
Transplant surgeons met with U.S. congressional staffers and made the case for repealing a law that bans HIV-positive people from donating organs to others living with the virus, HealthDay News reports.
June 27, 2012
AIDS Memorial Quilt Marks 25 Years Since First Display
The AIDS Memorial Quilt, composed of more than 47,000 panels, turns 25 years old Wednesday, June 27, USA Today reports.
CDC to Train Pharmacists to Provide Rapid HIV Testing
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new pilot project to provide rapid HIV testing at 24 rural and urban sites, according to the blog.
Commission Blames Global Spread of HIV on War on Drugs
Criminalization of drug use is a major driver of the international HIV/AIDS pandemic, according to a new report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy and reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
June 26, 2012
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.
Funding Cuts Force N.H. AIDS Group to Stop Free HIV Testing
The Southern New Hampshire HIV/AIDS Task Force, the state’s only AIDS service organization (ASO), will no longer offer free HIV testing because of a $60,000 cut in federal funding, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.
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. 
June 22, 2012
DC HIV Rate of 2.7% Still Higher Than Some PEPFAR Countries
The District of Columbia says its HIV rate has dropped to 2.7 percent from previous estimates of 3.2 percent, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
Elton John Joins Queen, Adam Lambert for AIDS Charity Concert
Sir Elton John and Queen fronted by Adam Lambert will perform in Kiev, Ukraine, at an AIDS charity concert June 30, the day before the Euro Cup 2012 Final is held there, CBS Local reports.
New AIDS Law Criminalizes HIV in Dominican Republic
A new law in the Dominican Republican guarantees basic rights for people with HIV/AIDS on the island, but it also penalizes and criminalizes HIV transmission, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance reports. 
June 21, 2012
amfAR Funds Third Year of HIV Cure Research Consortium
The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) has announced a third year of funding for the amfAR Research Consortium on HIV Eradication (ARCHE), according to an amfAR statement.
U.K. Police Training on HIV Transmission 'Inaccurate'
HIV-related training and procedures in many U.K. police forces are based on outdated or inaccurate information, Pink News reports.
Success Against AIDS Faces New Challenges in Brazil
Brazil's unorthodox HIV prevention and treatment program has been highly successful, but its days may be numbered, The Miami Herald reports.
June 20, 2012
Barton Lidice Benes, Artist and POZ Contributor, Dies
Barton Lidice Benes, a provocative sculptor and POZ contributor, has died of AIDS-related complications, The New York Times reports.
St. Louis Mardi Gras Couple Guilty of HIV Felony Seek New Trial
A St. Louis couple found guilty of knowingly exposing another person to HIV, a felony that carries a possible 15-year prison term, are seeking a new trial, St. Louis Today reports.
Sir Elton John to Deliver Keynote Speech at AIDS 2012
Sir Elton John, singer and founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, has been chosen as a keynote speaker for the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), according to an AIDS 2012 statement.
June 19, 2012
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.
June 18, 2012
HIV Documentary 'We Were Here' Airs Nationwide on PBS
The HIV film We Were Here will air nationwide on the PBS documentary program Independent Lens throughout June, according to an Independent Television Service (ITVS) 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.
False HIV Claim by U.K. Woman Guilty of Sexual Harassment
A software engineer from Buckingham, England, was sentenced to 26 weeks in jail for harassing men with sexually explicit messages, emailing their wives and falsely claiming one man had HIV, The Telegraph reports
June 15, 2012
Iowa Man With HIV Appeals Denial of Post-Conviction Relief
Lambda Legal is appealing the conviction of Nick Rhoades, an HIV-positive man in Iowa, according to a Lambda Legal statement. 
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. 
June 14, 2012
Latino Commission on AIDS Partners With Medical Association
The Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA) has partnered with the National Hispanic Medical Association, a nonprofit group representing 45,000 Latino physicians in the United States, according to an LCOA 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.
Farmers With HIV Cultivate Sweet Potatoes in Rwanda
Farming cooperatives for people with HIV are on the rise in Rwanda, AllAfrica reports.
June 13, 2012
Vermont Pays High-Risk Teens to Complete Sex-Ed Classes
A Vermont teen center called The Bristol Hub is giving $100 to every teen who completes a 16-hour sex education program, reports Seven Days.
Florida Researchers Working Together on HIV/AIDS Research
HIV and AIDS researchers in Florida have come together to form the Florida Consortium for HIV/AIDS Research (FCHAR), reports South Florida Gay News.
UNITAID Urges India to Tax Air Tickets to Fund HIV Meds
UNITAID, a U.N. agency, is lobbying countries to tax air tickets as a way to raise funds for HIV and AIDS medications, reports Reuters.
June 12, 2012
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.
First LGBT Health Clinic Opens in Uganda
Uganda’s first LGBT clinic has opened in Kampala to provide free health care services and treatment for HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections.
HIV Testing Continues Expanding in Ethiopia
Ethiopian HIV testing campaigns have demonstrated a tenfold increase in the number of people tested each year since 2005.
June 11, 2012
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, reports.
Texas HIV-Negative Man Gets 10 Years for Spitting at Police
An HIV-negative man from Lufkin, Texas, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for spitting on police officers and allegedly claiming to have HIV during his arrest for public intoxication, reports.
June 08, 2012
N.Y. Appeals Court Rules Saliva With HIV Not a Deadly Weapon
The New York Court of Appeals has found that the saliva of David Plunkett, who has HIV and who bit a police officer, doesn’t constitute a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument under state law, according to The Associated Press.
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. 
June 07, 2012
Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2012
Friday, June 8, is National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the seventh annual observance to promote HIV awareness, education and testing throughout these communities.
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) reports.
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.
Gonorrhea, Chlamydia Coinfection in HIV-Positive Military
There’s an increased risk of gonorrhea and chlamydia coinfections in HIV-positive military personnel, according to a study published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI).
June 05, 2012
Hershey School HIV Case to Go to Philadelphia Court
A federal judge has decided the lawsuit brought against the Milton Hershey School for allegedly denying admission to a 13-year-old boy because he has HIV will be heard in a Philadelphia court.
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).
Illinois Bill to Allow Prosecutors Access to HIV Test Results
The state legislature of Illinois passed a bill that will give prosecutors the right to access the medical test results of defendants charged with knowingly transmitting HIV to another person, StLToday reports.
June 04, 2012
N.Y. Sen. Tom Duane Will Not Seek Reelection
New York State Senator Tom Duane, who is openly gay and HIV positive, will not seek reelection, The New York Times reports. 
(RED) Partners With Foursquare, Starbucks to Fight AIDS
(RED) has partnered with Foursquare, Starbucks, Penfolds and Bugaboo for its new "(RED)Rush to Zero" campaign, according to a (RED) statement.
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.
Canadian AIDS Research Group Rejects Adult-themed Donation
A donation by XXX Truth or Dare, the Canadian company behind the adult board game based on the original Truth or Dare concept, was rejected by the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR), AVN reports.
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