Study: Cancer Types Vary Among HIV-Positive People The types of cancers in HIV-positive patients have shifted since antiretroviral therapies were introduced in the mid-’90s, according to researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as reported by United Press International.
Ryan White Deadline Extended 30 Days
On September 25, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure to extend funding for the Ryan White CARE Act for 30 days, which would move its reauthorization deadline from September 30 to the end of October, the Southern Voice reports.
HIV-Positive Maryland Teacher Settles Bias Suit Chauncey Stevenson, a teacher fired from a private school for being HIV positive, has settled his lawsuit against Chesapeake Academy in Ann Arundel County, Maryland, reports The Baltimore Sun.
New HIV Education Initiative Targets Black Colleges and Universities During the 39th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Legislative Conference on September 25, the National Minority AIDS Council announced details of its new Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) HIV/AIDS Peer Education Initiative, which will encourage students to get more involved in HIV/AIDS prevention and education efforts on campus and in surrounding communities.
Chicago AIDS Charity Under Investigation for Suspicious Spending
Four years ago, the nonprofit organization Let’s Talk, Let’s Test Foundation (LTLT) convinced Illinois legislators to allocate $3 million per year to the group so it could fight HIV/AIDS in African-American communities; it later received $1.2 million through the state’s African American HIV/AIDS Response Fund. However, the Chicago Sun-Times reports, health officials are now questioning $523,545 that LTLT spent on nonessentials such as football seats and five-figure staff bonuses.
September 25, 2009
Successful HIV Vaccine Trial Poses New Questions for Researchers While a successful trial of the RV 144 HIV vaccine is a major step forward in HIV/AIDS research, experts say that the vaccine’s efficacy provides few answers but raises many questions, aidsmap.com reports. In a Thailand-based trial—the largest ever staged for an HIV vaccine—RV 144 reduced the risk of HIV infection by more than 30 percent in participants.
Actor Blair Underwood Helps Open Free HIV/AIDS Clinic in DC The AIDS Healthcare Foundation Blair Underwood Healthcare Center, named after the Hollywood actor and AIDS activist, is open for free HIV/AIDS care in Washington, DC, The Washington Post reports. According to data released earlier this year, at least 3 percent of DC’s population is HIV positive.
September 24, 2009
Large-Scale HIV Vaccine Trial Shows Some Success For the first time, an HIV vaccine trial has produced positive results: A new vaccine tested on more than 16,000 volunteers in Thailand reduces the risk of HIV infection by more than 30 percent, The New York Times reports.
Arkansas ADAP, Ryan White Cut Services The Arkansas AIDS drug assistance program (AR ADAP) and a Ryan White CARE program have slashed their annual income eligibility threshold to $21,660, leaving many positive people in the state scrambling for options to pay for expensive treatments, reports the Arkansas Times.
AIDS Activists Urge G-20 Leaders to Fund HIV Treatment On September 22, AIDS activists marched through downtown Pittsburgh and demanded that the international Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, a.k.a. the G-20, and other political leaders stop using the global economic crisis as an excuse to reduce funding for HIV/AIDS treatment, The Associated Press reports.
September 23, 2009
POZ Editor-in-Chief’s Memoir Now Available POZ editor-in-chief Regan Hofmann’s memoir, I Have Something to Tell You, hit bookshelves September 22. In anticipation of the book’s release, she shared her story recently in the New York Post.
HIV Activists to Reengage LGBT Community at Equality March in DC
One day before the National Equality March on October 11 in Washington, DC, HIV activists, speakers and performers—most of whom are HIV positive—will convene in front of the White House to redirect attention to HIV/AIDS in the LGBT community. The event will culminate with a candlelight vigil.
U.S. Closer to Lifting HIV Travel and Immigration Ban This Year According to a memo by the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (CIS), the HIV travel and immigration ban might be lifted this year, The Advocate reports. Current regulations state that noncitizens living with HIV cannot visit the United States unless they have a waiver, and that positive immigrants are denied entry.
September 21, 2009
FDA Approves Abbott’s New HIV Test
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Abbott Laboratories’ new HIV test, which can detect HIV types 1 and 2, The Associated Press reports. While type 2 is mostly found in West Africa, type 1 is comprised of various HIV subgroups found primarily in both the United States and West Africa.
HIV Camp Reschedules Summer Sessions Canceled After H1N1 Scare One Heartland, a Milwaukee-based camp for children living with HIV/AIDS, will hold fall sessions for 88 campers whose July session in Minnesota was canceled after two volunteer staff members were diagnosed with the H1N1 virus (swine flu), the Chicago Tribune reports.
U.S. Senator: Ryan White Bill to Be Reauthorized by September 30 Deadline The federal Ryan White CARE Act is set to expire September 30 unless reauthorized by Congress, but U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (DIowa) said September 16 that the program—which provides care, treatment, education and support services for people living with HIV—will be reauthorized before the deadline, The Iowa Independent reports.
Boise Man to Serve 20 to 30 Years in Prison for Failing to Disclose HIV Status Kerry Thomas, a basketball player for Boise State University in the 1980s, has been sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison for failing to disclose his HIV status to a sexual partner who allegedly did not contract the virus, the Idaho Statesman reports. He had previously served time for other HIV-related charges.
September 17, 2009
Iowa Man’s 25-Year HIV Exposure Sentence Reduced to 5-Year Probation Nick Rhoades, an Iowa man sentenced May 8 to 25 years in prison for failing to disclose his HIV status to a male sexual partner, had his sentence reduced to five years of probation without jail time in a September 11 reconsideration hearing, The Iowa Independent reports.
Malawi: To Fight AIDS, Official Calls for Gay Rights In the first public government comment on homosexuality in Malawi, a senior official said that the conservative southeast African country must make efforts to recognize gay rights if it is to properly address HIV/AIDS, Reuters reports.
FDA Approves H1N1 Vaccine
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved vaccines from four pharmaceutical companies for the H1N1 virus (swine flu), Reuters reports. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on September 15 that all Americans who want a vaccine will get one.
UCSC Professor Receives $3.5M Grant for AIDS Research Phillip Berman, PhD, from the University of California at Santa Cruz received a $3.5 million five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to pursue new research that might lead to an HIV vaccine, KGO Newstalk in San Francisco reports.
September 15, 2009
Positive SC Man Wins $10M After Insurer Denied Health Coverage The South Carolina Supreme Court on September 14 upheld a verdict against Fortis Insurance Company for revoking a man’s health coverage after he tested HIV positive; it did so based on a nurse writing down the wrong year of his test, The Associated Press reports.
Study: New Myriad Inc. HIV Drug Can Reduce Viral Load 50-fold in 2 Weeks Myriad Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s experimental HIV drug, bevirimat dimeglumine, can reduce viral load by as much as 50-fold in two weeks in some patients, according to a new study reported by Bloomberg. Researchers presented their findings September 14 at the 49th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in San Francisco
Louisville, KY, AIDS Walk Fundraiser Comes Up Short; Local Services May Suffer The Louisville, Kentucky, AIDS Walk drew $16,000 less than last year, which will likely result in funding cuts for local HIV/AIDS services in Jefferson County, WHAS 11 reports. Now in its 17th year, the annual event usually rakes in hundreds of thousands of dollars. Exact tallies for Sunday’s event were not yet reported.
September 11, 2009
Medicare Might Soon Cover HIV Testing Medicare may pay for beneficiaries’ HIV tests under a draft government proposal, Reuters reports. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said September 9 that there was suitable evidence that HIV screening is a necessary and appropriate preventative health measure.
WHO: Adolescent Deaths Much Higher in Poor Countries Far more young people between the ages of 10 to 24 die in developing countries compared with wealthier ones as a result of infectious disease, violence and other causes, according to the World Health Organization as reported by MedPage Today.
FDA Panel Recommends Gardasil for Men, Cervarix for Women A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel recommended on September 9 that the agency approve the Cervarix human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for women and that it expand the Gardasil HPV vaccine for use by men, the Los Angeles Times reports.
ATAC Releases Pharmaceutical Company HIV/AIDS Report Card On September 10, the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC) released a report card on the pharmaceutical industry that graded nine pharmaceutical companies on their drug development portfolio and plans, access to drugs, pricing, community relations and marketing practices around HIV, The New York Times reports.
Obama Releases Details of Health Plan In a joint session of Congress on September 9, President Barack Obama
denounced the “scare tactics” brought on by opponents of his health
care reform plan, The New York Times reports.
Computer Program Offers Instant PEP Advice for ER Workers in NY Beginning September 9, emergency room doctors throughout New York state will have access to instant HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) guidelines thanks to a computer application developed by doctors at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, The New York Times reports.
N.Y. Court Upholds HIV-Related Patient Confidentiality in Misconduct Case
On August 25, the Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division, First Department, ruled that a subpoena seeking medical and billing records of nine patients of an HIV specialist under inquiry based upon anonymous allegations of physician misconduct was in violation of the New York Public Health Law.
Scientists Discover Antibodies That Halt HIV Disease Progression Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, San Diego, have been able to isolate two neutralizing antibodies that can prevent HIV from multiplying in the body and progressing to AIDS, the Los Angeles Times reports. This discovery, published in the journal Science, may prove beneficial in HIV vaccine development.
September 03, 2009
Angels in America Revived in New York in 2010
New York’s Signature Theater Company will stage the first New York revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America as part of its 2010-11 season dedicated to the playwright’s work, The New York Times reports.
U.S. Researchers Find Link Between HIV Subtype D and Dementia Researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore believe that people living with HIV Subtype D have an increased risk of dementia compared with those with other subtypes of the virus, reports United Press International. Subtype D is rare in the United States and is more prominent in Eastern and Central Africa.
Critics Lambaste Miss Universe “Condom Olympics” On August 21, two days before the Miss Universe 2009 pageant, contestants participated in the Condom Olympics, an HIV/AIDS awareness event designed by Population Services International (PSI). But, as MyFox Northeast Pennsylvania reports, conservative groups are critical of the event, questioning its efficacy as an HIV education tool.
September 02, 2009
Jay-Z Designs Charity T-Shirt to Honor Arthur Ashe
As part of his Rocawear clothing line, rap superstar Jay-Z has designed a T-shirt featuring late HIV-positive tennis great Arthur Ashe, to be sold for charity at the U.S. Open, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
CDC: HIV Incidence Is 50 Times Higher Among MSM
Men who have sex with men (MSM) become HIV positive at a rate more than 50 times that of women or straight men, according to new statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reported by RH Reality Check.
Manchester Councilor Discloses His HIV Status At the end of Manchester, England’s annual Pride celebrations, councilor Paul Fairweather—an openly gay LGBT advocate—revealed he was HIV positive to the thousands in attendance, BBC News reports.