$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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 GayNZ.com.
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.
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, Vindy.com 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
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.