N.M. Health Official Claims Condoms Got Her Fired
Erin Bouquin, chief medical officer for the New Mexico Department of Health, claims she was asked to resign after she gave a TV interview in which she advised teens to use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted infections, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
Arson Attack on Women's HIV Group in New Orleans
The offices of Women With a
Vision (WWAV), a New Orleans-based organization that provides health care and
support for poor minority women, were broken into and set on fire, resulting in
significant losses for the group, MRZine reports.
U.K. Considers Free Fertility Treatments for People With HIV The National Health Service in England and Wales should extend free fertility and in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments to people with infectious diseases such as HIV or hepatitis B and to people facing cancer treatment who hope to preserve their fertility, according to new guidelines published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Court Orders Prison HIV Tests in Sri Lanka A Sri Lankan court magistrate has ordered authorities at Welikada prison to test inmates in a certain ward for HIV after one prisoner died of AIDS-related complications.
May 25, 2012
SF to Restore $6M in Cuts From Federal HIV Funds
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will restore all of about $6.6 million in federal HIV/AIDS funds that the city expects to lose in the fiscal year beginning July 1, according to the Bay Area Reporter (BAR).
Texas Audit Finds $35,000 in Double Billing From HIV Groups The Austin, Texas, health department's contracts with two HIV/AIDS service organizationsthe David Powell Health Center and Austin Travis County Integral Carecontain serious shortcomings that could jeopardize current and future federal funding, The Statesman reports.
Fighting HIV, Sexual Abuse of Minors in the Caribbean A new campaign spotlights the high incidence of childhood sex abuse and rape in the Caribbean, which often goes underreported and spreads sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, according to a UNICEF statement.
Burma Celebrates First Public LGBT Pride Event Burma’s first-ever public LGBT pride event, held in a Rangoon hotel and attended by about 400 people, may signal a shift toward reforming the country’s policies that criminalize homosexuality.
May 21, 2012
Electronic System Speeds Up Reporting of HIV, Other Diseases
Health departments nationwide are switching from paper-based to electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) systems, which will expedite reporting of diseases and medical conditions such as HIV and hepatitis, according to an Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) statement.
U.S. House Bill Gives Over $5B to PEPFAR, Global Fund
In its newly approved 2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations has dedicated $5.542 billion to global AIDS funding, the Center for Global Health Policy reports.
Banyan Tree Project Launches Anti-HIV Stigma Campaign In advance of the annual National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Friday, May 18, the Banyan Tree Project (BTP) has launched an initiative to end HIV stigma and discrimination among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, according to a BTP statement.
Housing for Sex Workers Reduces Their HIV Risk Sex workers who have safe and supportive housing are at less risk of being exposed to violence and HIV, according to a study by the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and reported by The Province.
UNAIDS Concerned Over Greece HIV Sex Worker Crackdown
he Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has expressed its concern over recent actions by Greek authorities involving the arrest, detention, mandatory HIV testing, publication of photographs and personal details, and pressing of criminal charges against at least 12 sex workers, according to a UNAIDS statement.
May 10, 2012
Global Fund Forecasts $1.6B in Additional Support
A new financial forecast by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria estimates more than $1.6 billion in additional funding will be available in the 2012 to 2014 period, according to a Global Fund statement.
FDA Staff Supports Truvada PrEP in Advance of Hearing Staff from the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) have found Truvada, a pill from Gilead Sciences, to
be safe and effective when used to protect HIV-negative people from getting the
virus, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
Sexually Active Teen Girls More Likely to Use Contraception
The proportion of teenage
girls having sex has decreased while the use of contraception has increased,
according to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reported by HealthDay News.
HIV/AIDS Funding Does Not Weaken Services for Other Illnesses
Even though HIV/AIDS receives more donor funding globally than all other diseases combined, the imbalance does not undermine the health care services for other illnesses, according to a study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
HIV, Hep Concerns for Calif. Boy Pricked by Used Syringe Seven-year-old Miklo Santiago pricked his finger after finding a used syringe in an Oakland, California, schoolyard last week, and he is now undergoing preventive treatment for HIV and hepatitis as a precaution, according to a KTVU article.
UNAIDS: Gaps Persist in Access to HIV Services Worldwide United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon warns that unless greater efforts to combat AIDS are taken, prevention and care targets set for 2015 won't be met, according to a Joint United Nations Program on AIDS (UNAIDS) statement.
Rising HIV Rates Among Nomads in Northeastern Uganda The Karimojong nomads of northeastern Uganda, once regarded as a low-risk group for HIV because of geographic isolation and cultural strictures, have seen a significant rise in HIV rates—from 3.5 percent five years ago to 5.8 percent today, PlusNews reports.
May 02, 2012
Florida Reduces Its ADAP Waiting List to 427 People
The Florida Legislature has
voted to increase funding to Florida’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) as
part of the 2012 state budget, reducing its waiting list for the program to 427
people, according to a statement from The AIDS Institute.
Greece Begins Mobile HIV Health Checks of Sex Workers The Centre for the Control
and Prevention of Diseases (known as KEEL.PNO) in Greece has started mobile
health checks that include HIV tests for sex workers working on streets and in
brothels, Athens News reports.