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September 30, 2011
Consent, Privacy Issues Impede Mass. HIV Testing Bill
Massachusetts legislation aimed at expanding HIV testing has slowed over disputes over what constitutes a person’s consent for such testing and how easily the medical community can share information about patients with HIV, according to a report in the Bay Windows. 
HIV Group Used Public Money to Trick Out Hummer
Working for Togetherness, a Chicago HIV-awareness nonprofit, spent $45,000 of public money to fund a tricked-out Hummer, according to new reports from the Chicago Sun-Times.
Circumcision Efforts to Curb HIV in Africa Off to Slow Start
Circumcision lowers HIV risk by 60 percent or more among African men, but this proven prevention method is being implemented on that continent much slower than the international health authorities recommended, The New York Times reports. 
September 29, 2011
CDC Awards $55M for HIV Prevention in Young Gay Men of Color
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $55 million for expanding HIV prevention targeted toward young gay and bisexual men of color, transgender youth of color, and their partners, according to a CDC statement. 
HIV Privacy Concerns at North Carolina Health Department
Two people living with HIV claim that the Columbus County health department in North Carolina has privacy issues that deter people from getting treatment, reports. 
Promising Results from MVA-B HIV Vaccine Trial
An HIV vaccine has successfully completed Phase I human clinical trials with 90 percent of volunteers developing an immunological response against the virus, reports.
September 28, 2011
Young People Worldwide Know Less About Condoms
More teens are having unprotected sex, and they know less about contraception options like condoms, Reuters reports. More than 6,000 young people from 26 countries were polled on their attitudes toward sex and contraception.
Panel Tells Global Fund to Adopt Better Financial Safeguards
An independent panel investigating the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has concluded that the fund needs to reform grant management internally and adopt better financial safeguards, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
Sir Elton John Sues Banker for $1M Unpaid AIDS Pledge
Sir Elton John is taking court action against a banker who pledged $1 million to the pop icon’s foundation in a charity auction bid but never paid, The Daily Mirror reports.
September 27, 2011
HHS Releases $1.89B for HIV/AIDS Care, ADAP
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released more than $1.89 billion in HIV/AIDS care and medication grants, according to a statement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
HUD Awards $9M to Improving HIV/AIDS Housing
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $9 million in grants to projects that improve housing and services for people and families living with HIV, according to a statement from HUD.
National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2011
Tuesday, September 27, is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, according to a statement from the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA). 
September 26, 2011
Rep. Barbara Lee Introduces HIV Anti-Criminalization Bill
U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) has introduced a bill to reform HIV-related criminal law throughout the United States, according to a statement by Lee.
HIV Charges Dropped Against Former Olympic Equestrian
Charges filed in 2010 against Olympic equestrian Darren Chiacchia of failing to disclose his HIV-positive status have been dropped, WCTV reports.
Iris House Opens New HIV Outreach Center in South Bronx
Iris House, a community-based organization helping women and families deal with HIV/AIDS in New York City, is opening a new outreach center in the South Bronx, according to an Iris House statement.
September 23, 2011
Marcel van Soest, Executive Director of World AIDS Campaign, Dies
Marcel van Soest, an epidemiologist and the executive director of the World AIDS Campaign (WAC) since 2004, has died, according to a WAC statement. 
U.S. Senators Seek to Prevent Cuts to Global AIDS Funding
Eighteen U.S. senators led by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D?N.Y.) seek to protect global AIDS funding from cuts threatened by the impending showdown over the national budget and deficit committee, Daily Kos reports. 
AIDS Cases Continue to Drop in New York City
New York City AIDS cases have continued to drop during the past eight years, The New York Times reports. 
September 22, 2011
Bill Seeks to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) has introduced the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2011, a bill that seeks to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, according to a statement from Lee. 
Congressional Briefing for Latino AIDS Awareness Day
In advance of this year’s National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) on October 15, the Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA) held a congressional briefing in Washington, DC, according to an LCOA statement.
HIV/AIDS Philanthropist Jackie Lee Houston Dies
Jackie Lee Houston, a philanthropist and supporter of the Desert AIDS Project (DAP) in Palm Springs, California, died September 14 of pancreatic cancer, according to a DAP statement.
September 21, 2011
Gamers Map HIV Protein Protease in Only Three Weeks
It took online gamers three weeks to map the elusive structure of a retrovirus protein, called a protease, that has baffled scientists for more than a decade, according to a study published in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology and reported by Fox News.
“Turning the Tide Together” at XIX International AIDS Conference
Capturing the current sense of optimism based on recent scientific advances in HIV treatment and prevention, “Turning the Tide Together” has been selected as the theme for the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) to be held next July in Washington, DC, according to an International AIDS Society (IAS) statement.
Early ARV Treatment Is Cost-Effective in Poor Countries
New research shows that early antiretroviral (ARV) therapy is cost-effective in resource-poor countries like Haiti, according to a statement from Weill Cornell Medical College, which led the research.
September 20, 2011
STI Testing at Private Health Providers on the Rise in NYC
Routine testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) at private health providers in New York City is on the rise since the city’s Department of Health cut funding for free STI testing, the New York Daily News reports.
Maryland Agencies Get Delayed HIV/AIDS Funding
More than 80 local Maryland agencies providing services to people with HIV/AIDS have finally received $61 million in federal funding after a months-long delay, the Baltimore Sun reports. 
Ontario Attorney General Asks to Intervene in HIV Case
Ontario’s attorney general has applied to intervene in a Supreme Court of Canada decision that could make it easier for courts to convict people with HIV who don’t disclose their status, Xtra! reports.
September 19, 2011
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day 2011
The fourth annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD) was commemorated on Sunday, September 18. This year's NHAAAD theme: "Aging is a part of life; HIV doesn't have to be."
DC First in Nation to Test Students on Sex Ed, Drug Use
Public schools in Washington, DC, will start administering the nation's first standardized test on sex education and drug use, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
Miss Universe Leila Lopes Plans to Help Fight HIV/AIDS
Leila Lopes, the newly crowned Miss Universe 2011, plans to help fight HIV/AIDS around the world, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
September 16, 2011
HHS Awards $10M to Develop Community Health Centers
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $10 million to 129 organizations across the country that would like to become community health centers, according to an HHS statement.
HIV Monotherapy for Michigan Prisoner Raises Concerns
Concerns have been raised over the medical treatment of an HIV-positive inmate in a Michigan prison, The Michigan Messenger reports.
23 Children in India Test HIV Positive After Blood Transfusions
Twenty-three children in the Indian state of Gujarat have tested HIV positive after receiving blood transfusions, prompting Indian health officials to investigate, the BBC reports.
September 15, 2011
Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus Launches
U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) have launched the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus as co-chairs. 
Promising Results From RV-144 HIV Vaccine Trial
Researchers have isolated two immune system responses to an HIV vaccine that may indicate whether the vaccine will protect certain individuals, CNN reports. 
PEPFAR Grants $45M for Combination HIV Preventions in Africa
The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has granted a total of $45 million to three different initiatives that will study the effectiveness of combination HIV prevention in Africa, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of State. 
September 14, 2011
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Seeks $75M for Cervical, Breast Cancer
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PRRR) is a new partnership hoping for commitments of $75 million in public and private contributions over five years to provide screening and treatment for cervical and breast cancer in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, according to a statement from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a PRRR member.
HIV Used in Experimental Treatment to Cure Leukemia
A new gene therapy successfully used a modified and disabled form of HIV to treat three people with advanced chronic lymphocytic leukemia, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine and Science Translational Medicine and reported by The New York Times.
EU Gives $170M to South Africa to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB
The European Union (EU) will launch a large-scale health program that will contribute more than $170 million to South Africa’s effort to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), Reuters reports.
September 13, 2011
UN: $6B More Annually to Treat HIV Per WHO Guidelines
Providing antiretrovirals (ARVs) to all people with HIV worldwide who qualify for the meds would cost an additional $6 billion annually, bringing the yearly total to at least $22 billion, according to the United Nations and reported by Bloomberg News. 
Medical Marijuana Linked to Overall Increase in Pot Smoking
Nationwide, marijuana use is rising and the use of methamphetamines and cocaine is declining, according to a survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and reported by Reuters. 
HIV-Positive Tribal Pakistanis Face Danger to Get ARVs
HIV-positive residents of tribal areas in Pakistan are finding it harder to access antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, the Inter Press Service (IPS) reports. 
September 12, 2011
Bill Would Legalize Condoms in Federal Prisons
The Justice Act, a new bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in August by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), aims to overturn federal law forbidding condom distribution in federal correctional facilities, according to the Housing Works blog.
Uzbek HIV/AIDS Activist Released From Prison
Imprisoned Uzbek HIV/AIDS activist Maksim Popov has been released early from a seven-year sentence, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFERL) reports.
Another Man in China Sues for HIV Discrimination
A 27-year-old HIV-positive man in China's southwestern Guizhou province is suing local authorities because they denied him a teaching position, reports.
September 09, 2011
Porn Actor Who Tested HIV Positive Is Actually Negative
An unidentified adult film actor who tested HIV positive in August has been retested and is HIV negative, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
Britain Lifts Lifetime Gay Blood Ban
Britain is lifting its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, Agence France Press (AFP) reports.
Libya Will Open All Files From Bulgarian HIV Trial
Libya will be opening all files from a controversial Bulgarian HIV trial in which the Libyan government accused five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor of deliberately infecting more than 400 children with HIV in 1998 at a children’s hospital, reports.
September 08, 2011
Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Ohio AIDS Coalition, Dies
Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Ohio AIDS Coalition (OAC), died September 5, according to an AIDS Resource Center Ohio (ARC) statement. 
HRSA Awards $5.1M to AIDS Education and Training Centers
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded $5.1 million to support AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC), according to an HRSA statement. 
Medical Students Not Taught Enough on LGBT, HIV/AIDS Issues
Medical students aren’t being taught the unique health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, according to a survey of school deans published in The Journal of the American Medical Association and reported by The Associated Press (AP). 
September 07, 2011
Appeals Court Hears HIV Lawsuit Against Atlanta Police
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has heard a brief on behalf of a Georgia man who was allegedly denied employment as an Atlanta police officer because he is HIV positive, according to a statement from Lambda Legal, which is representing the man.
Experimental Vaccine May Protect Infants With HIV From TB
An experimental vaccine has been shown to protect mice against tuberculosis (TB) and may eventually be suitable for treating human infants living with HIV, a group unable to use the existing TB vaccine, according to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) statement.
Misinformation About HIV Vaccine Trials Limits Participation
Not enough is being done to communicate accurate information about HIV vaccine trials to populations deemed most at risk and most likely to participate in future trials, according to a study from the University of Toronto.
September 06, 2011
Nearly $2M in Federal HIV Funds Unspent in Florida
Nearly $2 million of federal funds earmarked for HIV/AIDS care in Florida may have gone unspent in four counties in Orlando, The Orlando Sentinel reports. 
HIV-Positive Egyptians Fight Discrimination in Health Care
The health care sector in Egypt is a major source of stigma and discrimination against those living with HIV, making it harder for them to access care, according to research published by the Ford Foundation and reported by PlusNews. 
Pregnant African Women Tested for HIV, Not Other STIs
Low rates of testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI) among pregnant women in Zambia and Uganda may be putting their lives at risk, according to a study conducted by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and reported by PlusNews. 
September 02, 2011
Inaccurate HIV Consent Forms in Indiana
Some Indiana counties are using consent and acknowledgement forms for those who test HIV positive that are medically and legally inaccurate, The Michigan Messenger reports. The forms tell people who test positive for HIV or hepatitis B that their legal responsibilities fall under the “Duty to Warn” state law. 
Developing Pediatric HIV Meds for the Developing World
A scientific alliance is taking on the challenge of developing pediatric HIV medications, the Inter Press Service (IPS) reports. 
Fiji Lifts HIV Travel Ban
Fiji has lifted its restrictions on entry, stay or residence based on HIV status, according to a UNAIDS statement. The lifting of the HIV travel ban was announced in South Korea at the 10th International Congress of AIDS in Asia and the Pacific by the president of Fiji. 
September 01, 2011
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Ruled Illegal in Michigan
A three-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal, reports.
UNAIDS: More Funding for At-Risk People in Asia-Pacific
The Asia-Pacific region has reached a defining point in its HIV/AIDS epidemic, according to a UNAIDS statement. 
Discrimination Persists Against HIV-Positive Women in Africa
HIV-positive women in Africa experience pressure from husbands, partners, aid organizations and governments not to have children, reports. 
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