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May 28, 2010
Cubans Prevent HIV and Get Creative With Condoms
Everything is rationed in Cuba except condoms, which has contributed in large part to the island having the lowest HIV rate in the Western hemisphere, the Global Post reports. 
May 27, 2010
Bigger Condoms Coming Up Free in DC
Residents of Washington, DC, are getting bigger condoms after complaining to city officials about the size and quality of condoms given out through its free program, the Washington Examiner reports.
California Sues AIDS Group for Illegal Use of $2.8 Million
California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. filed a lawsuit to close the Monterey County AIDS Project (MCAP) for its alleged illegal use of more than $2.8 million in HIV/AIDS funding, KCBA reports.
May 26, 2010
Lubricants for Anal Sex May Increase Risk of HIV, STIs
People who used lubrication during anal sex were three times more likely to have rectal sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than those who didn’t use lube, according to a study presented at the International Microbicides Conference in Pittsburgh. 
Advocates Plan a National Call-In Day to End the ADAP Crisis
Advocates have called for a day of action May 26 on behalf of AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) in the United States. People are urged to call and write President Obama and their members of Congress.
May 25, 2010
FDA Begins Process of Ending Gay Blood Donor Ban
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has started the process to review and possibly end the ban on blood donations from gay men, the Washington Blade reports. 
Judge Rules No Verbal Abuse by Teacher in HIV Class
A federal judge ruled in favor of a Staten Island, New York, teacher who allowed her eighth grade students to use vulgar slang during a class about HIV/AIDS, The New York Times reports.
May 24, 2010
The Lazarus Effect Documentary Premieres on HBO
The Lazarus Effect, a new documentary by Lance Bangs depicting how antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatments have changed the lives of four HIV-positive people living in Africa, premieres Monday, May 24, on HBO.
Study: Pregnancy Doubles HIV Risk in Male Partners
Men are at a greater risk of contracting HIV when their partner is pregnant and living with the virus, according to a study presented at the 2010 International Microbicides Conference in Pittsburgh.
May 21, 2010
Researchers Look to Vaginal Applications With Tenofovir as HIV Prevention
Vaginal creams to prevent HIV so far have been ineffective, but vaginal gels, films and contraceptive-style rings all made with an antiretroviral medication may yet work, the Associated Press reports.
Ugandan HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Act Criticized
The 2010 HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Act, introduced May 19 in the Ugandan Parliament, criminalizes HIV transmission, mandates HIV testing for certain people and requires medical personnel to disclose the HIV status of those people, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). 
May 20, 2010
Homophobic Scientist Dumped From Oil Spill Team
Astrophysics professor Jonathan Katz is no longer part of a team of scientists the Energy Department assembled to tackle the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Metro Weekly reports. 
Smallpox Vaccine Is Linked to Decrease in HIV Cases
Researchers believe the smallpox vaccine used to eradicate the disease worldwide offered some protection against HIV, according to a study published in the journal BMC Immunology and reported by BBC News. 
May 19, 2010
Auditors Accuse Philadelphia of Wasting AIDS Funds
A report by the Pennsylvania state auditor accuses the Philadelphia Health Department of wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars allotted to HIV/AIDS services, according to Philadelphia Gay News. 
Haitian AIDS Group Wins $1 Million Gates Award for Global Health
GHESKIO, a Haitian HIV/AIDS group, has been awarded the 2010 Gates Award for Global Health, according to the Global Health Council. The group will receive $1 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
May 18, 2010
South African President Encourages Circumcision to Lower HIV Risk
South African President Jacob Zuma revealed that he is now circumcised, a disclosure that scientists and health officials hope may encourage other men to undergo the procedure, The New York Times reports. 
HIV Care Denied to Most MSM in Asia-Pacific Region
Nearly 90 percent of men who have sex with men in the Asia-Pacific region are denied HIV care because of regional laws criminalizing male homosexual activity, according to a U.N.-backed report written about in BBC News. 
May 17, 2010
Researchers Mark National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
Treatment alone won’t stop the AIDS pandemic—as is evident in the fact that for every person who begins HIV treatment, two to three others contract the virus. To prevent and end AIDS, a powerful vaccine is needed. 
Brothers & Sisters Season Finale Ends on HIV Twist
The season finale of Brothers & Sisters ended with the revelation that a character was HIV positive. The surprising plot line brings up issues of nonprogressors, HIV testing protocol and the rates of HIV among gay men and the elderly, reports
May 14, 2010
South African Inspectors Bust HIV Treatment Pyramid Scheme
South African Revenue Service (SARS) inspectors busted an unnamed investment firm in an HIV/AIDS treatment pyramid scheme, Reuters reports. 
Canadian Judge Rules HIV-Negative Man Not at “Significant Risk”
In a groundbreaking HIV criminalization case, a Canadian judge ruled that an HIV-negative insertive partner is not at “significant risk of serious bodily harm” if he had unprotected anal sex with an HIV-positive receptive male partner, aidsmap reports. 
May 13, 2010
White House Hosts HIV/AIDS Panel on Public-Private Partnerships
The White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) hosted a panel discussion May 13 about the role of public-private partnerships in the fight against HIV/AIDS. 
amfAR Funds New Grants to Find a Cure for HIV/AIDS
The new amfAR Research Consortium on HIV Eradication (ARCHE) has awarded its first-round research grants to four teams that will develop collaborative strategies for curing HIV/AIDS. 
May 12, 2010
Native American HIV/AIDS Concerns Discussed at Federal Level
Members from a national coalition of 30 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian HIV/AIDS organizations met with federal health agencies in Washington, DC, Native OUT reports. 
Project Inform Responds to Criticism of Its Early HIV Treatment Position Papers
The San Francisco-based HIV/AIDS advocacy group Project Inform has released a statement in response to recent criticism of two position papers it released on the topic of when to start HIV treatment.
May 11, 2010
Canadian Auditors Shut Down Bogus AIDS Charity
The Canadian Revenue Service has shut down the Orion Foundation after an audit revealed the AIDS charity was a tax shelter scheme, the Toronto Star reports. 
Persecuted Chinese AIDS Activist Moves to U.S.
Chinese AIDS activist Wan Yanhai and his family have left China for the United States because of increasing pressure and threats from the Chinese government, The New York Times reports. 
May 10, 2010
The New York Times: The Fight Against AIDS in Africa Is Falling Apart
The fight against AIDS in Africa is falling apart, The New York Times concludes in three detailed articles.
San Diego HIV/AIDS Service Providers Under Investigation
San Diego’s Office of Compliance is investigating complaints against the Family Health Centers of San Diego and San Ysidro Health Center’s HIV/AIDS services, San Diego News Network reports.
May 07, 2010
May 7 Is World AIDS Orphans Day
May 7 is World AIDS Orphans Day, a grassroots campaign designed to create awareness and promote advocacy for the more than 15 million children worldwide orphaned by AIDS. 
DC City Council Sends Medical Marijuana Bill to Mayor Fenty
The Washington, DC, City Council voted unanimously to permit doctors to write prescriptions for medical marijuana to people with HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, cancer or a “chronic and lasting disease,” The New York Times reports. 
May 06, 2010
Study: HPV Prevention in Men May Help HIV Prevention
Men with human papillomavirus (HPV) have an increased risk of contracting HIV compared with men without HPV, according to a study in The Journal of Infectious Diseases and reported by the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.
Pakistan Upgrades HIV/AIDS Treatment Center
The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) will upgrade its HIV/AIDS treatment and care center into a full department, the Daily Times reports. 
May 05, 2010
Missouri School District Denies Teaching Abstinence-Only Sex Ed
A school district in central Missouri refutes a claim that area schools teach abstinence-only sex education, The Columbia Daily Tribune reports.
AIDS Denialist Ignored Scientific Misconduct Warnings
Controversial HIV scientist Peter Duesberg is being investigated at the University of California at Berkeley for ignoring warnings not to publish a paper refuting the effectiveness of antiretrovirals (ARVs) in treating HIV/AIDS, Nature reports. 
May 04, 2010
Study: HIV Key to Worldwide Adult Mortality Rates
HIV was the key to reversing the worldwide decline in adult mortality from 1970 to 1990, according to a study published in The Lancet and reported by Plus News. 
Sex Ed Bills Advance in Pennsylvania and Louisiana
A Pennsylvania sex education bill getting traction mandates that school boards in each district have the power to determine material for the curriculum but it must instruct students about HIV/AIDS and HIV prevention, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. 
May 03, 2010
Report: 1,001 People in 10 States on ADAP Waiting Lists
AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) in 10 states have a combined total of 1,001 people on waiting lists as of April 30, according to a new report from the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD).
St. Vincent’s Hospital in NYC Officially Closes
After months of layoffs and service cuts, St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City’s Greenwich Village officially closed April 30, The New York Times reports.
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