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February 28, 2011
Elton John’s 2011 Academy Awards Party Raises Nearly $4M
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) raised nearly $4 million at its 19th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 27 in Los Angeles, according to an EJAF statement.
Supreme Court Hears Bayh-Dole HIV Patent Lawsuit
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments February 28 on a Stanford University case against pharmaceutical company Roche Holding AG over HIV-related patent rights of its researchers, Drug Discovery and Development reports.
Illegal Resale of African HIV Meds in Germany
German federal police and prosecutors are investigating pharmaceutical wholesalers for illegally reselling HIV medications that were meant for Africa, The Local reports.
February 25, 2011
IAS Opens DC Office for AIDS 2012
DC Mayor’s Commission on HIV/AIDS
In anticipation of the XIX International AIDS Conference to be held in Washington, DC, in July 2012, Mayor Vincent C. Gray has created the Mayor’s Commission on HIV/AIDS to help end the HIV epidemic in the nation’s capital, according to a statement from the DC Department of Health (DOH).
China Adopts “Treatment as Prevention” Strategy
China will adopt a nationwide “treatment as prevention” strategy modeled on the work of Canada’s BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), according to a BC-CfE statement.
February 24, 2011
HIV/AIDS Activist Chloe Dzubilo Dies
Chloe Dzubilo, an HIV/AIDS and transgender activist, died February 18 in New York City.
UK Adults Increasingly Lack Basic HIV Awareness
A new study shows an increasing proportion of adults in the United Kingdom incorrectly believe that HIV can be transmitted by kissing and spitting.
Utah Bill to Demand HIV Testing of Alleged Rapists
A committee in the Utah House of Representatives unanimously approved a proposed bill to require alleged rapists to get tested for HIV if demanded by their alleged victims.
February 23, 2011
UNAIDS Outlines 6 “Frontiers” to Help Battle Global AIDS
UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé outlined a set of six new frontiers that will move the global AIDS response forward, according to a UNAIDS statement. 
amfAR Awards 8 Grants to Eradicate HIV
The search for a cure for AIDS just got a boost, as amfAR is funding eight new grants totaling nearly $1 million to explore how HIV persists in the body and how the virus can be eradicated, according to an amfAR statement
AIDS Memoir in Tennessee School Prompts Library Policy Change
A local school board in Tennessee has made revisions to its book policy after a parent complained about an AIDS memoir being available in a middle school library, The Tennessean reports. 
February 22, 2011
Greg Louganis Resurfaces as a Diving Coach
Greg Louganis has made a return to diving, accepting a coaching job with Southern California-based SoCal Divers, The New York Times reports. 
Cleveland Clinic Gets $3M Grant for HIV Research
The Cleveland Clinic has received a $3 million grant from the Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation to study HIV and the body’s response in autoimmune diseases, according to a Cleveland Clinic statement. 
Significant Drop of HIV Rates in Zimbabwe
HIV rates in Zimbabwe have fallen 13 percent in one decade, defying all expectations for the region, according to a study published in PLoS Medicine and reported by The New York Times
February 18, 2011
VOCAL-NY: 2012 NYC Budget Cuts HIV/AIDS Housing
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed 2012 budget would increase homelessness and block access to housing, food stamps and Medicaid for people with HIV/AIDS, according to a statement by Voices of Community Activists and Leaders New York (VOCAL-NY), a grassroots organization led by HIV-positive New Yorkers. 
2012 State Budget Eliminates Connecticut ADAP
Governor Daniel P. Malloy’s proposed 2012 budget eliminates state funding for the Connecticut AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), The Connecticut News Project reports.
Logo and Greater Than AIDS Launch HIV Campaign
Logo, an MTV Networks basic cable channel for LGBT people and their allies, has partnered with Greater Than AIDS, a national HIV education initiative, to launch a multimedia HIV awareness campaign, according to a joint statement. 
February 17, 2011
MAC AIDS Fund Raises $200M and Lady Gaga Aims for $50M More
The MAC AIDS Fund has raised more than $200 million to date through sales of its Viva Glam lipsticks and lipglasses. (Watch video.)
Friends in Deed Launches HIV/AIDS Support Groups
Friends in Deed, a New York City–based crisis center for people diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses, is changing the structure of its support groups.
HIV Meds in “Whoonga” Drug Craze Debunked
An illegal drug craze in South Africa called “whoonga” that supposedly uses HIV medications in fact mostly consists of low-grade heroin.
February 16, 2011
AHF Seeks Investigation of LA HIV Porn Clinic Transfer
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has asked California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris to investigate possible unlawful conduct in the transfer of a clinic that catered to the porn industry, according to an AHF statement. 
700,000 Condoms Worth $1.5M Disappear in Malaysia
Malaysian police are investigating the disappearance of a shipment of more than 700,000 ultrathin condoms in transit from Malaysia to Japan, Agence France Presse (AFP) reports. 
AIDS United to Support Grassroots Regional Advocacy
AIDS United will develop regional advocacy networks across the country to mobilize communities on HIV/AIDS policy issues, according to an AIDS United statement. 
February 15, 2011
President’s FY 2012 Budget Increases Funding for HIV/AIDS
The Obama administration has released its fiscal year 2012 budget, which includes a proposed increase in funding for HIV/AIDS, according to a White House statement. 
NYC Launches Free Condom Finder Phone App
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has launched a free smart phone application designed to find the five nearest venues distributing free condoms, according to a statement by the health department. 
Boxer Tommy Morrison Still Denies He Has HIV
Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison still denies he has HIV and insists he should be allowed to box, The Kansas City Star reports. 
February 14, 2011
House Republicans Propose Cuts to HIV/AIDS Programs
Republicans in the House of Representatives have proposed slashing funding to HIV/AIDS programs both at home and abroad.
CitiWide Harm Reduction Releases 3-Year Strategy for the Bronx
CitiWide Harm Reduction, a nonprofit health organization serving the South Bronx, New York, has released its three-year plan for reducing new HIV and hepatitis C infections, drug overdoses and homelessness in the South Bronx.
San Francisco HIV Campaign Promotes Female Condoms
San Francisco has launched an HIV awareness campaign promoting female condoms, according to a statement by the Female Health Company (FHC), which makes the FC2 Female Condom.
February 11, 2011
LA Lawmakers Vote to Draft Law Requiring Condoms in Porn
Following an HIV case that shut down pornography production in 2010, Los Angeles lawmakers voted unanimously to plan regulations requiring condoms to be used on set.
HIV-Positive Chinese AIDS Activist Sentenced to One Year
Tian Xi, a Chinese AIDS activist, has been sentenced to one year in prison.
PreventionWorks Needle Exchange Group in DC to Close
PreventionWorks, the leading needle exchange group in Washington, DC, will close February 25.
February 10, 2011
Vatican to Host International Conference on Its Condom Policy
The Vatican has announced it will host an international conference explaining the church’s position concerning condoms as a way to prevent HIV transmission.
Michigan Man Faces Felonies Related to HIV Lies on Facebook
James Cleland, a registered sex offender from Kalamazoo County, Michigan, is facing three felony charges for unlawfully using a computer after hacking a young woman’s Facebook account and posting lies about her, including that she is HIV positive.
San Francisco LGBT History Project Includes HIV-Positive Pioneers
A project known as the Rainbow Honor Walk in San Francisco’s Castro district will honor 20 LGBT pioneers with a plaque along the sidewalks, similar to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
February 09, 2011
Mapplethorpe $30M Collection Acquired by LA Museums
The Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA) and the J. Paul Getty Trust have acquired a large collection of Robert Mapplethorpe prints, negatives and letters, The New York Times reports. 
Safe Injection Site Lowers New HIV Cases in Vancouver
Insite, a safe injection site for IV drugs users in Vancouver, Canada, has caused a drop in new HIV cases among this high-risk group, The New York Times reports. 
HIV Adoption Toolkit Developed by Christian Agency
Adoption agency Bethany Christian Services (BCS) has developed an HIV adoption toolkit for prospective parents who want to adopt HIV-positive children; the toolkit informs the families about the virus, Baptist Press (BP) reports. 
February 08, 2011
Michigan HIV Disclosure Forms Legally Inaccurate
HIV advocates and legal experts say that Michigan’s local health departments and the state Department of Community Health are using documents that exaggerate the risks of HIV transmission and misstate the laws regarding disclosure, The Michigan Messenger reports.
San Francisco High School Senior Class Gets Tested for HIV
The entire 80-person senior class of San Francisco’s private Urban High School is getting tested for HIV, The Wall Street Journal reports. 
Financials Improve for DC’s Whitman-Walker Clinic
The Washington, DC-based Whitman-Walker Clinic (WWC) announced a 4 percent gain in its operating budget for 2010, its first positive result in almost a decade, according to a WWC statement.
February 07, 2011
February 7 Is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
February 7 is the 11th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a national HIV testing, treatment and awareness initiative focusing on African Americans. 
BAI Releases State of AIDS in Black America 2011 Report
The Black AIDS Institute (BAI) has released Deciding Moment: The State of AIDS in Black America 2011, according to a BAI statement. The release coincides with National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. 
Global Fund Introduces New Antifraud Measures
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has introduced measures to reinforce its financial safeguards and to strengthen its prevention and detection of fraud and misuse of its grants, according to a Global Fund statement. 
February 04, 2011
Brothers Indicted for HIV Fraud Top Health Care Fugitives
Federal officials have released a first-of-its-kind list of the top 10 health care fugitives, The Associated Press (AP) reports. 
AHF Proposes 20% Cost Reduction of HIV Meds for ADAPs
AIDS United has made 10 new grants to HIV/AIDS groups through its Access to Care initiative, according to an AIDS United statement. The Social Innovation Fund provided the funding for the grants to support “innovative community-based programs.” 
AIDS United Gives 10 New Access to Care Grants
AIDS United has made 10 new grants to HIV/AIDS groups through its Access to Care initiative.
February 03, 2011
Temporary Fix for Florida ADAP Helps 6,000 People
Florida health officials and AIDS activists have crafted a first-of-its-kind deal to prevent more than 6,000 people from losing their HIV medications.
Most AIDS Cases in San Francisco Are People 50 and Older
For the first time in the HIV epidemic in San Francisco, people 50 and older accounted for more than half of the city’s AIDS cases in 2010.
AIDS United Launches Team to End AIDS in DC
AIDS United has launched Team to End AIDS (T2) in Washington, DC.
February 02, 2011
Emergency Summit on ADAP Funding in Florida
The Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of HIV/AIDS is negotiating an emergency agreement to supply medications to 6,000 participants of the state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), The Florida Independent reports. 
ARCW to Open HIV-Dedicated Pharmacy
The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) will open an HIV-dedicated pharmacy beginning March 1, according to an ARCW statement. 
Canadian AIDS Groups May Remove “AIDS” From Their Names
Some AIDS service organizations in Vancouver, Canada, are considering removing the word “AIDS” from their names, Xtra! reports. 
February 01, 2011
HIV-Positive Florida Prisoner Betsie Gallardo Dies
Betsie Gallardo, an HIV-positive inmate in Florida who was terminally ill with cancer, has died, the American Independent reports. 
Judge Rules Insurance Mandate Invalidates Health Care Reform Law
A second federal judge has ruled part of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. the health care reform law) is unconstitutional, The New York Times reports. 
Bill Gates Seeks Renewed Sense of Urgency on HIV/AIDS
Bill Gates, cofounder of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is seeking creative approaches and a renewed sense of urgency in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the United States and across the world, according to his 2011 Annual Letter from the foundation. 
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