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Worldwide, an estimated 35.3 million [32.2 million - 38.8 million] people are infected with HIV. 36 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!

Toronto Star -
A celebration of African grandmothers’ fight for women’s rights
WINNIPEG - Sep 20 2014 - Star reporter's photo of grandmothers demonstrating for gender equality in Swaziland to be on display at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
It was a clarion call to action — a powerful and evocative moment when for the first time South African and Swazi grandmothers came together and demonstrated in Manzini, Swaziland for women's rights and gender equality.

Experiences of stigma among women living with HIV attending sexual and reproductive health services in Kenya: a qualitative study
Kampala, September 19, 2014 - Researchers have widely documented the pervasiveness of HIV stigma and discrimination, and its impact on people living with HIV. Only a few studies, however, have analysed the perceptions of women living with HIV accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. This study explores the experiences of stigma of HIV-positive clients attending family planning and post-natal services and implications for service use and antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence.
Read more... BioMed Central - BMC Health Services Research -

S. Sudan alarmed by rising HIV/AIDS prevalence rates
20 September 2014 - The South Sudan AIDS Commission (SSAC) has raised the alarm about rapidly rising HIV/AIDS prevalence rates, lamenting that the country's ongoing political crisis had made it even more difficult to address the issue.
Read more... World Bulletin - News -

Film eyes stigmas of HIV/AIDS in Africa
September 20, 2014 - NORTH NEWTON - The Bethel College Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution’s annual film series begins Sunday with a showing of “Miss HIV,” a documentary that explores the battle against HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Read more... The Hutchinson News - News -

Living With HIV: New Horizons
09/20/2014 - In 1988, six months prior to the Olympic Games, at a time when I thought my HIV diagnosis was a death sentence, my thoughts were to lock myself away in my house and wait to die. The choice to train for the Olympics was a decision I didn't come to lightly. Thank God I listened, took my AZT, and continued to train. My decision paid off: I won two Olympic gold medals, reclaiming my championships from the previous Olympic Games, with no boycotted countries. But at 28 I honestly didn't expect to see my 30th birthday.
Read more... The HUFFINGTON POST - THE BLOG - Greg Louganis

Paige Rawl Remains ‘Positive’ While Living With HIV
September 20, 2014 - Paige Rawl writes about growing up and living with HIV in the new memoir, “Positive.”
Read more... Nassau News Live - News -

HIV rates on decline in Saskatoon as testing increases
September 19, 2014 - Health officials are reporting some encouraging statistics about the high rate of the virus that can lead to AIDS in the Saskatoon area.
Read more... The StarPhoenix - Health -

Condoms 'too small' for Uganda men, fight against AIDS has a new hurdle
Kampala, September 19, 2014 - Ugandan MPs have been inundated with complaints that many condoms on sale in the east African nation are too small, warning the problem is a blow to the fight against AIDS.
Read more... Hindustan Times - News -

Southern states becoming the new face of AIDS
September 18, 2014 - The original face of AIDS was that of a middle-class, often white gay man living in New York City or San Francisco. That picture has changed over time as people of color have become disproportionately affected by the epidemic. Today, the face of AIDS is black or Latino, poor, often rural — and Southern.
Read more... Columbia Daily Herald - News -

Meet the Walking Heroes of Peel Public Health
September 18, 2014 - With only about 48 hours remaining before our AIDSWalk, we’ve decided to put the spotlight on our partners, Peel Public Health, who have gathered a team of Dedicated Heroes for the Walk that have already raised over $500 for our cause. We asked them a few questions related to the Walk – so you can get to know them a bit better – and here’s what they had to say:
Read more... Peel HIV/AIDS Network - News -

Project to study HIV, AIDS among aboriginal women
September 18, 2014 - Researchers plan to draw on aboriginal women's resilience and traditional ways in hopes of peeling back the reasons behind Saskatchewan's disproportionately high HIV and AIDS rates among that portion of the population. Digging Deep is a threeyear, community-based pilot project that co-principal investigator Carrie Bourassa hopes will set the tone for provincial and national strategies aimed at reducing the incidence of this disease in aboriginal women.
Read more... The Starphoenix - Health -

Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS to honour deceased colleagues
Sep 18th, 2014 - The Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), an NGO, yesterday said it would observe this year’s Global Candlelight Memorial in honour of deceased people “who died of HIV/AIDS related circumstances’’.
Read more... Peoples Daily Newspaper - News -

Malawi Govt launches 2014 International Candlelight Memorial, HIV testing, counseling week
Lilongwe, September 18 - Government on Thursday officially launched the 2014 International Candlelight Memorial, HIV testing and Counseling Week.
Read more... Malawi News Agency Online - Health -

AIDS activist Staley on being a 'Baby Boomer' HIV treatments
2014-09-18 - Staley, who travels worldwide from his home in Brooklyn lecturing on HIV/AIDS and the challenges it continues to present, was also seen in David France's Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague, a history of ACT UP. He spoke with Windy City Times about The Boomer List just after returning from Washington, D.C., to meet with President Obama's new AIDS czar, Peter Brooks. The film, which premieres on PBS Tuesday, Sept. 23, will be available Oct. 1 on DVD in conjunction with a coffee-table book of Greenfield-Sanders' portraits of the interview subjects including Staley.
Read more... Windy City Times -

The First HIV/AIDS Generation Reaches Retirement Age
9/18/14 - Bill Fauber keeps a Post-it pad in every room of his pristine Palm Springs condo. Each afternoon, his metal stairway banister fills up with a line of bright yellow, pink, green and orange stickies reminding him to buy eggs, call his doctor, take his HIV medications, fix the ceiling, clean the pool, call a friend. At day’s end, he gathers all of the notes and compiles a list of unfinished tasks on a single slip.
Read more... Newsweek -

Coming Out of the PrEP Closet
09/17/2014 - We know how to end HIV infection. We simply need the political will to ensure that the community has accurate information about and access to all prevention methods, including PrEP. I hope my disclosure can play a role in moving us toward these goals.

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) -
Olympian Greg Louganis Shares Personal Experience on Aging with HIV Exclusively on
September 17th, 2014 - Washington, DC: - On the eve of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, today announced the addition of a first-person narrative by Olympian star Greg Louganis on his personal experience of aging with HIV. Louganis was diagnosed with HIV in 1988, just six months before his second triumphant appearance at the Olympic Games.

Op-ed: What Aging With HIV Can Look Like
09/17/2014 - Soon half of all people with HIV in America will be over the age of 50.
There are three types of older people living with HIV: people who have been living with the virus for many years; older people who are just learning their status; and those newly infected with HIV. In other words, older people living with HIV are, for the most part, no different than those who are younger.
Read more... - COMMENTARY -

A Prescription for Ending the HIV Epidemic
09/17/2014 - Antiretroviral treatment can enable HIV-infected Americans to avoid the debilitating illnesses and premature death once nearly inescapable for people with the infection. Research has shown that, when taken consistently, these medications also greatly reduce transmission of the virus to others.

HIV infection surges among African-American women and the elderly
Sep 16, 2014 - LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Louisville AIDS Walk is this coming Sunday. The event was founded 21 years ago, but in that time, despite advances in medical treatment, Kentucky leads the nation in concurrent AIDS diagnoses. The number of HIV infections continues to grow, and alarmingly, it is surging among African-American women and the elderly.
Read more... WAVE 3 News -

The Georgia Straight -
Photos: Passions 2014 fundraiser unites food and philanthropy
Sep 16, 2014 - On September 14, I attended the Scotiabank Passions gala in support of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation as a media guest. For its 11th year, the popular fundraising event featuring over 20 Vancouver restaurants as well as live and silent auctions moved to a new venue: the Imperial Vancouver (319 Main Street).

Pink News -
US: dotHIV provides domains to raise money for HIV research and prevention
September 16, 2014 - Russia’s “repressive drug and homosexuality laws” hamper its fight against HIV, the World Health Organisation has warned.
The country is home to one of the fastest-growing HIV epidemics in the world.
Read more... - News -

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.
Read more... Taiwan News - News -

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.
Read more... The StarPhoenix - Health -

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.
Read more... Star Observer - News -

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
Read more... Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center - News -

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.
Read more... OTTAWA SUN - News -

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.
Read more... University Herald - News -

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.
Read more... The Telegraph - India -

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.
Read more... PLOS ONE -

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.”
Read more... BETA Blog - by San Francisco AIDS Foundation -

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.
Read more... Medical Xpress - News -

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.
Read more... The Hollywood Reporter - News -

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.
Read more... The Huffington Post - THE BLOG -

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.
Read more... Nanaimo News Bulletin - News -

The Body -
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).
Read more... The Body -

AIDS Walk for Life benefits Positive Living
September 10, 2014 - There is a marked difference between Christina Tom's outlook on life between today and when she was first diagnosed as HIV positive in 2007.

Single-Pill HIV Therapy Proves Less Toxic
Sep 9, 2014 - WASHINGTON - An investigational single-pill regimen for HIV -- the first to be based on a protease inhibitor -- was less toxic than a similar regimen using separate drugs, researchers said here.
Read more... MedPage Today -

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.
Read more... Voice of America - VOA News -

The Body -
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.
Read more... The Body - News -

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.
Read more... CBC News - News -

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.
Read more... Daily Mail - News -

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.
Read more... THE VANCOUVER SUN - Health -

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.
Read more... THE TIMES OF INDIA - News -

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.
Read more... THE GLOBE AND MAIL - News -

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.
Read more... CBC News - News -

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.
Read more... QUEERTY -

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) [1] 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.
Read more... U~T San Diego - News -

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.
Read more... THE DAILY BEAST - Health -

Poster: SUBSTANCE USE AND HIV - The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)
Romada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jervis Street, Toronto, Ontario
Guest Speakers:
Adam Busch
Gay Men's Harm Reduction Coordinator

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.
Read more... THE TYEE - News -

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.”
Read more... NBC 7 San Diego - News -
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.
Read more... - HIV/AIDS - HIV Treatment -

YouTube -
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
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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.
Read more... Medical Xpress - News -

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.
Read more... The StarPhoenix - Health -

ViiV Healthcare -
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.
Read more... REUTERS - Health -

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.
Read more... The San Diego Union-Tribune - News -

Lambda Legal -
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.
Read more... Lambda Legal -

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.
Read more... NewsDay Zimbabwe -

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.
Read more... National News Agency of Malaysia -

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.
Read more... ADVOCATE -

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.
Read more... PLOS ONE -

Inter Press Service -
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.
Read more... Inter Press Service - News -

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.
Read more... The Globe and Mail - Health & Fitness -

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.
Read more... The Globe and Mail - Health & Fitness -


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