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"HIV needs to be in the media each and every day as most people only see snippets of news and these are not effective enough. For this reason, in 2007, I decided to include an HIV/AIDS News page where people could find information on many HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) related issues. I collaborate with individuals, groups and organizations throughout the world, to include their HIV/AIDS news articles, press releases, events, workshops, conferences and more on my website. News items stay on the HIV/AIDS News page for a month and then go into the HIV/AIDS News Archives."
Bradford McIntyre

AIDS Awareness Red Ribbon

Worldwide, 37 million people are infected with HIV. 19 million people do not know that they have the virus. 78 million people have been infected and 39 million people infected with HIV have died since 1981. Every year 1.8 million people die of AIDS related diseases and 2.7 million people become infected with HIV. One forth of individuals infected with HIV are not aware that they have been infected. Each hour, 300 people around the world will contract HIV. AIDS kills more people than any other infectious disease. People are dying and many more millions will likely die due to the lack of condom use. Sex with a condom is by far our best resource in preventing HIV infection through sexual contact. Sexual contact accounts for 95 percent of all new HIV infections worldwide. Safe Sex = Disease Prevention - STAY SAFE - USE A CONDOM EVERY TIME!

National Institutes of Health (NIH) -
NIH funds research network focused on HIV-infected youth
September 26, 2016 - Studies also will address HIV prevention among at-risk groups.
“Most new HIV infections occur in young people,” said Bill G. Kapogiannis, M.D., network co-director and medical officer at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the NIH institute providing much of the funding for the awards. “Many in this population go a long time before they find out they have HIV and often do not get the care they need.”

A 'Normal Heart' for abnormal times
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 - When playwright Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart" premiered in 1985, HIV/AIDS was a mysterious, frightening force — an "insidious killer," as a doctor puts it in the play — wreaking deadly havoc.
Thankfully, treatment with powerful antiretroviral drugs can now suppress the disease and save lives. Still, it's sobering to remember that nearly 700,000 Americans have died since HIV/AIDS began its rampage, and that many of the victims have been gay or bisexual men.
Read more... - Theater and Arts -

AIDS pageant in Uganda seeks to stem stigma, discrimination
September 25, 2016 - KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Organizers of the HIV-themed beauty pageant, which launched in 2014, say one way of curbing the irrational fear of AIDS that fuels discrimination is for more people living with HIV to open up about their status rather than conceal it.
Read more... Houston Chronicle - News -

As AIDS Walk funding takes dive, organizers shift focus to helping HIV survivors thrive
September 24, 2016 - An annual charity walk Sunday in support of people living with HIV in B.C. has changed its theme for 2016 to focus on boosting its benefactors’ health and happiness.
In its 31st year, the event has changed its name to the Scotiabank AIDS WALK to tHrIVe. Its goal has shifted beyond helping people to survive with HIV to helping them thrive, said Neil Self, chair of Positive Living B.C.
Read more... The Vancouver Sun - Health -

Sri Lanka maintains lowest HIV/AIDS prevalence in S.E.Asia
September 24, 2016 - Sri Lanka still maintains the lowest HIV/AIDS prevalence in South East Asia which is less than 0.01.
Read more... Daily News - News -

HIV non-disclosure laws dangerous and illogical
September 23, 2016 - Legislators should heed the scientists.
Their verdict is clear: The data supports decriminalizing non-disclosure if just one of these measures -- effective ART or condom use -- is in place to protect one's partner. The consensus paper was published in 2014 to remedy the poor understanding of HIV transmission among prosecutors and judges. The authors expressed an ethical duty not only in the interest of justice, but also "to remove unnecessary barriers to evidence-based HIV prevention strategies." Two years later, we're still not listening.
Read more... Melfort Journal - Opinion -

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) -
September 23, 2016 - Washington, DC // Berlin - Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) welcomes the final report released by the United Nations High Level Panel on Access to Medicines (UNHLP). Reflecting the multi-stakeholder setup of the UNHLP, the resulting recommendations present a pragmatic view. The report rightfully highlights that universities and publicly funded research must prioritize health objectives over financial returns, while highlighting that the current medical research and development (R&D) system is failing patients across the globe.

Developer of HIV Med Tenofovir Focuses on Fighting Zika
September 23, 2016 - Koen Van Rompay hopes to stop mother-to-child transmission of Zika virus, just like he did with HIV.
We can all thank veterinarian-turned-virologist Koen Van Rompay for helping develop tenofovir (known under the brand name Viread). Since its FDA approval in 2001, tenofovir has remained one of the most widely prescribed meds for people living with HIV. It’s also one of two components in Truvada, the daily prevention pill taken by HIV-negative people.
Read more... POZ - NEWSFEED -

Aurobindo Pharma - www.aurobindo.comClinton Health Access Initiative -
Aurobindo Pharma receives USFDA tentative approval for Dolutegravir, allowing the product to be launched in the PEPFAR market
22 Sept 2016, Hyderabad, India - Aurobindo Pharma Limited is pleased to announce the tentative approval of Dolutegravir 50mg from US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) for the treatment of HIV. This important milestone marks the first FDA approval of a generic version of Dolutegravir (DTG), an integrase strand transfer inhibitor recommended for use in treatment-naďve patients by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Through an innovative collaboration with ViiV and the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI), the product is expected to be launched in sub-Saharan Africa in late 2016.

UConn Exhibits Mark 35 Years of HIV/AIDS
Sep 22, 2016 - Three exhibitions at the University of Connecticut explore the social and political history of HIV/AIDS and mark 35 years since the first cases were diagnosed.
Read more... WNPR - News -

amfAR -
Wanted: Bioengineers to Cure HIV
September 22, 2016 - In a revolutionary approach to curing HIV, amfAR is soliciting “novel, high-risk, and potentially high-impact” proposals from bioengineers to address the main barrier to a cure: persistent reservoirs of virus not cleared by antiretroviral therapy (ART).
The aim is to foster innovative collaborations between HIV cure researchers and bioengineers —scientists who use engineering principles to solve medical problems, including disease diagnosis and treatment.
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HIV: The Long View Initiative launches
September 22nd, 2016 - NEW YORK, N.Y. and RED BANK, N.J. - A Coalition of leading HIV/AIDS advocacy groups and stakeholder organizations today announced the launch of HIV: The Long View with the release of an evidence-based report that examines the potential implications of future healthcare trends on HIV care and management in the United States. Members of the Coalition include the American Academy of HIV Medicine, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, HealthyWomen, National Council on Aging and National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. In the report, the Coalition recommends several key actions necessary to help improve the outlook for the long-term health of people living with HIV. Gilead Sciences is a partner and sponsor of the initiative.
Read more... LGBT Weekly - News -

National AIDS Memorial Grove marks 25 years
09/22/2016 - Over 200 volunteers, community leaders, and others gathered to commemorate 25 years of remembrance and pay tribute to friends and loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park Saturday, September 17.
Read more... Bay Area Reporter - News -

Desert AIDS Project -
2016 Broadway Quilt Raises Funds for D.A.P.
Fans of Broadway and supporters of Desert AIDS Project can now buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a one of kind Broadway quilt containing 1,920 pieces of fabric from the costumes of twenty Broadway and Off-Broadway shows including “The Color Purple”, “Hamilton”, “Kinky Boots”, “Sunset Boulevard”, and “Wicked”.

“Shock and Kill”: Study Targets Dormant HIV
Sep 21, 2016 - In a new study published last week in Cell Host and Microbe, they discuss a method of targeting dormant HIV that they believe is 1,000 times more accurate than currently employed strategies, allowing them to find one cell in a million that may be hiding the virus. Even despite antiretroviral therapy (ART), HIV takes refuge in “HIV reservoirs” where it can lurk for years.
Read more... MD Magazine - Medical News -

New Warning Signs that Gonorrhea Treatment May be Losing Effectiveness
September 21, 2016 - More options urgently needed – encouraging progress toward one new treatment
“Our last line of defense against gonorrhea is weakening,” said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. “If resistance continues to increase and spread, current treatment will ultimately fail and 800,000 Americans a year will be at risk for untreatable gonorrhea.”

Circle of Friends To Reach Capacity Soon
September 2016 - The Circle of Friends at the National AIDS Memorial Grove was created to honor and remember our loved ones lost to AIDS as well as to be imprinted in solidarity to tell the world that this global tragedy must never be forgotten.
As we approach the beginning of our 25th year this fall, we can see there is space for approximately 100 more names to be added to the existing Circle of Friends. If you would like to add your name or that of a loved one before we reach capacity, please visit the Circle of Friends page on our website.
Read more... National AIDS Memorial Grove - Names News -

Adolescents continue to experience elevated HIV/AIDS - Lordina Mahama
September 21, 2016 - “Globally, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death among women, and girls, of reproductive age 15 to 49, with about 14 million children orphaned.”
According to her, “Adolescents continue to experience, elevated HIV vulnerability, with the greatest risk of exposure."
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Discharge Planning for People Living With HIV in Correctional Institutions
September 21, 2016 - People living with HIV may have received antiretroviral treatment while imprisoned. However, that treatment can easily be interrupted when they re-enter the community without sufficient resources or support. A number of community organizations provide discharge planning and link people to medical care. This not only helps individuals, but also prevents the spread of HIV within the community, because people with undetectable viral loads are unlikely to transmit the virus.
Read more... - Information -

Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) -
Lin-Manuel Miranda Makes Surprise Appearance & Performance at GMHC Howard Ashman Cabaret Honoring Hamilton: An American Musical Lead, Javier Muńoz
September 21, 2016 - New York, New York - Award Presented at Sold Out Annual Howard Ashman Award & Cabaret Raising Funds for GMHC Programs, Services & Advocacy
Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) honored Javier Muńoz, Broadway star in the lead role in "Hamilton: An American Musical," with the 2016 Howard Ashman Award for his activism in the fight against HIV/AIDS, at a Cabaret at Joe’s Pub on Monday, September 19th. Two months after being diagnosed with HIV in 2002, Javier moved from San Francisco to New York City and one of the first places he came to for support was GMHC. “The first place I went to for assistance was GMHC. It was at GMHC that I started my fight to live,” said Javier in his remarks Monday night. Javier has consistently spoken out about his status –particularly in the media—because of the stigma directed at people living with HIV/AIDS.

Aidsmap -
Spanish study gives reassurance: small HIV blips do not predict treatment failure
21 September 2016 - A very low viral load (20-49 copies/ml) during HIV therapy does not increase the risk of the subsequent virological failure of treatment (viral load above 200 copies/ml), according to Spanish research published in HIV Medicine.
The findings of the study will provide reassurance that patients with very low level viraemia (VLLV) do not need to change their antiretroviral therapy.
Read more... Aidsmap - Aidsmap News - Viral load -

Disparities in HIV PrEP Use Among Gay and Bisexual Men
September 21, 2016 - A new report on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) revealed low awareness and uptake among young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (YMSM), according to the University of California.
Through a partnership between APLA Health and the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP), researchers examined the results from a statewide survey that included more than 600 YMSM responders. Researchers examined the current levels of PrEP awareness and use, the likelihood of use, and the barriers to PrEP access.
Read more... Specialty Pharmacy Times - News -

PrEP Use May Stunt Bone Growth in Young Men
September 20, 2016 - After losing bone density during a year on PrEP, young men recouped their losses a year later but didn’t catch up with norms.
Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) may stunt bone growth among young men, the National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project reports. Even though they may regain bone mineral density lost while taking PrEP, young men who have not yet reached peak bone mass may miss out on key periods of bone development.
Read more... POZ - Treatment News -

Researchers find a potential signature of cognitive function impairment in people living with HIV
September 20, 2016 - UH researchers have identified a unique epigenetic footprint in specific types of immune cells from blood that can identify individuals with HIV that have a range of impairments in cognitive function.
Reliable biomarkers such as that identified by the researchers offer insight into how HIV-associated cognitive impairment develops but also promises improved diagnostic testing and improved treatment decisions.
Read more... Medical Xpress - News -

Saskatchewan government refuses to declare emergency on HIV epidemic
Regina, Sept 20 2016 - Despite the growing number of HIV/AIDS epidemic and the recommendation of the doctors, the Saskatchewan government will not be declaring a public health emergency in the province for the said disease.
On Monday, at a press conference in the capital, Denise Werker, Saskatchewans deputy chief medical health officer, announced the government has no such infrastructure under the provinces health care act to make such a declaration.
Read more... NEWKERALA.COM - News -

UNAIDS welcomes ASEAN’s pledge to Fast-Track the HIV response
BANGKOK, 20 September 2016 - The Heads of State of the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states have endorsed the ASEAN Declaration of Commitment on HIV and AIDS: Fast-Tracking and Sustaining HIV and AIDS responses to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. This endorsement occurred during the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and Related Summits which took place in Vientiane, Lao PDR from 6-8 September.

Positive Living North hosts Scotiabank AIDS Walk this Friday
September 20, 2016 - This Friday at noon, the Scotiabank AIDS Walk will take place in downtown Prince George. Hosted by Positive Living North, the 1.5km walk will begin at Canada Games Plaza and make its way through downtown during the lunch hour.
It’s a national event and will take place in more than 50 communities across the country. 2016 is the 20th anniversary of the first national AIDS WAlk, Since 1996, the event has raised more than $42 million.
Read more... My Prince George Now - News -

Global Fund, activists say Ukraine making progress in funding anti-AIDS programs
Sep. 20, 2016 - After years of delays, the Ukrainian government has finally started to provide more financing for treating people with HIV and tuberculosis, international donors and activists say.
Read more... Kyiv Post - AIDS - Global Fund - HIV -

UNAIDS encouraged for future of HIV funding as donors pledge full support to the Global Fund
GENEVA, 20 September 2016 - UNAIDS applauds all donors and partners for their demonstration of a strong commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). At its Fifth Replenishment Conference in Montreal, Canada, donors pledged US$ 12.9 billion of the US$ 13 billion called for by the Global Fund for the three-year period 2017–2019.
For the three diseases, the Global Fund estimates that the amount raised will save 8 million lives, avert 300 million infections and help build sustainable systems for health.

University of Virginia Program Uses Peer Coaches to Fight Rural HIV AIDS Stigma
Sep 19, 2016 - In small towns the stigma associated with having the HIV virus can be more acute than in big cities. Fear of people finding out their HIV status can keep people in rural America from seeking testing and care.
Read more... MD Magazine - Conference Coverage - USCA 2016 -

HIV Positive Project Runway Winner Reveals New Art Installation in SoFlo
09/19/2016 - Mondo Guerra, runner up of Project Runway season eight and the winner of Project Runway All Star, revealed a new art installation focusing around the changing face of HIV this weekend. The installation ran at the 2016 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) in Hollywood, Florida from Sept. 15 to 18.
Read more... South Florida Gay News - Celebrity -

NIH to Fund Genomic Research Into HIV/AIDS Drug Response
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) - The National Institutes of Health is seeking grant applications for projects using genomic technologies to investigate the underlying genetics of HIV/AIDS drug responses and comorbidities with the goal of generating data that can be used to develop new therapeutics and guide treatment regimens.
Read more... GenomeWeb - Technology -

Treatment Action Group -
New York, NY, September 19, 2016 - 130 Signatories Welcome Clinton’s Remarks on High Drug Prices, Urge Further Commitment
Following Secretary Clinton remarks in Cleveland last month on the high price of hepatitis C cures, a group of 130 national advocates today called on the presidential candidate to prioritize the prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis. Welcoming Secretary Clinton's focus on high drug prices, the advocates urged her to go further to address the deadliest infectious disease in the US, and to support specific proposals in her platform:

Decrying Criminalization
September 19, 2016 - Concordia Lecture Series Prompts Discussion on HIV Non-disclosure
The sentiment surrounding HIV/AIDS is often one of discomfort. But the reluctance to speak openly about such a significant and impactful disease is hurting the people closest to it.
Under current Canadian legislation, HIV non-disclosure is criminalized. It exercises some of the most punitive aspects of our criminal justice system, explained Alexander McClelland, a writer and researcher currently working on a PhD at Concordia.
Read more... The Link - Concordia's Independent Newspaper -

Sask. government asked to call medical state of emergency over HIV, AIDS
September 19, 2016 - A small group of doctors, patients and indigenous groups gathered today at the Saskatoon Tribal Council Health Centre to highlight the number of people living with HIV and AIDS in Saskatchewan.
The group is calling the illness an epidemic, and is asking the provincial government to call a medical state of emergency.
Read more... CTV News - -
A Look at Mexico: HIV, Gender, Migration and Criminalization
September 19, 2016 - How are HIV, gender, immigration and criminalization connected? How do HIV, silence and stigma affect people living in and migrating from Mexico? Speakers explored these connections and efforts to overcome the silence and stigma in "HIV Is Not a Crime: Immigration and HIV Decriminalization," a webinar sponsored by the SERO Project and the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA).
Read more... - News -

Targeting dormant HIV
September 19, 2016 - Discovery of a novel, advanced technique to identify the rare cells where human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) hides in patients taking antiretroviral therapy (ART)
The rate of HIV-Why wake up the virus? To better kill it, of course. A team from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) has taken an important step forward in the search for a HIV/AIDS cure. The laboratory of Dr. Daniel Kaufmann has developed a highly accurate technique for detecting the rare cells that hide the virus and prevent current therapies from curing HIV infection.
Read more... University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) - News briefs -

Free-Trade Deals Are Making It Much Harder to Fight AIDS
September 19, 2016 - The Trans-Pacific Partnership and its ilk protect profits at the expense of prevention.
The day-to-day impact of such trade rules might not directly affect access to HIV/AIDS treatment, which currently relies on international aid, established public-health protections carved into World Trade Organization “TRIPS” rules, and special voluntary exemptions granted by the industry to expand treatment access in poorer countries. But the TPP would, overall, vastly expand Big Pharma’s monopoly power over public-health resources.
Read more... THE Nation - HIV AND AIDS -

Saskatchewan should declare HIV-AIDS public health emergency
September 19, 2016 - The rate of HIV-AIDS in Saskatchewan, particularly in First Nations communities, is so high that the province should declare a public-health state of emergency.
That’s the view of a group of doctors in the province who, on Monday, are issuing a cri de coeur for action.
Read more... THE GLOBE AND MAIL - News -

Fiji shows positive response to deal with HIV/AIDS
September 19, 2016 - The steps taken by Fiji to deal with HIV/AIDS has shown positive achievements, leading to a decrease in stigma and discrimination for the past five years.
The new Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Philip Davis says there’s a need to encourage more HIV/AIDS testing in Fiji.
Read more... Fiji Broadcasting Corporation - Fiji News -

Talking HIV and Aging with Digital Resources #NHAAD
September 18, 2016 - Today is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAD). Michelle Scavnicky of The AIDS Institute and her colleagues are the leaders in planning for this observance. We asked Michelle about how she sees digital tools supporting this year’s observance.
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Calgary HIV/AIDS walk raises $75,000 for Alberta programs; combats stigma
September 18, 2016 - Calgarians and Alberta minister Stephanie McLean share personal stories
There were more than 200 people at event Sunday afternoon and, as of that time, more than $75,000 was fundraised, close to organizers’ $100,000 fundraising goal.
Read more... Metro Calgary - News - Calgary

Adriana Garriga-Lopez, PhD: HIV/AIDS Epidemic Through Puerto Rico's Lens -
September 18, 2016 - Conference Coverage USCA 2016
Adriana Garriga-Lopez, PhD, Kalamazoo College focuses her research on HIV/AIDS in Puerto Rico.
Read more... MD Magazine - Conference Coverage - USCA 2016 -

Global fund raises $12.9 bln to fight AIDS, TB and malaria
Sep 18, 2016 - Montreal - A global fund has raised over $12.9 billion from international donors as part of a campaign aimed at effectively eradicating AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis by 2030, conference organizers said on Saturday.
Read more... REUTERS - World News -

Puerto Rico's HIV AIDS Problem Grows As Economy Tanks
September 18, 2016 - As of August, 2016 there are 20,409 people living with HIV in Puerto Rico, and an estimated one person in six has the virus but does not know it.
About 20% of the new cases diagnosed are full-blown AIDS, a sign that testing is not reaching HIV positive people early enough.
Read more... MD Magazine - Conference Coverage - USCA 2016 -

Stigma, Strengthening HIV Prevention and Care for Gay Men of Color, and Social Media Fellows Featured in Facebook Live Events from USCA 2016
September 18, 2016 - As the 2016 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) continued on September 17 in Hollywood, Florida, shared more conference highlights via three Facebook Live events.
Read more... - BLOG -

The Province
Fred Lee’s Social Network: Record helping of Passion as foodies dish out for Dr. Peter Centre; shining upbeat light on mental health
September 18, 2016 - Today, the event — sponsored by Scotiabank for the seventh consecutive year — is one of Vanhattan’s top culinary galas. Returning to Yaletown’s Roundhouse, the foodie fete drew a capacity crowd to the community space-turned-party palace to taste culinary creations from the city’s top restaurants, bakeries and caterers while supporting the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation.
Read more... The Province - Entertainment -

Trudeau, Gates raise billions for AIDS, TB and malaria fight
September 17, 2016 - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday that a record $12.9 billion has been raised for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the next three years. ncluding U2 frontman Bono and Trudeau, to discuss the impact of a few life-saving pills.
Read more... Medical Xpress - News -

Kenyan mother, daughter with HIV share personal story at Montreal AIDS conference
September 17, 2016 - The guest list at the Global Citizen Concert to End AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Montreal was stacked: Microsoft founder Bill Gates, hip hop star Usher and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
But a Kenyan mother and daughter living with HIV shared one of the event’s most powerful messages as they met with dignitaries, including U2 frontman Bono and Trudeau, to discuss the impact of a few life-saving pills.
Read more... CTV News - News -

Plan International Canada Congratulates Global Fund on Reaching $13B Goal, Urges World Not to Forget Most Vulnerable, Adolescent Girls
TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2016 /CNW/ - Plan International Canada congratulates fellow partners in the Global Fund for today's historic announcement of raising global commitments of $13 billion to maintain momentum in the effort to end malaria, tuberculosis and HIV. At the same time, Plan is calling for an unwavering focus on the adolescent girls who are disproportionately affected by these epidemics simply because they are young and female.
Read more... EDMOMNTON JOURNAL - News - Business - -
Through a Journal, an Long-Term HIV Survivor Looks Back at the Early Years
September 17, 2016 - In 1991 when I was 29, I learned I was infected with HIV. I was devastated, and for the first several months, it was not a good place to be. But, in the midst of my sadness, anger, depression and a whole range of other emotions, I again began to journal my thoughts. I had been told that I had maybe five to seven years before I would succumb to AIDS. It was due to this that I felt the need to record my journey in my own words. I am now sharing some of my journal entries to allow a glimpse into my struggle to come to terms with the news I had received.
Read more... - Personal Story -

20th annual AIDS Benefit at Chicago Academy for the Arts Sept. 23-24
2016-09-17 - CHICAGO -Each year, Chicago Academy for the Arts students produce and perform in a variety show to support HIV/AIDS research and organizations. The 20th Annual AIDS Benefit takes place Sept. 23rd and 24th at The Academy, 1010 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642.
Read more... WINDY CITY TIMES - News -

Local HIV/AIDS walk keeps growing
09/17/2016 - Sixth annual event through downtown raises funds, awareness
Scores of people turned out for the sixth annual Scotiabank AIDS walk in Winnipeg under sunny skies Saturday.
The event, which is held in cities and towns across Canada the same day every year, is gaining traction here, organizers said.
Read more... Winnipeg Free Press - Local News -

AIDS Walk in Winnipeg aims to raise awareness, end stigma
Sep 17, 2016 - Winnipeggers will take to downtown streets Saturday afternoon hoping to raise support and awareness for those living with HIV/AIDS.
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Stop labelling addicts 'bad people making bad choices,' says B.C. doctor
Sep 17, 2016 - Fight stigma and beat the addiction crisis like B.C. beat AIDS, says Dr. Patricia Mark
A Vancouver Island addiction expert says stamping out stigma against addicts is a crucial step to stemming the tide of drug-related deaths, just as activists did during the HIV/AIDS epidemic once seen as a "dirty disease from dirty people."
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National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day marks progress, challenges
September 17, 2016 - Maine groups are helping caregivers and patients deal with the unintended consequences of the drugs that have allowed people to live longer with HIV.
A little over 35 years ago, a small group of men gathered in New York City to take action when no one else knew quite what to do. The men were reacting to the first story published by The New York Times on a disease that usually struck older patients but was killing men as young as 26 – a story with the headline “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals.”
It was at this point that Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the first AIDS service organization, was created, and the fight was on.
Read more... The Portland Press Herald - MAINE VOICES -

Grandmother reaches out to AIDS-ravaged Africa
09/17/2016 - Bev Suek loves her 10 grandchildren but can’t imagine raising them all by herself.
This summer, she met many grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa who are raising grandchildren orphaned by AIDS.
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Fighting The World's Deadliest Diseases Requires More Than Just Money
09/16/2016 - Dollars are desperately needed to fight AIDS, TB and malaria, but they will not stretch very far if the international trade barriers that currently restrict access to essential medicines continue to prevent low-income people and countries from getting the treatments they need. Access to low-cost generic drugs must be improved. Second-line treatment for people with HIV/AIDS, for example, are already priced far out of reach of many patients in poor countries.
Read more... Huffington Post - Canada - Stephen Cornish -

Prompt ART reduces HIV patients' cancer risk
September 16, 2016 - Immediate initiation of combination ART can reduce the risk for infection-related cancers in newly diagnosed HIV patients, a recent analysis indicated.
Read more... Healio - Infectious Disease News - HIV/AIDS -

Dance for Life turns 25
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 - The Event: What began as simple wish by Chicago performance artist, Keith Elliott, to help his fellow dancers afflicted with HIV/AIDS, has blossomed into 25 years of Dance for Life, which on Aug. 20 celebrated its ongoing support within Chicago's dance community.
Read more... Chicago Tribune - Lifestyles -

Justin Trudeau hosts Global Fund conference in Montreal
September 16, 2016 - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is playing host to world leaders in Montreal, in town for a global initiative to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
The Global Fund wants to raise $13 billion to fight those diseases with a goal to eradicate them by 2030.
Read more... CTV News - Montreal -

Editorial: Sask. needs HIV strategy
September 16, 2016 - By now, what’s surprising isn’t the epidemic of HIV cases in Saskatchewan that Regina infectious diseases specialist Dr. Alexander Wong has called a “national disgrace,” but it’s the deplorably slow government response to tackling a problem whose toll keeps mounting in ruined lives and potential future medical costs.
Read more... Saskatoon StarPhoenix - Editorial -

‘A First World country with Third World rates’: Saskatchewan at the epicentre of HIV in Canada
September 16, 2016 - PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - Saskatchewan is one of the few places in the industrialized world where people are still dying from AIDS and HIV.
The province has a rate of new HIV cases twice the national average.
Read more... National Post - News -

UNAIDS urges donors to commit to fully funding the Global Fund
GENEVA, 15 September 2016 - Ahead of the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund), to be held in Montreal, Canada, on 16 and 17 September, UNAIDS is calling on donors to fully fund the Global Fund. The Global Fund, a financing institution that raises and invests funds to support HIV, tuberculosis and malaria programmes, is calling for US$ 13 billion over the three-year period 2017–2019.
Read more... UNAIDS - Press Statement -

Northern Health supporting HIV/AIDS programs
September 15, 2016 - Northern Health is awarding $1.59 million to eight agencies and 23 First Nations communities as part of the provincial STOP HIV/AIDS initiative.
Read more... Prince George Citizen - News -

Opinion: Canada's Global Fund role a reminder of HIV and AIDS issues at home
September 15, 2016 - Friday and Saturday, Montreal will play host to the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. While much of the discussion will be focused on developing countries (the Global South), where the fund has played a crucial role since is creation in 2002, this is also an appropriate time to take stock of Canadian realities.
Read more... Montreal Gazette -

The Effects of HIV on the Body
September 2016 - Despite interest in self-testing, many men value sexual health clinic services
Among English gay men who have never previously taken a test for HIV, self-testing and self-sampling are the most popular options for a future HIV test, but a significant proportion would use a sexual health clinic, the best-established site of HIV testing in the country. Men with higher levels of sexual risk (who tend to test more often) would be most likely to return to a sexual health clinic, but there is interest in self-testing too.
Read more... Healthline - Health - HIV/AIDS -

Aidsmap -
Where would gay men prefer to take their next HIV test?
15 September 2016 - Despite interest in self-testing, many men value sexual health clinic services
Among English gay men who have never previously taken a test for HIV, self-testing and self-sampling are the most popular options for a future HIV test, but a significant proportion would use a sexual health clinic, the best-established site of HIV testing in the country. Men with higher levels of sexual risk (who tend to test more often) would be most likely to return to a sexual health clinic, but there is interest in self-testing too.
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Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) -
September 15, 2016 - New York, New York - GMHC released the following statement in response to Sweden’s achievement as the first country to reach the UNAIDS/World Health Organization (WHO) 90-90-90 target. 90-90-90 treatment goals were launched in October 2014, with an objective that by 2020, 90% of people with HIV will be diagnosed, 90% of diagnosed people will be in care, and 90% of people receiving care will have durable HIV suppression. Research recently published in HIV Medicine shows that at the end of 2015, 90% of HIV cases in Sweden were diagnosed, 99.8% of people were linked to care, and 95% of people taking antiretrovirals for at least six months had a viral load below 50 copies/ml.

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Sweden the first country to achieve UNAIDS/WHO 90-90-90 target
14 September 2016 - Sweden has become the first country to achieve the UNAIDS/World Health Organization (WHO) 90-90-90 target, research published in HIV Medicine shows. At the end of 2015, 90% of HIV cases in Sweden were diagnosed, 99.8% of people were linked to care and 95% of people taking antiretrovirals for at least six months had a viral load below 50 copies/ml.
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Street dance raises money for Yukoners living with AIDS, hepatitis C
Sep 14, 2016 - Politicians, advocates bust a move in Whitehorse
Dennis Ellis, who was first diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1985, says attitudes have changed a lot in Yukon over the years.
"I see and hear less ignorance," he said at a fundraising "dance party" in downtown Whitehorse on Wednesday.
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HIV-positive Magic Johnson locked himself in bathroom to reveal diagnosis to lovers
September 14, 2016 - Cookie Johnson opens up about how disease took its toll on their marriage in Believing in Magic memoir.
Dealing with the magnitude of his HIV diagnosis was never going to be an easy task, but Magic Johnson's wife has recalled how the former basketball star went into survival mode when having to inform his lovers that he had the disease. In her new memoir, Cookie Johnson reveals that the Lakers point guard 'locked himself in a room and called the long list of women with whom he'd been intimate.'
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The Positive Side - Fall 2016 -
The Positive Side: Fall 2016
Fall 2016 - Welcome to The Positive Side, CATIE’s health and wellness magazine for people living with HIV.
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Penn Medicine trial investigates kidney transplants from HCV-positive donors
September 13, 2016 - Penn Medicine announced today the launch of a clinical trial investigating the safety and efficacy of transplanting kidneys from deceased donors positive for hepatitis C virus infection to patients without the infection on the kidney transplant wait list.
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Managing non-communicable diseases among people living with HIV
13 September 2016 - Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers, and other illnesses – will represent a significant challenge for HIV care in low- and middle-income countries as the population of people on HIV treatment grows and ages, the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) held in Durban heard in July.
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Alexis Arquette's Death: How Do People Die from AIDS?
September 13, 2016 - Actress Alexis Arquette has died from complications related to AIDS, according to news reports, but how exactly, does someone die from the disease?
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Study finds barriers to accessing HIV prevention pill
September 12, 2016 - APLA Health, in partnership with the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) of the University of California, today (Sept. 12) released a new report on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) titled “Addressing PrEP Disparities among Young Gay and Bisexual Men in California.” The report includes results from a statewide survey of more than 600 young gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (YMSM) and examines current levels of PrEP awareness and use, likelihood of use, as well as barriers to PrEP access.
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VIDEO: HIV cure research focuses on sterilizing, functional approaches
September 12, 2016 - In this video, Ya-Chi Ho, MD, MS, PhD, instructor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and co-leader of the HIV Cure Scientific Working Group at the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research, reviews the approaches to HIV cure that were discussed at ASM Microbe 2016.
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VIDEO: HIV cure research focuses on sterilizing, functional approaches
September 12, 2016 - In this video, Ya-Chi Ho, MD, MS, PhD, instructor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and co-leader of the HIV Cure Scientific Working Group at the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research, reviews the approaches to HIV cure that were discussed at ASM Microbe 2016.
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TSRI Scientists Discover Antibodies that Target Holes in HIV's Defenses
LA JOLLA, CA – September 12, 2016 - New Findings Could Lead to New AIDS Vaccine Candidates
A new study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) shows that “holes” in HIV’s defensive sugar shield could be important in designing an HIV vaccine.
It appears that antibodies can target these holes, which are scattered in HIV's protective sugar or “glycan” shield, and the question is now whether these holes can be exploited to induce protective antibodies.

Older Adults Dominate the USA HIV/AIDS Epidemic
September 12, 2016 - The annual HIV and Aging Awareness Day occurs on Sept. 18th. Older adults are dominating the USA epidemic. In major metro areas more than half of all those living with HIV are age 50 and older.
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International AIDS Society -
The International AIDS Society Calls for Global Leadership Ahead of the 5th Global Fund Replenishment
September 12, 2016 - On 16 September 2016, the 5th Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will commence in Montreal, Canada. There, donors from around the world will pledge their commitment to invest in the Global Fund and support its goal of raising US$ 13 billion to be spent over the next three years; an investment that would save an estimated 8 million lives by 2020. The International AIDS Society (IAS) fully supports the Global Fund in its goal and urges all donors to reassert their commitment to fighting AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.
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Delays in updating HIV treatment guidelines in Africa blocking early treatment for millions
12 September 2016 - Delays in adopting the World Health Organization (WHO) 2015 recommendation of HIV treatment for all threaten the achievement of the 90-90-90 targets for HIV diagnosis and viral suppression by 2020, research carried out by the International Association of Physicians in Aids Care (IAPAC) indicates.
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New Test Can Assist in Fight Against HIV
SEP 09, 2016 - This new test provides a way for healthcare officials to see if HIV-negative patients are using Truvada consistently, and thus, are receiving adequate protection from HIV transmission through sexual intercourse. - See more at:
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Study finds shift in cancers as HIV-positive people age
8 September 2016 - People living with HIV are at increased risk for some cancers. This risk arises from several factors, including co-infection with viruses that have the potential to cause cancer, elevated rates of smoking and alcohol use, and ongoing exposure to proteins produced by HIV. Taking anti-HIV therapy (commonly called ART) and achieving and maintaining an undetectable viral load and the ensuing increase in CD4+ cell counts greatly helps to reduce cancer risk.

New Technology Can Assist in Global Fight Against HIV & Hepatitis
SEP 08, 2016 - Researchers from Nanjing Biopoint, “a high tech medical diagnostic product company,” have made what they are calling a breakthrough when it comes to fighting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The company uses a certain material when collecting blood samples that separates plasma from the rest of the blood, thus allowing it to be sent through the mail to a testing center on a dry sheet.
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PEPFAR and AstraZeneca Launch Partnership Across HIV and Hypertension Services in Africa
September 8, 2016 – Washington, D.C. – The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca today announced a $10 million (subject to the availability of funds), five-year global public-private partnership that will expand access to HIV/AIDS and hypertension services by offering them in an integrated manner at existing PEPFAR-supported HIV/AIDS sites, beginning in Kenya.

A Day With HIV - September 22, 2016 -
A Day With HIV
September 2016 – Thursday September 22
On Sept. 22, take your best shot against stigma
A Day with HIV is a social media-driven anti-stigma campaign that captures a single 24-hour period in the lives of people affected by HIV. On Thursday, September 22, grab your smartphone or digital camera and capture a moment of your day. Post your picture on social media with a caption that mentions the time and place of your photo, and what inspired you to take it. Include our hashtag #adaywithhiv.

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