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March 30, 2012
Celebrity Eatery in LA Sued for HIV Workplace Discrimination
Popular Los Angeles restaurant The Ivy is being sued for wrongfully terminating an employee on the basis of his HIV status, according to a statement from MALDEF, a leading Latino legal civil rights organization that filed the suit.
$33M in Federal Grants to 28 HIV Housing Programs
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that more than 1,200 extremely low-income people living with HIV/AIDS will continue to receive permanent housing as a result of nearly $33 million in grants it is awarding, according to a HUD statement.
AIDS United Gives Over $1M for Advocacy in U.S. South
With support from the Ford Foundation, AIDS United granted $1.4 million to 29 community-based organizations in the Southern states to bolster their HIV/AIDS advocacy efforts, according to an AIDS United statement.
March 29, 2012
Supreme Court Rules Against Privacy Case of HIV-Positive Pilot
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-3 opinion that the federal government could not be sued under the Privacy Act for mental or emotional distress, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
Israeli Gay Blood Ban to Be Reconsidered
Israel's health ministry will investigate in April whether to end the country's ban on blood donations from gay men, Pink News reports.
Mosque Operates Methadone Program in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, now hosts the world's first methadone program operating out of a mosque, The New York Times reports.
March 28, 2012
Ninjas Steal Medical Marijuana From Deliveryman in California
Two men in ninja costumes robbed a deliveryman of medical marijuana in Los Angeles, CBS Los Angeles reports. 
Earth Day Condoms to Raise Awareness of Endangered Species
The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) is marking Earth Day by distributing 100,000 free condoms packaged in special edition wrappers that feature six endangered species, according to a CBD statement. 
South Africa to Require HIV, TB Policies for Mining Licenses
South Africa is requiring companies to submit updated HIV and tuberculosis testing policies in order to be issued a mining license, IRIN News reports. 
March 27, 2012
Medicaid Covers Routine HIV Testing in About Half of States
Only 23 states cover routine HIV screening under their Medicaid programs, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) report.
Syringe Access Fund Gives Nearly $2M to 55 Grantees
The Syringe Access Fund (SAF), an organization that advocates nationally for syringe exchange programs, has awarded 55 grants totaling $1.98 million raised through a collaborative funding initiative, according to an SAF statement.
South Africa Plans for Zero New HIV Cases in 20 Years
South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said the government plans to lower the nation’s rate of new HIV cases to zero in the next 20 years, reports.
March 26, 2012
U.S. Supreme Court Begins Health Care Reform Arguments
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear three days of arguments starting March 26 challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. health care reform, The New York Times reports. 
Mass. School District OKs Free Condoms to Teens 12 and Over
School officials in Springfield, Massachusetts, have given initial approval to a policy that will make condoms available for students as young as 12 years old, The New York Daily News reports. 
S.F. Medical Marijuana Dispensary Helps AIDS Hospice
A San Francisco medical marijuana dispensary donated $2,000 to Maitri, a hospice and short-term care facility for people living with HIV/AIDS, to help fund an awning for their patio, The Bay Area Reporter (BAR) reports. 
March 23, 2012
ACT UP Commemorates 25th Anniversary
Saturday, March 24, marks 25 years since the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) held its first action. 

Obama Nominates Jim Yong Kim as World Bank President
President Obama has nominated Jim Yong Kim, MD, PhD, for president of the World Bank, according to a White House statement.
College Students Use Spring Break to Fight HIV/AIDS
The students are involved in Missouri S&T’s Miner Challenge, a week-long alternative spring break program that gives them a chance to help individuals and communities affected by issues like poverty and homelessness, while developing their own leadership skills. 
March 22, 2012
Trauma Linked to HIV Risk, Treatment Failure in U.S. Women
A pair of recent studies show a powerful, systemic relationship between trauma—physical violence, sexual abuse and the like—and HIV/AIDS among American women, Medical Xpress reports.
Desert AIDS Project Keeps HIV Testing Despite Funding Cuts
The Desert AIDS Project (DAP) of Riverside County, California, continues to provide HIV testing services despite $80 million in cuts to the state's HIV/AIDS budget, according to a DAP statement.
HIV-Positive Pupils Forced to Wear Red Ribbons in Tanzania
Students with HIV from at least seven Tanzanian schools have been forced to wear red ribbons sewn to their school uniforms, The Independent reports.
March 21, 2012
Activists Arrested on National Day of Action for Syringe Access
Thirteen activists were arrested today after holding a sit-in in the offices of four members of U.S. Congress as part of the National Day of Action for Syringe Access, according to a Housing Works statement.
Newark Is Newest N.J. AIDS Walk Site
Newark will be the host and beneficiary of the New Jersey AIDS Walk 2012 for the first time, according to a statement from the North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI).
Indian Cancer Drug Patent Ruling May Make HIV Meds Cheaper
India’s Patent Office has ended exclusive rights to a cancer drug made by German manufacturer Bayer, setting a precedent that could extend to other treatments, including HIV/AIDS drugs, The Times of India reports.
March 20, 2012
HIV Rates at Critical Levels in Detroit
At a time when Detroit faces a $200 million budget deficit, the HIV prevalence rate in certain city ZIP codes is nearly 2 percent, which has forced cash-strapped local leadership to strategize a more aggressive HIV prevention response, The American Independent reports.
Pharmacy to Open at Syringe Exchange Site in South Bronx
An on-site pharmacy will be built on the second floor of a drop-in syringe exchange program in New York City’s South Bronx neighborhood, according to an Evers Pharmacy statement. Construction is nearly completed on CitiWide Harm Reduction’s Mott Haven site.
CDC Launches Campaign for Black Women to Get HIV Tests
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched “Take Charge. Take the Test,” an HIV awareness and testing campaign to empower African-American women to practice safer sex and get tested for HIV, The International Business Times (IBT) reports.
March 19, 2012
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2012
Tuesday, March 20, is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD).
Institute of Medicine Recommends Indicators of Good HIV Care
A study by The Institute of Medicine (IOM) says that the largest barriers to HIV care are delayed diagnosis, sporadic use of antiretroviral therapy and untreated mental health problems, Kaiser Health News reports.
130 HIV Advocacy Groups Support Health Care Reform
More than 130 HIV advocacy and health organizations have endorsed Lambda Legal’s friend-of-the-court brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. health care reform, according to a Lambda Legal statement. 
March 16, 2012
Developer Agrees to NYC AIDS Memorial Park
The developer and owner of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City has agreed to allow an AIDS memorial in its triangle park, according to an AIDS Memorial Park Coalition statement.
Oklahoma Man With HIV Faces 7 Felony Charges, $1M Bail
A 23-year-old Oklahoma man is facing seven felony charges for allegedly transmitting HIV to his wife and at least one other woman, reports.
Keith Haring Exhibit of Early Career Opens at Brooklyn Museum
Keith Haring: 1978-1982 at the Brooklyn Museum is the first large-scale exhibition to explore his early career, according to a museum statement. 
March 15, 2012
Multiple Factors Influence Condom Use Among MSM
Among men who have sex with men (MSM), the decision to use a condom was influenced by multiple factors, according to a new study by researchers at George Mason University (GMU) in Virginia and at Indiana University.
HHS Seeks Comments on Alternatives to Gay Blood Ban
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reconsidering its rules forbidding men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood, The Hill reports.
PEPFAR to Give Over $4M to Address Gender-Based Violence
The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will provide $4.65 million in grants to oppose violence based on gender in more than 80 countries, according to the U.S. Department of State.
March 14, 2012
Grant Colfax Appointed New White House ONAP Director
Grant Colfax has been named the new director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP).
Wisconsin Considers Repeal of State Sex Ed Law
Wisconsin is considering repealing a state law that directs public schools to teach sex education, the Post Crescent reports.
Japan Donates $340M to Global Fund
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has received a $340 million contribution from Japan, making it the country’s largest ever donation, according to a Global Fund statement.
March 13, 2012
Simi Valley, Calif., Seeks Porn Mandate for Condoms
Officials in Simi Valley, California, are lobbying for a local measure that would require on-set condom use for all adult film productions, mirroring the ordinance recently passed in neighboring Los Angeles, reports The Los Angeles Times.
HIV Drugs Replacing Holy Water Treatment in Ethiopia
Although many HIV-positive Ethiopians are still seeking scientifically ineffective Holy Water treatment for the virus, in keeping with Christian Orthodox beliefs, the number of people in the country on antiretroviral (ARV) medication has increased more than threefold in recent years, The Wall Street Journal reports.
HIV Rate Drops Among MSM in New Zealand
New Zealand has seen a significant drop in the number of new HIV cases among men who have sex with men (MSM), according to the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) data reported by
March 12, 2012
Canadian Man Accused of Killing HIV-Positive Boyfriend
Michael Lynne Pearce, a 43-year-old man who confessed to killing his HIV-positive partner in July 2007, has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, reports.
Televangelist Pat Robertson Supports Legalizing Marijuana
Pat Robertson, television evangelist and founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, is advocating for the legalization of marijuana, The New York Times reports.
Housing Works to Reopen Brooklyn-Based Health Center
Housing Works, a New York City-based group that fights the dual epidemics of AIDS and homelessness, will reopen its East New York Community Health Center, according to a Housing Works statement.
March 09, 2012
ESPN Documentary on Magic Johnson’s HIV Disclosure
The Announcement, a documentary about Magic Johnson’s HIV disclosure, will debut March 11 on ESPN, reports The Hollywood Reporter. 
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2012
Saturday, March 10, is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD).
Thabang Lebese, South African Soccer Star, Died of AIDS
Thabang Lebese, the late soccer star from South Africa, died of AIDS-related complications, Kick Off reports. 
March 08, 2012
Donald Payne, Congressman and HIV/AIDS Advocate, Dies
U.S. Representative Donald M. Payne, a popular and respected Democratic figure whose legislative achievements included securing billions in foreign aid for people with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, died of colon cancer March 6 in Livingston, New Jersey, The New York Times reports. He was 77.
Idaho Residents Seek Medical Marijuana in Oregon
With efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Idaho at an impasse, state residents are increasingly procuring it in adjoining Oregon, the Idaho Statesman reports.
Supreme Court of India Asks How Many LGBT People Have HIV
The Supreme Court of India has requested government data on the nation's LGBT population—including what percentage of that population has HIV, according to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) blog.
March 07, 2012
N.Y. Bill Would Stop Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution
A bill proposed in New York state to keep the possession of condoms from being used in criminal court as evidence of prostitution has gained traction following years of dismissal, The New York Times reports.
Men Less Likely to Get HIV Care in Sub-Saharan Africa
HIV-positive men in sub-Saharan Africa are not accessing HIV/AIDS treatment as often as women, according to a study published in PLoS Medicine and reported by Voice of America News (VOA).
10 Years Later, Pet Project Still Serves People With HIV/AIDS
Pet Project, an organization based in Broward, Florida, continues to help people with HIV/AIDS keep their pets by providing pet food, walking services, medical assistance and transportation to a vet, reports.
March 06, 2012
More Than Half of People With HIV in U.S. Have Long Gaps in Care
A first-ever comprehensive estimate of U.S. HIV care retention reveals that more than half of HIV-positive patients had gaps in treatment ranging from seven months to a year or more, according a new study published in the journal AIDS and reported in a University of Pennsylvania statement.
Los Angeles Condoms in Porn Mandate Takes Effect
The Los Angeles ordinance that mandates condom usage on adult film shoots went into effect March 4, even though questions about the law’s enforcement have not been resolved, The Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Ohio Man With HIV Faces 3 Years in Prison for Unprotected Sex
Randal Brown, a 23-year-old man charged with felonious assault for allegedly having unprotected sex with a girlfriend without disclosing his HIV-positive status, entered a plea agreement for a recommended three-year sentence, reports.
March 05, 2012
Maryland Considers Increasing HIV Law to 25-Year Felony
Lawmakers in the Maryland legislature have proposed changing the state’s HIV-specific criminal law from a misdemeanor to a felony, the American Independent reports.
Injection Drug Users Represent 9% of New HIV Cases in U.S.
Though the number of people contracting HIV through injection drug use in the United States is declining, injection drug users still account for 9 percent of all new HIV cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
British HIV Groups Say PrEP Should Not Be Offered Yet
The British HIV Association (BHIVA) and the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) have issued a statement saying that efficacy data on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is not compelling enough for PrEP to be offered to patients on demand, aidsmap reports.
March 02, 2012
National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS 2012
The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS 2012 will be commemorated March 4 to 10. 
Funding Cuts Despite High HIV Rates in NYC
A 2011 study of gay and bisexual men living in New York City found high rates of unsafe sex and high rates of drug and alcohol use, Gay City News reports.
Suggested New Indicator Diseases for HIV Tests in Europe
A new study suggests that health care professionals in Europe should consider several diseases, including herpes zoster and certain forms of cancer, as indicators a patient possibly has HIV, according to a University of Copenhagen statement. 
March 01, 2012
HIV/AIDS Activists Confront NYC Official on Subway
To draw attention to New York City's HIV/AIDS policies, more than 50 HIV-positive people and their supporters protested Robert Doar, commissioner of the city's Human Resources Administration (HRA), on February 29, according to a VOCAL-NY statement.
China Mandates Condoms in 95% of Hotels by 2015
China's new AIDS Action Plan for reducing HIV transmission and AIDS deaths involves placing condom machines in hotels and other public places, reports.
More HIV Services, More Costs in South Africa
HIV testing and services are more prevalent than ever in South Africa, but the country's government may not be able to sustain funding the effort, PlusNews reports.
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