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March 31, 2011
Former Surgeon General Koop Publishes AIDS Tell-All
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, has published his first-hand account of the beginning of the AIDS crisis.
Condom Shortage Leads to Recycling in Kenya
Men in rural northern Kenya are recycling condoms.
Abbott to Pay GSK $3.5M for Breach of Contract
A federal jury in California has told Abbott Laboratories to pay GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) $3.5 million in damages for breach of agreement, but the jury ruled that Abbott did not try to maintain an illegal monopoly when it quadrupled the price of its drug Norvir, which is a boosting agent for many other AIDS meds.
March 30, 2011
New Regulations Limit Medical Marijuana in San Diego
New comprehensive medical marijuana regulations in San Diego will force more than 165 dispensaries to close and apply for operating permits, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. 
India to Lose $338M After 2012 in HIV Funding From Gates
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will stop funding HIV/AIDS programs in India after 2012, IBN Live reports. 
Stigma to Blame for “Lost to Follow-Up” HIV Cases in India
Experts claim that the “lost to follow-up” cases in India are far greater than what government records indicate, The Times of India reports. 
March 29, 2011
ACLU Sues Alabama on Behalf of HIV-Positive Prisoners
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a class action lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), charging that state policies discriminate against HIV-positive prisoners, according to an ACLU statement. 
TB Eradication in U.S. Stalls as Cases Reach All-Time Low
The number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the United States has hit an all-time low, with only 11,181 cases reported in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reported by the Los Angeles Times
Violence and Discrimination Increase Against LGBT Haitians
Violence and discrimination have increased against LGBT people in Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake, according to a joint statement by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and SEROvie, a Haitian HIV/AIDS group. 
March 28, 2011
New EEOC Regulations Include HIV as a Disability
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency responsible for enforcing laws against workplace discrimination, has released the final revised version of its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, according to an EEOC statement.
AIDS United Gives $1.4M to 29 Groups in the Southern U.S.
AIDS United has provided technical assistance and $1.4 million in grants to 29 community-based HIV/AIDS organizations as part of its Southern REACH (Regional Expansion of Access and Capacity to Address HIV/AIDS) initiative, according to an AIDS United statement.
Condom Shortage Affects Millions of People in Kenya
A condom shortage in Kenya has left millions of people without the prophylactics, Capital News reports.
March 25, 2011
“Test and Treat” Alone Will Not Control U.S. HIV Epidemic
Only 19 percent of people with HIV in the United States have an undetectable viral load. 
Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Auction to Benefit AIDS Groups
Proceeds from the auction of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection, which is estimated to be worth $150 million, will likely be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, the New York Post reports.
NYC Public School Principal Accused of AIDS Smear
Ron Smolkin, a New York City public school principal, is under investigation for allegedly attempting to smear one of his school teachers, Michael McPherrin, by saying he has AIDS, NY1 reports.
March 24, 2011
March 24 Is World Tuberculosis Day
March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day, an initiative that raises awareness about the disease and recognizes people who have contributed to TB innovation.
Affordable Care Act Celebrates First Anniversary
March 24 is the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. health care reform) into law.
UK HIV Cases Nearly Doubled in Last Decade
New data from the U.K. Health Projection Agency show that new HIV cases in the country have nearly doubled from just less than 2,000 in 2001 to nearly 3,800 in 2010.
March 23, 2011
Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Screen Star and AIDS Activist, Dies
Elizabeth Taylor died on March 23 in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure, The New York Times reports. She was 79.
Virginia Prisoners to Get Voluntary HIV Testing Before Release
Prisoners in Virginia will be offered HIV testing within 60 days of being released from a correctional facility, the Virginia Gazette reports
Law Mandates Mississippi School Districts Offer Sex Ed
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has signed a law mandating school districts to offer sex education, the Clarion Ledger reports. 
March 22, 2011
Justice Department Reviews HIV Discrimination in Trade Schools
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued letters to the attorneys general of all 50 states and U.S. territories asking them to review their jurisdictions’ admission and licensing criteria for trade schools and agencies to identify any criteria that exclude individuals with HIV/AIDS, according to a DOJ statement. 
Malaysian Police Recover 700,000 Condoms Worth $1.5M
Malaysian police have recovered 700,000 condoms worth about $1.5 million that were stolen en route to Japan two months ago, The Associated Press (AP) reports. 
HIV Rent Cap Bill Reintroduced in New York Assembly
The New York State Assembly reintroduced a rent cap bill ensuring that low-income people who are permanently disabled by HIV/AIDS and already receiving rental assistance pay no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent, according to a statement by Voices of Community Activists and Leaders New York (VOCAL-NY).

March 21, 2011
Man With AIDS Dementia Denied Compensation for Wrongful Imprisonment
Douglas Warney, a man with AIDS dementia who was wrongfully convicted of murder and denied compensation for his imprisonment, has taken his case to the New York State Court of Appeals, The New York Times reports.
HIV Care Integrated Into Public Health Care in Kenya
A six-month-old pilot program in western Kenya to integrate HIV care into the public health care system could go national, PlusNews reports.
HIV Cases Increase in Navajo Nation
New HIV cases in the Navajo Nation have more than doubled in the past decade, the Daily Times reports.
March 19, 2011
March 20 Is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 18, 2011
HIV Drug Development Stalls
Companies that develop HIV drugs are at a standstill in bringing new medicines to market, Bloomberg reports.
Bill Reintroduced to End Funding of Abstinence-Only Programs
U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D–N.J.) and California Representative Barbara Lee (D–Calif.) reintroduced a bill to end federal funding of abstinence-only programs, Ms. magazine reports. 
UNAIDS Urges Countries to Take Advantage of Generic Meds
With increasing concern that an impending free trade agreement between the European Union and India could threaten the world’s supply of generic antiretroviral drugs, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has cowritten a new brief to help countries access the cheaper drugs. 
March 17, 2011
Philadelphia’s Proposed Budget Keeps Level HIV/AIDS Funds
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s proposed 2012 city budget maintains level HIV/AIDS funding, with some programs seeing increases and others seeing cuts.
HIV Transmitted From Kidney Transplant in NYC
An organ transplant recipient contracted HIV from a live kidney donor in New York City.
Global Fund Announces Appointees for Financial Review
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has appointed former U.S. Secretary of Health Michael Leavitt and past President of Botswana Festus Gontebanye Mogae to cochair an external review of its financial systems following fraud and misuse of its grants.
March 16, 2011
Houston Expands FC2 Female Condom Access
The Female Health Company (FHC) has teamed up with state, local and community-based organizations in Houston to expand access to the FC2 Female Condom, according to a FHC statement. 
NASTAD Takes Stand Against HIV Criminalization
The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) is speaking out against HIV criminalization, The Michigan Messenger reports. 
HIV Rates in Youth Continue to Climb in Philippines
The rate of new HIV cases in youth has increased 10-fold in three years in the Philippines, one of only seven countries worldwide where the overall rate of infections continues to rise, according to the National HIV/AIDS Registry and reported by PlusNews. 
March 15, 2011
HIV/AIDS Activist Herbert Spiers Dies
Herbert Spiers, an HIV-positive activist for both LGBT and HIV/AIDS issues, died March 2 of cancer, reports. 
Shalini Eddens Is New Executive Director of The Well Project
Shalini Eddens has been named the new executive director of The Well Project (TWP), according to a TWP statement. 
Russia Denies Residency Permit to HIV-Positive Man
An Uzbek man married to a Russian woman has been denied a residency permit in Russia because he is HIV positive, Agence France Press (AFP) reports. 
March 14, 2011
Advocates Give DC Low Grades for HIV/AIDS Efforts
Advocates claim that Washington, DC, has fallen behind in its HIV/AIDS efforts for the first time in six years, The Washington Post reports.
Florida HIV Educators Give Free Condoms During Spring Break
Two Florida HIV educators from the Island Coast AIDS Network are spending spring break handing out free condoms to students at Fort Myers Beach, First Coast News reports.
2011 Positive Living Conference
The annual Positive Living Conference was held March 11 to 13 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
March 11, 2011
AHF Ad Campaign Warns Gay Men “There Is No Magic Pill”
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) just revealed “There Is No Magic Pill,” a new national print ad campaign to educate men who have sex with men (MSM) and others about using HIV meds as a way to prevent getting HIV.
John G. Bartlett, MD, Appointed to the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research
AIDS expert John G. Bartlett, MD, is the new cochair of the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research’s Executive Committee, according to a statement from the forum. 
Stigma and Misperception in Mississippi Rival Sub-Saharan Africa
HIV/AIDS advocates in Mississippi converged on the state Capitol for the first Annual HIV/AIDS Days. 
March 10, 2011
March 10 Is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 10 is the sixth annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), a nationwide observance encouraging people to recognize HIV’s impact on women and girls.
HIV-Positive Women Often Endure Human Rights Violations
The Positive Women's Network (PWN) has released survey results revealing that HIV-positive women often endure human rights violations.
State Laws Deny Treatment to HIV-Positive Mississippians
State laws and policies are denying treatment to HIV-positive Mississippians
March 09, 2011
Seth Berkley to Lead Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization
Seth Berkley, MD, has been appointed the new chief executive officer of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), according to a GAVI statement. 
United Church of Christ Launches HIV Prevention Curriculum
The United Church of Christ (UCC) has created an online faith-based HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum, according to a UCC statement. 
The Lion King and BC/EFA Give $5.5M to U.S., South Africa
The fundraising collaboration established in 1998 between the musical The Lion King and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) has raised more than $5.5 million, according to a BC/EFA statement. 
March 08, 2011
HIV-Positive Comedian Mike DeStefano Dies
HIV-positive comedian Mike DeStefano died March 6 from a heart attack, People reports. He was 44 years old. 
NYC Judge Upholds Condoms With Political Messages
A New York City judge has dismissed illegal vending charges against a man selling condoms labeled with political messages, the First Amendment Center reports. 
Oregon Man Denied Access to Homegrown Medical Marijuana
Local officials have denied an Oregon man with a medical marijuana card access to his homegrown marijuana, the Mail Tribune reports.
March 07, 2011
2011 National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS
The 2011 National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS is being commemorated March 6 to 12. 
HIV/AIDS Activist Arbert Santana Dies
Arbert Santana, an HIV/AIDS and LGBT activist, has died, according to a statement from the Latino Commission on AIDS.
Abstinence in the U.S. Increases Among Young People
Abstinence among young people seems to be on the rise, The Washington Post reports.
March 04, 2011
Palette Fund 2011 Grants Go to HIV/AIDS Groups
HIV/AIDS groups and programs serving HIV-positive people are among the 2011 grantees of The Palette Fund, according to a Palette Fund statement.
IAC Criticized for Lack of Focus on High-Risk Groups
The International AIDS Conference (IAC) lacks adequate representation of populations most at risk for HIV, including men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, sex workers and people who use drugs, according to a Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) statement. MSMGF has released a report based on the most recent IAC in Vienna. 
HIV-Positive Virginia Man Gets Additional 5-Year Sentence
Carlos Rose, a 42-year-old HIV-positive Virginia man, was sentenced to five years in prison based on a charge of infected sexual battery, reports.
March 03, 2011
IAVI Launches New HIV Vaccine Design Program in India
The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and the Translational Health Sciences and Technology Institute (THSTI), a private entity of India’s Department of Biotechnology, have agreed to establish, operate and fund an HIV vaccine design program in New Delhi.
Protests Against India-EU Agreement on Generic HIV Meds
About 3,000 people with HIV and cancer protested in the streets of New Delhi against a planned free trade agreement between India and the European Union.
2011 Cricket World Cup Promotes HIV Awareness
The International Cricket Council (ICC), UNAIDS and UNICEF have partnered to promote HIV awareness during the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh.
March 02, 2011
Abbott on Trial for AIDS Drug Monopoly
Abbott’s competitors seek $4.5 billion in damages because the drug maker allegedly quadrupled the price of its AIDS drug Norvir to monopolize the HIV treatment market, Bloomberg reports. 
Massachusetts General Hospital Settles HIV Patient Privacy Violations
The General Hospital Corporation and Massachusetts General Physicians agreed to pay $1 million to the U.S. government for patient privacy violations, according to a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) statement. 
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Announces Grant Winner
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) announced Landon Myer, MD, as the recipient of its International Leadership Award (ILA), according to an EGPAF statement. 
March 01, 2011
Normal Heart to Open on Broadway
Broadway has a late addition to its spring schedule: A revival of The Normal Heart, an award-winning play about love, AIDS and New York in the 1980s, will open April 27, according to The New York Times
Adults Failing Sex Ed
An older generation of American adults may be completely sexually illiterate, according to public health educators quoted in an MSNBC story. 
Medicare May Pay for STI Exams
U.S. health officials are considering adding sexually transmitted infection (STI) exams to the coverage provided by Medicare to the elderly and disabled, reports Reuters. 
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