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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.