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September 30, 2010
PEPFAR Praised by House Committee on Foreign Affairs
The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was praised during a House Committee on Foreign Affairs meeting highlighting the program’s success in fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean
Report: 2010 Goal of Universal Access Remains Unmet
The goal of universal access by the end of 2010 to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care will not be met, according to a joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and UNICEF.
Intercourse Judge Gives Women Condom-Filled Acorns
Isaac H. Stoltzfus, 58, a district judge in Intercourse, Pennsylvania, was cited with one count of disorderly conduct for giving acorns stuffed with condoms to women in Harrisburg near the state capitol building.
September 29, 2010
IAS: Women and Children Key to Fighting HIV/AIDS
The International AIDS Society (IAS) urged governments and other donors to make progress against HIV/AIDS by improving the health of pregnant women and children ages 5 and younger, according to an IAS statement. 
Injection Drug Use Propels HIV Rates in Russia
Injection drug use has become the leading cause of HIV transmission in Russia, Rianovosti reports. 
Designer Condoms for Sale in Hotel Chain Mini Bars
At your service: A hotel chain is selling condoms in the mini bars of all its rooms, the Los Angeles Times reports. 
September 28, 2010
Positive Justice Project Seeks to End HIV Criminalization
The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) has launched the Positive Justice Project, a campaign to repeal laws that create HIV-specific crimes or laws that increase penalties for people with HIV who are convicted of criminal offenses, according to a CHLP statement. 
Facebook Promotes AIDS Film About Virgin Myth
Facebook will stream a live interview on Tuesday, September 28, with Michealene Risley, the filmmaker of Tapestries of Hope, a documentary film about the myth that having sex with a virgin will cure AIDS, Agence France Presse (AFP) reports. 
Africa and China Partner to Fight HIV/AIDS
Leaders from Africa and China have come together in a new partnership to make progress toward the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include strengthening the global response to HIV/AIDS, according to a Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) statement. 
September 27, 2010
CDC Releases $30M for HIV Prevention in FY 2010
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released $30 million for HIV prevention, according to a Department of Health and Human Services statement.
NIH Gives $50M to Study HIV/AIDS in U.S. Prisons
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will give 12 research teams a combined total of nearly $50 million over five years to study effective ways to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS among inmates, parolees and probationers, according to a National Institute on Drug Abuse statement. 
Zimbabwe President Wants Compulsory HIV Testing
Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, wants compulsory HIV testing in his country, the Voice of America reports.
September 24, 2010
National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Is Sept. 27
Monday, September 27, marks the third annual National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. 
HIV-Positive Airman in Kansas Faces 24 Charges
David Gutierrez, a noncommissioned officer at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, faces 24 criminal charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice related to having unprotected sex with 11 of his partners—men and women—without disclosing to them that he is HIV positive, Air Force Times reports. 
Thefts End Free Condoms Basket at Drew University
Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, no longer makes free condoms available to its students via a basket in the lobby of the health services department, The Associated Press (AP) reports. 
September 23, 2010
19% of Gay, Bisexual Men in U.S. Cities Have HIV
Roughly one in five gay and bisexual men in 21 U.S. cities is HIV positive—and nearly half don't even know it, according to a study of 8,153 men presented by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and reported by Reuters.
Obama Heckled on AIDS, Gay Rights at Fund-raiser
Activists disrupted President Obama's $1.4 million fund-raiser on Wednesday, September 22, demanding that funding for AIDS programs be increased and that the ban on gays in the military be overturned, The Associated Press reports.
Activists Arrested Protesting N.Y. Governor's AIDS Housing Veto
Five AIDS activists were arrested Thursday morning, September 23, after a die-in protest that blocked the entrance to New York Governor David Paterson's Manhattan office, according to a press release from the New York City AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN).
September 22, 2010
Prankster Tells Michigan Residents They're HIV Positive
An unknown person posing as a Kent County Health Department employee in Michigan is calling residents and telling them that they’ve tested HIV positive or been in contact with someone who is HIV positive, WOOD TV 8 reports. 
Caribbean Leaders Discuss Challenges of HIV Stigma
Caribbean leaders shared how stigma remains a challenge in the fight against HIV/AIDS during a two-day human rights symposium, IPS News reports. 
HIV-Positive Chinese AIDS Activist Stands Trial
Tian Xi, a Chinese AIDS activist, is standing trial for property damage because he dropped a teacup and office supplies at a hospital that wouldn’t provide him HIV treatment after he ran out of medicine, Agence France Presse (AFP) reports. 
September 21, 2010
65% of U.S. Gay Men Support HIV Criminalization
Sixty-five percent of gay men in the United States believe that it should be against the law for an HIV-positive man to engage in unprotected anal sex (UAI) without disclosing his status, according to a study published in AIDS Care and reported by aidsmap. 
Homophobia Linked to Higher HIV Rates in U.S. Black MSM
Higher rates of homophobia among African Americans may explain why the AIDS epidemic has disproportionately struck black men who have sex with men (MSM), according to a study published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and reported by aidsmap. 
Vaginal Gel Fails to Fight HIV in Clinical Trial
A vaginal microbicide gel meant to protect women from HIV was found to be safe but ineffective in clinical trials, reports Agence France Presse. 
September 20, 2010
N.Y. Governor Vetoes HIV/AIDS Housing Assistance
New York Governor David Paterson vetoed a bill that would have capped the rent of people who receive housing assistance from the New York City HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA), The New York Times reports. (Watch video.)
World Leaders Urged to Keep HIV/AIDS Commitments
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged world leaders to keep their commitments to reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, the Voice of America (VOA) reports. 
"No HIV Drugs, No Vote" Campaign in Uganda
The National Forum of People Living with HIV, comprised of a group of HIV/AIDS activists in Uganda, has started a “no HIV drugs, no vote” campaign ahead of the country’s 2011 general elections, the Daily Monitor reports. 
September 17, 2010
Sept. 18 Is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
The third annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD) will be commemorated Saturday, September 18, according to a statement from The AIDS Institute.
Study: HIV Ancestor in Monkeys for Thousands of Years
The ancestor to HIV may be thousands of years old rather than hundreds, according to a study published in Science and reported by The New York Times.
CDC: Birth Control Omitted From One-Third of Sex Ed
Almost all U.S. teenagers receive formal sexual education by the time they turn 18, but only two-thirds of them are taught birth control, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reported by The Associated Press (AP)
September 16, 2010
HIV-Positive Idaho Man Faces 15 Years in Prison
Michael Everhart of Boise, Idaho, has been charged with knowingly attempting to transfer bodily fluids with HIV, The Idaho Statesman reports. 
New Sperm Freezing May Benefit HIV-Positive Men
A new sperm freezing technique may benefit HIV-positive men by allowing them to use their own sperm to father children without transmitting the virus to their partners or offspring, according to an International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) statement.
No Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention in Malawi
Malawi will not promote male circumcision for HIV prevention, The New York Times reports. 
September 15, 2010
DC Clinics Offer “Red Carpet” Rapid Enrollment in HIV Treatment
The Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, DC, is offering the “red carpet” treatment to people who may be infected with HIV such as rape victims, The Washington Post reports. 
Pittsburgh Researchers Awarded $11.8M to Study Microbicide Film
University of Pittsburgh researchers received a five year $11.8 million federal grant to develop a quickly dissolving vaginal film containing tenofovir, an antiretroviral drug, for HIV prevention, HealthNewsDigest.com reports. 
Judge Dismisses Suit Against Immigrations Office Over Denied HIV Care
U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer dismissed two HIV-positive men’s lawsuit against the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Both claimed officials denied them HIV treatment while in custody, Courthouse News Service reports. 
September 14, 2010
NIH Awards $2.5 Million to Study Latent HIV
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has announced Eric M. Verdin, MD, as the winner of the Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research, according to an NIH statement. 
U.S. Donates $5.5M in AIDS Meds to Uganda
The United States has donated an emergency supply of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs totaling $5.5 million to Uganda’s AIDS program, reports PlusNews. 
Profiles of Adult Philadelphians Who Were Born HIV Positive
The first babies born with HIV are now reaching 30, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer in a profile of young adults born positive. 
September 13, 2010
U.S. AIDS Volunteers Free on Bail in Zimbabwe
A Zimbabwean court freed on bail four Americans arrested Thursday for the illegal distribution of donated HIV/AIDS medicines without having proper licenses or the supervision of a pharmacist.
Columnist: Pope’s Anti-Condom Message Is “Global Public Health Problem”
As Pope Benedict XVI travels to London this week, a columnist with British newspaper The Guardian outlines the pope’s stand on condoms.
Styx Bassist Raises HIV Vaccine Awareness
Gay, HIV-positive Styx bassist Chuck Panozzo is now a spokesman for GeoVax labs to raise awareness for its HIV vaccine research.
September 10, 2010
ViiV Grants Help HIV-Positive Blacks, Latinos in South
ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action Southern Initiative has selected seven organizations to receive grants during the next two years to help African-American and Latino communities in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi.
California Released Private HIV Info on 5,000 Residents
Confidential identifying information of about 5,000 HIV-positive Medi-Cal recipients was disclosed illegally to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, according to a Lambda Legal statement.
Canadian Court Upholds Gay Blood Ban
A Canadian court ordered Kyle Freeman of Toronto to pay $10,000 to Canadian Blood Services (CBS) for lying about his sexual history on a questionnaire to donate blood.
September 09, 2010
Condom Machines Installed in San Francisco Jail
The San Francisco Sheriff's Department has installed 16 condom machines for the 750 prisoners at the San Francisco County Jail's San Bruno lockup, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Global Fund Grants India $128M for HIV/AIDS
The Indian government and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have established a three-year, $128.4 million grant agreement to support the country's National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), The Hindu reports.
UNAIDS: Japan Needs to Increase HIV Efforts at Home
Although Japan has increased its role in the fight against HIV/AIDS abroad, it needs to do more at home, according to Michel Sidibe, executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), The Japan Times reports.
September 08, 2010
Unsafe Sex Among Young White Gay Men Drives HIV in Europe
Young, white men who have sex with men (MSM) in Europe are fueling the HIV epidemic and need more targeted prevention, according to research published in BioMed Central Infectious Diseases and reported in The Guardian
Peer Educators Help African Immigrants Discuss HIV in Seattle
Many African immigrants are afraid to discuss HIV for fear of stigma and discrimination. To start a dialogue about the virus, The Center for Multicultural Health in Seattle is recruiting African immigrants to serve as HIV/AIDS peer educators among fellow Africans in the community, The Seattle Times reports. 
Soccer as HIV Prevention in Kenya
Sports, particularly soccer programs, are good HIV prevention tools, according to a study by Football for an HIV-free Generation and reported by PlusNews. 
September 07, 2010
New Trials of HIV-Fighting Vaginal Gel Lack Funding
A promising HIV-fighting vaginal gel may be shelved due to lack of funding, The New York Times reports. 
HIV-Positive Man and Assisted Living Facility Settle Suit
An HIV-positive retired university provost and former minister has settled his lawsuit against an assisted living facility in Arkansas that ejected him, according to a statement from Lambda Legal, which represented him. 
National HIV Testing Campaign Stalls in South Africa
South Africa’s campaign to test 15 million of its citizens in one year for HIV has stalled after just five months, PlusNews reports. 
September 03, 2010
Camel Clinics Fight HIV in Kenya
In the remote Samburu district of northern Kenya, community-based health organizations are turning to mobile camel clinics to provide HIV/AIDS services to nomadic inhabitants, reports PlusNews
Czech HIV Infection Rates on the Rise
HIV rates in the Czech Republic have increased 400 percent in the past decade—new HIV cases in 2010 are expected to top 200, reports The Prague Post.
Scientific American HIV Series Looks at MSM, Injection Drug Users and Treatment as Prevention
In order to slow the spread of HIV, there has been a shift in tactics regarding prevention and care, reports Scientific American in a series on HIV/AIDS.
September 02, 2010
HIV Prevention Through Mother-Daughter Sex Talks
Chicago-based clinical psychologist Chisina Kapungu, PhD, is using a grant from the National Institute for Mental Health to educate the African-American community on HIV prevention.
New York State Health Care Providers Must Offer HIV Tests
As of Sept. 1, health care providers in New York State must offer all patients ages 13 to 64 a voluntary HIV test.
Enlist Team Edward to End the Gay Blood Ban
Columnist Bryan Honeycutt of the Oklahoma Daily News shares his proposal for "Gay Blood."
September 01, 2010
HIV-Positive Sergeant May Have Knowingly Exposed “Swingers” in Kansas
An HIV-positive Air Force sergeant stationed at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas was arrested after military officials learned he might have knowingly exposed people at “swinger events” to the virus, The Wichita Eagle reports. 
Doc: HIV Prevention for Gay Youth Must Address Mental Health, Drug Use
HIV prevention programs for young gay men must also provide drug and mental health counseling, according to a column by Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, in Chelsea Now
"Jesus Had HIV" Sermon Riles South African Christians
South African Pastor Xola Skosana upset churchgoers by preaching a sermon titled “Jesus Was HIV Positive,” Mail & Guardian reports. 
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