Australian Troops Put at Low Risk for HIV Failure to properly sterilize surgical equipment may have put Australian soldiers and contractors stationed in Iraq at risk for blood-borne diseases, including HIV and hepatitis, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reports.
More Than 8,300 People on Waiting Lists for HIV Meds
A record number of more than 8,300 low-income HIV-positive people in 13 states are on waiting lists to get antiretroviral drugs and other medications used to treat the virus or related side effects, mental health conditions or opportunistic infections, The Washington Post reports.
Bullied LGBT Youth At Risk of Suicide and HIV
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth who endure bullying or violence in middle or high school are more likely to experience physical and mental health problems, including depression, suicide attempts and HIV infection, according to a study published in the American School Health Association's Journal of School Health and reported by ScienceDaily.
Global Fund Freezes Its Grants for China
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria froze payments on its millions of dollars of grants to China because of disputes between the organization and the Chinese government, The New York Times reports.
AIDS Ribbon Installed on Twin Peaks in San Francisco A giant red AIDS ribbon was mounted on San Francisco’s Twin Peaks for the first time, marking the 30th anniversary of the first reported cases of AIDS in the United states, according to a statement from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
Advocates Seek to Replenish Stocks of HIV Meds in India The Delhi Network of Positive People (DNP+) and other HIV/AIDS groups are calling on the Indian Health Ministry and National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) to replenish stocks of HIV/AIDS medications in treatment centers in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the Citizen News Service (CNS) reports.
May 24, 2011
HUD to Award $9.1 Million in HIV/AIDS Housing Grants The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is offering up to $9.1 million in grants to address the housing needs of low-income people and families living with HIV/AIDS, according to a HUD statement.
AIDS-Related Mortality Dropped 64% Since 2002 in China The AIDS-related mortality rate in China has dropped 64 percent since the government began distributing free antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in 2002, according to a study published in the journal Lancet and reported by The New York Times.
PEPFAR Gives New Guidelines for MSM HIV Prevention The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), a worldwide advocacy network for men who have sex with men (MSM), is encouraged by new HIV prevention guidelines from The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator for use in countries receiving assistance from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), according to an MSMGF statement.
May 18 Is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day May 18 is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, an annual observance in recognition of the advocates and researchers who are working together to find a safe and effective HIV vaccine.
U.N. Bicycle Social Media Campaign to Raise HIV Awareness HIV advocates and bicycle enthusiasts have launched Move It!, a social media campaign aimed to create support for and a successful outcome at the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS in New York City in June, UNAIDS reports.
Congress Members Seek Update on National HIV/AIDS Strategy
Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and almost 90 members of Congress have introduced legislation calling for a progress report on the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and achieving universal access for people living with HIV, according to a statement from Lee.
May 16, 2011
Delaware Legalizes Medical Marijuana It is now legal for Delaware residents with certain serious health issues, such as HIV/AIDS, to use medical marijuana, according to the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) blog.
Anti-Homosexuality Bill Shelved Again in Uganda The Parliament of Uganda, the African nation's chief legislative body, has adjourned without voting on the pending Anti-Homosexuality Bill, according to a statement by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).
Drug Dealers Illegally Buying and Selling HIV Meds Drug dealers in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, which is heavily populated with immigrants and descendants from the Dominican Republic, are illegally buying prescription drugs, including HIV medications, and selling the meds to their country of origin, The New York Times reports.
Teens More Willing to Get an HIV Test After a Risk Assessment A new study shows that teenagers who are offered a free or low-cost rapid HIV test immediately following a risk assessment survey are more willing to accept it, according to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health by researchers at the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center (BHCRC).
Global Fund Asserts It Will Continue Budget Transparency A recent article by The Associated Press (AP) claims the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria plans to reduce its budget transparency because reports of corruption and misspent money have curtailed donations.
May 11, 2011
HIV-Positive Former Pro Wrestler Indicted for Nondisclosure Andre Davis, a former professional wrestler, has been indicted by a grand jury in Cincinnati on eight additional felony assault charges for allegedly having sex with women and not disclosing his HIV-positive status, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
UNAIDS, TAC Promote Condom Use in City of Cape Town Activists from the Treatment Action Coalition (TAC) in South Africa and members of the UNAIDS Commission on HIV Prevention marched in the City of Cape Town to scale-up the use of condoms in the areas most severely affected by HIV, according to a UNAIDS statement.
GMHC Moves to New Location New York City-based AIDS service organization Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) has officially moved into its new headquarters, Chelsea Now reports.
May 06, 2011
U.S. House Bill Would Increase Voluntary HIV Testing Access
Representative Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), along with 25 of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives, introduced the Increasing Access to Voluntary Screening for HIV/AIDS and STIs Act of 2011, according to a statement by Hastings.
Smithsonian Commemorates 30 Years of AIDS Beginning June 3, The Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, will commemorate 30 years of AIDS with a three-part display and accompanying website, according to a Smithsonian Institution statement.
FDA Warns Companies Selling Fake Remedies for HIV The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is sending dozens of warning letters to companies selling bogus pills and supplements that claim to cure or prevent sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, herpes and genital warts, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
The Normal Heart Racks Up Tony Nominations
The Broadway revival of The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical 1985 play about the rise of AIDS in mid-’80s New York, has garnered five Tony nominations, according to the American Theater Wing (the organization that awards Tonys).
NIH Grants $10M to Minnesota Researcher for HIV Cure Reuben Harris, PhD, of the University of Minnesota (U of M), has received a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate a promising lead in anti-HIV research, according to a U of M statement.