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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
"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.
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)
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.