Ireland Writes Clinton a Big Check Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern announced today that Ireland would donate $88.7 million toward the AIDS work of the Clinton Foundation, run by former President Bill Clinton.
ICAAC Opens in San Francisco
The 46th annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) opened yesterday in San Francisco with HIV and drug resistance among the hot topics so far.
Routine Testing Could Prove Profitable The CDC’s new recommendations to routinely test most Americans for HIV is expected to be profitable for Abbott Laboratories and OraSure Technologies, the Chicago Tribune reports, because Abbott distributes the rapid HIV tests that OraSure manufactures.
September 27, 2006
Federal AIDS Money Held Up Democratic Senators from New York, California and New Jersey blocked renewal of the Ryan White Act yesterday to protest their states’ loss of AIDS funds under the current bill.
HIV Bulldozes South African Farmers Small-scale farmers in South Africa lose a quarter of their income to AIDS-related expenses, according to a study presented at the country’s National Agricultural Economist Conference.
September 26, 2006
Gilead OKs Indian Generics Gilead Sciences is granting eight Indian drug-makers permission to make generic replicas of its popular HIV med Viread (tenofovir).
HIV Discoverers Talk Treatment at USCA
Luc Montagnier and Robert Gallo, who co-discovered the HIV virus in 1983, spoke together publicly for the first time this weekend at the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA).
Jersey May Legalize Needle Exchange—Finally The battle to bring New Jersey in line with all 50 states on needle exchange gets a look today in The New York Times, which reports that the legislature may be closing in on full legalization.
September 22, 2006
Clinton Pins Down HIV Promises The likes of Verizon mogul Richard Branson and BET founder Robert Johnson made serious commitments to fighting AIDS and other social and humanitarian problems at this week’s Clinton Global Initiative, the former president told NPR.
New Tanzania Roads Could Spread HIV
The construction of new roads in isolated regions of Tanzania—a sure measure of progress in the past—may also increase HIV infections by connecting areas with low infection rates to those where rates are high.
September 21, 2006
CDC Testing Turnaround: Roll Up Your Sleeve! The U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued new HIV testing guidelines today recommending that all Americans 13-64 are routinely tested for HIV as part of their general health care.
Magic Johnson Kicks Off USCA
Earvin “Magic” Johnson gave the opening address today at the United States Conference on AIDS in Hollywood, Florida, a five-day meeting organized by the National Minority AIDS Council.
September 20, 2006
UN Gets Into The Med Business United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan launched UNITAID yesterday, a new UN arm that will buy and distribute HIV, malaria and tuberculosis drugs for people in developing nations.
DC’s HIV Rate Is Twice the National Average
Almost 3% of the 7,000 Washington, DC residents tested for HIV in the first three months of a major new city campaign got positive results—a rate twice the national average.
September 19, 2006
After IAC, 160 Want Canadian Asylum One hundred sixty HIV positive foreigners who visited Toronto last month for the International AIDS Conference are requesting political asylum in Canada on a variety of grounds.
Condoms in U.S. Prisons?
Representative Barbara Lee (D-California) unveiled legislation last week to allow condoms in federal prisons for the first time.
September 18, 2006
Ugandans Who Infect Kids May Be Executed The Ugandan Parliament has drafted a bill that would apply the death penalty for any positive adult found to have had consensual or nonconsensual sex with a minor.
Iowa Minister Offers HIV Sermon, Then HIV Test
Last Sunday, Reverend Keith Ratliff Sr. preached to his Des Moines, Iowa congregation, which is mostly black, about HIV prevention, and then sent them the basement, where a nurse was waiting to give them oral HIV tests.
September 15, 2006
GSK and Russia Reach Discount Med Deal In a deal marking the first direct, Russian federal purchase of anti-retroviral HIV meds, British pharma company Glaxo Smith Kline announced plans today to provide the country with HIV meds Combivir, Epivir and Ziagen at a discounted price.
Senator Frist Says Pass Ryan White Act Now
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn) penned an editorial today in the Buffalo News criticizing both New York Senators, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer, for attempting to block the current draft of the federal Ryan White AIDS-services act.
September 14, 2006
Docs’ Private HIV Care Ailing Medicare reimbursements for private HIV docs are only $359 per patient per year, too low to cover expenses, according to Dr. Michael Saag, head of an HIV clinic at the University of Alabama.
HIV Rates Up in Gay Teens New HIV infections among gay teenagers in the United Kingdom may have doubled since 2005, according to a British website.
September 13, 2006
Ugandan HIV Meds Left to Rot Government authorities in Uganda allowed $697,000 worth of antiretrovirals provided by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to medically expire before distribution.
Are Gay Bathhouses an HIV Prevention Tool? After investigating sexual behavior in New York City gay bathhouses, Reuters concludes that the venues provide an opportunity for educating a high-risk community about HIV, vs private sex parties or online resources.
September 12, 2006
Marriage Now the Highest Risk Activity in Thailand
Roughly 30% of new HIV infections last year in Thailand occurred among married women—a rate higher than among men who have sex with men (MSM) or intravenous drug users—prompting health officials to announce plans last week to change their prevention strategy.
Eve New Spokeswoman for AIDS Hip hop icon and actress Eve will join singers Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Harry as spokeswomen for the cosmetics industry’s M.A.C. Viva Glam VI campaign to raise funds for the M.A.C. AIDS Fund.
September 11, 2006
‘Silence is Death’ for Florida’s Blacks The HIV rate among black Floridians ages 15-44 is 6 times the rate the rate among white people, according to a report released last week by the Florida Department of Health.
Drug-Resistant TB in Africa A deadly, drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis is prompting alarm in Sub Saharan Africa, especially for those with HIV.
Kazakhstan Kids Infected At least 49 children in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan accidentally got HIV while receiving hospital care, probably from non-sterilized syringes or unscreened blood transfusions.
Is Racism to Blame for Inaction in Africa? UN Special Envoy for HIV in Africa Stephen Lewis yesterday blamed racism for the West’s insufficient response to AIDS in Africa, comparing it to global inaction during the Rwandan genocide of 1994.
September 06, 2006
Scientists Demand South African’s Resignation More than 60 of the world’s most prominent AIDS experts have sent a letter to South African President Thabo Mbeki demanding the resignation of Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang because of her opposition to antiretroviral drugs.
Canadian Injection Site Will Not Close Canadian Health Minister Tony Clement granted a last-minute extension yesterday to Vancouver’s safe injection site, allowing it to remain open until December 2007 instead of shuttering next week.
September 05, 2006
Iraq’s First HIV Lawsuit About 35 Iraqi hemophiliacs, surviving family members and the Iraqi Red Crescent Society are suing two European companies for allegedly supplying HIV-tainted blood clotting agents in the ‘80s.