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January 31, 2011
Lois Quam to Lead U.S. Global Health Initiative
Lois Quam, the former CEO of the Medicaid and Medicare division of UnitedHealth Group, will lead the U.S. State Department’s $63 billion Global Health Initiative (GHI)
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
Official Says HIV-Positive Kenyans Should Be “Locked In”
AIDS groups have condemned Kenyan cabinet minister Esther Murugi's suggestion that HIV-positive people should be "locked in."
January 28, 2011
Surgeons More Cautious About HIV and Organ Transplants
The first documented case of HIV transmission through an organ transplant in more than 20 years has created a ripple effect on how surgeons evaluate high-risk donors, the Los Angeles Times reports.
San Francisco AIDS Foundation Relocating to Expand Services
The San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) will move February 1 into a new location at 1035 Market Street, a half block west of its current location, according to an SFAF statement.
Shortage of HIV Meds in Jamaica Leads to Rationing
Generic forms of Alluvia and Truvada are being rationed in Jamaica because of a shortage, The Jamaica Observer reports.
January 27, 2011
David Kato, Ugandan LGBT Activist, Beaten to Death
David Kato, an LGBT activist in Uganda, was beaten to death, BBC News reports.
Arizona Officials Seek to Tax Medical Marijuana
Arizona officials are seeking to tax medical marijuana in their state, reports. 
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. 
January 26, 2011
Alaska Man With Hep C Charged With Attempted Murder for Spitting
Andre L. LaFrance, an intravenous drug user with hepatitis C, was charged with attempted second-degree murder for spitting on an emergency-room nurse in Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News reports. 
HIV-Positive Surgeon in Ireland Settles Suit Against Hospital
An orthopedic surgeon in Ireland who contracted HIV from a patient in 1997 has settled a lawsuit against his former hospital, RTE News reports. 
Fiji Establishes New HIV/AIDS Unit
Fiji has established an HIV/AIDS Unit within its National Occupational Health and Safety Workers Compensation Service, according to a Fijian government statement. 
January 25, 2011
Global Fund Defrauded in Africa of $34M, Recoups $19M
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has lost millions of dollars because of corruption and fraud, National Public Radio (NPR) reports. 
Obama Grants Hospital Visitation Rights to LGBT People
Hospitalized LGBT people now have the right to designate their own visitors, according to a Lambda Legal statement. 
Florida County to Stop Primary HIV Care for Uninsured
The South Florida Broward County Health Department will stop offering primary medical care on March 1 to uninsured people with HIV/AIDS and will turn them over to private providers, the Sun Sentinel reports.
January 24, 2011
Parents Say They Should Teach Their Kids Sex Ed
A new study shows that 98 percent of parents say they should be responsible for their children's sex education.
Marriage Only for HIV-Negative Couples in Chechnya
Islamic leaders in the Russian republic of Chechnya have ruled that clergy may approve a marriage only after receiving proof that both members of the couple are HIV negative.
Lack of Free Condoms in Uganda Hurts HIV Prevention
Free condoms have been unavailable in parts of northern Uganda for the past three months.
January 21, 2011
HIV-Positive Airman in Kansas Sentenced to 8 Years
Tech Sergeant David Gutierrez, an HIV-positive airman at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas, was found guilty and sentenced to eight years in military prison, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
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.
Daniel C. Montoya Is New NMAC Deputy Executive Director
Daniel C. Montoya is the new deputy executive director of the Washington, DC based National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), according to an NMAC statement.
January 20, 2011
Mississippi Lawmakers Debate Comprehensive Sex Ed
The Mississippi House of Representatives is debating whether to pass a comprehensive sex education law.
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.
$757K Awarded in Australia's First HIV Civil Suit
A man from New South Wales, Australia, sued his ex-boyfriend for knowingly transmitting HIV to him.
January 19, 2011
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. 
Unchecked Injection Drug Use Slows HIV Prevention in Russia
Expanding injection drug use is slowing HIV prevention in Russia, The New York Times reports. 
January 18, 2011
HIV-Positive Virginia Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison
An HIV-positive Virginia man was sentenced to 50 years in prison for having sex with a minor and transmitting the virus to her, The Amherst New Era Progress reports. 
BEHIV to Close After 21 Years of Service in Chicago
Better Existence with HIV (BEHIV), a Chicago-based AIDS service organization, is closing after 21 years of service, the Windy City Times reports
Michigan Lawmaker Seeks to End HIV Prevention Funding
Michigan GOP state Representative Dave Agema (R–Grandville) has introduced a bill to eliminate state funding for HIV prevention, testing and care, the Michigan Messenger reports. 
January 14, 2011
CDC Releases First-Ever Report on Racial Disparities in Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its first-ever report on health disparities between U.S. ethnic groups.
Ugandan Muslim Women Seek Promotion of Condoms
Some Ugandan Muslim women have called for part of the $43,000 allotted to a local HIV prevention program to go toward promoting condom use among men.
Burma Plans to Cut New HIV Cases by 70 Percent
A new five-year National Strategic Plan for HIV aims to cut new HIV cases by 70 percent in Burma through HIV education programs.
January 13, 2011
HIV-Positive Haitians Still Struggle One Year After Quake
One year after the January 12, 2010, earthquake that crippled Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital struggles to help people with HIV/AIDS. 
N.C. Lawmaker Wants to End Funding for Adults With HIV/AIDS
North Carolina State Representative Larry Brown (R-Forsyth) wants to end government funding for adults with HIV/AIDS who “caused it by the way they live.” 
Cook Islands Contemplates Its First HIV Case
The Cook Islands has diagnosed its first HIV-positive resident.
January 12, 2011
AIDS United Grants $255K for HIV Programs in Puerto Rico
AIDS United has granted more than $255,000 to 10 community-based organizations in Puerto Rico for HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs, according to an AIDS United statement. 
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. 
Advocates Seek Mandatory HIV Tests Before Marriage in India
The Kerala Women’s Commission in India is calling on the state government to make HIV tests mandatory before marriage, The Times of India reports. 
January 11, 2011
Madonna Expands Raising Malawi to Educate Girls
Singer and actress Madonna is expanding the mission of Raising Malawi, a charity she founded that assists children with HIV/AIDS, The Huffington Post reports. 
U.K. Pays Survivors Accidentally Exposed to HIV, Hep C
People accidentally exposed to HIV and hepatitis C by the National Health Service in the United Kingdom will receive payments from the U.K. government, The Northampton Chronicle 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. 
January 10, 2011
Texas Advocates Doubtful of Needle Exchange Law
Public health officials in Texas are doubtful about the chances of passing a needle exchange law in the state, The Texas Tribune reports.
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. 
Advocates Claim Lack of Adequate Sex Ed in Hong Kong
Advocates in Hong Kong are concerned about a lack of adequate sex education in the city’s schools, China Daily reports. 
January 07, 2011
New Hampshire School District Bans HIV/AIDS Group
An HIV/AIDS group in New Hampshire has been banned from its school district after distributing safer-sex kits to a local high school on World AIDS Day 2010.
Colorado Medical Marijuana Group Challenges New Laws
A medical marijuana advocacy group in Colorado has filed a petition with the state supreme court to overturn parts of recently passed pot regulation laws.
NYC Council Restores Funds for LGBT Homeless Youth, HIV Tests
Proposed budget cuts in the 2011 fiscal year that would have affected LGBT homeless youth and HIV testing have been restored.
January 06, 2011
HIV-Positive Florida Prisoner Gets Medical Release
Betsie Gallardo, an HIV-positive inmate in Florida dying of cancer, has been given a medical release from state prison to a Miami-Dade hospice, The Miami Herald reports.
Roberto Alomar Elected Into Baseball Hall of Fame
Former second baseman Roberto Alomar has been elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the New York Post reports.
California HIV/AIDS Food Bank Loses Federal Funding
Food for Thought, an HIV/AIDS food bank in Sonoma County, California, has had its federal funding under the Ryan White Health Care Act cut to zero, the Sonoma West Times & News reports.
January 05, 2011
“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. 
Donor Funding Cuts Threaten HIV Efforts in Cambodia
A new study shows the loss of foreign donor funding during the next two decades could curtail Cambodia’s HIV/AIDS efforts, Agence France Presse (AFP) reports.

January 04, 2011
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. 
HIV Deaths in New York City Fell Below 1,000 in 2009
The total number of HIV-related deaths in New York City fell below 1,000 in 2009 for the first time since the 1980s, according to the city’s year-end summary of vital statistics. 
Philadelphia Holds Condom Wrapper Design Contest
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is following New York City’s lead by holding a contest to design its condom wrappers, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. 
January 03, 2011
U.N. Video Game Teaches Youth About HIV Prevention
A new video game from the United Nations provides HIV prevention to young people, the U.N. News Centre reports.
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.
Iran to Educate Women, Young People at High Risk for HIV
Officials in Iran will implement a comprehensive five-year plan starting in 2011 to educate both women and young people at high risk for HIV, the Financial Times reports. 
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