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October 29, 2010
IAS: Future Universal Access to HIV Care Under Threat
Despite a tenfold increase in access to HIV prevention, treatment and care from 2003 to 2009, future prospects for universal access look gloomy, according to an International AIDS Society (IAS) statement.
Murders Blamed on Deficient HIV Counseling in Uganda
Some murders, attempted murders and lynchings in Uganda have been attributed to deficient HIV counseling, PlusNews reports.
Swiss Catholic Parishes Give Condoms to Teens
Roman Catholic parishes in the Swiss city of Lucerne have been giving out condoms to young people as part of an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign, USA Today reports.
October 28, 2010
NYC Restores Over $1M to HIV/AIDS Housing Budget
New York City will restore three quarters of the original $1.88 million budget cut from housing programs for HIV-positive New Yorkers.
No “Medical Necessity” Defense for Needle-Exchange Activists
Two activists from Modesto, California, face misdemeanor charges for possessing drug paraphernalia while running an unofficial needle-exchange program in a local park.
Willow and Jaden Smith Support Keep a Child Alive
Singer Willow and her Karate Kid brother Jaden Smith are the latest celebrities to model T-shirts for the new Keep a Child Alive (KCA) fund-raising campaign titled “Buy Life.” 
October 27, 2010
CHAMP Closes; HIV PJA and Project Unshackle Continue
The Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP) has ended its operations because of economic challenges, according to a CHAMP statement. 
Canadian Judge Overturns Convictions of HIV-Positive Man
An HIV-positive man who didn’t disclose his status before sexual relations with his partners had four of his six sexual assault convictions overturned by the Manitoba Court of Appeals in Canada, Xtra! reports. 
Growth in Infectious Disease Drugs at Bristol-Myers Squibb
Bristol-Meyers Squibb (BMS) had an 8 percent increase in worldwide sales of virology drugs, such as the HIV drug Reyataz and the hepatitis B drug Baraclude, in the third quarter of 2010, The Wall Street Journal reports. 
October 26, 2010
White House Invites HIV-Positive Man Evicted From Assisted Living Facility
Robert Franke—a retired university provost and minister who was evicted from an assisted living facility in Little Rock, Arkansas, after his HIV-positive status was revealed—has been invited to the White House, according to a Lambda Legal statement. 
NYC Survey of Teens Reveals Risky Sexual Behavior
A survey of more than 17,000 New York City high school students from 2005 to 2007 reveals many teens are participating in risky sexual behavior, NY1 reports. 
Adherence to HIV Meds Decreasing in Africa
An alarming trend: Up to 40 percent of Africans with HIV who start treatment discontinue it within one to three years, which can lead to viral strains resistant to less-expensive first-line medications, The New York Times reports. 
October 25, 2010
World Cup Did Not Increase Sex Work in South Africa
A new study by a sex worker group in South Africa shows that sex work did not increase during the 2010 World Cup, PlusNews reports. The results are contrary to expectations of some HIV/AIDS advocates, who anticipated a rise in sex work that would fuel HIV transmission rates. 
Finger-Prick HIV Tests Promoted to Gay Men in London
A new campaign encourages gay men in London to screen for HIV using a finger-prick blood test, PinkPaper.com reports. The finger-prick test is painless, provides results in 20 minutes and is considered more than 99 percent accurate. 
Wireless HIV Test Results for Infants in Mozambique
New technology is speeding up HIV test results for infants in Mozambique, which allows for HIV treatment to start sooner, PlusNews reports. 
October 22, 2010
Knife Attack Responsible for HIV Transmission Case
A rare HIV transmission case: A man in Taiwan contracted HIV as a result of blood-to-blood contact in a fight with a knife-wielding mugger, aidsmap.com reports.
Blood Transfusion in 2008 Linked to HIV Transmission
A blood transfusion in 2008 has been linked to HIV transmission, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The last time this occurred was in 2002.
UCLA Gets $4M NIH Grant to Study HIV in Jails
Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have received a $4.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate ways to get HIV-positive men released from Los Angeles County jails into medical care and treatment, according to a UCLA statement.
October 21, 2010
JetBlue Flight Attendant Pleads Guilty
Steven Slater, the former JetBlue flight attendant, plead guilty to a felony charge of second-degree attempted criminal mischief and a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree attempted criminal mischief.
Meth Use Among NYC Gays Shifts to Blacks, Latinos, Poor
Methamphetamine, a.k.a. crystal meth, originally garnered popularity in New York City among young, white, educated gay men.
Johnson & Johnson Expands Work in Infectious Diseases
Johnson & Johnson plans to expand its work in infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis C and the flu.
October 20, 2010
Condoms Featured in First All-Black South African Porno
South African producer Tau Morena has produced the country’s first all-black pornographic movie, The New York Times reports. 
First Cuban MSM HIV Prevention Initiative Turns 10
An HIV prevention initiative in Cuba for men who have sex with men (MSM) that launched 10 years ago is now applied in 14 provinces in the country through a total of 1,700 health workers providing community outreach, IPS reports. 
HIV Prevention Reaches Only 1 in 3 Sex Workers in Asia
HIV prevention programs in Asia reach only one in three sex workers, AlertNet reports. 
October 19, 2010
Regulating Condoms in the Porn Industry
The great condom debate lives on: Requiring the adult film industry to use condoms may not stem the spread of HIV among actors, according to an article in The Atlantic
Chicago Begins Inmate HIV Program
The University of Illinois at Chicago has won a $7 million federal grant to research and target HIV infection in correctional facilities, according to the Chicago Sun Times
Sotomayor Says Supreme Court Should Have Heard HIV Appeal
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the court should have listened to the appeal of a Louisiana inmate who said prison officials subjected him to cruel and unusual punishment after he refused to take HIV medications, reports the Courthouse News Service
October 18, 2010
Obama Heckled About AIDS Funding
AIDS activists demanding more HIV/AIDS funding heckled President Barack Obama during his speech at a rally for Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick, The Associated Press reports. 
CDC: Risk of HIV Diagnosis Higher for Blacks, Latinos
In the United States, 1 in 22 blacks and 1 in 52 Latinos will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetimes compared with 1 in 170 whites, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released on National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, October 15. 
Los Angeles AIDS Walk Raises Nearly $3 Million
The 26 Annual AIDS Walk held Sunday, October 17, in West Hollywood, California, raised nearly $3 million for the treatment and care of those living with HIV/AIDS, reports ABC 7 news. 
October 15, 2010
Oct. 15 Is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) is Friday, October 15, the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month. The theme of NLAAD 2010 is “Save a Life, It May Be Your Own. Get Tested for HIV.” 
SAMHSA Grants $40M for Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention
The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is awarding $40.4 million in grants to expand HIV prevention and substance abuse services, according to a SAMHSA statement.
HIV-Positive African Immigrants “Choose to Stand Up”
A new campaign titled "Choose to Stand Up" aims to reduce stigma and discrimination for HIV-positive Africans in New York City, PlusNews reports.
October 14, 2010
Porn Actor Tests Positive for HIV; Productions Postponed
Many porn production companies in California have temporarily postponed filming following an adult-film performer’s positive HIV test.
HIV-Positive Teens Choose Religion Over Meds in Uganda
A growing number of HIV-positive teens in Uganda are discarding life-sustaining medications after turning to religion for help.
China’s First HIV Discrimination Case Heard in Court
A Chinese court heard the country’s first HIV discrimination case.
October 13, 2010
Report Finds Subpar Health Care, High HIV Rates for Transgender People
Transgender and gender-nonconforming people face discrimination by health care providers, high rates of HIV and little to no access to care, according to a report released by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. 
Virginia ADAP Program Struggles With Lack of Funding
Virginia’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which provides medications to 3,900 uninsured and underinsured clients, is facing a $12.6 million shortfall, reports the Washington Examiner
Forecasting the Future of HIV
As much as $722 billion might be needed to tackle HIV by 2031, if no cure or vaccine is found, according to new research published in The Lancet and reported by PlusNews. 
October 12, 2010
Chevron Donates $25M to Global Fund
The Chevron Corporation will donate $25 million to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, bringing its six-year total to $55 million, according to a Chevron statement. 
HIV-Positive Man Found Guilty of “Super” Aggravated Assault
Adam Delgado, an HIV-positive man in San Antonio, Texas, was found guilty of “super” aggravated assault and sentenced to three life sentences for the assault of two minors, reports WOIA. 
Columbia University Tops Trojan’s Sexual Health Report Card
Trojan Condoms released its annual Sexual Health Report Card, a ranking of U.S. universities and colleges, and Columbia University is seeded No. 1, according to a Trojan statement. 
October 11, 2010
Calif. Gov. Vetoes $52M for 2010 HIV/AIDS Programs
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the 2010 state budget on Friday, October 8, but used his line-item veto power to cut $52 million for HIV/AIDS programs, KABC reports.
Selling De-Identified Electronic Medical Records in Texas
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has sold de-identified data from electronic medical records, according to a study in the Austin Bulldog and reported by CNNMoney.com. 
CDC Expands HIV Prevention to Black MSM, Latinos
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expanding its Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI), according to a CDC statement. 
October 08, 2010
Wife Claims Baseball Star Hid HIV for Unprotected Sex
Former baseball star Roberto Alomar's wife, Maria Del Pilar "Maripily" Rivera Alomar, claims in divorce papers that they had unprotected sex without him telling her that he was HIV-positive, The New York Post reports.
HIV-Positive Penn. Woman Wins Wrongful Eviction Case
A client of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania (ALPP) won over $63,000 in damages and penalties for being wrongfully evicted from Canal Side Care Manor, LLC, a personal care home, after disclosing she was HIV positive, according to an ALPP statement.
NY Gov. Wants Federal Funds for HIV/AIDS Rent Cap
After vetoing a bill to provide rental assistance to clients of New York City's HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA), New York Governor David Paterson has expressed an interest in paying for such assistance out of federal funds, Gay City News reports.
October 07, 2010
HIV-Positive Muppet Stars in Nigerian Sesame Square
A spin-off of the iconic U.S. children’s television show Sesame Street is being produced in Nigeria, CNN reports. One of the main characters, Kami, is a five-year-old girl who is HIV positive.
AIDS Funders Discuss U.S. HIV Budget Shortfalls
On Thursday, October 7, Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) hosts a day-long meeting of corporate, philanthropic and government leaders in Oakland, California, to discuss innovative options to address budget shortfalls in the wake of the U.S. fiscal crisis.
HHS and PEPFAR Give $130M to African Medical Education
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is partnering with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to invest $130 million over five years to strengthen medical training in African countries.
October 06, 2010
Johns Hopkins and amfAR Partner on HIV Prevention for MSM in Africa
The Center for Public Health and Human Rights (CPHHR) at John Hopkins University and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, have formed a partnership on HIV prevention for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Africa, according to an amfAR statement. 
Alicia Keys Sets $1 Million Goal for Keep a Child Alive
Singer Alicia Keys launched a new campaign to raise more than $1 million for her AIDS charity, Keep a Child Alive, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Global Fund Gets $11.7 Billion, Fails to Meet Its Goals
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria raised only $11.7 billion of its $20 billion goal, The New York Times reports. 
October 05, 2010
$4 Billion Donation by U.S. to the Global Fund Criticized
The Obama administration has made a $4 billion donation to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a 38 percent increase over the last donation, said Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. global AIDS coordinator. 
HIV Testing Now Available at DMV in Washington, DC
Rapid HIV testing will now be available in at least one Washington, DC, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, The Washington Post reports. 
NIH Licenses Generic Prezista to Medicines Patent Pool
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has become the first patent holder to join the Medicines Patent Pool, PlusNews reports. 
October 04, 2010
Study: Most Teenagers Use Condoms, Most Adults Don't
In the United States, most teenagers use condoms—but less than half of adults do, according to a new study from Indiana University and reported by The New York Times.
Elton John AIDS Foundation Gives $2.3M in New Grants
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) announced $2.3 million in grants in its second round of 2010 funding, according to an EJAF statement.
Linking HIV/AIDS to World Habitat Day
World Habitat Day 2010 is Monday, October 4, according to a statement by Habitat for Humanity. 
October 01, 2010
New Strategic Plan at AIDS Vaccine 2010 Conference
More than 1,000 researchers at the AIDS Vaccine 2010 conference in Atlanta launched a new strategic plan to speed up their efforts in the search for an effective HIV vaccine.
Officials Demand Override of HIV Housing Veto in N.Y.
A group of elected officials are demanding the state legislature override New York Governor David Paterson’s veto of a bill that would have capped the rent of HIV-positive people who receive housing assistance from the government to 30 percent of their income.
CDC: HIV/AIDS Is 1 of 6 "Winnable Battles" in Public Health
HIV/AIDS, smoking, obesity/nutrition, teen pregnancy, auto injuries and health care infections are the six "winnable battles" in public health as prioritized by Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Associated Press (AP) reports.
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