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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.
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
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SEPTEMBER 17 2014
Romada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jervis Street, Toronto, Ontario
Gay Men's Harm Reduction Coordinator
Dr. ASHOK KRISHNAMURTHY
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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