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Chinese villagers defend petition to expel HIV-positive boy
December 21, 2014 - Stung by worldwide condemnation, people of a Chinese village who earlier "voted" to banish an 8-year-old HIV infected boy, now claim that their move was aimed at getting better treatment for the hapless child who was being taken care by his ageing grandparents.
WHY IS THIS MAN NOT HONOURED BY HIS OWN COUNTRY?
Dec 19, 2014 - Dr. Julio Montaner is hailed world-wide for his critical contribution to combatting the spread of HIV/AIDS. His aggressive treatment methods are in the forefront in Africa, in Brazil, in China and in Europe. But what does he get from Canada’s political leaders, outside his own province of British Columbia? A big, fat, collective cold shoulder.
While his landmark Treatment as Prevention strategy to stop transmission of HIV is now the cornerstone of UNAIDS’ ambitious goal to eradicate the AIDS epidemic by 2030, no province except B.C. has fully embraced it. Nor is it part of Health Canada’s approach to treatment.
Despite Recent Advances, HIV Stigma Remains
Dec 19, 2014 - Despite major scientific advances in HIV prevention, treatment, and care, people living with HIV continue to face enormous stigma in nearly all facets of life.
Researchers at the Williams Institute surveyed nearly 400 people living with HIV in the Los Angeles area and found some pretty startling facts:
Llamas May Hold the Key to Combating AIDS
Dec 19, 2014 - Specifically, a combination of antibodies from llamas can destroy - or neutralize - a wide range of circulating HIV viruses, researchers reported in the journal PLOS Pathogens.
HBO's 'The Normal Heart' to Receive Stanley Kramer Award
12/19/2014 - The Normal Heart, which aired on HBO, will become the first non-theatrical movie ever honored with the Stanley Kramer Award by the Producer’s Guild of America when it is presented at the group’s 26th annual awards gala on Jan. 24, 2015.
Ontario will follow prostitution law despite concerns, says Kathleen Wynne
Dec 19 2014 - Premier Kathleen Wynne says Ontario will follow the rules of the new federal prostitution law, even though she’s worried it may violate the Constitution.
“The position we’re taking is that we’ll follow the rule of law, the law that’s in place,” Wynne told The Canadian Press. “But I have asked the attorney general to look at the potential of unconstitutionality and to give us some options in terms of what we might do going forward.”
CDC researchers publish estimate of effectiveness of condom use in anal sex
19 December 2014 - A paper this month in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes finally makes publicly available a study - originally reported by Aidsmap nearly two years ago from the 2013 CROI conference but until now unobtainable even as an abstract – which gives an estimate for the effectiveness of 100% condom use as the strategy of choice for the prevention of HIV infection in gay men. They estimate that condoms used consistently stop seven out of ten HIV infections acquired through anal sex between men.
One million people with hepatitis C in the US at high priority for treatment
16 December 2014 - An estimated 813,000 people with diagnosed hepatitis C in the US have undergone liver disease staging and meet the 'highest' or 'high' priority
criteria for immediate treatment, according to an analysis presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting last month in Boston. The number would be even higher if taking into account undiagnosed individuals and prisoners and others excluded from household surveys.
AIDS rights group says criminal justice system has ‘HIV phobia’
Dec 18, 2014 - Winnipeg woman convicted of sexual assault for infecting man with HIV
A national AIDS rights group is upset by a Manitoba court case where an HIV-infected woman has been convicted of aggravated sexual assault.
Anti-Gay Legislation Could Defeat Goal to End AIDS in Zimbabwe by 2015
HARARE, Dec 18 2014 (IPS) - Despite a mandate to eradicate HIV/AIDS under the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Zimbabwe has done little or nothing to reduce the rate of infection among
vulnerable gays and lesbians, say activists here.
Let's talk about drugs: A conversation with Sir Richard Branson
Published on Dec 18, 2014 - Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and a Commissioner with the Global Commission on Drug Policy joined Richard Elliott, Executive Director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and moderator Anna Maria Tremonti, host of the popular CBC Radio show “The Current,” in Toronto on December 12 in a timely and engaging conversation about the necessity for a reasoned and evidence-based approach to drug policy.
China village petitions to 'isolate' HIV positive boy
18 December 2014 - Villagers in China's Sichuan province have petitioned authorities to "isolate" an HIV positive eight-year-old boy, state media report.
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Selected to Receive up to $63 Million as part of UNITAID’s New Investment to Improve Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV
Washington, D.C.—Dec. 17, 2014 - New Investment Announced During UNITAID’s 21st Executive Board Meeting
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the UNITAID Executive Board to receive up to $63 million
in funding to improve early infant diagnosis (EID) of HIV programs in nine African countries. This investment will pave the way for universal access to HIV testing and enable a ten-fold increase in HIV treatment, thus transforming the effort to end AIDS in children worldwide.
The Perception Of HIV Among College Students
12/17/2014 - Today’s college students might be a generation removed for the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and with young people being the most at-risk for HIV infection, many people have concerns regarding just how much health education is provided this group on campus.
Can AIDS Be Cured?
December 17, 2014 - Researchers get closer to outwitting a killer.
There are still tremendous hurdles. Thirty-five million people in the world are living with the virus.
The 25 U.S. Cities With the Highest Rates of HIV Infection
December 17, 2014 - Listed are the U.S. cities and major metropolitan areas with the highest rates of new infections per capita.
Documentary screened in Taipei to raise awareness of AIDS disease
December 17, 2014 - TAIPEI - A documentary by American director Andrew Jenks was screened at a media event in Taipei on Tuesday with the aim of raising local HIV/AIDS awareness and promoting a global AIDS campaign.
The film, titled “It's Not Over,” follows the lives of three millennials who are HIV patients or whose work is related to HIV education.
Don't believe the hype – we are a long way from an HIV cure
December 16, 2014 - HIV has infected over seventy million people but only one of them has been cured: Timothy Ray Brown.
An HIV-positive resident of Berlin, Germany, Brown developed relapsed leukemia in 2006. To treat the leukemia, he underwent special bone marrow transplants that also rendered him genetically resistant to HIV. Brown’s HIV medications were stopped in 2007 and several years later he remains free of HIV.
Brown is historically unique but in recent years scientific journals and the popular press alike have published multiple claims of HIV cures.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) Announces More Than $3.2 Million in Grants
NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - EJAF's grant disbursements for 2014 total $6.857 million
The Elton John AIDS Foundation today announced more than $3.2 million in new grants, bringing the Foundation's total grant disbursements for the calendar year 2014 to an impressive $6.857 million.
These end-of-year grants represent EJAF's continued commitment to helping all people infected with HIV and combatting stigma in communities most threatened by the virus.
UK government halves the budget of HIV prevention programme for England
16 December 2014 - Less than £1 for each person in the target audience
The Department of Health’s funding for HIV Prevention England, the national HIV prevention programme in England, will be cut by 50% from April 2015. This will have a significant impact on local prevention and testing services and on the dozens of organisations that act as local delivery partners.
Syphilis on the Rise Among Gay, Bisexual Men: CDC
TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) - The number of cases of syphilis in the United States jumped 10 percent from 2012 to 2013, with gay and bisexual men accounting for 75 percent of the increase, U.S health officials reported Tuesday.
Cryptococcal meningitis incidence high among US individuals with AIDS
December 16, 2014 - New data suggest that the prevalence of cryptococcal meningitis among individuals with AIDS in the United States is high and routine screening for cryptococcal antigen in these patients would be cost effective.
2015 NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY FEBRUARY 7, 2015 - REGISTER YOUR EVENTS
December 16, 2014 - February 7, 2015 marks the 15th year observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). NBHAAD is a national HIV prevention community mobilization initiative designed to encourage Blacks across the United
States and Territorial Areas to Get Educated, Get Tested, Get Treated, and Get Involved in the fight against HIV & AIDS.
Main reason for lifespan variability between races not cause of death
16-Dec-2014 - Eliminating health disparities between races is a goal of many groups and organizations, but a team of sociologists suggests that finding the reasons for the differences in the timing of black and white deaths may be trickier than once thought.
Cambodia village reports mass HIV/AIDS infection
December 16, 2014 - Cambodian health authorities on Tuesday said more than 80 people—including children and the elderly—who tested positive for HIV/AIDS in a single remote village may have been infected by contaminated needles.
Smoking doubles risk of death for patients taking HIV therapy
16 December 2014 - Smoking doubles the mortality risk for people with HIV taking antiretroviral therapy, a study published in AIDS shows. Smokers had an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) and non-AIDS-related cancers, and the life expectancy of a 35-year-old man with HIV was reduced by almost eight years due to smoking.
Combining social media and behavioral psychology could lead to more HIV testing
December 15, 2014 - UCLA research suggests a valuable tool in the fight against the virus that causes AIDS
Social media such as Twitter and Facebook can be valuable in the fight against HIV in the United States, where research has demonstrated they can prompt high-risk populations to request at-home testing kits for the virus that causes AIDS, suggesting a way to potentially boost testing rates.
The Forgotten Decade-Long AIDS Vigil: Filmmaker Nick Aquilino Recalls the Early Days of HIV and AIDS
Dec 15, 2014 - Today, the decade-long AIDS vigil has largely been forgotten from San Francisco's collective memory. But filmmaker, AIDS activist and longtime HV survivor Nick Aquilino hopes to change that. He is now hard at work on a new documentary about the vigil,
its historical importance and the impact it had at the time.
ICW’s International Steering Committee Elects Diverse New Leadership
December 15, 2014 - Nairobi, Kenya - ICW is proud to announce the election of its new Global Chair, Martha Tholanah, from the Southern African Region. To support her in this role is Marama Pala, from the Asian Pacific Region, who was elected as Vice Chair and Deloris Dockery, from the North American Region, who was elected Treasurer.
No new HIV infections seen among Kaiser PrEP users
15 December 2014 - No new HIV infections have occurred among more than 500 users of the Kaiser Permanente healthcare provider system in the US in members using pre-exposure prophylaxis – better known as PrEP.
However, condom use appears to be declining among a subset of gay men, according to a small survey presented at a December 1 forum commemorating World AIDS Day.
HIV among elderly on the rise in Madhya Pradesh
December 14, 2014 - The myth that elderly people mostly lead asexual lives may not be entirely true. Recent official data shows the number of HIV positive cases among elderly people (50+) in Madhya Pradesh has doubled in past six years.
At present, on an average over 450 elderly are contracting HIV virus annually, according to the official record of Madhya Pradesh State AIDS Control Society.
Sex work law: harsh and ineffective
December 14, 2014 - Re: Premier seeks review of new prostitution law, Dec. 8
I was thrilled to see that, in a very courageous act, Premier Kathleen Wynne is asking her attorney general to research the constitutional flaws of Stephen Harper’s new anti-prostitution law.
The law has been widely denounced as harming the very women who are said to be protected but it nevertheless became law this week. Canadians are in desperate need of an independent and objective look at this major piece of criminal legislation, which in typical
Harper government fashion manages to combine harshness with ineffectiveness.
HIV/AIDS:Concern Mounts Over Low Use Of Female Condom
December 14, 2014 - The United Nations Women Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms. Grace Ongile has expressed worry over low use of female condom in Nigeria.
HIV/AIDS and Ryan White: 1981-2008
Published on Dec 12, 2014 - Conference video timeline of HIV/AIDS and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, from 1981 to 2008, the date of the Grantee Meeting that year.
AIDS Response Is Leaving African Men Behind
NAIROBI, Dec 12 2014 (IPS) - Mention gender inequality in AIDS and the fact that more women than men live with HIV pops up. But another, rarely spoken about gendered difference is proving lethal to men with HIV.
Research reveals that, across Africa, men have lower rates of HIV testing, enrollment on antiretroviral treatment, adherence, viral load suppression and survival, than women.
Joan Rivers leaves part of $150 million fortune to AIDS charity
December 12, 2014 - Comedian Joan Rivers has left a portion of her wealth to a charity that helps people living with AIDS.
Money was left to her close family and friends – but a substantial chunk was donated to AIDS charity God’s Love We Deliver.
Video: Conversations that Matter - Successful treatment strategies to fight HIV/AIDS
December 12, 2014 - This week, Dr. Julio Montaner of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS discusses the successful treatment strategies adopted by the centre. These strategies have also been embraced by the World Health Organization, numerous governments and the Clinton Foundation. Despite the success of the highly active antiretroviral therapy, also know as HAART, the Government of Canada has not adopted the protocol. This is episode 11 of a series of weekly videos produced by Stu McNish.
GNP+ applauds choice of Amsterdam as site of the International AIDS Conference in July 2018
12 December 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands - The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) is delighted with the decision of the International AIDS Society (IAS), who announced today that the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands would host the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) from 22-28 July 2018. GNP+ is a permanent member of the
Conference Coordinating Committee of the International AIDS Conference, and lobbied along with other civil society partners for the conference to be hosted in Amsterdam, because it would provide an unprecedented opportunity for greater participation of members of communities most impacted by HIV, due to the lack of travel and entry restrictions for key populations.
The International AIDS Society announces Amsterdam as site of the International AIDS Conference in July 2018
12 December 2014 (Geneva, Switzerland) - Today, International AIDS Society (IAS) announced that Amsterdam, Netherlands will host the 22 nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018). AIDS 2018 will be held on 22-28 July 2018 at the Amsterdam RAI and is expected to bring together some 18,000 participants from around the world.
South Sudan is ignoring AIDS 'time bomb'
December 12, 2014 - Activists complain that the country's main HIV/AIDS center lacks both equipment and staff
The scourge of HIV/AIDS is being overlooked in South Sudan, activists warn, as the government and civil society remain focused on other problems caused by the country's year-long political crisis.
AIDS education: Speak directly to gay men at saunas, clubs
December 12, 2014 - I thank Action for AIDS Singapore (AfA) for its many outreach and educational activities to reduce high-risk sexual behaviour among gay men. (“Keep using condoms until both partners go for HIV testing”; Dec 9)
Men on new HIV preventative drug ditching condoms
12 December 2014 - Some users of the HIV preventative drug 'Truvada' report having more sex without condoms.
Californians seemingly have more unprotected sex after starting on HIV preventative drugs.
Closing in on ‘holy grail’ of HIV vaccine
Dec. 11, 2014 - Researchers describe a way to induce long-sought broadly neutralizing antibodies
The results, published today in the journal Science, suggest why previous vaccine formulations haven’t been able to elicit broadly neutralizing antibodies and describe a potential way forward to hit exactly the right B cells, which are a type of immune cell.
Giving the gift of support to LGBT organizations
Dec 11, 2014 - So you're trying to think of what to give to the person on your list who has everything, you say? Instead of adding to their hoard of worldly treasures, why not make a donation to a social cause in their name to help the greater good?
Whether they identify as straight, queer, LGBT, or are just plain interested in social justice and helping those in need, here's a list of some local LGBT organizations that accept donations.
News1130 teaming up with A Loving Spoonful for a charity drive December 18th
December 11, 2014 - Volunteer-driven group provides meals to people living with HIV/AIDS
We here at News1130 are excited to be partnering with A Loving Spoonful this Christmas to spread some joy to people of all ages living with HIV/AIDS.
Can the Plan to End AIDS End AIDS?
December 11, 2014 - At a World AIDS day event held at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the assistant commissioner in the city’s health department who oversees HIV programs, made a bold promise.
Geospatial study identifies hotspots in deaths from HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in Massachusetts
BOSTON (December 11, 2014) - Results can help inform a targeted public health and clinical response
A new study from epidemiologists at Tufts University School of Medicine helps to identify communities with the greatest public health need in Massachusetts for resources relating to HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. The study, published today in PLOS ONE , used geospatial techniques to identify hotspots for deaths related to HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. The findings show large disparities in death rates exist across race and ethnicity in Massachusetts.
Canada's new sex-work laws ramp up risk for workers
Dec 10, 2014 - Bill C-36 came into effect on December 6, and already sex-work advocates and researchers are seeing negative effects on sex workers' health and safety.
They say the federal Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, which criminalizes the buying of sex, is eroding sex workers' access to safer working conditions.
Semen May Enhance HIV Infectivity and Impair Microbicide Effectiveness
09 December 2014 - A component in semen appears to increase the likelihood of sexual transmission of HIV, and furthermore may enable the virus to over-power topical microbicides designed to prevent infection, according to a study published in the November 12 edition of Science Translational Medicine. This may be one of the factors explaining
why drugs that block HIV infection in laboratory experiments have not worked in real-world settings, the researchers suggested.
Make HAART Therapy Universally Accessible to Those Living With HIV
12/09/2014 - Twenty years ago, when I was treating a patient who was HIV-infected, I would have to advise them of personal considerations such as shortened life span, and risk of transmitting the virus to sexual partners or during childbirth. At the time, an HIV diagnosis was a drastically life-altering event.
Today, if a young woman with HIV infection comes to me for treatment, I can tell her she can live a full life through drug treatment -- up to 75 years of age or beyond -- and can raise a family. This enormous progress has a lot to do with the development of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), the game-changing drug cocktail we developed in the early 1990s. With HAART therapy, HIV is now a manageable chronic disease.
HIV in the UK: 76% Diagnosed, 90% on Treatment, 90% Undetectable
09 December 2014 - The United Kingdom's annual epidemiological report, released in late November, shows that the country already provides HIV treatment to 90% of people accessing clinical services and that 90% of those on treatment have an undetectable viral load. But
the country has a long way to go in ensuring that people with HIV are aware of their HIV status -- only 76% of people living with HIV have been diagnosed. The problem is particularly acute in black African communities, as only 62% of African heterosexual men and 69% of African heterosexual women living with HIV have been diagnosed.
HIV: witnessing the realisation of raw human rights
9 December 2014 - Fear of HIV disclosure and subsequent violent reactions are experienced globally. We know that rights-based approaches can create resilience and hope. So where is the political courage and will to make them happen?
Veronica Kalambi living a positive life with HIV
December 8, 2014 - WINDHOEK - “I have been living with HIV for 12 years now and to tell you the truth initially it was not easy for me,” said Veronica Kalambi an HIV activist with the Namibia Women’s Health Network (NWHN).
Ten Sexiest Women Living With HIV In 2014
December 8, 2014 - First of all I want to give a big thank you to everyone who supported me in writing this article. This has been an absolutely amazing experience! I appreciate every single one of you more than you could ever possibly imagine!
Quilt display a reminder of people who continue to struggle with AIDS and of those who have lost the battle
December 8, 2014 - “I think the greatest disservice we can do to those who have died of AIDS is to forget that they even existed and why they died,” said Jorgenson, director of UW-Eau Claire’s Women’s and LGBTQ Resource Center. “So, I think remembering is key in not only honoring those that have died but also in creating awareness and protecting those who are still living now.”
Young Gay Men Describe Trust as an HIV Prevention Strategy
December 8, 2014 - What constitutes safer sex? Sex with a condom? Sex with PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)? Oral sex? At GAYCON 2014, an annual conference on gay and bisexual men's health in Scotland, researcher Nicola Boydell presented the results of a study that sought to discern young gay men's attitudes toward safer sex, Aidsmap reports.
S.F. men shed condoms in favor of Gilead's HIV prevention pill
December 8, 2014 - The good news: A pill from Gilead Sciences Inc. stops HIV infection among people at high risk of contracting the AIDS virus.
The bad news: Men taking the drug to prevent HIV appear to be having more sex without a condom, putting them at risk of contracting other sexually transmitted diseases.
US launches project to help most at risk of HIV
December 07, 2014 - To mark World AIDS Day, the U.S. government launched a new project aimed at helping those groups most at risk of contracting HIV across the world. Known as Linkages, it is a global project dedicated to so-called key populations,’ like sex workers, men who have sex with men, and intravenous drug users.
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India has 2.1 million HIV positive people, third highest in the world
December 07, 2014 - New Delhi: India has the third largest HIV population in the world with approximately 2.1 million people suffering from it, but there are only eight lakh people who are undergoing Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) treatment, according to an official data.
Canada Needs a New Game Plan to Eradicate HIV
12/07/2014 - Canada has an extensive network of healthcare professionals, community-based organizations and AIDS service organizations contributing greatly to reducing the incidence of HIV. But a new report on HIV infections from the Public Health Agency of Canada illustrates
the need to expand the reach and impact of HIV prevention and treatment efforts.
24th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR 2015)
December 7, 2014 - The 24 th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR 2015) , organized by the Canadian Association for HIV Research, will be held April 30 to May 3, 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convetion Centre (MTCC) in Toronto, Ontario.
24e Congrès annuel canadien de recherche sur le VIH/sida (ACRV 2015)
Le 24 e Congrès annuel canadien de recherche sur le VIH/sida (ACRV 2015) , organisé par l'Association canadienne de recherche sur le VIH, aura lieu du 30 avril au 3 mai 2015 au Palais des congrès du Toronto métropolitaine (MTCC), à Toronto (Ontario).
World AIDS Day 2014: Lifting Up the LGBT Community’s Most Forgotten in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS
December 7, 2014 - HRC marked this year’s World AIDS Day with a promise to “recommit to work for those often forgotten in the battle against HIV,” in the words of Vice President
and Chief Foundation Officer Jeff Krehely. While some members of the LGBT community have been at the forefront of HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention efforts from the earliest days of the epidemic, there are other members of our community whose lives are
affected by HIV, but whose stories we rarely hear.
More young people are contracting HIV
07 December 2014 - A number of young people are still contracting HIV/AIDS, according to Medical Director of the Health Promotion Clinic Dr. Raymond Noel. Dr. Noel notes that the highest rate of increase in new HIV infections is in the 15-21 age group.
'How I've Lived With HIV for 15 Years' - 50-year-old Umoru
07 December 2014 - In an interview with the Punch, 50-year-old Ibrahim Umoru, a former coordinator of the Lagos State Chapter of the Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, spoke on the
situation of HIV in Nigeria and how he's been living with the virus for a decade and a half.
Criminalization of sex laws 2.0
Criminalization of sex laws 2.0
December 6, 2014 - Debate over Canada’s new prostitution bill included a lot of handwringing on the need to protect sex workers’ safety, but what we got instead was a more insidious version of the old law
The reality is grim, and the irony is cruel: the so-called Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act — a.k.a. the sex work bill — becomes law today, December 6, on the same day as Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Women Living With HIV Aim to Break the Glass Ceiling
More than half of all people living with HIV worldwide are women, and yet they continue to be under-represented in the HIV response. A recent Canadian study of women living with HIV aims to break this glass ceiling, shedding important light
on what opportunities exist and what barriers persist towards closing the gap for women living with HIV, a highly underserved community both in Canada and around the world.
Saskatchewan releases Indigenous Strategy on HIV/AIDS
December 05, 2014 - The Saskatchewan Indigenous Strategy on HIV/AIDS was launched in Regina to kick off Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Day, World Aids Day and the first day of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week.
European HIV response "falling behind" as Eastern European epidemic grows
05 December 2014 - HIV diagnoses have increased by 80% in the European region since 2004, and three quarters of new HIV diagnoses in the European region are occurring in Eastern Europe, yet the scale and targeting of HIV prevention, testing and treatment in Eastern Europe
are inadequate, a European meeting on standards of care for HIV and coinfections in Europe heard last week in Rome.
Pakistani blood transfusions spreading hepatitis, HIV: official
Dec 5, 2014 (Reuters) - Lax oversight of blood banks means about a fifth of patients in Pakistan who get regular transfusions have been infected with hepatitis, a top government health official said on Friday. Some also get HIV.
HIV/AIDS Legal Network joins call to Premier on Bill C-36
HIV/AIDS Legal Network joins call to Premier on Bill C-36
December 5, 2014 - The act cannot be reconciled with a concern for the health and welfare of sex workers,' says letter from 19 organizations
With the support of 18 HIV/AIDS-focused organizations, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has joined Toronto city councillors and sex worker advocacy groups calling on the Premier to ask the Ontario Court of Appeal (Bill C-35) to determine
if the Feds' new Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act is constitutional.
Michael Gottlieb, pioneer in the fight against AIDS
December 5, 2014 - In 1981, Dr. Michael Gottlieb and his colleagues at the UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control the first five cases of an opportunistic
infection that would soon come to be known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome — AIDS. Soon after, 40 more cases of young men in their early 30s suffering from fevers and extreme weight loss appeared. Now, 60,000 new cases of HIV are reported in the United States alone every year.
UCLA study: To stop spread of HIV, African governments should target hot zones
4 Dec. 2014 - While Ebola has attracted much of the world's attention recently, a severe HIV epidemic rages on around the world and in sub-Saharan Africa in particular. Globally, more than 34 million people
are infected with HIV; in sub-Saharan Africa alone, 3 million new infections occur annually.
AIDS Vancouver honours three more Red Ribbon award recipients
Dec 4, 2014 - At an open house on World AIDS Day (December 1), AIDS Vancouver honoured three individuals for their contributions and dedication to the HIV movement.
People with Mental Illness More Likely To Be Tested for HIV, Penn Medicine Study Finds
December 4, 2014 - PHILADELPHIA - First study to investigate rate of HIV testing in patients with specific mental illnesses
People with mental illness are more likely to have been tested for HIV than those without mental illness, according to a new study from a team of researchers at Penn Medicine and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
published online this week in AIDS Patient Care and STDs.
The researchers also found that the most seriously ill – those with schizophrenia and bipolar disease – had the highest rate of HIV testing.
Is HIV Getting Weaker? Don't Count On It
December 4, 2014 - The findings do not show that HIV within one individual person's body is necessarily becoming weaker over time. Rather, it could be that the mutated versions of HIV that have been infecting people
later in the epidemic rather than earlier in the epidemic's history could be slightly less harmful.
Reduced physical function significantly increases mortality risk of middle-aged people living with HIV
04 December 2014 - HIV infection is associated with reduced physical performance, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. They also found that people living with HIV who had reduced physical function had a significant increase in their mortality risk.
Truvada, a pill to fight HIV, stirs controversy among gays
December 3, 2014 - t would have seemed the stuff of fantasy in the dark days of the 1980s, when an AIDS diagnosis was tantamount to a death sentence: a pill, taken daily, that could protect against HIV infection.
But today, such a drug exists. The blue tablet, marketed as Truvada, has been available to people at risk of being exposed to HIV since 2012.
Stigma kills a community: HIV/AIDS activist
Dec 03, 2014 - This year, a gathering was held at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health where guest speaker and HIV-positive activist Doris Peltier spoke out about what really needs to happen to make AIDS and HIV things of the past.
Thinking twice about reporting HIV nondisclosure
Dec 3, 2014 - AIDS Action Now video campaign examines stigma surrounding HIV
The stigma around HIV/AIDS is a huge obstacle for people living with the virus, and it contributes to many people choosing not to get tested, according to the head of the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).
“It's just too scary,” Sky Gilbert says to the camera. In a video produced for AIDS Action Now, the famed gay playwright says men won't get tested for HIV/AIDS because they fear the repercussions that could come from it — including arrest.
New AIDS Vancouver ambassador Bif Naked releases benefit single "Intellectual"
Dec 2, 2014 - Local rocker Bif Naked has been displaying her activist side for social causes in Vancouver. She participated in the Welfare Food Challenge in October and she's now drawing attention to AIDS/HIV.
On World AIDS Day (December 1), Naked attended AIDS Vancouver's open house where she and local entertainer Ryan Steele were introduced as ambassadors for the organization.
NIH statement on World AIDS Day 2014
December 2, 2014 - Remarkable progress has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS since the first annual AIDS Day was commemorated 26 years ago. Yet, we are still far from achieving our goal of a world without AIDS.
Those living with HIV/AIDS speak out
December 2, 2014 - REGINA - A positive diagnosis of HIV/AIDS is not a death sentence, say those living with it.
Peel organization reaches out to faith groups to help eliminate HIV
Dec 02, 2014 - BRAMPTON - When Ted Kloosterman was told in 1981 he had the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), he reached out to a few church groups in the hopes of finding strength to cope, but was turned away.
“I was brought up in the Christian faith and when I was diagnosed I joined churches of many different denominations,” said Kloosterman, now 73. “But the minute (the church groups) found out about me, they were not really that receptive. So, I gave up on religion for a long time.”
Dr. Peter Centre marks hits and misses in fight against AIDS (with video)
December 1, 2014 - B.C. leads the battle in Canada, developing approaches now used throughout the world
Doctors count successes in the fight against HIV and AIDS with statistics, measuring how many fewer deaths and new diagnoses each year.
Eileen Young measures it in years — 10, to be precise — that she was able to spend with her brother Ken Burke while he was in the care of the Dr. Peter Centre.
Study: Atlantic region’s youth still at risk for HIV
December 1, 2014 - Despite 30 years of prevention efforts, young people in Atlantic Canada remain at risk for HIV and hepatitis C infection, says a new study released Monday in recognition of World AIDS Day.
Access to testing, particularly anonymous testing, remains a significant barrier across the region, the three-year study Our Youth, Our Response revealed.
Photos of the First AIDS Hospice Center Tell a Story of Struggle and Resilience
Dec. 1, 2014 - Light filtered in through shaded windows, casting shadows over Larry Hawkins' bed. His room was often kept dark. In the final throes of his battle with AIDS, he was sensitive
to brightness. There was just enough light for photographers Saul Bromberger and Sandy Hoover to take his portrait. It would be one of many they took to capture the devastation of the AIDS epidemic and the resilience of its victims.
World AIDS Day: 5 songs about those gone too soon
December 1, 2014 - Toronto - The music world has lost many talented people to AIDS — mostly during the 1980s and ‘90s — in all genres.
They include Queen singer Freddy Mercury, disco singer Sylvester, classical pianist Liberace, CCR’s Tom Fogerty, Level 42 guitarist Alan Murphy, and R&B singer Jermaine Stewart.
The loss of people to AIDS has inspired many other artists to write and sing about it.
AIDS by the Numbers
Dec. 1, 2014 - A look at where we are now on the 26th annual World AIDS Day.
As people marked the 26th annual World AIDS Day with awareness campaigns and red ribbons on Monday, groups like UNAIDS, who are working for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, say they plan to have the epidemic eradicated by 2030.
Though recent data indicate they gradually are moving toward their goal, at this time HIV/AIDS is still the No. 1 cause of death by infection worldwide.
Fast-Track Cities Initiative Announcement
PARIS, FRANCE, 1 December 2014 - Mayors from around the World Sign
Paris Declaration to End AIDS by 2030
On World AIDS Day 2014, Mayors from around the world came together in Paris, France, to sign a declaration to end the AIDS epidemic in their cities. In signing the 2014 Paris Declaration,
the Mayors commit to putting cities on the fast-track to ending AIDS through a set of commitments. Those commitments include achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets, which will result in 90% of people living with
HIV knowing their HIV status, 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status on antiretroviral treatment, and 90% of people on treatment with suppressed viral loads, keeping them healthy and reducing the risk of HIV transmission.
World AIDS Day: The History of a Virus in 7 Stories
Dec. 1, 2014 - Track the history of the disease through the pages of TIME
Dec. 1 has been World AIDS Day since 1988 — but though the awareness and activism around the diseases has changed drastically during the years between then and now.
To see just how much our understanding and attitudes have evolved, take a look back at TIME’s coverage of AIDS through these seven essential stories:
On World AIDS Day, Continued Research on HIV Remains Imperative
1 December 2014 - Researchers continue to uncover gaps in treatment
The Canadian Observational Cohort (CANOC) collaboration is an elite team of Canadian scientists exploring Canada's largest database of HIV-positive individuals on modern antiretroviral therapy, led by Dr. Robert Hogg of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE).
The findings from one of the collaboration's latest studies led by Dr. Hasina Samji has found gaps remaining in access to treatment for a number of groups in Canada.
Fast-Track For Ending AIDS Does Not Need to Mean Sidetracking from Adolescents Living with HIV
Cape Town/Geneva/ Kampala/Harare, 1 December 2014 - As the world commemorates the World AIDS Day, the Young People Living with HIV network (Y+) urges world leaders not to forget the needs of adolescents living with HIV, as part of the UNAIDS-led strategy launched in November 2014, Fast-tracking: ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030,
which highlights the need to focus on communities most affected by HIV and recommends resources be concentrated on the area with the greatest impact.
However, the strategy falls short of providing specific recommendations to overcome epidemiological, social and programmatic challenges in the response to HIV among adolescents living with HIV.
2015 Candlelight Memorial theme calls on leaders to support the future of people living with HIV
01 Dec 2014 - This World AIDS Day, 1 December 2014, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) unveils the theme for the 2015 International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, which will fall on Sunday, 17th May 2015 – ‘Supporting the future’.
This annual mobilization campaign has been taking place every year since 1983, led by coalition of community organisations globally, and is coordinated by GNP+.
FACT SHEET: Focus, Partner, Achieve - the U.S. Commitment to Addressing HIV/AIDS
December 01, 2014 - Since taking office, President Obama and his Administration have seen a significant shift in the HIV epidemic, in the United States and in partner countries.
More people living with HIV know their status, and more people are on antiretroviral medications. As a result, the number of new infections worldwide is decreasing, as are the number of HIV-related deaths. The numbers,
still, are profound: 35 million people are living with HIV, and 1.5 million people die every year. Together, as a global community, we must hold strong to our commitment to reach an AIDS-free generation.
Is HIV Becoming Less Contagious?
MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) - Study from Africa suggests virus is evolving
New research in Africa suggests that the AIDS virus is getting smarter about evading the immune system while evolving into a less contagious and less lethal infection overall.
2014 CVBWF INC RISE ABOVE HIV
I WANT A F KING CURE VIDEO
Published on Dec 1, 2014 - 2014 WORLD AIDS DAY RISE ABOVE HIV "I WANT A F*@KING CURE" CAMPAIGN VIDEO
200 FACES UNITED! NO SHAME! WE WANT A CURE!
33 YEARS IS LONG ENOUGH OF HIV & AIDS
Western's plans for AIDS research facility revealed
December 1, 2014 - Western University unveiled plans Monday for a 378 square metre (4,200 square foot) state-of-the art facility to research AIDS and HIV.
It brings together cutting edge technology and scientists to investigate new methods of diagnosis and treatment.
'A Day With HIV 2014' Photo Campaign Fights Stigma Of HIV
December 1, 2014 - One of the greatest acts of resistance is to live visibly and openly -- even in the face of massive cultural stigma.
The Most Celebrated, Mistrusted Little Pill in the World
December 1, 2014 - Two Old Friends Debate The Daily Drug That Could Revolutionize HIV Prevention
Opinion: Made-in-Canada AIDS strategy a blueprint for health care sustainability
December 1, 2014 - Proven model a cost-effective plan to eliminate other diseases
We urge the federal government’s leadership to mobilize the resources needed and urgently apply the lessons learned in B.C. to control HIV/AIDS across the country and to export the strategy to other communicable diseases, for the benefit of all Canadians and to serve as a model for health care innovation and sustainability.
World AIDS Day: Nine things you should know about HIV in Canada
Dec. 01 2014 - As the globe marks World AIDS Day on Monday, we turn our attention to HIV/AIDS here at home with nine surprising facts about HIV in Canada.
1. A person is infected with HIV in Canada every three hours.
ICW CELEBRATES WORLD AIDS DAY, 2014 IN KENYA:
A CALL TO END FORCED AND COERCED STERILIZATION
Nairobi, Kenya 1st December, 2014 - The International community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) joins celebrants during the commemoration of ‘World AIDS Day (WAD)’ 2014, to be held at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos County in Kenya. The theme this year is: ‘Getting to Zero’ and the Machakos County Commissioner will flag off the WAD processions.
ICW calls upon all partners and stakeholders in Kenya and across the world to stand up to end Forced and Coerced Sterilization of women living with HIV.
Vancouver doctor warns of hepatitis C. 'tsunami' among baby boomers
December 1, 2014 - Pioneer in battle against HIV/AIDS shifting focus to disease lying dormant in many
The doctor who’s been at the forefront of B.C.’s pioneering, globally imitated battle against HIV and AIDS for the past three decades is now turning his attention to another looming heath crisis — an estimated 80,000 people in B.C. infected with hepatitis C.
HIV infections on the rise, says local AIDS group
Dec 01, 2014 - A group in St. John's is sounding the alarm on increasing HIV infections in the province, as well as other sexually transmitted diseases.
The AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador is holding a news conference Monday morning to launch a campaign to try to curb the increasing numbers of infection.
World AIDS Day 2014: Annual Awareness Campaign Marked For 26th Time
December 1, 2014 - The 26th annual World AIDS Day was marked on Monday around the world by international leaders and HIV/AIDS campaigns working to combat the virus.
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