President Obama to Commemorate World AIDS Day 2011 President Barack Obama will commemorate World AIDS Day, which is held annually on December 1, by speaking at an event in Washington, DC, called “The Beginning of the End of AIDS,” according to a White House statement.
Advances in CCR5 Gene Therapy Give New Hope for HIV Cure
After an HIV-positive man known as the 'Trenton patient' underwent an experimental gene therapy procedure, his body was able to briefly control the virus after he stopped taking antiretroviral (ARV) medications, The New York Times reports.
More DC DMV Centers Offer HIV Testing Three Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) service centers in Washington, DC, offer free HIV testing and results during the waiting period, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
NYC Proposes Expanding HIV/AIDS Data Surveillance The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has proposed new state regulations for collecting and sharing data about HIV-positive individuals and their sexual partners, according to a prevention plan filed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reported by Gay City News.
No New Global Fund Grants Until 2014 The Global Fund to Fights AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has announced it will make no new grants or funding until 2014 and it will take some management responsibility away from current executive director Michel Kazatchkine, Reuters reports.
$100,000 Gates Foundation Grant to Reduce HIV Drug Prices Two scientists at Northwestern University, Linda J. Broadbelt and Keith E.J. Tyo, will receive a $100,000 grant for research that could reduce drug prices for treating HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, according to a Northwestern University statement.
New Five-Year Strategy for Global Forum on MSM & HIV
The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF)—a coalition of AIDS organizations, MSM networks and advocates—has announced a five-year strategic plan for dealing with HIV/AIDS among men who have sex with men (MSM), according to an MSMGF statement.
Convenience Store Chain Pays To Settle Wyoming HIV Case Maverik Inc., a company that operates gas stations in Wyoming, Utah and other Western states, has agreed to pay $115,000 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging it improperly fired an HIV-positive bakery clerk in Wyoming, according to The Associated Press (AP).
Husband and Wife Team Behind HIV Vaginal Gel Win African Science Prize South African epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim and his wife Quarraisha Abdool Karim will receive the inaugural Olusegun Obasanjo Prize from the African Academy of Sciences for proving the effectiveness of a vaginal gel that can cut a woman’s risk of HIV infection by more than 50 percent.
Rectal Microbicide Gel UC781 Is Safe, Effective in Early Trial A rectal microbicide gel containing HIV drug UC781 has been found to reduce infection when applied topically to rectal tissue that was then exposed to HIV in a lab, according to a study by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles AIDS Institute and published in PLoS ONE.
David Furnish to Deliver Keynote Address at USCA 2011 The 2011 United States Conference on AIDS will feature a keynote address by David Furnish, chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (and John’s partner in real life), according to a National Minority AIDS Council news release.
U.S. Philanthropic Donations to HIV/AIDS Fall 7% in 2010 Private U.S.-based philanthropic groups donated 7 percent less in 2010 than 2009 to HIV/AIDS causes, according to a report by Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA), a group that tracks charitable donations and grants linked to HIV/AIDS.
NAACP Hosts HIV/AIDS Advocacy & Education Summit The National Association of Colored People (NAACP) and Harvard University’s Center for AIDS Research (HU CFAR) are currently hosting a two-day summit spotlighting how HIV/AIDS affects the African-American community, according to an NAACP statement.
Global Fund Cuts $95M in Grants to China The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will cut $95 million in grant money to China, the world’s second largest economy, The Washington Post reports.