Breastfeeding (No Food, No Formula) is Best Infants of HIV positive mothers who breastfeed but also drink formula are almost twice as likely to test positive as children of mothers who breastfeed exclusively, say researchers at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.
“Conversion Parties” in Australia An Australian court heard testimony yesterday about “conversion” sex parties allegedly organized by Michael John Neal, 48, an Australian man standing trial for 121 charges of sexual assault, including rape and possessing child pornography.
Asian Governments Urged to Fund AIDS Regional health officials say Asian governments need to do more to stop the spread of HIV on the continent, with infection rates at risk of doubling over the next five years.
Just Like Riding a Bike Hundreds of bikers set off this morning to make a two-day trek from Miami to Key West, Florida, in support of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Two Steps Back in Uganda HIV prevention efforts in Uganda—once credited with a massive drop in new infection rates—are beginning to lose steam, according to a report in the Washington Post.
Child’s Play M.A.C. AIDS Fund announced a joint initiative today with UNICEF-China that will prep youth ambassadors to teach other kids and their families about HIV through child-friendly art, sports and theater.
March 28, 2007
ACT UP Marches Thursday
The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) marks its 20th anniversary tomorrow by joining with other healthcare advocates in a noon march and rally in lower Manhattan to call for universal health insurance and drug pricing reform.
Eat Your Vegetables Having observed that HIV meds don’t work as well without proper nutrition, Kenya’s Academic Model for Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS is growing food for its clients in addition to serving up meds, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Why Women Get HIV California Congresswoman Barbara Lee has introduced a bill to require the president to address 12 issues that contribute to the vulnerability of women and girls to HIV in the developing world, including social and cultural factors and lack of education.
Register for AIDSWatch! Next month, AIDS advocates from around the nation will converge on Washington, DC to meet with elected officials and demand more federal AIDS funding and programming.
March 27, 2007
NYC ASOs: Are The Little Guys Losing Out? Smaller AIDS groups in New York City are losing funding to bigger organizations and hospitals that offer a wider variety of services, according to a New York Times report that profiles the Brooklyn-based ASO Life Force.
A Cambodian Success Story The prevalence of HIV in Cambodia has dropped from 3.2% to 1.6% in the past 10 years and rates among sex workers have fallen by half, according to UNAIDS.
Life Insurance Turnaround in South Africa Starting April 1, some South African life insurers will finally acknowledge the life-prolonging effects of treatment by removing HIV/AIDS exclusions from their policies.
March 26, 2007
Connecticut’s Write-in Vote for AIDS Bucks Connecticut’s Congressional delegation, including Senators Joseph Lieberman and Christopher Dodd, as well as its five representatives in the House, penned a letter to Michael Leavitt, head of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, requesting that the state get more Ryan White money when supplemental funding is doled out next month.
Woman Tied to Hospital Bed While Awaiting Trial Having been charged with the relatively minor crime of stealing book bags around New York City’s Columbia University campus, Cindy Fletcher, an HIV positive woman, has spent nearly a year shackled to a hospital bed as she awaits trial.
Preaching the HIV Word Diana Figueroa got dubbed New Yorker Of The Week by local news station NY1 for traveling the city to read her poetry and tell her story of abuse, drug use and getting infected with HIV.
Ugandans Aren’t Getting Meds Approximately 70,000 of the 160,000 Ugandans in need of antiretrovirals do not have access to them, according to the Ministry of Health.
March 23, 2007
University of California-San Francisco’s Healthy Living Project claimed in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes that after participating in its psychotherapy program, HIV positive people were as much as 36 percent less likely to transmit the virus to others.
Hillary Clinton Pounds the Gavel for HIV Care Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Gordon Smith (R-OR) offered up an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2008 Budget to expand access to critical medical services for low-income people living with HIV.
A new program called “Phones for Health” will utilize Africa’s exploding mobile phone market to fight HIV/AIDS in ten nations on the continent.
New Jersey Puts Moms to the Test New Jersey State Senate President Richard J. Codey (D- Essex) announced yesterday that he would introduce legislation that would require HIV testing for expectant mothers and newborns.
March 22, 2007
More Quack Cures in Zambia? Some HIV-positive Zambians are trading in their antiretrovirals for so-called HIV cures promoted in the Zambian media, according to the Network of Zambian People Living with HIV and AIDS.
Higher Risk of Anal Cancer in Positive Gay Men
A new study by the University of California Los Angeles found that HIV-positive men who have sex with men are up to 90 times more likely to develop anal cancer than the general population.
Promising Med for the Drug Resistant? Australian pharmaceutical company Avexa reported that late-stage trials of its HIV med apricitabine (ATC), a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, proved the drug is highly effective in treating HIV-positive people who have developed resistance to other meds.
Caribbean MSMs Think HIV Is Inevitable Many men who have sex with men in the Caribbean believe that getting infected with HIV is an inevitable product of their sexual orientation, causing them to disregard safe sex and testing messages, according to Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday.
Poland Bans the Word Gay in Schools The Polish government banned discussing homosexuality in all educational institutions, threatening teachers who break the rule with possible fines, job termination, and even imprisonment.
Clocking In Workplace Disclosure Most HIV positive employees in Britain still don’t disclose on the job, despite being protected from workplace discrimination under the Disability Discrimination Act since 2005, according to researchers from City University London.
An All-Natural HIV Prevention Discovery Cells along the mucosal linings of human genitalia produce a protein that destroys HIV before it enters the bloodstream, possibly reducing the chances of sexual transmission, according to a report in Nature Medicine.
HIV Prevention Ed Money Down, Infections Up Johns Hopkins University and the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a study that found that a decrease of funds for HIV prevention education funds has contributed to the increase in HIV infections over the past 20 years.
Keeping it Real in the Face of Fake Meds The World Health Organization met with more than 20 global technology companies last Tuesday to discuss ways to control the spread of counterfeit drugs---including HIV meds—that are often sold via the Internet, especially in developing countries.
March 19, 2007
HIV Hits Afghanistan Having reported only 69 official cases of HIV among its citizens, Afghanistan may be underestimating its HIV incidence by the thousands, according to the New York Times.
Scientists Try to Cure Cystic Fibrosis—Using HIV A British scientist may have discovered a way of piggybacking corrective genes onto HIV—and then transporting them into the lungs of babies with cystic fibrosis before they are born and repair the gene that causes the disease.
Mid-Life HIV Crisis Among Gay Men
New York City’s Gay City News examines why the highest rates of new HIV infections in the region occur among gay men ages 35 to 49, who managed to get through the ‘80s and ‘90s HIV free.
March 16, 2007
Routine Testing on the Way in Maine The Maine state legislature is considering two bills to make HIV testing more routine by waiving requirements for written consent and pretest counseling.
The CDC Fights AIDS In Black America The Centers for Disease Control has launched a new plan to fight HIV among African Americans after releasing findings that they accounted for 51% of new HIV infections between 2001 and 2005.
Gonorrhea Rates Skyrocket Out West Although gonorrhea rates are down nationally, they are skyrocketing in western U.S. states such as California and Nevada, causing fears that a new wave of HIV infections may follow.
McCain Is Speechless Asked today whether he supported the distribution of tax-payer subsidized condoms in Africa to fight the transmission of HIV, Senator and presidential hopeful John McCain fumbled for a reply before asking for records of his position on the issue of abstinence versus condoms as a mode of contraception.
March 15, 2007
Chinese Activist is a Vital Voice
Chinese AIDS activist and gynecologist Dr. Gao Yaojie, 80, received a
Vital Voices Global Partnership "Global Leadership Award" in Washington, DC
yesterday, after being released from house arrest in
China due to international pressure.
96th Kazakh Kid Infected Two more children in Southern Kazakhstan have been diagnosed with HIV, bringing to 96 the number believed to have been infected during injections and blood transfusions.
Norvir Scandal Makes it to the Hill The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), is considering holding hearings to investigate charges that Abbott Laboratories hiked the price of HIV med Norvir in order to increase the market share of its other drug, Kaletra.
Larry Kramer Rallies ACT UP Several hundred people crowded into New York’s LGBT Community Center last night to hear Larry Kramer speak on the 20th anniversary of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), which he co-founded.
Abbott to Thailand: No More Drugs for You Abbott Laboratories has announced it will stop introducing new drugs in Thailand because the government is breaking the patent on HIV med Kaletra, allowing cheaper generic versions to be purchased and produced locally.
South Africa Sings a New HIV Tune The South African government announced a new five-year plan today to fight HIV stigma, reduce new infections and improve treatment access for the 5.5 million positive people.
March 13, 2007
Africa’s HIV Babies Grow Up As many as 1 in 4 children born in Zimbabwe with HIV are defying expectations and living into late childhood or early adolescence, according to a study in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
ACT UP and GMHC Blow Out the Candles The granddaddies of AIDS orgs celebrate birthdays this week. Tonight, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis marks its 25th anniversary with a benefit dinner featuring appearances by Senator Hilary Clinton, Rosie O’Donnell and Cyndi Lauper.
Prison Testing Lockdown A bill that would require all Indiana inmates get tested when they leave prison may get killed in committee hearings because of the cost.
An Amazing Race for AIDS Chip Arndt, co-winner of reality show Amazing Race 4 and President of Miami’s Freedom Democrats, plans to cover over 425 miles by foot and bicycle to raise over $100,000 to fight AIDS.
March 09, 2007
Unsafe Sex in the Big Apple About 18% of adult New Yorkers, roughly 1 million people, partake in risky sexual or drug-use behavior—but 92% of them think they’re not at risk for HIV, according to a new study by the city’s Department of Health.
“Live Up” on the Caribbean Airwaves The Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS launched its first pan-Caribbean awareness campaign this week, just in time for the opening of the Cricket World Cup in the West Indies on Sunday, an event that will attract viewers and visitors from around the world.
ACT Up Saves Philly AIDS Org Over 150 activists rallied yesterday at a meeting of the Philadelphia HIV Planning Council yesterday to protest its threat to cut funding for Project TEACH (Treatment Education Activists Combating HIV).
March 08, 2007
In the RED With Bono In the past year companies participating in the Project RED campaign, which raises money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria through the sale of special RED label products, have spent as much as $100 million on marketing the label.
Global Ladies' Night
Approximately 60% of HIV positive people in Zimbabwe are women and national advocates demanded that greater effort be made to mark International Women’s Day today to call attention to the inequalities fueling HIV.
LA Bathhouses Lose Lawsuit Los Angeles city health officials have ruled that nine area bathhouses must comply with safe sex and HIV testing regulations.
March 07, 2007
Ana’s HIV Story, by Jenna Bush President Bush’s daughter Jenna, 25, is a releasing a book this fall about a 17-year-old HIV positive single mother in Panama.
Newbie News About half of all new HIV transmissions occur shortly after the positive partner is infected and does not yet know his or her status, according to a report in the April issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
HIV and Rape International AIDS donors won’t get far with HIV prevention unless they address rape and violence against women, according to a report by the Women Won’t Wait coalition.
Burma Harasses Health Workers Health workers caring for HIV positive people in Burma have been forced underground by the military government for fear of interrogation and harassment.
Making Babies in California The California State Legislature is considering a bill to allow HIV positive men to use reproductive services in order to strip their sperm of HIV so they can impregnate their partners.
March 05, 2007
Bono Talks AIDS in America Rock star Bono visited Oakland, California on Friday, called it the new epicenter of HIV in America and demanded that political leaders address the high rate of new HIV infections among African Americans.
China and the “Love Capitalism Disease” With new HIV infections in China up 30%, the government is enlisting major international corporations such as L’Oreal to distribute HIV education, the LA Times reports.
HIV in Their Prayers Black churches across the nation are hosting prayer summits, passing out condoms and offering HIV tests this week as part of the 18th Annual Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, which started yesterday.
March 02, 2007
Trading Debt for Healthcare The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is launching Debt2Health, a program that allows countries to cancel millions of dollars in international debt in exchange for developing Fund-sanctioned health projects.
HIV’s First Stop Was Haiti Haiti hosts the oldest strain of HIV seen anywhere outside of Africa and is the source of most strains found in North America and Europe, according to a study presented at the 14th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Los Angeles.
Africa Up Close The Washington Post takes a closer look today at the ways that the practice of having concurrent sex partners is spreading HIV in southern Africa.
March 01, 2007
L.A. Doctors Lag on Latinos While HIV rates are on the rise among Latinos, only 41% of primary care providers in Los Angeles offer HIV tests or safer sex counseling to their Hispanic patients, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of the National Medical Association.
Long Island Fights For Its Share Both counties on Long Island, just east of New York City, are suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to halt millions of dollars in Ryan White funding cuts.
Bring On the Mosquito Nets Giving HIV positive kids an antibiotic and a mosquito net is 97% effective in preventing malaria, according to a study conducted in Uganda and presented at the 14th Conference of Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Los Angeles.
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