U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that it was constitutional for Congress to require all Americans buy health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. health care reform, The New York Times reports.
Alert Health Inc. to Permanently Close in Miami The Miami-based nonprofit Alert Health Inc., which provides preventive health services for chronic diseases such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS, will permanently close June 30 because of funding constraints, according to an Alert Health statement.
June 27 Is National HIV Testing Day
June 27 is the 17th annual National HIV Testing Day. Founded in 1995 by the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA), this awareness day urges all Americans to get tested for HIV at least once a year.
WHO Debuts Guidelines on MSM, Transgender HIV Prevention The World Health Organization (WHO) has released its first guidelines on the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people, according to a Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) statement.
IAS, NIH Launch New Round of Grants for HIV Research The International AIDS Society (IAS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for AIDS Research have launched a new round of grants for their joint research program, Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR), according to an IAS statement.
AIDS Advocates Ask Obama Administration for Increased ADAP Funding A group of HIV/AIDS organizations, state representatives and individuals wrote a letter to President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking them to increase funding to the failing AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP) throughout the country, BusinessWire reports.
White House Releases National Prevention Strategy for Health, Wellness
The National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council—a.k.a. the National Prevention Council, which is part of the Obama Administration—has released The National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy in order to increase the health and wellness of Americans, according to a Health and Human Services press release.
Florida Man Charged With HIV Transmission Is Released
Daniel Hay Lewis—the Florida man who in May was charged with criminal transmission of HIV, grand theft and assault on an officer—tested HIV negative and was released from jail preceding trial, The Florida Independent reports.
Advocates Ask CDC to Stand Against HIV Criminalization A coalition of advocates has published an open letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asking the CDC to take a stance against HIV criminalization, according to a statement by the Center for HIV Law & Policy.
All Sexually Active MSM in U.S. Should Get Frequent HIV Tests Regardless of risk, sexually active gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States should be tested for HIV every three to six months, according to a study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and reported by aidsmap.
Panel Faults Intercourse Judge for Condoms in Acorns A state judicial panel has
accused Isaac H. Stoltzfus, 58, a district judge in Intercourse, Pennsylvania,
of violating standards of conduct in 2010 when he handed women acorns that had
been hollowed out and stuffed with condoms, LancasterOnline.com reports.
"We Can End the AIDS Epidemic," Declare Researchers, Activists An international coalition of scientists and activists launched a common declaration—“We Can End the AIDS Epidemic”—on the eve of the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, according to a statement from the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (AVAC).
HRSA’s Updated Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care Is Online The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has updated its comprehensive Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care, which explains how physicians, dentists and nurse practitioners can best manage the long-term care of people living with HIV/AIDS, according to a statement by HRSA, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Increased HIV Programs for MSM Could Slow Global Epidemic Providing better HIV prevention and treatment to men who have sex with men (MSM) in low and middle-income countries would significantly slow the global epidemic, according to a World Bank study conducted in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Activists Rally to Pressure U.N. AIDS Meeting for Aggressive Goals
Hundreds of activists rallied at Bryant Park in New York City then marched to the United Nations in efforts to pressure world leaders at this week’s U.N. High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS to announce aggressive targets for fighting global AIDS, the Housing Works blog reports.
June 07, 2011
Medicaid Expands Coverage for People With HIV The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are allowing states to apply for more than 1,000 Medicaid projects that would provide support for people living with HIV, according to CMS.
New Global HIV Cases Fell 25% From 2001 to 2009 There has been a 22-fold increase in people receiving antiretroviral medications since 2001, and the global rate of new HIV infections declined by nearly 25 percent between 2001 and 2009, according to a report released by the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
June 06, 2011
New Initiative Integrates HIV in Community Health Centers The AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) National Center for HIV Care in Minority Communities (NCHCMC) has launched an initiative to integrate HIV services into the primary care services at 24 community health centers, according to a HealthHIV statement.
HIV Meds Don’t Fight Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Counter to research published in 2009, chronic fatigue syndrome might not be linked to infection with xenotropic murine leukemia virus (XMRV), according to two studies published by the journal Science and reported by The New York Times.
June 05, 2011
June 5 Marks 30 Years of AIDS The first public account identifying AIDS was published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on June 5, 1981.
AIDS Care Opens Expanded Adult Health Program in Rochester
AIDS Care has opened its Adult Day Health Program in Rochester, the first program in the state outside New York City to offer health care and supportive services to adults living with HIV/AIDS, the Fairport-East Rochester Post reports.
"Godfather of Rap" Gil Scott-Heron Dies Gil Scott-Heron, a recording artist renown for infusing biting political critiques into spoken-word poetry in songs such as “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” died May 27 at age 62, The Associated Press reports.