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November 30, 2010
HIV/AIDS Advocate Randy Allgaier Dies
Longtime HIV/AIDS advocate Randy Allgaier died on November 27 in San Francisco, according to a statement from the Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR) Coalition. 
Malaysia in 2013 to Be First Asian Host of IAS Conference
Malaysia has been chosen to host the seventh IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013), becoming the first Asian country to host the event, according to an International AIDS Society (IAS) statement. 
Michigan Police Disclose Man’s HIV Status to Ex-Girlfriend
A Detroit man may face felony charges for not disclosing his HIV-positive status to his ex-girlfriend, The Michigan Messenger reports. 
November 29, 2010
Lady Gaga Joins "Digital Life Sacrifice" on World AIDS Day
Celebrities including Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Usher have pledged to sign off from Facebook and Twitter starting on World AIDS Day, which is December 1, until Keep a Child Alive (KCA) raises $1 million for its programs, The Associated Press (AP) reports. 
Most MSM Worldwide Can’t Find Basic HIV Prevention
Initial data from a new study show that most men who have sex with men (MSM) worldwide have difficulty finding HIV testing and counseling, as well as free condoms and lubricants, according to a statement from the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF).
HealthHIV Gets $2M Grant to Help Minority Communities
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has granted HealthHIV a three-year, $2.975 million grant to create a new AIDS education and training center (AETC) to help minority communities, according to a HealthHIV statement.
November 24, 2010
UNAIDS: World Closing Gap in HIV Prevention and Treatment
The gap is closing worldwide between HIV prevention and treatment, according to a new study by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and reported by Reuters. 
Gonorrhea at All-Time Low, but Chlamydia and Syphilis Increase
In the United States, chlamydia and syphilis rates continue to rise while the rate of gonorrhea is at an all-time low, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reported by the Los Angeles Times
November 23, 2010
Pope’s Condom Comments Also Apply to Women
Pope Benedict XVI has clarified his comments about allowing male sex workers to use condoms because it was a lesser evil than transmitting HIV; he now says the comments also included women and transgender people, The Associated Press (AP) reports. 
Massachusetts Inmates Sue Prison Over Rules for HIV Meds
Five HIV-positive Massachusetts inmates are suing the state prison system and its medical provider, alleging they were discouraged from taking their HIV medications because the system changed the rules on how those meds are dispensed, the Boston Globe reports.
iPrEx Study Shows PrEP Reduces HIV Risk
A new study called iPrEx shows that people at high risk for HIV—men who have sex with men and transgender women who have sex with men—who took a single daily pill containing two HIV medications (emtricitabine and tenofovir) had an average of almost a 44 percent reduction in HIV risk, according to a statement from Gladstone Institutes.
November 22, 2010
Egypt Removes Sex Ed Lessons From Schools
The Egyptian government has ordered school curriculum to remove content related to male and female anatomy, reproductive health and sexually transmitted infections, the Inter Press Service (IPS) reports. 
Local Authorities in China Should Get More HIV Funding
Local authorities in China should receive more resources and funding from the central government to better implement HIV/AIDS policies, said David Ho, MD, scientific director and chief executive officer of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, Xinhua News Agency reports. 
Burma Evicts Residents and Staff of AIDS Care Home
Officials in Burma have evicted about 80 residents and staff from an AIDS care home in Rangoon following a visit to the home by Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner who was recently released from house arrest by the country’s ruling military leaders, the Voice of America (VOA) reports. 
National AIDS Fund and AIDS Action to Merge in 2011
The National AIDS Fund (NAF) and AIDS Action will merge in early 2011 into a new organization called AIDS United, according to an NAF statement.
David Munar to Lead AIDS Foundation of Chicago in 2011
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) board of directors has appointed David Ernesto Munar as president and CEO of AFC effective February 1, 2011, according to an AFC statement. Munar currently serves as AFC vice president.
November 20, 2010
Pope Okays Condom Use for Some
Pope Benedict XVI said that male sex workers who use condoms are beginning to act responsibly, The Associated Press (AP) reports. 
November 19, 2010
New Guidelines Protect Health Workers from HIV and TB
New international guidelines to protect health workers from HIV and tuberculosis (TB) have been established by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), according to an ILO statement.
South Africa to Spend $88B Over 20 Years on HIV Prevention
South Africa—one of the countries hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic—is stepping up efforts to reduce HIV rates, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
HIV and TB Halve the Life Expectancy in Swaziland
Despite recent successes in fighting AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) in Swaziland, the country remains in crisis, according to a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) statement.
November 18, 2010
Former Surgeon General Koop Says AIDS Is “Forgotten Epidemic”
Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop calls AIDS the “forgotten epidemic.”
NIH Grants $52M to Duke University for HIV Vaccine Testing
Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina will use a $52.8 million, seven-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to implement an HIV vaccine-testing laboratory.
Cambodia to Distribute 450K Condoms During Water Festival
Cambodia will distribute 450,000 condoms during its annual water festival.
November 17, 2010
DC to Quiz Doctors About Local HIV/AIDS Epidemic
Health officials in Washington, DC, will issue private physicians e-mail quizzes to test their knowledge on the district’s HIV epidemic, The Washington Post reports. 
Condom Vending Machines Vandalized in India
Condom vending machines (CVMs) installed in Kanpur, India, to promote safer sex and HIV awareness are being vandalized, The Times of India reports. 
Malaysia Plans Comprehensive Sex Ed for Schoolchildren
Primary school children between ages 6 and 11 in Malaysia will be given comprehensive sex education starting in 2011, AFP reports. 
November 16, 2010
U.S. and European Philanthropic AIDS Funding in Decline
Total funding for HIV/AIDS from U.S. and European donors has decreased 2 percent, according to a study from the European HIV/AIDS Funders Group and Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) and supported by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). 
Defendant to Appeal China’s First HIV Discrimination Case
An HIV-positive Chinese man rejected for a teaching job because of his status is planning to appeal after losing a discrimination case, CNN reports. 
Rent to Be Revived Off-Broadway
Rent, the 1994 Broadway musical by Jonathan Larson, will be revived off-Broadway in June 2011, the New York Post reports. 
November 15, 2010
Arizona Voters Approve Medical Marijuana
Proposition 203 to legalize medical marijuana in Arizona was narrowly approved by voters, CNN reports.
Rising Rubber Prices Increase the Cost of Condoms
A 65 percent spike in the price of natural rubber in the past year will increase the price of tires, gloves and condoms, the Financial Times (FT) reports. 
TB Remains Deadly for HIV-Positive People Worldwide
More than 4,000 people with HIV die every day around the world because of tuberculosis (TB), according to a World Health Organization study reported by
November 12, 2010
Defendant Loses in China's First HIV Discrimination Case
An HIV-positive man who was refused a teaching job in the Chinese city of Anqing lost that nation's first lawsuit over employment discrimination based on HIV status, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
Infertility Treatment Doesn’t Require Repeated HIV Tests
A European Union policy mandating repeated tests for HIV and hepatitis for couples receiving infertility treatment is not necessary, according to a new study reported by Reuters Health.
HIV Prevalence Below 1% in Bangladesh Praised
Bangladesh has kept its HIV prevalence rate below 1 percent despite experiencing widespread poverty and illiteracy and being located near India and Burma—two countries with much higher HIV rates—Inter Press Service (IPS) reports.
November 11, 2010
HIV/AIDS Is a Risk Factor Among Homeless Veterans
Homeless veterans are more than 20 percent more likely to die on the streets than homeless nonveterans, according to a statement from the 100,000 Homes Campaign.
Public Health Insurance Proposed to Reduce National Deficit
The cochairmen of the White House-sponsored National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform released an initial draft of a report to reduce the national deficit—and it includes creating a public health insurance option.
Beijing AIDS Group Forced to Close
Beijing Loving Source, an AIDS service organization, will close operations following increased pressure from tax authorities in the Chinese government.
November 10, 2010
NYS Sen. Duane, 17 Others Arrested at AIDS Housing Protest
Eighteen people—including New York State Senator Tom Duane—were arrested in Manhattan during a protest urging Governor David Paterson to follow through on his promise to improve AIDS housing, according to a joint statement from the New York City AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN) and Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (VOCAL). 
STI Testing Goes Mobile in the U.K.
Health experts in the United Kingdom are developing self-testing devices that will tell people privately and quickly if they have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), such as herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhea, The Guardian reports. 
Iris House Gets Three Federal Grants for HIV/AIDS Programs
Iris House, which is a New York City-based service provider for women and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, has received three federal grants, according to an Iris House statement. 
November 09, 2010
HIV-Positive Porn Actor Did Not Transmit Virus to Others
The adult film actor who tested positive for HIV in October did not transmit the virus to any other sex partners, professional or personal, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Generic HIV Drugs at Risk Under New EU-India Trade Deal
A new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and the European Union (EU) could limit access to cheap Indian generic drugs, PlusNews reports.
Oral PrEP May Be Next Line of HIV Prevention Efforts
Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) may be the next focus of HIV prevention efforts, The New York Times report.
November 08, 2010
HIV/AIDS Shortened Life Spans in Some African Nations
Significant progress has been made in many African countries during the past 40 years in income, education and health, but war and HIV/AIDS have shortened life spans in some countries, according to a U.N. study and reported by The New York Times
Emerging Challenges for Americans Born With HIV in the 1990s
Many challenges are emerging for people born with HIV in the 1990s in the United States as they now are becoming teens and young adults, The New York Times reports. About 10,000 of them have survived.
Forced Sterilizations of HIV-Positive Women in Chile
Some HIV-positive women in Chile are being subjected to coerced or forced sterilizations, GlobalPost reports.
November 05, 2010
Researchers Unravel a Secret of HIV Controllers
Five amino acids—tiny fragments of a protein called HLA-B—are what separate an elite group of HIV-positive people who naturally do not progress to AIDS from those living with the virus who will invariably develop AIDS without lifelong antiretroviral treatment, according to an important paper published November 4 on the website of the journal Science.
Forcing Prostitution Underground Hampers Fight Against AIDS
Criminalizing prostitution and stigmatizing sex workers interfere with HIV prevention, The Economist reports.
Watch Out: How the New Medicare Panel Could Affect Those With HIV/AIDS
The new health reform law may have a dark side for the HIV/AIDS community, according to a column by noted LGBT rights advocate David Mixner in The Huffington Post.
HIV-Positive South Africans on ARVs Defy Risky Sex Expectations
HIV-positive people on meds in South Africa aren't having as much risky, unsafe sex as expected, PlusNews reports.
November 04, 2010
Isentress Might Reduce Risk of a “Fatty” Liver From Protease Inhibitors
A new laboratory study suggests that the integrase inhibitor Isentress (raltegravir) could prevent the accumulation of excess fat in the liver (steatosis) that results from protease inhibitor (PI) therapy. These data were presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, held October 29 to November 2 in Boston.
Michigan Man Reaches Plea Deal in HIV Bioterrorism Case
Daniel Allen, an HIV-positive man originally charged with bioterrorism and assault after allegedly biting his neighbor during an altercation, has reached a plea agreement.
Medical Marijuana Loses in Oregon and South Dakota
Medical marijuana was on the ballot in three states: Oregon, South Dakota and Arizona.
HIV/AIDS Leading Cause of Young Adult Deaths in Caribbean
HIV/AIDS remains the leading cause of death in young and middle-aged adults in the Caribbean.
November 03, 2010
Marijuana Legalization Defeated in California
Voters in California did not approve Proposition 19 to legalize marijuana use and sales, The Associated Press (AP) reports. 
HIV-Positive Firefighter Receives Posthumous Recognition
Doug Waller, a Seattle-area firefighter who died four years ago of HIV-related causes, is now being honored as having died in the line of duty. Family and friends remembered him at a ceremony on Sunday, October 31, Federal Way Mirror reports. 
Venezuela to Guarantee Free HIV Meds in 2011
The Venezuelan government will soon guarantee access to antiretroviral medication to people living with HIV, reports. 
November 02, 2010
Florida to Drop 350 to 2,000 People From ADAP
The Florida Department of Health plans to drop at least 350 uninsured HIV-positive people from its federally funded AIDS drug assistance program (ADAP) because of a budget crisis, The Sun Sentinel reports. 
Supreme Court to Hear HIV Patent Case Against Roche
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to a hear Stanford University case against pharmaceutical company Roche Holding AG over HIV-related patent rights of its researchers, The Mercury News reports. 
Mother-Baby ARV Packs Fight Pediatric HIV in Kenya
New mother-baby antiretroviral (ARV) medication packs are being distributed in Kenya with the hope of eliminating pediatric HIV from the country by 2015, PlusNews reports. 
November 01, 2010
Obama Administration Launches $110M Sex Ed Campaign
The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) in the Department of Health and Human Services has launched a $110 million teen pregnancy prevention campaign, The Washington Post reports.
People Who Don’t Get Tested Are More Likely to Stigmatize HIV
People who stigmatize HIV are less likely to get tested for the virus, according to a study published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and reported by aidsmap. 
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