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October 31, 2011
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.
Colorado First to Issue Medical Marijuana Business Licenses
Colorado is the first state in the nation to issue business licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries and the makers of marijuana-infused products, the Denver Post reports.
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.
U.K. Warns Against HIV Home Testing Kits Sold Online
Illegal HIV home testing kits imported from China to the United Kingdom for sale online could give an incorrect diagnosis, The Independent reports. 
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.
October 27, 2011
HRSA Grants $6M to UCSF to Increase Access to Care, Reduce Health Disparities
The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Center for AIDS Prevention Studies will receive $1.5 million per year for four years to take on two of the three primary goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, according to a UCSF statement. 
UNAIDS Crowdsources Youth HIV/AIDS Strategy
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has launched, 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. 
October 26, 2011
DC Program Would Train Seniors as HIV/AIDS Peer Educators
In an effort to tackle rising HIV rates among senior citizens, the Washington, DC, City Council is considering a district-wide program to train seniors as HIV/AIDS peer educators, reports.
Suit Seeks End to Segregation of HIV-Positive Alabama Inmates
The American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama has filed a lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections on behalf of HIV-positive inmates in state prisons, CBS 8 News reports.
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.
HIV-Positive Man in U.S. Diagnosed With Leprosy
A person living with HIV in Ohio has tested positive for the bacterium that causes leprosy, HealthDay reports. 
1.3M Condoms Distributed to South African Prisons in 2010
In 2010, the South Africa Department of Correctional Services placed about 8,000 inmates on antiretroviral treatment and distributed 1.3 million condoms to 240 prisons, The Cape Times reports.
October 24, 2011
Vaginal Gel to Prevent HIV Works Better Against Genital Herpes
A vaginal gel with the HIV drug tenofovir, which was created to reduce the odds of HIV transmission, has proved surprisingly effective against genital herpes, The New York Times reports. 
Most Parents Discuss Relationships, Not Birth Control, With Kids
While many parents talk with their children about sexuality, they don’t necessarily discuss key issues that might help protect their children, according to a Planned Parenthood 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). 
Police Punch HIV-Positive Occupy Wall Street Protester
Homophobia may be a possible motive behind a police officer who punched a gay and HIV-positive Occupy Wall Street protester, Gay City News (GCN) reports.
Botswana Debates Legalizing Homosexuality, Prostitution
Festus Mogae—the former president of Botswana who currently heads the country’s AIDS Council—wants to decriminalize homosexuality and prostitution to prevent the spread of HIV, BBC News reports. 
October 20, 2011
Spread of HIV Traced to 3 Chimp Hunters in Africa Circa 1921
The spread of HIV can be traced back to about 80 chimpanzees in Africa that infected about three bush-meat hunters circa 1921, according to a new book titled The Origins of AIDS reviewed by The New York Times.
HIV Internet Domain Name Would Raise Funds to Fight AIDS
The nonprofit group DotHIV is proposing to launch a “.hiv” top-level Internet domain name that would generate funds to fight HIV/AIDS, reports. 
NJ Zoning Board Rejects Medical Marijuana Dispensary
A New Jersey zoning board unanimously rejected a request from an authorized medical marijuana group to open a dispensary in a vacant storefront, reports.
October 19, 2011
STOP AIDS Project Merges with San Francisco AIDS Foundation
The San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) and the STOP AIDS Project are merging, according to a SFAF statement.
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.
October 18, 2011
Fish Pedicures Unlikely to Transmit HIV, Hepatitis C
Fish pedicures are unlikely to transmit HIV or hepatitis C to people with uncompromised immune systems, according to a U.K. Health Protection Agency (HPA) statement. 
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. 
October 17, 2011
AIDS Memorial Proposed for Greenwich Village Park
The Queer History Alliance, a recently established grassroots organization, has proposed turning St. Vincent's Triangle Park in New York City into an AIDS memorial, The New York Times reports.
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.
West Ottawa Clinic Behind HIV, Hepatitis Infection Scare
Public health officials in Ottawa, Canada, warned that a private clinic's failure to properly clean surgical implements may have resulted in exposure to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, according to CBC News.
October 14, 2011
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day 2011
 BlanchonSaturday, 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.
Occupy Wall Street Protest Spawns Occupy Condoms
The Occupy Wall Street movement that is currently sweeping the nation has spawned a new movement: Occupy Condoms. 
October 13, 2011
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. 
Mixed Results for Gates Foundation HIV Prevention in India
An HIV/AIDS prevention program in India funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has had irregular results, according to an analysis in The Lancet and reported by The New York Times
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. 
October 12, 2011
California Minors Can Access HIV, STI Prevention Without Parental Consent
California Governor Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) has signed a law allowing children as young as 12 to receive specific preventative treatments for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) without parental consent, The Associated Press reports.
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.
New U.S. Trade Deal With Vietnam Could Hurt HIV/AIDS Fight
According to documents leaked from U.S. trade talks from Vietnam, a deal U.S. negotiators are pressing for would negatively impact efforts to fight AIDS, The Huffington Post reports.
October 11, 2011
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. 
Bill Would Legalize Medical Marijuana in Alabama
Alabama State Representative K.L. Brown is sponsoring a bill to legalize medical marijuana, The Anniston Star reports. 
October 10, 2011
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.
Bono Praises Steve Jobs for (product) RED HIV Funding
A day after the death of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, U2’s lead singer Bono praised the “hardware software Elvis” for his philanthropic work with (product) RED, reports.
Lawsuit Alleges NYC Illegally Withheld HOPWA Funds
A federal class-action lawsuit claims New York City illegally withheld federal disability awards owed to people living with HIV, according to an HIV Law Project statement.
October 07, 2011
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.
ACT UP Raises HIV Prevention at Occupy Wall Street Protest
Thousands of participants in the Occupy Wall Street protest have been joined by LGBT and HIV/AIDS social justice groups such as Queer Rising, Queeroracy and ACT UP, Gay City News reports. 
Kenya Considers Mandatory HIV Testing
Kenya’s National AIDS Control Council and STI Control Program (NASCOP) may soon turn to mandatory HIV testing, Voice of America (VOA) reports.
October 06, 2011
Researchers Granted $10M to Study How Alcohol Affects HIV
A consortium of researchers will share a $10 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to study the effects of alcohol on HIV, according to a Boston University statement.
Black MSM HIV Prevention Program in Detroit Forced to Close
AIDS Partnership Michigan (APM), an HIV and prevention services organization in Detroit, has ended its REC Boyz project for young men of color who have sex with men (MSM) due to lack of funding, according to an APM statement.
Quick Test Gives CD4 Count Upon Testing HIV Positive
In low-income countries, a new quick test is helping more people learn their CD4 count immediately after they test HIV positive, The New York Times reports. 
October 05, 2011
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.
Economists Give Cost-Benefit Analysis of HIV/AIDS Funding
A panel of the world’s premier economists—including three Nobel Laureates—presented findings on how to make funding most effective in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, Voice of America (VOA) reports.
October 04, 2011
Injectable Contraceptive Doubles HIV Risk for Women in Africa
A new study shows that a popular form of contraception for women in eastern and southern Africa—a hormone shot administered every three months—doubles a woman’s risk of contracting HIV, The New York Times reports. 
Four Groups Merge Into Colorado AIDS Project
Four regional HIV/AIDS organizations in Colorado have merged to form one statewide organization, The Denver Post reports. 
Supreme Court of Canada Rules Drug Injection Site Stays Open
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Vancouver’s Insite Drug Injection Clinic can continue to operate, CBC News reports. 
October 03, 2011
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.
Alicia Keys Lobbies Obama on AIDS in Africa
Musician and AIDS activist Alicia Keys lobbied President Obama about AIDS in Africa at a New York City fund-raiser for his re-election, 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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