A Wartime Welcome for HIV Meds HIV treatment can and should be administered in settings where there is war and armed-conflict, according Doctors Without Borders researchers, instead of waiting until things calm down.
Free Rap Tix? Get Tested First Houston hip hop fans will have the chance to see Lil’ Wayne, Baby and David Banner in a free concert next month as part of “Hip Hop 4 Life—Know Your Status”—but there’s a catch: They’ll have to take an HIV test first.
Ryan White Bucks for Connecticut Two Connecticut cities have received more than $2 million of supplemental Ryan White federal AIDS funding in order to restore some HIV/AIDS serviced cut earlier this year, though some legislators are saying it is not enough.
Hong Kong Has HIV Problems Hong Kong officials recently reported a rapid rise in HIV cases among gay men and suspect an increase in unprotected sex.
May 30, 2007
New Global Testing Guidelines The World Health Organization and UNAIDS released new guidelines today on HIV testing and counseling that emphasize provider-initiated HIV testing, as opposed to testing requested by patients.
Look Out, Indian AIDS Quacks A group of Indians living with HIV has launched a campaign against so-called AIDS healers who offer to “cure” people with HIV for a fee.
Bush Seeks $30 Billion for PEPFAR President Bush today urged Congress to approve a plan to double the U.S. commitment to fighting AIDS in Africa over the next five years.
Death Penalty for China’s Former FDA Head The man who once ran China’s Food and Drug Administration was sentenced to death today after he pled guilty to corruption and accepting bribes during his years as director, from 1998 to 2005.
Washington D.C. Needs Needles Representative Jose E. Serrano (D-NY) plans to push for the removal of legislation that prevents Washington D.C. from using local tax money to fund needle exchange programs.
HIV Tests for Rape Suspects? The New York State Assembly is debating a bill, supported by Governor Eliot Spitzer and a majority of lawmakers, that would require HIV testing for all suspects indicted on rape charges.
The Bloody Truth The British government knew that hemophiliacs were in danger of being infected with HIV and hepatitis C from blood products in 1983, but failed to warn patients about the risks, according to minutes obtained by the Guardian.
NYC Cops Staked Out AIDS Activists AIDS activists from Housing Works and ACT UP were under secret surveillance by the New York Police Department during the Republican National Convention in 2004, according to documents publicized last week.
China Steps up Screening Starting June 1, the Chinese government will screen all blood-based medicines for treating hemophilia and other ailments, the state-run news agency reported.
May 24, 2007
FDA Reaffirms Ban On Gay Blood Yesterday the Food and Drug Administration reaffirmed a policy barring all men who have had sex with a man since 1977 from donating blood.
No Medics? No Meds A severe shortage of healthcare workers throughout southern Africa is thwarting efforts to expand access to HIV meds, according to a report by Doctors Without Borders.
All About the Sex Lives of Gay Men The UK’s National Health Service is designing a database that will contain intimate information about the sex lives of over 200,000 gay men in order to identify “safe sex lapsers.”
May 23, 2007
AHF Bashes “Underhanded Advertising” L.A.’s AIDS Healthcare Foundation has launched a public awareness campaign against pharmaceutical company ads that use “underhanded negative advertising” to sell their products.
Congress Looks at AIDS Behind Bars A congressional subcommittee was briefed this week on the Stop AIDS in Prison Act, introduced by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Cal.) last month.
Global Fund: One Million Served
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced yesterday that it has brought treatment to over one million HIV positive people, up from 544,000 a year ago.
Gates in China The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a brand new Beijing office, its first in China, and the focus is on HIV and AIDS.
Malaysia Is Mum on Condoms The Malaysian government announced this week that it would leave the job of promoting condom use to non-governmental organizations, citing the fact that Malaysia is an Islamic country.
In Russia, $60 Buys a Cure
Migrant workers of any HIV status can pay $60 to an employee at a Russian clinic for certificates stating they are HIV negative, according to an Irish newspaper.
Attention Serostim Users If you used Serostim, which is only FDA-approved to treat HIV-related wasting, you many be eligible to cash in on a class action lawsuit against its maker for encouraging doctors to prescribe the treatment for off-label uses such as lipodystrophy.
May 21, 2007
Int’l Treatment Plea: Hurry Up If the pace of bringing treatment to the world’s HIV positive doesn’t pick up soon, the United Nations’ goal of getting 10 million people on meds by 2010 will be missed by half, according to a report by ActionAid.
Hot Summer Music
A Prayer 4 Hip Hop, VIBE Magazine, Life Media and GospelCity.com are putting on a Test For Life concert series this summer that will provide free HIV tests along with performances by hip hop, gospel and R & B artists.
Pediatric AIDS Clinic Signs Off The Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trial Group at the University of California in San Francisco has lost its funding because so few children are born HIV positive in the area that the center doesn’t qualify for federal support.
HIV Loans Float Boats in Thailand A Thai microcredit program called Positive Partnership gives loans to people with HIV who pair up with a negative business partner to start their own companies.
May 18, 2007
Today Is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day HIV vaccine candidates now in testing may prove valuable even if none actually prevents HIV infection, according to an analysis of current research released on the occasion of the 10th annual HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.
Taiwan Clinics Snub Newborns Some clinics in Taiwan are refusing to care for babies of HIV positive mothers until they are sure that the child is HIV negative, reports the Taipei Times.
A Hawaiian Haven On the eve of Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day tomorrow, Hawaiian newspaper The Garden Island profiles a local group tackling HIV stigma and raising awareness on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i.
AIDS Walk New York Is Sunday!
The annual POZ AIDS Walk New York fundraiser last night at NYC nightspot Prohibition was a star-studded success, drawing guests and daytime TV actors from as far away as New Mexico, Canada and North Carolina and pushing the POZ team’s pledge over $8,000!
Rapid Tests Are a Hit in the ER
Routine rapid HIV testing in emergency rooms is cost-effective and popular among patients, according to a George Washington University study published yesterday.
Sexism-Busting Comix in India The Population Council is distributing 250,000 color comic books in four Indian cities to tackle sexism and violence against women and fight HIV infection.
Thinking About Suicide Although one in five people with HIV examined over the course of a week had thoughts of suicide, the percentage of people who said they would actually try to kill themselves was lower than previous studies had indicated.
May 16, 2007
Ohio State Cancels Transsexuality Talk
A talk on transsexuality scheduled as a part of Ohio State University’s AIDS Awareness Week was canceled Monday after community members complained to the local health department that the topic was offensive, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Viramune Price Cut Overseas German pharmaceutical company Boehringer-Ingelheim announced plans yesterday to cut the price of its popular antiretroviral drug nevirapine (Viramune) by 50 percent in low-income countries.
Cricket’s Wickets Take Aim at HIV The English and Wales Cricket Board has embarked on a new campaign to fight HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean by using the popularity of the sport.
Jersey Moms Face Mandatory Testing A bill proposed last week would make New Jersey the first state to mandate HIV testing for both pregnant women and their newborn babies—unless a woman opts out in writing.
HIV Prevention Lags for Asia’s IDU’s Asian governments need to spend more money on harm reduction programs to target the continent’s 6 million injection drug users, a United Nations health official urged today.
Sex Ed Squabble in India Indian government campaigns to educate young people about HIV are sparking debate in several culturally conservative parts of the country.
What Your Doctor Can Do For You People with HIV who remain under medical care live longer than those who do not, according to a study by Baylor College of Medicine and Veteran Affairs.
May 11, 2007
What Are You Doing for Mother’s Day? Mother’s Day, which is Sunday, may inspire flowers and chocolate for some, but another way to honor it is with a gift in Mom’s name to the charity of your choice.
Florida Protest on Medicaid Changes About 100 physicians, social workers and members of the HIV community marched this morning in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to protest changes to state Medicaid HIV/AIDS policies.
HIV in the Haitian Workplace UNAIDS and the local Fondation Sogebank have announced a partnership in order to improve workplace conditions for people with HIV throughout the country, which has the highest rate of HIV infection in the region.
An AIDS Clinic Opens in Afghanistan The first HIV/AIDS diagnostic center in Afghanistan’s northern city of Mazar-I-Sharif opened its doors earlier this week, featuring testing and treatment facilities.
May 10, 2007
Still Waiting in South Carolina South Carolina continues to hurt for AIDS treatment money, despite $26 million dollars in federal HIV/AIDS grants last month, reports the daily State.
Positive Life at 13 A Missouri 13-year-old with HIV has been traveling the country speaking at fundraisers and answering questions about his positive life.
Nepalis Rally for AIDS Services HIV positive Nepalis have been holding rallies and protests throughout the country to demand a stronger government response to the care and treatment needs of the nation’s 75,000 people living with HIV.
Double the Babies, Double the Risk Giving birth to twins increases the risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission, especially to the twin that is born first, according to a new French study.
May 09, 2007
CDC AIDS Plan Under Fire The AIDS advocacy group CHAMP (Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project) is criticizing a new HIV/AIDS plan issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “narrow” and “settling.”
NYC Subway Condoms May Stall on the Tracks New York City’s new subway-themed condom campaign could be discontinued if the Health Department doesn’t see clear signs of their effectiveness in increasing safe sex, New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said Monday.
Get Them While They’re Young Two new projects at opposite ends of Africa are taking novel approaches to meeting the needs of HIV positive children.
Thailand’s “Mr. Condom” Is At It Again The Thai government has called on popular HIV/AIDS advocate Mechai Viravaidya—also known as “Mr. Condom”—to devise a new prevention campaign to target young people amid growing concerns about the national infection rate.
May 08, 2007
Hubby Hanky Panky Is Women’s #1 HIV Risk Marital infidelity is the single most risky HIV factor for women worldwide, according to a new study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Clinton Knocks Down Drug Prices Former President Bill Clinton announced new agreements today between his foundation, international drug organization UNITAID and generic manufacturers that will lower the price of second-line drugs in the developing world, as well reduce the price of a first-line, one-a-day AIDS drug to less than $1 per day.
Syphilis Up Among Gay and Bi Men Syphilis, which multiplies the risk of contracting HIV by two to five times, has soared among gay and bisexual men in the past decade.
Condoms Don’t Make You Promiscuous Teens who used condoms the first time they had sex were no more likely to be promiscuous than those who didn’t, says a new study, and they also had lower rates of STDs.
May 07, 2007
Ryan White Changes Take Their Toll AIDS service organizations in Texas and other states are feeling the effects of recent Ryan White funding changes, reports the Dallas Morning News.
Mozambique’s HIV Roadshow IRIN reports on an HIV/AIDS awareness truck that brings dancing and comedy along with prevention messages to rural areas of Mozambique, a country with an HIV prevalence rate of about 16 percent.
U.S. Teens Are Not Routinely Tested Two-thirds of U.S. physicians only offer HIV tests to high-risk teens, despite guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directing that all teens be routinely tested.
HIV’s Homeless Face Discrimination Almost 40 percent of people with HIV in transitional housing said they had experienced discrimination in the healthcare system, according to a study by researchers at the City University of New York.
May 04, 2007
Brazil Busts Sustiva Drug Patent Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva issued a “compulsory license” today to make an inexpensive generic version of HIV med efavirenz available nationwide, despite Merck’s patent on the product as Sustiva.
Serono Execs Acquitted A U.S. District Court in Boston acquitted four executives from drug maker Serono of bribing doctors to prescribe Serostim to treat AIDS wasting.
In South Africa, It’s Better in Prison HIV positive South African prisoners out on parole, many released in an attempt to relieve severe prison overcrowding, are demanding to be readmitted because they cannot get treatment or find jobs on the outside.
Australian Judge Rejects Denialist Testimony An HIV positive Australian man has lost his appeal of a conviction on charges of endangering three women with whom he had unprotected sex, an argument that he had based on a claim that HIV does not cause AIDS.
May 03, 2007
Serosorting on the Rise in San Francisco
While rates of unprotected sex among U.S. gay men are increasing, they are increasingly choosing partners of the same HIV status in order to reduce risk, according to studies by the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the University of California, San Francisco.
Days of Our HIV Lives A soap opera featuring an eight-year-old girl who was infected with HIV through a blood transfusion is getting top ratings on South Korean TV.
Get a Free Condom With Your Martini A new condom-themed bar in India offers condoms for change and has plates brimming with both the male and female variety, in an effort to improve HIV awareness.
Online Chat About Prevention in Southern Africa A new online discussion area sponsored by the Southern African AIDS Information Dissemination Service and UNAIDS aims to spark dialogue about HIV-related prevention topics including condoms, multiple partners and issues affecting youth.
May 02, 2007
HIV Hoax in DC Schools A hoax email written on letterhead of the public relations firm Ogilvy claims mistakenly that five Washington, DC, school districts found students had HIV rates of 48 to 89% after mandatory testing lock-ins.
How to Fight AIDS in America The Open Society Institute released a report yesterday outlining a plan to fight AIDS in the U.S. by holding the government more accountable for AIDS spending, cutting new infections and increasing access to care.
Hospice Help from Princess Di The Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa and the National Hospice Foundation today announced the launch of a new hospice care fund for people living with HIV in Africa.
NY State Considers AIDS Vanity Plates A proposed New York State bill would launch an AIDS awareness vanity plate, with a special $25 annual charge benefiting the Department of Health AIDS Institute.
May 01, 2007
94% of Docs Get Pharma Gifts A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that 94% of physicians receive some kind of donation from pharmaceutical companies, ranging from free drug samples to payment for serving on advisory boards or enrolling patients in clinical trials.
Unsafe Gay Sex in the UK
More than 1 in 3 HIV positive gay men in the UK and 1 in 5 HIV negative gay men have unprotected sex, according to the Gay Men’s Sex Survey, which will be published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.
Global Fund Will Triple Spending After taking over as the new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria this week, Michel Kazatchkine announced plans to more than triple annual spending to $6 or $8 billion.
Neglecting Rape in South Africa Clinic workers in South Africa, where the rate rape is famously high, often refuse to provide victims with antiretrovirals if the rape hasn’t been reported to the police, according to a survey by The National Working Group on Sexual Offenses.
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