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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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, novinite.com reports.
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.
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.
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.