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October 31, 2012
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Gives $19.5M in HIV/AIDS Funding
Both nonprofit and government agencies will get about $19.5 million from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Two Couples With HIV Asked to Leave Village in Indonesia
Local villagers in the Babulu subdistrict of the East Kalimantan province of Indonesia asked two husband-and-wife couples to leave after a health official violated privacy laws by leaking their HIV-positive status.
October 30, 2012
Free Glow in the Dark Condoms for Halloween in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles County health department will distribute free glow in the dark condoms at local Halloween events.
Global Funding Gaps Force Nigeria to Increase Its HIV Spending
Current and future funding gaps from foreign donors in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria are forcing government officials to find alternative domestic funding sources, including the private sector.
October 29, 2012
SFAF to Build Wellness Center for Gay and Bisexual Men
The board of directors of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) has approved the first-ever health and wellness center in the city for gay and bisexual men, according to an SFAF statement.
HIV Rates and Causes Among Latinos Vary by Region
Regional differences in HIV rates and causes among Latinos suggest that testing, prevention and treatment efforts for the virus should be adapted for those regions, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reported by HealthDay News.
October 26, 2012
Federal HIV Funding for Women, Youth Shifts From Big Cities
Federal safety-net funds of about $70 million for women and children with HIV/AIDS who lack sufficient health care coverage have moved from many major cities nationwide to some mid-sized cities, several of them in the South, The Washington Post reports.
Fake HIV Drugs Investigated in Tanzania
Three top officials have been suspended in Tanzania as a result of a government probe into the circulation of fake HIV drugs in the country, BBC News reports.
October 25, 2012
DC Increases HIV Prevention Programs for Senior Citizens
The District of Columbia plans to spend $150,000 a year for at least the next two years to increase HIV/AIDS awareness among senior citizens, The Associated Press reports.
Sharp Increase in Next 30 Years of Older Africans With HIV
The proportion of older people with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to increase more than 200 percent in the next three decades, Agence France-Press reports.
October 24, 2012
Annie Lennox, Elton John Lead List of Most Charitable Stars
AIDS activists top the list of most charitable stars, The Associated Press reports.
Canadian HIV/AIDS Activist to Get Diamond Jubilee Medal
Bradford McIntyre, a Canadian HIV/AIDS activist, will receive a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of his advocacy, Metro Canada reports.
October 23, 2012
Former Goldman Sachs Director Seeks HIV Community Service
Defense lawyers for Rajat Gupta want a federal judge to issue a lenient sentence of probation and community service helping Rwanda improve its services for HIV and other social needs instead of a prison sentence of up to 10 years for insider trading, The New York Times reports.
Jamaican TV Stations Refuse to Air Paid Ads Supporting LGBTs
A gay Jamaican who appears in a television ad calling on his fellow citizens to support LGBTs is taking two major television stations in the country to court for breaching his constitutional rights, according to a statement by AIDS-Free World.
October 22, 2012
Screening Sex Partners With Rapid In-Home HIV Tests
Although the manufacturer of the first rapid in-home HIV test is not promoting its use to screen sex partners, 70 percent of people in the company’s clinical trials said they would either definitely or very likely use it that way, The New York Times reports.
French-Speaking Countries Urged to Increase HIV Funding
A new report from UNAIDS shows progress against HIV/AIDS among French-speaking countries, but also calls on them to increase funding, according to a UNAIDS statement.
October 19, 2012
Robin Hood Tax Activists Seek Support From Obama, Romney
A coalition of activists seeking a Robin Hood Tax demonstrated outside the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City before an October 18 dinner honoring President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to a coalition statement.
Advocates Ask Obama, Romney to Wear Purple on Spirit Day
Friday, October 19, is Spirit Day, which raises awareness about bullying.
October 18, 2012
The Big Push to End AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in partnership with The Huffington Post, has launched a new digital campaign to influence decision-makers to stay the course in the battle against these diseases despite financial pressures, especially since such progress has been made. 
Indonesia Overrides Patents for HIV and Hepatitis B Drugs
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono issued a decree in September that authorizes his government to use patents from several large pharmaceutical companies for seven HIV and hepatitis B drugs, Reuters reports.
October 17, 2012
AIDS Activists in Prison Jumpsuits Protest at Presidential Debate
Over 200 activists from a coalition of AIDS groups demonstrated outside the October 16 presidential debate in Long Island, New York, to make the candidates aware of HIV criminalization, according to a joint statement.
amfAR Launches GMT Initiative for MSM, Transgender People
Previously called the MSM Initiative, the GMT Initiative will continue to award grants and build capacity for global HIV programs working to decrease the spread of HIV in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America.
October 16, 2012
Kentucky HIV/AIDS Clinic Consolidates Two Locations
The Kentucky–based Wings Clinic, a University of Louisville HIV/AIDS service provider, is closing its Jeffersonville location, News and Tribune reports.
LGBT Issues Included in New Sex Ed Strategy in Tasmania
The Australian state of Tasmania will introduce in 2013 an updated age-appropriate sex education that includes discussion on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, Gay News Network reports.
October 15, 2012
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day 2012
Monday, October 15, is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month, which starts each September 15. 
Awareness of HIV Criminal Law Not a Factor in Compliance
A New Jersey law that requires people with HIV to disclose their status to partners before sex does not successfully prevent the spread of HIV, according to a study.
October 12, 2012
Advocate Groups Seek Federal Prescription Drug Requirements
A group of 57 patient advocacy organizations have sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius asking the federal government to set strong prescription drug requirements under the Affordable Care Act, according to a statement from The AIDS Institute, which is part of the group.
Gambian President Claims Herbs Cured 68 People of HIV
Yahya Jammeh, president of the West African nation of Gambia, said in a recent state television broadcast that a secret herbal remedy he found has cured 68 people of HIV, Reuters reports.
October 11, 2012
Frank Oldham Resigns as President and CEO of NAPWA
Effective December 31, Frank Oldham Jr. steps down as head of the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA), according to a NAPWA statement.
Low Condom Use Among Young Heterosexuals in Uganda
A nationwide study shows that young, sexually active heterosexuals in Uganda are not using condoms consistently despite nationwide efforts to increase HIV awareness, PlusNews reports.
October 10, 2012
NY Woman With HIV Tested Without Her Consent Sues
A lawsuit by a New York City woman against a physician claims he violated state law by testing her for HIV without her consent, reports.
Global Fund Gives $84M to Zimbabwe for Universal ARV Access
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has given Zimbabwe $84 million to help the country achieve its plan for universal access to antiretroviral (ARV) treatment by the end of 2012, according to a Global Fund statement.
October 09, 2012
OraQuick In-Home HIV Test Available in Stores Nationwide
The first rapid in-home HIV test in the United States is now available at retailers nationwide and online, according to a statement by the manufacturer OraSure Technologies.
Canadian Judge Rejects Jail Time for Woman Who Spit at Police
A Canadian judge has rejected a six-month jail term for a woman who spat at a police officer, CBC News reports.
October 08, 2012
The Declaration to End HIV/AIDS in America
In a signing ceremony at the first Summit to End HIV/AIDS in America, a document committing to an America without the disease was unveiled, according to statements by the National Minority AIDS Council, which developed the document.
Debating Medicaid for Millions of Childless Adults
Who qualifies for coverage under Medicaid is tied to the outcome of the presidential election, The Huffington Post reports.
October 05, 2012
Grindr Can Be Useful in Recruiting for HIV Prevention Studies
HIV prevention studies can effectively recruit gay men using the gay dating mobile app Grindr, according to a study in the journal AIDS and Behavior reported by aidsmap.
Controversial Canadian Supreme Court Ruling on HIV Disclosure
The Supreme Court of Canada said that people living with HIV are open to criminal prosecution for not disclosing their status before intercourse unless they meet two criteria: they must wear condoms and have a low viral load, CTV News reports.
October 04, 2012
Inadequate Adherence to ARVs by Pregnant Women With HIV
Adherence to antiretroviral (ARV) medications among pregnant women with HIV during pregnancy and after giving birth was inadequate in both high- and low-income countries, according to a report in the journal AIDS and reported by aidsmap.
Lack of Foreign Donors Threatens HIV Efforts in Mozambique
Mozambique is including a significant amount of funding for its National AIDS Council, which oversees the country’s efforts against HIV, in its 2013 budget, All Africa reports. The move follows a collapse in support from foreign donors.
October 03, 2012
Advocates to Send Tweets on HIV/AIDS for Presidential Debate
AIDS United has started a Twitter campaign to get HIV/AIDS on the agenda during the first debate between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney on Wednesday, October 3, according to an AIDS United statement.
Minnesota Appeals Court Reverses HIV Conviction
The conviction of an HIV-positive man accused of transmitting the virus to another man through unprotected sex was reversed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, The Associated Press reports.
October 02, 2012
Global Fund Considers New HIV Funding Model
The board of directors of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has adopted guiding principles for a new funding model that will change the way countries apply for money, PlusNews reports.
Frank Beadle de Palomo Is New CEO of Mothers 2 Mothers
Mothers 2 Mothers (M2M), a nongovernmental organization in South Africa dedicated to eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, has selected Frank Beadle de Palomo as its new chief executive officer, according to an M2M statement.
October 01, 2012
OraQuick In-Home HIV Test Available Online
OraSure Technologies has begun online sales of its OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, The Morning Call reports. The single-use test costs $39.99 on the OraQuick website.
Health Canada Warns Against Unlicensed HIV, STI Home Tests
Health Canada, the country’s federal health department, has warned consumers about an online company selling home testing kits for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, The Canadian Press reports.
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