Positively Positive - Living with HIV/AIDS:
HIV/AIDS News Archive - April 2009
Cancer-causing virus associated with higher risk of new HIV infection
Apr 30, 2009 - Infection with anal human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus that can cause anal and cervical cancers, is associated
with a higher risk of new HIV infection in previously HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM), according to new UCSF research.
Interim CDC Guidance
HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents: Considerations for Clinicians Regarding Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus
April 30, 2009 - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today issued the following interim guidance entitled, "HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents: Considerations for Clinicians Regarding Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1)
Virus. The International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) is circulating the CDC's interim guidance as a service to our global membership.
'House of Numbers' is an AIDS denialist propaganda film
by Jeanne Bergman
April 28, 2009 - I went to Nashville to see the film House of Numbers, and it is indeed a piece of
HIV denialist propaganda. The film maker presents himself as 1) an innocent young guy just looking for 2) the truth about HIV and AIDS but is increasingly
confused by the seemingly contradictory things he learns, until he concludes that 3) poverty, not HIV, is the cause of deaths attributed to AIDS. 4) Much of his
argument rests on the diagnostic protocols for both HIV and AIDS, and 5) the problem of effective, tolerable treatments. Finally, 6) it impugns the motives of both people with HIV and
researchers, suggesting that they are all engaged in a hoax for money.
LESS THAN A YEAR AFTER CDC ANNOUNCED THE U.S. HIV EPIDEMIC IS MUCH LARGER THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT, PUBLIC'S SENSE OF URGENCY IS DOWN, EVEN AMONG SOME HIGHER RISK GROUPS
Sense of Personal Risk Falls for Young Adults, Testing Rates are Stagnant
Washington, DC - April 28 2009 - Less than a year after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
recalculated the size of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and announced that there were 40 percent more new HIV infections each year than previously believed, a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds
that Americans' sense of urgency about HIV/AIDS as a national health problem has fallen dramatically and their concern about HIV as
a personal risk has also declined, even among some groups at higher risk.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Announces Call for Entries for the 2009 REYATAZ® (atazanavir sulfate) "Fight HIV Your Way" Contest
Photographs with essays and videos that express the fight against HIV
April 27, 2009 - PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) today announced the call for entries for the REYATAZ® (atazanavir sulfate) "Fight HIV Your Way" Contest
for photographs with essays or videos that express the individual fight against HIV/AIDS of people who are infected with or affected by the disease. The goal of the contest is to help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among the general public and inspire people impacted by the disease
to continue their fight. Through May 15, 2009, individuals ages 18 and older can submit entries online at fightHIVyourway.com or mail in their entries.*
IAPAC Lauds Obama's Choice for Global AIDS Coordinator
CHICAGO (April 27, 2009) - The following statement was issued by José M. Zuniga, President/CEO of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC):
The International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) enthusiastically supports the nomination of Dr. Eric Goosby to serve as Ambassador at Large and Global AIDS Coordinator at the US Department of State. In advancing this nomination, President Barack Obama is demonstrating a desire to ensure that his campaign pledges related to the prevention, care, and treatment of HIV/AIDS internationally are fulfilled by a compassionate, time-tested leader.
AHF Lauds Obama's Appointment of Dr. Eric Goosby at PEPFAR
Apr 27, 2009 - WASHINGTON,(BUSINESS WIRE) - AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today lauded President Obama's choice of Dr. Eric Goosby as Global AIDS Coordinator for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the lifesaving US global AIDS program first spearheaded by President George W. Bush six years ago.
Obama's 100 Days of Silence on AIDS Challenged in AHF TV Ad
WASHINGTON, Apr 26, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) - 60-Sec. Ad Compares Him to Former Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush and States:
"President Obama: We Hope You are the Change We Can Believe in on AIDS"
Over 1 Million People Have Visited the Campaign Website, More Than 1,000 e-Letters Have Been Sent to President Obama
Take Action: Tell President Obama You Care About AIDS
President Obama has been in office for 100 days, but has been totally silent on AIDS.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation believes that the HIV/AIDS epidemic is an urgent public health issue that must be addressed at the highest levels.
HIV positive and HIV negative patients have similar survival rates following liver transplant
Copenhagen, Denmark, April 24, 2009 - HIV positive and HIV negative patients have comparable survival rates following liver transplant, according to new research presented today at EASL 2009, the Annual Meeting of
the European Association for the Study of Liver in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The 2009 Survey of Americans on HIV/AIDS: Implications for the Domestic HIV/AIDS Crisis
DC Briefing to Release Poll About Americans' Attitudes, Knowledge, and Experiences
Washington - April 23 2009 - On Tuesday, April 28, the Kaiser Family Foundation is hosting a briefing to release the 2009 Survey of Americans on HIV/AIDS. The new survey of the American public is
the seventh major survey conducted by the Foundation on the issue since 1995.
INTERNATIONAL AIDS SOCIETY WELCOMES RELEASE OF SENEGALESE MEN IMPRISONED FOR SEXUAL ORIENTATION
April 23, 2009 - Public Health Leaders Praise the Release of Nine Men Imprisoned for Their Sexual Orientation, Call for Laws Against Homosexuality to be Repealed
Caltech scientists show why anti-HIV antibodies are ineffective at blocking infection
Findings provide possible explanation for failure of decades-long AIDS vaccine search
April 22, 2008 - PASADENA, Calif. - Some 25 years after the AIDS epidemic spawned a worldwide search for an effective vaccine against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), progress in the field seems to have effectively become stalled. The reason? According to new findings from a team of researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), it's at least partly due to the fact that our body's natural HIV antibodies simply don't have a long enough
reach to effectively neutralize the viruses they are meant to target.
SUITS - POZ WORKING MEN'S DINNER GROUP
MONTHLY DINNER & NETWORKING GROUP FOR WORKING GAY HIV+ MEN
Last Monday Of Each Month
This monthly dinner, takes place at a restaurant in the Vancouver area on the last Monday of each month, and offers working men a chance to build community and combat isolation and stigma. SUITS provides a forum where HIV poz men can meet other professionals, network and have a positive influence on the community.
Starting HIV therapy improves some cardiovascular markers - but not all
April 21 2009 - Starting combination antiretroviral therapy improves markers of endothelial function but not arterial thickness and stiffness regardless of regimen type, says a new study reported in the April 15th issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
Borderless Documentary, A Grandmother's Tribe wins the Carol Stolman Humanitarian Award at the Sonoma International Film Festival
Monday, April 20, 2009 - California, USA - The Sonoma International Film Festival 2009 honored the documentary film, A Grandmother's Tribe, by presenting
Executive Producer, Kimberley Buchanan, with the Carolyn Stolman Humanitarian Award at the close of the Festival. The festival was held in Sonoma, California from 1-5 April 2009.
U.S. Releases Updated Clinical Guidelines for HIV-Associated Opportunistic Infections
April 16, 2009 - The first complete update in five years of the U.S. guidelines for preventing and treating HIV-associated opportunistic infections has been released by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
in cooperation with the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).
The Doctor Will Sue You Now
by Ben Goldacre
The shocking and previously unpublishable new chapter from his book Bad Science.
This chapter did not appear in the original edition of this book, because for fifteen months
leading up to September 2008 the vitamin-pill entrepreneur Matthias Rath was suing me personally, and the Guardian, for libel.
A Taste for Life 2009
Great Food for a Great Cause!
April 13, 2009 - On Wednesday April 29, 2009, almost 50 of Ottawa's best restaurants will donate 25% of their dinner proceeds to Bruce House and The Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation.
These great organizations provide support to people in Ottawa living with HIV and AIDS and also support educational programs aimed at prevention.
Blair Underwood's "Man Up" Ad Campaign Promotes AHF's Free HIV Testing Services
Now Appearing on LA Billboards and Online, Campaign Directs Public to www.FreeHIVTest.net for Info on Free, Fast and Convenient HIV Testing Locations; Encourages Personal Responsibility and Need for Individuals to Know HIV Status to Protect Partners
Campaign is Part of AHF's Year-Long Initiative to Test 40,000 People for HIV in Los Angeles
Namibia will lift Travel Restrictions for People living with HIV
9 April 2009 - Amsterdam - The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) wishes to inform people living with HIV intending to attend the 2009 HIV/AIDS Implementers' Meeting
in Namibia about the Namibian Government's decision to lift travel restrictions for people living with HIV.
Milestone: AHF Now Treating 100,000 Patients Worldwide
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is proud to announce that, in a major milestone in
its mission to provide cutting-edge medicine and advocacy regardless of a person's ability to pay, it has recently surpassed the 100,000 patient mark worldwide.
Abstinence-only Programs Hobble PEPFAR
President Bush's Landmark Global AIDS Program Cut Deaths in Africa by 10%; However, Country Prevalence Rates Remain Unchanged Due to Focus on Abstinence Over Prevention
AHF Calls on President Obama to End PEPFAR's Focus on Abstinence and Step Up Prevention Efforts, Including Widespread Condom Distribution
Toronto Islands "Walk & Roll" Sends Life-Saving Bikes to Africa
TORONTO (ONTARIO) April 6, 2009 - On May 30, Virgin Mobile and Bikes Without Borders host Bike for Africa,
a fun and family-friendly event on Toronto Islands with the goal of raising $100,000 for the Pedal Powered Hope project in Malawi. By providing 400 new bikes and 100 bicycles ambulances to community care workers in rural districts, 15,000 more people will get the life-saving medication and support services they need.
Groundbreaking HIV/AIDS Study Investigates Dangers of "Down Low" Label
Black Men on the Down Low Spread HIV/AIDS at Same Rate as Non-Down Low Men
April 1, 2009 - Researchers at Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) published a study in the American Journal of Public Health showing that Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and women and identify themselves as on the down low (DL) engage in the same level of risk with women
as behaviorally bisexual men who do not identify themselves as down low.
US Shows the World it is a New Day in its Support for Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health/Rights
Center for Health and Gender Equity Applauds Renewal of U.S. Global Leadership
NEW YORK - April 1 - Late yesterday, the U.S. government decisively broke from its recent past by reaffirming its "deep commitment" to "universal
access to sexual and reproductive health and the protection and promotion of reproductive rights" at the 42nd Session of the Commission on Population and Development, at UN headquarters in New York. Women's health and human
rights advocates joined with world leaders in praising the U.S. statement.
CAHR 2009 - Job Fair / ACRV 2009 - Salon de l'emploi
The Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) is pleased to offer a Job Fair at the 18th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR 2009),
taking place at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver from April 23-26. The Job Fair is for employer organizations including universities, research institutes, research projects and leaders, pharmaceutical companies, AIDS service organizations, hospitals, community health centres, health services organizations, and other professional organizations in AIDS care, health, and medicine.