NYU Gets Nearly $8M to Research Heterosexuals at High Risk of HIV The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $7.56 million grant to the New York University (NYU) College of Nursing to evaluate a program to find and treat heterosexuals at high risk of HIV, according to an NYU statement.
Counterfeit HIV Drugs Recalled in Kenya Thousands of batches of Zidolam-N—a combination of the antiretroviral (ARV) drugs zidovudine, lamivudine and nevirapine—are being recalled in Kenya, PlusNews reports.
October 28, 2011
VA Changes HIV/AIDS Patient Privacy Rule With DOD
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is lifting its restriction on sharing information with the Department of Defense (DOD) about treatment for certain types of medical conditions, including treatment for drug or alcohol use, sickle cell anemia and HIV/AIDS, according to a VA statement.
Commonwealth Debates Reform of Homophobic Laws An internal group developing options to reform the Commonwealth of Nations is urging member countries to repeal homophobic laws in order to stem the spread of HIV, Agence France Press (AFP) reports.
UNAIDS Crowdsources Youth HIV/AIDS Strategy The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has launched CrowdOutAIDS.org, a crowdsourcing and social media project that engages young people to help develop HIV-related policy, according to a UNAIDS statement.
TAG Finds No Growth in TB Investment New data released by the Treatment Action Group (TAG) show that in 2010 the world spent less money in tuberculosis research and development than it did in 2009, the first time there has been no growth since TAG began tracing TB investments, according to a TAG statement.
CDC Panel Recommends HPV Vaccine for Boys and Young Men
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory panel on vaccines has recommended that boys and young men be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), The New York Times reports. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that boys ages 11 and 12 should be vaccinated against HPV, the nation’s most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) and a known cause of cancer.
October 25, 2011
TSA to Review Guidelines for HIV-Positive Job Applicants The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will review its medical guidelines for job applicants after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a complaint on behalf of a man denied employment because of his HIV-positive status, according to an ACLU statement.
Global Fund to Transfer Control of Mali AIDS Grant As a result of financial mismanagement, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is transferring control of a $28 million grant from Mali’s national AIDS council to a new principal recipient, according to a Global Fund statement.
October 21, 2011
Open Letter Urges FDA to Not Delay MSM Access to PrEP
Several nonprofit organizations and coalitions have signed an open letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Gilead Sciences urging them not to delay approval of Truvada, which is made by Gilead, for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people, according to a statement by the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC).
More Male U.S. Teens Lose Virginity Wearing Condoms The number of U.S. men ages 15 to 19 who used a condom the first time they had sex increased between 2002 and the 2006 to 2010 survey periods, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statement.
U.K. Pastors’ HIV Prayer “Cure” Causes 3 Deaths
At least three people in London died after they stopped taking antiretroviral medication on the advice of Evangelical Christian pastors who claimed prayer alone could cure them of HIV, BBC News reports.
SAMHSA Awards $1.3M to Expand Rapid HIV Testing The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded $1.3 million in one-year federal grants to help current SAMHSA grantees expand their rapid HIV testing, counseling and referral services, according to a SAMHSA statement.
HIV/AIDS Activist Winston Zulu Dies Winston Zulu—a worldwide HIV/AIDS activist and the first Zambian to openly talk about his HIV-positive status—has died, according to a UNAIDS statement.
Man Found Guilty of Transmitting HIV Despite Informing Partner
A jury believed that Daniel James Rick, a 30-year-old Minneapolis man, informed his partner that he was HIV positive before the two had sex, but nonetheless they found him guilty of transmitting HIV, convicting him of attempted first-degree assault, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day 2011
Saturday, October 15, is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month, which starts each September 15. (Watch video.)
Lady Gaga, Bono to Perform at Clinton Foundation Concert An all-star group of the most influential and socially responsible artists in music, film and television are coming together Saturday, October 15, for a special concert to celebrate 10 years of the William J. Clinton Foundation.
Bill Seeks Global Expansion of U.S. Controlled Substances Act
The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would make it a federal crime for Americans to discuss or plan activities on foreign soil that would violate the U.S. Controlled Substances Act (CSA)—even if those activities are legal in the foreign country, The Huffington Post reports.
U.K. HIV Life Expectancy on the Rise Life expectancy for people living with HIV has increased by more than 15 years since the mid-’90s in the United Kingdom, according a study in the British Medical Journal and reported by Medical News Today.
BMS, WHO Collaborate on TB/HIV Coinfection in Africa
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation has established a two-year partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) to fight tuberculosis and HIV coinfection in Africa, according to a Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) statement.
NIH Sponsors PrEP Pilot Study in Miami, San Francisco Researchers in Miami and San Francisco will be testing the effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV in a pilot study funded by the National Institutes of Health, The New York Times reports.
California Authorizes Syringes Without Prescriptions
Governor Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) has signed a law that authorizes the sale of clean syringes to adults at pharmacies statewide without a prescription, according to a San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) statement.
LGBT, HIV/AIDS Advocate Paula Ettelbrick Dies Paula Ettelbrick, a lawyer and longtime LGBT and HIV/AIDS advocate, died of ovarian cancer in New York City on October 7, according to a statement from the Stonewall Community Foundation, where she was most recently executive director.
Staffing Firm Sued for Not Hiring HIV-Positive Nursing Aide A Pittsburgh-based staffing firm titled Capital Healthcare Solutions
Inc. violated federal law by withdrawing an offer of employment to a
certified nursing assistant because she was HIV positive, according to a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) statement.
SAMSHA Awards $42.6M to Minority HIV/AIDS Programs The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded $42.6 million to expand substance abuse and behavioral health services among racial and ethnic minorities most affected by HIV/AIDS, according to a SAMHSA statement.
APICHA to Open Transgender Clinic The Asian and Pacific Islanders Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA) will open a transgender clinic in New York City on November 3, according to an APICHA statement.
HIV/AIDS Advocate Robert Frascino Dies Robert Frascino, MD—a longtime HIV/AIDS advocate known as "Dr. Bob" in the online community—died of bacterial sepsis in Mountain View, California, The New York Times reports.
Ethiopian Companies Promote HIV Testing Among Employees Under the auspices of the nonprofit Rapid Results Institute, companies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have raised HIV testing rates among their employees to 75 percent, or three times the average rate, The New York Times reports.
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