Canadian Blood Services Proposes Relaxing MSM Ban Canadian Blood Services, the group that manages most of Canada's blood supply, is considering a change to its ban on blood donation from men who have sex with men (MSM) who have been sexually active since 1977
UNAIDS, IOM Seek to Improve HIV Services for Migrants
An agreement to improve HIV-related assistance to migrants has been signed by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), according to a UNAIDS statement.
Florida ADAP Faces $14M Funding Gap
A funding gap of $14 million is threatening the health of HIV-positive people who receive assistance through Florida's AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), The Miami Herald reports.
Young Straight Couples Struggle With Defining Monogamy A new study shows that in 40 percent of heterosexual couples ages 18 to 25 who discussed monogamy, one partner said the couple agreed to be sexually exclusive while the other partner said there was no such agreement.
HIV-Positive Airman in Kansas Faces 53 Years in Prison
The lawyer for David Gutierrez—an HIV-positive noncommissioned officer at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas—defended his client by claiming recent scientific research shows that unprotected sex does not amount to aggravated assault, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
“Abstinent” Young Adults Contracting STIs About 10 percent of young adults in a new study who tested positive for a sexually transmitted infection (STI) reported being abstinent for the past year, The New York Times reports.
NIH Gives $4.7M to Study Marijuana Use and HIV Researchers at three universities have been awarded $4.7 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how marijuana use can influence the development of neurological disorders in adolescents with HIV, The Gainesville Sun reports.
Anderson Cooper to Air “30 Years of AIDS” on CNN Anderson Cooper will address the 30th anniversary of the first AIDS diagnosis with a one-hour special, according to a CNN statement. CNN will air “Hope Survives: 30 Years of AIDS” on Friday, January 14, at 9 P.M. Eastern time.
Pakistan Sex Ed Book for Muslims Stirs Controversy Sex Education for Muslims—a new book by Mobin Akhtar, an 81-year-old psychiatrist in Pakistan, which seeks to teach about sex from an Islamic perspective—has caused controversy in the country, BBC News reports.
“It’s Never Just HIV” Campaign Divides AIDS Activists
The graphic “It’s Never Just HIV” campaign by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has divided AIDS activists who disagree about its effectiveness at curbing HIV risk in young men who have sex with men (MSM), The New York Times reports.
AHF Gives $1M in HIV Meds to Florida ADAP Wait List The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will give $1 million in free antiretroviral drugs to Florida’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) for wait list patients and patients who have been disenrolled from the program, according to an AHF statement.
HIV-Positive Wisconsin Woman Denied Surgery Settles Lawsuit An HIV-positive woman in Wisconsin who was denied gallbladder surgery because of her status has settled her discrimination lawsuit against the doctor and center refusing her treatment, according to a statement from Lambda Legal, which represented the plaintiff.
Norman Fowler Heads Review of U.K. HIV/AIDS Efforts Norman Fowler, who was the health secretary under former Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher, is heading a House of Lords investigation into the
continuing spread of HIV/AIDS in the United Kingdom, The Guardian reports.