HIV Rate Drops In India
March 30, 2006—New HIV infections among pregnant women between 15 and 24 fell 35% in India between 2000 and 2004, according to a University of Toronto study.
Parents Support Condoms At School March 30, 2006—A recent survey showed that 80% of parents in Bexar County, Texas think their kids should learn about condoms in middle school.
March 29, 2006
Clinton Calls for Mandatory Testing
March 29, 2006—Former President Clinton called on countries with high HIV infection rates to make HIV tests mandatory—as long as they can guarantee zero discrimination and full access to HIV meds.
Fishing for HIV
March 29, 2006—HIV rates in fishing communities around the world are up to 10 times higher than elsewhere in their countries, according to researchers at the UK’s University of East Anglia.
2,000 Positive Babies Born Daily March 28, 2006—HIV meds went to less than 10 percent of positive moms giving birth between 2003 and 2005—bringing nearly 2,000 positive babies into the world every day, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
March 27, 2006
Indian Jobs: Positive Techies May Apply
March 27, 2006—Satyam Computer Services is bucking the trend among Indian technology companies by halting its policy of testing job applicants for HIV—which deemed positive people unsuited for certain positions.
AIDS Conspiracy Theories Are Hot in Texas
March 27, 2006—Approximately 30% of black people and 22% of Latinos living in Texas believe that HIV is a government conspiracy to kill “minority populations,” according to a report in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
March 24, 2006
Condoms Don’t Encourage Sex
March 24, 2006—Condom-based sex ed does not cause people to have more sex, more sexual partners or sex at a younger age, according to a meta analysis of 174 studies in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.
Whitman-Walker Hires New Director
March 24, 2006—The Whitman-Walker Clinic, Washington D.C.’s largest AIDS service organization, named Donald Blanchon as its new director this week.
March 23, 2006
Christian Group Drops Abstinence Slogan March 23, 2006—Christian Aid, an international aid organization based in the UK and Ireland, has lost faith in the idea of teaching abstinence as a means of HIV prevention, the group announced this week.
Fries With That? March 23, 2006—The African potato, which has been touted by South African Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang as a way to treat HIV, may actually decrease the effectiveness of anti-HIV drugs, according to some South African pharmaceutical students.
March 22, 2006
A Children's Emergency
March 22, 2006—Nineteen nations and 30 international agencies convened in Vietnam today for the largest ever conference about HIV’s impact on children in the Asia/Pacific region.
Trizivir Gets Tagged
March 22, 2006—GlaxoSmithKline is tagging bottles of HIV med Trizivir with tiny silicon chips to protect the patent and prevent counterfeiting.
March 21, 2006
Chinese AIDS Activist Missing
March 21, 2006—Prominent AIDS activist Hu Jia has been missing for over a month since going on a hunger strike to protest the Chinese government’s alleged beating of civil rights activists.
Sculptra Licks Lipo
Polymer injections helped fill out the hollowed cheeks of HIV positive subjects suffering from lipoatrophy—with few side effects—according to a study in the Archives of Dermatology.
March 20, 2006
NYC Kids Learn the ABCs of HIV
March 20, 2006—Starting today, New York City school children from kindergarten on up will learn about HIV, although the topic of sex won’t come up until the fourth grade.
Human Cells to Treat HIV? March 20, 2006—Human cells that generally repair DNA also happen to destroy HIV-made DNA—and might lead researchers to a new kind of anti-HIV treatment, according to a study published by the National Academy of Sciences.
Meth Madness in the Rockies March 16, 2006—The Denver Post reports that 21% of local HIV positive men use crystal methamphetamine and 11% of the city’s men who have sex with men (MSMs) say they use it—which is twice the national average.
Transfusions Behind 10% of Nigeria’s HIV
March 15, 2006—Blood transfusions cause 10 percent of HIV infections in Nigeria, according to the woman in charge of the country’s National Blood Transfusion Services.
March 15, 2006—Valproic acid, a drug commonly used to treat convulsions, helps restore normal brain function in patients with HIV-related dementia, the scientific journal Neurology reports.
March 14, 2006
Are Bathhouses “Sex Venues”? March 14, 2006—Nine L.A.-area bathhouses and sex clubs have filed a suit against a new law requiring sex venues to follow safe sex rules and pay a licensing fee.
Home HIV Tests Face a Test March 14, 2006—An FDA advisory committee has told OraSure Technologies that the company’s rapid HIV test might win approval for over-the-counter sales if the company can prove the test is effective at home.
March 13, 2006
D.C. and Maryland Not Naming Names? March 13, 2006—The District of Columbia and Maryland may lose federal AIDS funds if they don’t comply with CDC rules on reporting HIV infections by name instead of encrypted code, according to the Washington Post.
First Annual Women’s HIV Day March 10, 2006—Eighty-three percent of new U.S. infections between 2001 and 2004 were among African-American and Latina women, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports on the first annual National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day.
Good News for Viread and Truvada
March 10, 2006—The FDA granted traditional approval status this week to both once-daily Viread and Truvada (a mixture of Viread and Emtriva).
March 09, 2006
On the Prison-Race-HIV Connection March 9, 2006—The Washington Post yesterday highlighted the connection among African Americans between high prison rates and the explosion of HIV.
Sustiva Price Cut for Poor Countries
March 8, 2006—Merck announced plans yesterday to make a 20% cut in the price of its AIDS med Stocrin (efavirenz, known as Sustiva in the U.S.) in developing countries.
Man Bites Carolina Cop
March 8, 2006—An HIV positive man in Greensboro, North Carolina who pled guilty to assault for biting a police officer faces a minimum of two years in prison.
March 07, 2006
China Detaining AIDS Protesters
March 7, 2006—People with HIV demanding better treatment are among the protesters and activists being detained this month in China, according to the Associated Press.
Coke and Heroin Are Bad for You
March 7, 2006—A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology confirms that HIV positive people who use cocaine or heroin regularly are more likely to get sick or die.
March 06, 2006
Fly the Friendly Skies to Fight AIDS March 6, 2006—Twelve countries including Chile, Jordan and Norway signed on last week to a French plan to tax airline tickets as a way of helping fund international AIDS programs.
15 Years For Not Disclosing March 3, 2006—An HIV positive man in British Columbia, Canada, was sentenced to 15 years in prison yesterday for failing to inform seven women that he was HIV positive before having unprotected sex with them.
Suit Claims Cop Withheld CPR
March 2, 2006—The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit today on behalf of a West Virginia man who died from a heart attack after the local Chief of Police wrongly assumed he was HIV positive because he was gay—and allegedly barred those on the scene from performing CPR.
Ryan White Goes Back to Washington March 1, 2006—Senator Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma and co-chair of Bush’s advisory council on HIV and AIDS, introduced a bill yesterday to renew and expand the Ryan White Care Act, which expired last year.
Paps Pass the Test for Positive Women March 1, 2006—Pap tests accurately detect abnormal and cancerous cervical cells in HIV positive women after all, according to a study in the journal Clinical and Infectious Diseases.
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