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HIV and AIDS News from around the world
Experts agree with HIV self-testing
September 30 2014 - It has been a raging debate for years: should South Africans have the option of conducting an HIV test in the privacy of their homes? While some have raised fears and ethical questions about it, others have argued
that self-testing may have a positive impact on HIV-testing in a country with a low uptake of this critical test.
Last week, support for the self-tests received a boost as key HIV clinicians and ethicists threw their weight behind it.
UCSF funded to provide PrEP consultations for clinicians
29-Sep-2014 - The UCSF Clinician Consultation Center at SFGH has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide a PrEPline, a telephone consultation service that gives expert guidance to health-care providers across the nation
The intervention, commonly known as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) involves the daily use of an existing anti-HIV medication—a single pill, two-drug combination of tenofovir and emtricitabine—to prevent HIV infection in adults at high risk. The Food and Drug Administration approved the new indication in 2012, and earlier this year,
the U.S. Public Health Service issued the first comprehensive clinical guidelines for PrEP.
The Berlin Patient and the Mysterious Cure for HIV
Sep 29, 2014 - Only one man on record has ever rid himself of the virus. New research brings the medical community one step closer to understanding how it happened.
For Timothy Ray Brown, the past two decades have been characterized by extremes of bad and good fortune, a streak of adversity giving way to a stroke of incredible, impossible luck.
New syphilis awareness campaign launched, aimed at HIV-positive gay men
Sep 29, 2014 - IN response to news of the increase of syphilis notifications, Living Positive Victoria has launched the “Everything old is new again” campaign aimed as raising syphilis awareness among HIV positive gay men aged 40-60.
Music video aims to boost HIV awareness among Thai teens
Sep 28, 2014 - THAILAND - A new music video is "reaching out" to the public in a bid to give people a better understanding of HIV/Aids sufferers and facilitate wide-ranging discourse on the issue.
Casey House HIV/AIDS Full Day Symposium
October 31, 2014
Toronto Ramada Plaza, 300 Jarvis St.
HIV/AIDS and Health Care: Complex Lives / Collaborative Care Maintaining Excellence in Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS
Gay Men's Health Crisis Comments On Alarming New Statistics Just Released About Hiv/Aids In The Lives Of Gay And Bisexual Men
9.27.2014 - New York, NY - NEW STUDY RELEASED BY KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION
On Thursday, September 25, 2014, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a new alarming report reflecting gay and bisexual men's attitudes, knowledge, and experiences with HIV/AIDS
and new HIV therapies in the United States. Their survey on HIV/AIDS in the lives of gay and bisexual men in the United States reports that 56% of gay and bisexual men are not personally concerned about HIV or AIDS affecting them and 30% have
never been tested for HIV.
Montreal walkathon fights HIV stigma
Sep 27, 2014 - Thousands march downtown for 22nd ÇA MARCHE event
Thousands walked through the streets of downtown Montreal today to raise money — and awareness — for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The Farha Foundation held its 22nd ÇA MARCHE walkathon in support of the more than 20,000 people living with the virus in Quebec.
September 27 Is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
September 27, 2014 - Gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) bear a disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS that shows no sign of abating. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MSM accounted for almost four-fifths of new HIV infections among males and nearly two-thirds of all new infections
in 2010. More than half of the 1.1 million Americans living with HIV are gay men and other MSM, despite making up just 2% of the total population. And more than 300,000 gay men and other MSM have died of AIDS-related causes since the beginning of the epidemic, representing 48% of all AIDS-related deaths in the U.S.
Evaluation of the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada
September 27, 2014 - The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the relevance and performance of the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in
Canada for the period of 2008-09 to 2012-13.
See evaluation report and response.
Roche launches Global Access Program for HIV viral load testing
Basel, 26 September 2014 - Program expands access to care supporting the Diagnostics Access Iniative
Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today the launch of a new Global Access Program for HIV viral load testing, created in partnership with UNAIDS, the joint United Nations
Program on HIV/AIDS, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB & Malaria, at a high-level side event held during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA.
Devastating Cuts to HIV Program
September-October-2014 - The new fiscal year will start on Oct. 1, but Congress is unlikely to pass a new budget, instead relying on continuing resolutions to fund the government. But the new fiscal year represents more than an impending deadline: In the upcoming days and weeks as Congress debates the budget, the fates of one million people who are HIV positive hangs in the balance.
Chronic diseases threaten progress against HIV/AIDS: Scientists propose urgent NCD research agenda
September-October-2014 - The global success in bringing antiretroviral treatment to HIV-infected patients in the developing world has brought a new set of health challenges. Many patients once condemned to death
by AIDS now suffer from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) related to the infection itself, the drugs used to treat it, or the simple process of aging, an international group of researchers write in a special issue of JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.
Suits Dinner - September 29, 2014 - Cafe Luxy
SUITS - POZ GAY WORKING MEN'S DINNER GROUP
Come join the Suits men for dinner at Cafe Luxy, 1235 Davie Street. A Davie Village Tradition!!! Cafe Luxy features a warm bistro setting for you to settle back with a glass of wine and tuck into one of their popular pasta dishes!
Suits Dinner - September 29, 2014 - The Hub Restaurant
SUITS - POZ GAY WORKING MEN'S DINNER GROUP
Come join the Suits men for dinner at The Hub Restaurant, 344-800 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster BC. This is the Hub’s newest location in New Westminster! Moderately-priced food with great taste in an informal & fun setting!
Gay and Bisexual Men See HIV as the Top Health Issue Facing Their Community, But Majorities Are Not Personally Worried About Getting Infected & Not Getting Tested Regularly
September 26, 2014 - MENLO PARK, CA - Most Are Unaware of New Prevention Options, Such as PrEP, or Current Treatment Recommendations
More than thirty years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and at a time when infections among gay and bisexual men are on the rise in the U.S., a new national survey of gay and bisexual men by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) finds
that though HIV/AIDS is named as the number one health issue facing their population, a majority (56%) are not personally concerned about becoming infected, and relatively few report having been tested recently.
Researchers show irradiation plus transplantation effective for treating HIV/AIDS
26-Sep-2014 - Yerkes National Primate Research Center researchers are the first to show that an irradiation plus transplantation combination approach in nonhuman primates
can be used to treat or even possibly cure HIV/AIDS, and this new model is providing some answers about the "Berlin patient," the only human thought cured of AIDS. The study is published in the September 25 issue of PLOS Pathogens .
National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Half Untreated, Most Unaware of PrEP
26 September 2014 - Only 50% of gay and bi men diagnosed with HIV have started antiretroviral treatment and 42% have achieved undetectable viral load, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released ahead of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on September 27.
JoytvNews - Celebrity Dim Sum
Published on Aug 26, 2014 - The 7th annual Celebrity Dim Sum is a fundraising gathering in support of raising awareness for AIDS and this year Joytv and CarmenTV will be serving at the event. Dean, Leah and Carmen take a sneak peak into what the event will look like.
GeoVax’s Chief Scientific Officer to Present at HIV Vaccine Conference
25 September, 2012 - 2014 Cent Gardes HIV Vaccine Conference To be Attended by Worldwide Thought Leaders in HIV Vaccines
GeoVax Labs, Inc. (OTCBB:GOVX), a biotechnology company developing HIV/AIDS vaccines, today announced that its Chief Scientific Officer, Harriet L. Robinson, Ph.D., will participate in a
panel discussion on HIV vaccine clinical trials on October 7, 2014 at the 2014 Cent Gardes HIV Vaccine Conference in Veyrier du Lac, France. In the introduction to the discussion, Dr. Robinson will provide an update on GeoVax’s HIV vaccine trials, “Clade B VLP expressing DNA/MVA Vaccine”.
Fashion designer Victoria Beckham joins UN effort to achieve world free of HIV
25 September 2014 - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today appointed British fashion designer Victoria Beckham as its International Goodwill Ambassador, with a focus on women and children affected by the virus.
At UN, Kerry Credits Himself and Obama, but Not Bush, on AIDS Relief Effort
September 26, 2014 - (CNSNews.com) - Even some of his harshest critics agreed that President George W. Bush’s initiative to tackle HIV/Aids was a major achievement, but when Secretary of State John Kerry addressed
a U.N. meeting on the topic in New York Thursday, he gave no credit to his 2004 presidential campaign rival, touting instead the contributions of the U.S. Senate and of President Obama.
Countries ready to “Fast Track” response to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 25 September 2014 - High-level panel emphasizes fragile five-year window for rapid and massive acceleration of HIV treatment and prevention services. New agreement to reduce cost of viral load
tests for HIV to below US$ 10 will improve the quality of life for millions of people on HIV treatment
A new fast-track strategy proposes rapid and massive acceleration of HIV prevention and treatment programmes with a people-centred approach for ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. This call and new commitments were made at a high-level side event entitled Fast track: Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
UNAIDS appoints Victoria Beckham as International Goodwill Ambassador
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 25 September 2014 - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has appointed leading fashion designer Victoria Beckham as UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador. The announcement was made at a special event held during the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Landmark HIV diagnostic access program will save $150m and help achieve new global goals on HIV
NEW YORK, 25 September 2014 - Roche today announced a major Global Access Program to sharply lower the price of HIV viral load tests in low- and middle-income countries. This new initiative creates a ceiling price of US$ 9.40 per test, and will reduce
Roche’s average price by more than 40% in low- and middle-income countries. When fully implemented, the Global Access Program is projected to save more than US$ 150 million in costs over the next five years.
Half of HIV-Positive Gay Men in U.S. Aren't Getting Proper Treatment
Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) - CDC report recommends greater effort to boost HIV testing and retain patients in care
Even though gay and bisexual men make up the majority of Americans infected with HIV, half aren't receiving ongoing care or getting the virus-suppressing drugs they need to stay healthy, a new report finds.
The puzzle of thin bones in young MSM
25 September 2014 - Over the past decade, reports have emerged of age-related complications occurring at a younger than expected age in some HIV-positive people.
Scientists around the world are studying these age-related issues and trying to find possible causes in HIV-positive people.
Donor aid for HIV drying up, Nigeria must step up local funding, says agency
09/25/2014 - Dr. Bilali Camara is the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/ AIDS (UNAIDS) is the Country Director in Nigeria. He is also the UNAIDS Focal Point for the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS). Camara said although the Ebola Virus Diseases has in recent times received great media and public attention,
Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) remains a major heath challenges in Nigeria.
Thousands of Dedicated Walkers Showed Support for the HIV/AIDS Community During the 19th Annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life
OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Sept. 25, 2014) - Thousands upon thousands of collective footsteps treaded along the diverse streets of Canada from September 13 to 21 to show support for the 71,300 Canadians living with HIV/AIDS.
To date, more than half a million Canadians have participated in the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life from coast to coast to coast. Together, these Canadians have raised over $42 million
to support programs and services for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in their communities.
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation joins consortium of partners for USAID-funded research
Washington, D.C.—Sept. 25, 2014 - The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) today announced that it will join the Population Council and a prestigious consortium of leading HIV research organizations as
part of a five-year project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Supporting Operational AIDS Research (SOAR) project aims to conduct operational HIV and AIDS research, promote
utilization and dissemination of data, and build the capacity of local organizations to conduct operational research.
PrEP town hall in Miami Beach on Thursday to tackle HIV/AIDS prevention
09/25/2014 - An HIV-prevention town hall to discuss PrEP is scheduled for Thursday night in Miami Beach. Co-sponsors are Latinos Salud, Test Miami, and SAVE.
Nigerians urged to embrace HIV/AIDS victims
September 25, 2014 - Senior faith leaders on HIV/AIDS drawn from some local government areas in Lagos state have emphasized the need to exhibit love and eschew bitterness when relating with the victims.
'Cheque day' linked to drug overdose risk in B.C.: study
September 24, 2014 - Injection drug users are much more likely to overdose around the day government assistance cheques are issued in British Columbia, according to new research published in the International Journal of Drug Policy.
The dilemma of grownups born with HIV
Sep 24, 2014 - Although you wouldn’t notice by looking; among us live a group of young men and women urgently in need of help. Children from the 80’s and 90s, born with HIV have grown into young adults.
Country running out of anti-HIV drug stock
September 24, 2014 - Members of HIV-positive people’s networks in the country are warning of an impending shortage of the anti-retroviral drugs that keep the virus in check. Any break in consumption of the drugs could lead to the virus gaining higher resistance to them and, thereby, to a resurgence of the AIDS epidemic in the country.
World Vision awards pupils on HIV and AIDS messages
Mchinji, September 24: - World Vision introduced a school health competition with the aim of fighting the prevalence of HIV and AIDS among the youths, pupils were asked to compete in composing HIV and AIDS reproductive health message dissemination among fellow pupils through different media.
‘HIV/Aids on the rise in Tobago’
Sep 24, 2014 - HIV/Aids cases are on the increase in Tobago, Dr Mentor Melville said yesterday. Melville, who is the general manager of primary care on the island, told the Express he was not at all happy with the findings.
New Findings from Simon Fraser University in the Area of HIV/AIDS Reported (Pooled nucleic acid testing increases the diagnostic yield of acute HIV...
September 24, 2014 - New Findings from Simon Fraser University in the Area of HIV/AIDS Reported (Pooled nucleic acid testing increases the diagnostic yield of acute HIV infections in a high-risk population compared to 3rd and 4th generation HIV enzyme immunoassays)
25 Young Gay Men. 25 Inspiring Stories.
September 23, 2014 - MENLO PARK, CA - Powerful Personal Videos Reveal the Impact of HIV And Urge Others to #SpeakOutHIV
Twenty-five young gay men get real about HIV as part of #SpeakOutHIV, a campaign from Greater Than AIDS. The group is encouraging people to break the silence around HIV on social media in the two weeks between National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (September 27) and National Coming Out Day (October 11).
Walk for the 22nd Year With the Farha Foundation at CA MARCHE 2014
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - (Marketwired - Sept. 23, 2014) - Join the Foundation for the most important HIV/AIDS fundraising walk in Quebec
The Farha Foundation,Quebec's leading HIV/AIDS fundraising organization, invites the Quebec community to join them in the 22nd edition of ÇA MARCHE, a walk that aims to end discrimination and bring the community together in support of over 20,0000 men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. This community gathering in will take place on a Saturday morning for the first time ever!
The End of AIDS?
23 Sep 2014 - To have any chance of actually "ending AIDS," Lewis said, developed nations would need to increase funding for research and, very importantly, to expand the application globally of the "treatment as prevention" (also known as "test and treat") approach pioneered here in B.C. by Julio Montaner and his colleagues at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. The impact of widespread testing and prompt treatment with anti-retroviral drugs is to reduce patients' viral load to nearly zero and to prevent person to person transmission, even in the event of unprotected sexual contact.
Dutch doctors explore intersection of aging and HIV
23 September 2014 - he widespread availability of potent anti-HIV combination therapy (commonly called ART or HAART) in Canada and other high-income
countries has greatly reduced rates of death from AIDS-related infections. ART is so beneficial that researchers increasingly expect that some young adults who begin ART shortly after becoming HIV positive and who are engaged in their care and treatment and who do not have pre-existing serious health conditions will likely live into their 80s.
Writing contest on HIV/AIDS launched
September 23, 2014 - The Vietnam Journalists Association (VJA), in association with the Vietnam Administration of HIV/ AIDS Control under the Ministry of Health , has launched the fourth Vietnam’s Press Award on HIV /AIDS, in response to the action month themed “Towards a healthy and safe community with nobody infected with HIV/AIDS”.
University of Pittsburgh study says hepatitis C will be a rare disease by about 2036 and possibly sooner
September 23, 2014 - Hepatitis C, a major infectious disease in the United States with 180 million cases worldwide, will likely become a rare disease by about 2036, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis.
HIV Treatment Works
Sep 22, 2014 - Encouraging People Living with HIV to Get in Care. Stay in Care. and Live Well.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently launched the latest communication campaign under its Act Against AIDS initiative – HIV Treatment Works. This new national HIV prevention campaign seeks to encourage people living with HIV to get in care, start taking HIV medications, remain in care, and adhere to treatment.
Things You Can Do to Observe National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, September 27, 2014
September 22, 2014 - 1. Get Tested for HIV or Promote HIV Testing
HEIDI KLUM, ROSARIO DAWSON, JEREMY PIVEN, COCO ROCHA AND OTHERS HELP RAISE MORE THAN $1.4 MILLION FOR AIDS RESEARCH AT amfAR MILANO 2014
Milan, Italy, September 21, 2014 - REMO RUFFINI HONORED
GRACE JONES PERFORMED LIVE
Heidi Klum, Rosario Dawson, Jeremy Piven, Coco Rocha and many others, joined the Italian fashion community in Milan last night to help raise funds for amfAR’s innovative AIDS research programs. The sixth annual amfAR Milano, held at La Permanente in conjunction with Milan Fashion Week,
raised more than $1.4 million for the Foundation. Moncler Chairman and Creative Director Remo Ruffini was honored and the legendary Grace Jones gave a special live performance. The black-tie dinner and live auction was hosted with exceptional style and aplomb by longtime amfAR supporter, Heidi Klum.
Truvada New Weapon in Battle Against HIV [Video]
September 20, 2014 - The battle against the HIV/AIDS epidemic is now being fought with a new weapon in Truvada. The Food and Drug Administration, (FDA) for the first time, has approved a drug treatment that will prevent
infection in healthy people. This is a drug which works by lowering the amount of virus in the blood of HIV infected patients. If taken by uninfected individuals, it prevents the virus from entering uninfected cells.
the AIDS activist project
by Bill Bytsura
Sep 20 2014 - A new book of portraits of AIDS activists from around the globe.
A celebration of African grandmothers’ fight for women’s rights
WINNIPEG - Sep 20 2014 - Star reporter's photo of grandmothers demonstrating for gender equality in Swaziland to be on display at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
It was a clarion call to action — a powerful and evocative moment when for the first time South African and Swazi grandmothers came together and demonstrated in Manzini, Swaziland for women's rights and gender equality.
Experiences of stigma among women living with HIV attending sexual and reproductive health services in Kenya: a qualitative study
20 September 2014 - Researchers have widely documented the pervasiveness of HIV stigma and discrimination, and its impact on people living with HIV. Only a few studies, however, have analysed the perceptions
of women living with HIV accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. This study explores the experiences of stigma of HIV-positive clients attending family planning and post-natal services and implications for service use and antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence.
S. Sudan alarmed by rising HIV/AIDS prevalence rates
20 September 2014 - The South Sudan AIDS Commission (SSAC) has raised the alarm about rapidly rising HIV/AIDS prevalence rates, lamenting that the country's ongoing political crisis had made it even more difficult to address the issue.
Film eyes stigmas of HIV/AIDS in Africa
September 20, 2014 - NORTH NEWTON - The Bethel College Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution’s annual film series begins Sunday with a showing of “Miss HIV,” a documentary that explores the battle against HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Living With HIV: New Horizons
09/20/2014 - In 1988, six months prior to the Olympic Games, at a time when I thought my HIV diagnosis was a death sentence, my thoughts were to lock myself away in my house and wait to die. The choice to train for the Olympics was a decision
I didn't come to lightly. Thank God I listened, took my AZT, and continued to train. My decision paid off: I won two Olympic gold medals, reclaiming my championships from the previous Olympic Games, with no boycotted countries. But at 28 I honestly didn't expect to see my 30th birthday.
Paige Rawl Remains ‘Positive’ While Living With HIV
September 20, 2014 - Paige Rawl writes about growing up and living with HIV in the new memoir, “Positive.”
HIV numbers down in the city, but more needs to be done
Sep 19, 2014 - Infection rates still twice the national average
The Saskatoon Health Region has released a new report today on the status of HIV in the city, and while the region is seeing progress in the fight, the overall infection rates remain twice the national average.
HIV rates on decline in Saskatoon as testing increases
September 19, 2014 - Health officials are reporting some encouraging statistics about the high rate of the virus that can lead to AIDS in the Saskatoon area.
Condoms 'too small' for Uganda men, fight against AIDS has a new hurdle
Kampala, September 19, 2014 - Ugandan MPs have been inundated with complaints that many condoms on sale in the east African nation are too small, warning the problem is a blow to the fight against AIDS.
Investigating an outbreak of hepatitis C virus among MSM without HIV
18 September 2014 - In the past several years, reports from London, England, indicate that rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV,
are rising among men who have sex with men (MSM). The increase in these infections appears to be linked to a rise in high-risk sexual behaviours, including decreased use of condoms. Also, there appears to be an increase in the use and sharing of unsterilized equipment for substance use in some MSM in London. All of these high-risk practices play a role in the spread of several germs. In addition to the STIs mentioned above, hepatitis C virus (HCV) also appears to be spreading in some MSM.
Southern states becoming the new face of AIDS
September 18, 2014 - The original face of AIDS was that of a middle-class, often white gay man living in New York City or San Francisco. That picture has changed over time as people of color have become
disproportionately affected by the epidemic. Today, the face of AIDS is black or Latino, poor, often rural — and Southern.
Meet the Walking Heroes of Peel Public Health
September 18, 2014 - With only about 48 hours remaining before our AIDSWalk, we’ve decided to put the spotlight on our partners, Peel Public Health, who have gathered a team of Dedicated Heroes for the Walk that have already
raised over $500 for our cause. We asked them a few questions related to the Walk – so you can get to know them a bit better – and here’s what they had to say:
Project to study HIV, AIDS among aboriginal women
September 18, 2014 - Researchers plan to draw on aboriginal women's resilience and traditional ways in hopes of peeling back the reasons behind Saskatchewan's disproportionately high HIV and AIDS rates among that portion of the population.
Digging Deep is a threeyear, community-based pilot project that co-principal investigator Carrie Bourassa hopes will set the tone for provincial and national strategies aimed at reducing the incidence of this disease in aboriginal women.
Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS to honour deceased colleagues
Sep 18th, 2014 - The Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), an NGO, yesterday said it would observe this year’s Global Candlelight Memorial in honour of deceased people “who died of HIV/AIDS related circumstances’’.
Malawi Govt launches 2014 International Candlelight Memorial, HIV testing, counseling week
Lilongwe, September 18 - Government on Thursday officially launched the 2014 International Candlelight Memorial, HIV testing and Counseling Week.
AIDS activist Staley on being a 'Baby Boomer' HIV treatments
2014-09-18 - Staley, who travels worldwide from his home in Brooklyn lecturing on HIV/AIDS and the challenges it continues to present, was also seen in David France's Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague,
a history of ACT UP. He spoke with Windy City Times about The Boomer List just after returning from Washington, D.C., to meet with President Obama's new AIDS czar, Peter Brooks. The film, which premieres on PBS Tuesday, Sept. 23, will be available Oct. 1 on DVD
in conjunction with a coffee-table book of Greenfield-Sanders' portraits of the interview subjects including Staley.
The First HIV/AIDS Generation Reaches Retirement Age
9/18/14 - Bill Fauber keeps a Post-it pad in every room of his pristine Palm Springs condo. Each afternoon, his metal stairway banister fills up with a line of bright yellow, pink, green and
orange stickies reminding him to buy eggs, call his doctor, take his HIV medications, fix the ceiling, clean the pool, call a friend. At day’s end, he gathers all of the notes and compiles a list of unfinished tasks on a single slip.
Coming Out of the PrEP Closet
09/17/2014 - We know how to end HIV infection. We simply need the political will to ensure that the community has accurate information about and access to all prevention methods, including PrEP. I hope my disclosure
can play a role in moving us toward these goals.
Olympian Greg Louganis Shares Personal Experience on Aging with HIV Exclusively on HIV-Age.org
September 17th, 2014 - Washington, DC: - On the eve of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, HIV-Age.org today announced the addition of a first-person narrative by Olympian star
Greg Louganis on his personal experience of aging with HIV. Louganis was diagnosed with HIV in 1988, just six months before his second triumphant appearance at the Olympic Games.
Op-ed: What Aging With HIV Can Look Like
09/17/2014 - Soon half of all people with HIV in America will be over the age of 50.
There are three types of older people living with HIV: people who have been living with the virus for many years; older people who are just learning their status; and those newly infected with HIV. In other words,
older people living with HIV are, for the most part, no different than those who are younger.
A Prescription for Ending the HIV Epidemic
09/17/2014 - Antiretroviral treatment can enable HIV-infected Americans to avoid the debilitating illnesses and premature death once nearly inescapable for people with the infection. Research has shown that,
when taken consistently, these medications also greatly reduce transmission of the virus to others.
Age-associated comorbidities more prevalent among people with HIV
September 16, 2014 - Researchers from the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam have found that age-associated, noncommunicable comorbidities were more prevalent among people with HIV compared with uninfected controls.
The higher prevalence was significant for peripheral arterial disease, cardiovascular disease and impaired renal function, according to the report in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
HIV infection surges among African-American women and the elderly
Sep 16, 2014 - LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Louisville AIDS Walk is this coming Sunday. The event was founded 21 years ago, but in that time, despite advances in medical treatment,
Kentucky leads the nation in concurrent AIDS diagnoses. The number of HIV infections continues to grow, and alarmingly, it is surging among African-American women and the elderly.
Photos: Passions 2014 fundraiser unites food and philanthropy
Sep 16, 2014 - On September 14, I attended the Scotiabank Passions gala in support of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation as a media guest. For its 11th year, the popular fundraising event featuring over 20 Vancouver restaurants
as well as live and silent auctions moved to a new venue: the Imperial Vancouver (319 Main Street).
US: dotHIV provides domains to raise money for HIV research and prevention
September 16, 2014 - Russia’s “repressive drug and homosexuality laws” hamper its fight against HIV, the World Health Organisation has warned.
The country is home to one of the fastest-growing HIV epidemics in the world.
Taiwanese still ignorant about HIV, AIDS
Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) - Taiwanese people's ignorance of HIV and AIDS have not changed much over the past two decades, a local group said Monday, urging the public to educate themselves about the disease.
Renowned researcher to speak in Saskatoon
September 15, 2014 - Saskatoon residents should be proud of the work being done at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron on the University of Saskatchewan campus, says an internationally renowned AIDS researcher in town for a series of public lectures.
The new gay sex
September 15, 2014 - As clinical studies on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis enter their stages, discussion of the controversial HIV prevention method has begun in Australia's gay community. Benjamin Riley navigates the
emotionally-charged debate over whether this radical new took for fighting HIV means the end of the world as we know it.
Fighting HIV on its own turf
September 14, 2014 - Fred Hutch is opening a Cape Town lab to launch HIV vaccine trials in South Africa, where the virus has infected more people than in any other country
Fighting the stigma of AIDS, 25 years on
September 13, 2014 - As about 200 people braved driving rain for the annual AIDS Walk for Life Saturday, it seemed like both everything and nothing had changed since the first walk 25 years ago.
Puerto Rican Drug Injectors More Likely To Contract HIV, Study
Sep 13, 2014 - Puerto Rican drug injectors are twice more likely to contract HIV than their American counterparts, according to a New York University study.
HIV drug shortage fear
New Delhi, Sept. 12 - Coalitions of people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus have expressed concern at what they claim is a looming shortage of government-supplied anti-HIV drugs that are used to keep them in good health and prolong their lives.
HIV Transmission among Men Who Have Sex with Men due to Condom Failure
September 11, 2014 - Despite preventive efforts, HIV incidence remains high among men who have sex with men (MSM) in industrialized countries. Condoms are an important element in prevention but, given the high frequency of condom use and their imperfect effectiveness,
a substantial number and proportion of HIV transmissions may occur despite condoms. We developed a model to examine this hypothesis.
New Medicines in Development Give Hope to Patients with HIV/AIDS
September 11, 2014 - Washington, D.C. - America's biopharmaceutical research companies are currently developing 44 medicines and vaccines for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, according to the latest Medicines in
Development report by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). A second report, a PhRMA-sponsored white paper by Boston Healthcare Associates, Inc. (BHA), “ The Value of Innovation in HIV/AIDS Therapy ” highlights the progress in HIV/AIDS treatment and its impact on patients afflicted with the disease.
What choices lie ahead in the fight against HIV?
September 11, 2014 - Dr. Diane Havlir, chief of the HIV/AIDS Division at San Francisco General Hospital and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, has her eye on the global response to HIV treatment and prevention.
“We are definitely in a new era in the HIV epidemic. More people than ever are living with HIV. The choices we make in the next few years are going to dictate the trajectory of the epidemic.”
Puerto Ricans who inject drugs among Latinos at highest risk of contracting HIV
September 11, 2014 - Higher HIV risk behaviors and prevalence have been reported among Puerto Rican people who inject drugs (PRPWID) since early in the HIV epidemic. Now that HIV
prevention and treatment advances have reduced HIV among PWID in the US, researchers from New York University's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) examined HIV-related data for PRPWID in Puerto Rico (PR) and Northeastern US (NE) to assess whether disparities among PRPWID continue.
How Joan Rivers Raised Millions for People Living With HIV/AIDS
09/11/2014 - 'I don't think she understood how she touched people,' says philanthropist Blaine Trump
Residents can help boost funds for Nanaimo’s HIV and Hep C programs, during the annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life.
The Harbour City will be one of 40 communities across the country participating in this year’s AIDS Walk for Life event, Sept. 21.
Criminalization of LGBT People and Those Living With HIV Threatens Global Progress Against AIDS
09/10/2014 - When Uganda President Yoweri Museveni visited the White House during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit last month, a high court had just overturned his country's widely reviled
"Anti-Homosexuality Law" which penalized "aggravated homosexuality" with life in prison, and criminalized the provision of services and support to gay people, threatening progress in that country's long battle against HIV.
The elimination of the law, which President Barack Obama had warned Museveni would "complicate" the relationship between their two countries, allowed Museveni to focus on the summit, centered around growth, economic
development, and the theme of "investing in the next generation." In many sub-Saharan African countries, no greater threat to growth exists than the impact of HIV on human resources, development and income.
Walk helps boost funding for HIV, AIDS programs
Sep 10, 2014 - Residents can help boost funds for Nanaimo’s HIV and Hep C programs, during the annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life.
The Harbour City will be one of 40 communities across the country participating in this year’s AIDS Walk for Life event, Sept. 21.
New Book to Feature a Decade of Early AIDS Activists' Portraits
September 10, 2014 - A simple flier at the crowded literature table at ACT UP New York meetings made the offer: "Donate your face to ACT UP her/history."
The entire collection of 225 portraits, personal statements and negatives has been archived in the Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University (NYU).
AIDS Walk for Life benefits Positive Living
September 10, 2014 - There is a marked difference between Christina Tom's outlook on life between today and when she was first diagnosed as HIV positive in 2007.
Single-Pill HIV Therapy Proves Less Toxic
Sep 9, 2014 - WASHINGTON - An investigational single-pill regimen for HIV -- the first to be based on a protease inhibitor -- was less toxic than a similar regimen using separate drugs, researchers said here.
S. Africa Study Hails AIDS Treatment Success Rates
September 09, 2014 - JOHANNESBURG - A new medical study out of South Africa has found heartening news in the nation with the world’s highest burden of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Their findings reveal
that South Africans with HIV can live as long as HIV patients in the United States - provided they begin anti-retroviral therapy early enough.
Remembering Joan Rivers, Fierce and Early Voice Against AIDS
September 9, 2014 - Joan Rivers, legendary comedienne, self-proclaimed feminist, and icon, passed away at the age of 81 on Thursday, Sept. 4, after throat surgery. She was "surrounded by family and
close friends," according to a statement from her daughter, Melissa Rivers. "[Joan's] greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon." And thus, I invite you to laugh now.
Gonorrhea rate rises sharply in Waterloo Region
Sep 09, 2014 - Chlamydia still the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection in region
Gonorrhea rates for 2013 have almost doubled in Waterloo Region, according to the regional public health department's annual report on infectious diseases.
Gambia passes bill imposing life sentences for 'aggravated homosexuality' - which includes having AIDS or being HIV positive
9 September 2014 - Lawmakers in Gambia have passed a bill imposing life sentences for some homosexual acts, officials have said this week.
The bill amending the criminal code was passed last month and brings life imprisonment for 'aggravated homosexuality', a charge which includes people living with HIV/AIDS, minority leader Samba Jallow told The Associated Press.
French scientists note change in rates of some cancers unrelated to AIDS
9 September 2014 - The profoundly beneficial effects of modern anti-HIV combination therapy (commonly called ART or HAART) have helped to rescue the immune systems of many HIV-positive people. In Canada and other high-income countries where access to ART is generally subsidized by health authorities,
rates of AIDS-related infections and cancers have declined dramatically. As HIV-positive people can now live longer because of ART, health complications unrelated to AIDS are becoming more of an issue. One of these complications is cancer.
Services for HIV patients still needed, despite victories against AIDS
September 9, 2014 - The Dr. Peter Centre is always full, with many more registered in day programs
Bill McGuire says he would be dead today had staff at the Dr. Peter Centre not fought to get him admitted there.
HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe: vulnerability
09-09-2014 - Certain key population groups are more vulnerable to HIV infection and have poorer access to services for testing, counselling, treatment and care. These include people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, sex workers, migrants, prisoners and transgender people.
Efforts to address the HIV epidemic should focus on creating an enabling environment and addressing the social determinants of health.
Even government hospitals refuse to admit HIV/AIDS patients
Sep 9, 2014 - KANPUR: Raj Kumar (name changed), a resident of Kanpur Dehat met with an accident and was taken to Ursula hospital in serious condition on Wednesday. He had suffered multiple fractures in his right leg. The
doctors started the treatment but after knowing that he was a HIV patient, they allegedly left him alone on the operation table. His pain was unbearable but no doctor was allegedly ready to treat him.
Ottawa must view sex work through a bigger lens
September 9, 2014 - Today (Sept. 9), a Senate committee will begin studying the prostitution bill introduced last June by the federal government. Critics have raised many concerns but, to date, the debate has excluded crucial insights
and concerns that the experiences of individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender or transsexual should bring into the picture.
HIV-prevention pill would save Alberta lives, advocates argue
Sep 08, 2014 - Truvada should be covered as a public health expense, says HIV prevention advocate
A local agency that provides HIV education and support says Alberta Health officials need to get behind a promising new treatment that has been shown to help prevent the transmission of the virus.
People Still Die of AIDS Every Day So Here’s How You And I Can Make A Difference
09.08.14 - NEWS FLASH: People Still Die of AIDS
Many people think HIV is not that big of a deal anymore. You just take a pill or two a day and you’ll be fine. This can be true for the most part if all the stars align, you are diagnosed early and you have access and adherence to treatment. However, the CDC estimates that about 15,000 people a
year in the U.S. still die of AIDS every year.
The Lancet HIV: High rates of recreational drug use among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in the UK strongly linked with condomless sex
7-Sep-2014 - New research published in The Lancet HIV shows that polydrug use is common among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM)  and is strongly linked to sex without a condom (condomless sex).
Rise in HIV infection in young raises alarms
SEPT. 6, 2014 - Increasing infection rates among young gay men a cause for concern
At a time of ever-increasing treatment options, and the promise of a cure on the horizon, HIV infection rates for gay men age 24 and younger have increased 132 percent from 2002 to 2011.
Dissed By Her Doctor for Wanting HIV Protection
09.06.14 - A pill that can give women control over their bodies and sexual choice is coming under criticism for encouraging risky behavior.
SUBSTANCE USE AND HIV
COMMUNITY HEALTH FORUM
SEPTEMBER 17 2014
Romada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jervis Street, Toronto, Ontario
Gay Men's Harm Reduction Coordinator
Dr. ASHOK KRISHNAMURTHY
HIV/HCV+ Have 12 Times Higher Death Rate Than Other Canadians
05 September 2014 - People coinfected with HIV and HCV in Canada had a 12 times higher death rate than the general population of Canada, according to a 2003-2013 analysis. None of the analyzed HIV/HCV subgroups had a death rate similar to the general population.
Vancouver's Addiction Ambitions, Revisited
September 5 2014 - What happened to North America's boldest drug policy experiment?
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, drug policy pulsed at the heart of Vancouver's municipal politics. In 2002, Larry Campbell, the former RCMP officer turned chief coroner,
carried his newly adopted COPE party into city hall by campaigning on a harm reduction platform.
These ideas -- clean needle distribution, supervised injection sites, and methadone -- were presented as pragmatic solutions to the harms associated with drug use.
Joan Rivers Considered "Joan of Arc" for HIV/AIDS Community
September 5 2014 - Her caustic humor brought her fame on stage but in San Diego, comedian Joan Rivers was known for more.
“When it comes to HIV and AIDS she stands out as our own little Joan of Arc,” said City of San Diego Human Rights Commissioner Nicole Murray- Ramirez. “She was not only Joan Rivers but for the HIV/AIDs community she was Joan of Arc.”
AIDS 2014: Low Level Viral Load Does Not Raise Risk of HIV Treatment Failure
September 4, 2014 - People with HIV who have a low-level viral load between 20 and 50 copies/mL were not more likely to experience virological failure of antiretroviral therapy (ART)
compared with those who consistently maintained viral suppression below 20 copies/mL, according to research presented at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.
People living with HIV/AIDS shun bitter ARV pills
Published on Sep 4, 2014 - For many people, taking medicine can be quite an inconvenience, and especially for those whose survival
depends on it. It has become even more troublesome with the bitter pill, one of the ARVs taken by HIV positive patients on a daily
Study shows complexities of reducing HIV rates in Russia
September 4, 2014 - Results of a new study conducted in St. Petersburg, Russia, show that decreasing HIV transmission among Russian HIV-infected drinkers will require creative and innovative approaches.
Saskatoon project unveiled to house aboriginal women living with HIV/AIDS
September 4, 2014 - Lorraine Stewart knows firsthand the struggle of people living with HIV or AIDS.
When her son, Don, was diagnosed more than 25 years ago, she says there was a stigma about HIV and AIDS and very little in the way of support for people living with the chronic condition.
ViiV Healthcare receives EU marketing authorisation for Triumeq
London, United Kingdom, 3 September, 2014 - ViiV Healthcare announced today that the European Commission (EC) has granted marketing
authorisation for Triumeq® (dolutegravir 50mg / abacavir 600mg / lamivudine 300mg) tablets for the treatment of HIV in adults and adolescents aged 12 years and older and weighing
at least 40kg. Before initiating treatment with abacavir-containing products, screening for the presence of a genetic marker, the HLA-B*5701 allele, should be performed in any
HIV-infected patient, irrespective of racial origin. Abacavir should not be used in patients known to carry the HLA-B*5701 allele.(1) Patients who carry this genetic marker are at high risk of experiencing a hypersensitivity reaction to abacavir.
Alberta researchers warn about increasing costs of HIV care
3 September 2014 - As mentioned in the previous CATIE News bulletin, the cost of care increases as people age. This is no different for HIV-positive people.
Policy planners and health authorities need to begin to estimate future costs of care as HIV-positive people grow older.
In this CATIE News article, we explore a report from southern Alberta about the rising costs of HIV care.
Gates Foundation awards $25 million to HIV vaccine research
September 3, 2014 - (Reuters) - Oregon researchers developing a vaccine that has shown promise in preventing HIV infection in primates said on Wednesday they have been awarded a $25 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Powerful anti-HIV antibody found
Sept. 3, 2014 - Vaccine trial expected in two years
The search for a preventive vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has taken a major step forward with identification of a new vulnerable site on the virus, researchers reported Wednesday. An international project to develop a vaccine plans to start clinical trials in two years.
Lambda Legal Congratulates HIV Project Director Scott Schoettes on Appointment to Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
September 3, 2014 - Lambda Legal is proud to announce that HIV Project Director Scott Schoettes has been appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. The 25-member Presidential Advisory Council
on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) provides advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding programs and policies intended to promote effective prevention of HIV disease and to advance research on HIV disease and AIDS.
Schoettes will be sworn in on Thursday, September 4 and serve a 3-year term.
Ugandan teenagers born with HIV
September 3, 2014 - For many sexually active young people, HIV/AIDS is a threat, an infectious, potentially lethal disease they should protect themselves against. But what if you were born with HIV?
The young people in today’s edition of Speak UP! show that, while many may think of it as a death sentence, HIV can be a manageable condition just like any other, even though it presents its own set of unique challenges.
Florence, for instance, who is now 17 years old, was born with HIV, and says that she feels even better than most people who are HIV-negative.
Upcoming producer releases HIV and Aids film
September 3, 2014 - UPCOMING producer Malon Murape, who was struggling to raise $20 000 to finish up an HIV and Aids feature movie titled Tariro, has finally released it.
Malawi First Country To Put HIV Positive Pregnant Women On ARVs
3 September 2014 - President Arthur Peter Mutharika says Malawi was the first country to adopt a policy of putting all HIV positive pregnant and breast feeding women on anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs regardless of their CD4 Count.
Op-ed: HIV Is No Longer A Death Sentence But It Still Isn't Easy
September 02, 2014 - Mondo Guerra argues that a lack of awareness of HIV's long-term difficulties may be at the root of a seroconversion spike among gay youth.
I have been living with HIV for 10 years, and what I have learned is this: having this virus is not easy. Living with a lifelong condition presents incredible challenges that not everyone sees. No one hears
the difficult conversations you have to have with your partner, your family, or your doctor throughout the multiple appointments you must maintain for the rest of your life. I believe these moments that people don’t see make many misinterpret the reality of living with HIV.
An aging epidemic
2 September 2014 - In Canada and other high-income countries, the widespread availability of potent combination
anti-HIV therapy (commonly called ART or HAART) has greatly reduced deaths from AIDS-related infections. ART is so powerful that researchers increasingly
expect that some young adults who become HIV positive today and who begin ART shortly thereafter and who are engaged in their care and treatment are likely to live into their 80s.
Increases in HIV Testing among Men Who Have Sex with Men — National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System, 20 U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas, 2008 and 2011
September 02, 2014 - In 2011, 62% of estimated new HIV diagnoses in the United States were attributed to male-to-male sexual contact (men who have sex with men, MSM); 39% of these MSM were black or African American.
HIV testing, recommended at least annually by CDC for sexually active MSM, is
an essential first step in HIV care and treatment for HIV-positive individuals.
Arab Region Has World’s Fastest Growing HIV Epidemic
BEIRUT, Sep 1 2014 (IPS) - At a time when HIV rates have stabilised or declined elsewhere, the epidemic is still advancing in the Arab world, exacerbated by factors such as political unrest, conflict, poverty and lack of awareness due to social taboos.
AIDS by the numbers
September 1, 2014 - There are an estimated 35 million people living with HIV-AIDS.
An estimated 71,300 Canadians were living with HIV-AIDS.
An estimated 24,300 Canadians have died of AIDS since the epidemic began.
Approximately 3,175 people became infected with HIV in Canada last year.
AIDS cure may come, but can we afford the cost?
Sep. 01 2014 - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - Can AIDS be cured?
The answer to that question, which until recently many scientists dared not ask out loud, is creeping slowly toward the affirmative, but with some important provisos.
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