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HIV/AIDS News Archive - May 2009
IAS JOINS CALLS TO ELIMINATE MOTHER TO CHILD TRANSMISSION OF HIV
26 May 2009 (Geneva, Switzerland) - The International AIDS Society (IAS) today joined the
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in its call for the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV.
"There is overwhelming scientific evidence to show that providing antiretroviral treatment to pregnant women will both save the woman's
life and prevent her unborn child from becoming infected. This treatment is available and affordable, yet too many countries have reported
that less than 25% of HIV-positive pregnant women received it. In fact, in 2007, only 21% of women in low- and middle-income countries were
routinely tested for HIV as part of their pre-natal care," said Dr Julio Montaner, IAS President and Director of the Canadian-based British Columbia
Center for Excellence (BC-CfE) in HIV/AIDS.
President Bill Clinton, Sharon Stone, Annie Lennox, Harvey Weinstein, Kenneth Cole and Others Gather in Cannes to Support amfAR's Lifesaving AIDS Research Programs
Cannes, France, May 22, 2009 - President Bill Clinton, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone, Annie Lennox, Harvey Weinstein, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Marion Cotillard, amfAR CEO Kevin Frost, Danny Glover, Terry Gilliam, Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Emile Hirsch, Elizabeth Hurley, Joshua Jackson, Diane Kruger, Hayden Panettiere, Robert Pattinson, Robin Wright Penn, amfAR ambassador Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, and 50 Cent were among those in attendance at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala presented during the 62nd Cannes International Film Festival on May 21st.
ROBIN GORNA TO HEAD INTERNATIONAL AIDS SOCIETY
22 May 2009 (Geneva, Switzerland) - The International AIDS Society (IAS) today announced the appointment of Robin Gorna as Executive Director. Ms Gorna will succeed current Executive Director, Craig McClure, on 1 September this year.
Chris Collins Joins amfAR as Vice President and Director of Public Policy
NEW YORK, May 20, 2009 - Chris Collins, a veteran AIDS advocate who has helped shape HIV/AIDS policy and communications for nearly 20 years,
was named vice president and director of public policy for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost announced today.
The Real Costs of the HIV Ban
This is Part 2 of a series on immigration. It looks at the real costs of the HIV ban, in place since 1987, and provides a brief look at the history and implications of this policy.
May 20, 2009 - Since 1987, the United States has banned HIV-positive immigrants (non-citizens already in the country, who might be seeking permanent residency, as well as visitors) from the country.
Piecing Together the HIV Prevention Puzzle
May 18, 2009 - "It's 's an exciting time in HIV prevention research. We will see results from a number
of critically important HIV prevention research trials this year, as well as see
the start of new trials around the world that will yield important answers in the years to come," said Mitchell Warren, AVAC executive
director, at the release of AVAC's 13th annual report of the field.
The case for condoms
by John M. Buchanan
The pope is wrong about condoms. The overwhelming evidence provided by the World Health Organization and other health organizations is that proper condom
use is the most effective way to prevent AIDS other than sexual abstinence. The Catholic Church's prohibition on artificial means of contraception has very little effect on the behavior of American Catholics. But its stance endangers millions of lives worldwide.
IAS CALLS FOR WHO MEMBER STATES TO LIVE UP TO COMMITMENTS, INCLUDING FUNDING FOR EVIDENCE- AND RIGHTS-BASED RESPONSE TO AIDS
18 May 2009 (Geneva, Switzerland) - As officials from around the world gather for the 2009 World Health Assembly (WHA), the International AIDS Society (IAS) called upon
political leaders to take decisive action to meet the health needs of the world's citizens at a critical point in the global response to HIV. The 62nd WHA will convene in Geneva from 18 to 27 May 2009.
STATEMENT OF ANTHONY S. FAUCI, M.D. DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES, NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, ON NATIONAL ASIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY, MAY 19, 2009
May 18, 2009 - On the fifth annual National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we focus our attention on concrete steps to reduce the impact of HIV on Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
Asian and Pacific Islander communities in this country are incredibly diverse, comprising more than 40 different ethnic groups and over 100 languages and dialects. To turn the tide against HIV/AIDS in these communities, public health officials and caregivers face the challenge of communicating about HIV prevention in linguistically appropriate and culturally relevant ways.
Novel Vaccine Approach Offers Hope in Fight Against HIV
May 17, 2009 - A research team may have broken the stubborn impasse that has frustrated the invention of an effective HIV vaccine, by using an approach that bypasses the usual
path followed by vaccine developers. By using gene transfer technology that produces molecules that block infection, the scientists protected monkeys from infection by a virus closely related to HIV-the simian immunodeficiency virus,
or SIV-that causes AIDS in rhesus monkeys.
New therapies mean HIV patients gain longer lives, face new challenges
American Thoracic Society - 17-May-2009, SAN DIEGO - New HIV therapies have prolonged lives and improved health for patients with HIV, but the treatments have also
brought the longer-term effects of the disease into sharper focus.
AIDS Patients with Serious Complications Benefit from Early Retroviral Use, Stanford Study Shows
May 15, 2009 - STANFORD, Calif.,- HIV-positive patients who don't seek medical attention until they have a serious AIDS-related condition can reduce their risk of death or other complications by half if they get antiretroviral treatment early on, according to a new multicenter
trial led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
President Obama Appoints Dr. Thomas Frieden as CDC Director
May 15, 2009 - WASHINGTON - Today, President Barack Obama announced that
he has appointed Dr. Thomas Frieden, currently Commissioner of the New York City Health Department,
as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Homosexuals' Complaint against Health Canada Lists Negative Health Consequences of Homosexual Lifestyle
May 14, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The group claims that Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada discriminate
against the country's homosexuals by not providing "equitable levels of programming supports based on needs when compared with programming supports from the general population and other minority populations."
HHS to Award $1.79 Billion to Help People Living with HIV/AIDS
May 14, 2009- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced the release of $1.79 billion to ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS continue to have access to life-saving health care and medications. The grants are funded through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which helps more than 529,000 individuals every year
obtain the care and services they need to live longer, healthier lives.
Worldwide HIV/AIDS Grassroots Mobilization Event on May 17
May 13, 2009 - The 2009 International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, the world's oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaign addressing HIV/AIDS, will be celebrated at more than 1,000 registered events in more than 100 countries on May 17, 2009. The mission of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is to honor and support those who have been affected by the AIDS pandemic and to mobilize communities worldwide to engage in dialogue, education and partnerships to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Southern AIDS Living Quilt Posts 100th Video Patch During National Women's Health Week
Video features HHS Deputy Director of the Office on Women's Health
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - The Southern AIDS Living Quilt (www.livingquilt.org), a unique web project that collects and shares video stories of women on the front lines of the fight against HIV/AIDS, today announced that it has posted its 100th patch, featuring Frances Ashe-Goins, Deputy Director of the Office on Women's Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The milestone comes as the nation recognizes National Women's Health Week.
LIVE Webcast Tomorrow - U.S. Global Health Policy: In Focus The President's Budget for Global Health
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 14 at 1 p.m. ET - Tomorrow, Thursday, May 14 at 1 p.m. ET, the Kaiser Family Foundation will hold a live, interactive webcast from its Washington,
DC studio featuring an expert panel examining the global health aspects of the President's recently released Fiscal Year 2010 budget proposal. The panel will discuss what has been allocated to support global health efforts
abroad, including programs such as the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI). The panel will also address other issues relating to the U.S. funding for global health
programs and what the next steps are for the budget with Congress.
Pelosi Remarks at amfAR Conference on Future Directions in Fight Against HIV/AIDS
05/13/2009 - Washington D.C.- Speaker Nancy Pelosi received an "Award of Courage" from amfAR at the research foundation's conference today on future directions in the fight
against HIV/AIDS. amfAR's "Awards of Courage" are bestowed each year on select individuals in recognition of the vision, determination, and courage that mark them as leaders in the fight against AIDS. Other 2009 awardees are Senator Edward Kennedy, Dr. C. Everett Koop and Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
MANY AMERICANS WORRY ABOUT HOW PEOPLE WITH HIV/AIDS FARE IN THE U.S. HEALTH SYSTEM
Research shows that support for increased funding coexists with fears and stigma
May 13, 2009 - New York City - Many Americans voice concern about how those infected with HIV fare in
the U.S. health care system, according to "Impressions of HIV/AIDS in America" a new focus group study released today by Public Agenda, the nonpartisan opinion research and citizen engagement organization.
Global Day of Action for the Alaeis on May 12
May 11, 2009 - People from more than 125 countries have been calling for the release of the Alaeis since their arrests. On May 12, Physicians for Human Rights and a coalition of organizations from more than 16 countries will hold a Global Day of Action calling on the Iranian government to drop the charges and immediately release Kamiar and Arash Alaei.
Amnesty International Welcomes News of Iranian Journalist's Release Today
May 11, 2009 - Amnesty International has welcomed the news that the Iranian journalist, Roxana Saberi, is to be released from jail in Iran later today (Monday).
THE LONG RUN:
LIVING DECADES WITH HIV/AIDS
WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 - 6 PM
HOLIDAY INN SELECT WEST END - NASHVILLE
Our three presenting physician researchers will address the long-term effects of living with HIV/AIDS
including cardiovascular risk, bone loss, and neurocognitive decline. In addition, they will discuss currently available strategies
for dealing with them and related research. Certificates of participation from the Tennessee AIDS Education and Training Center will be available.
UNICEF announces 2nd Unite with Art Auction and Gala
Vancouver, BC - May 6, 2009 - Benefiting UNICEF Canada's Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign
Each and every day, 1,800 children under the age of 15 are infected with HIV; most of these children are newborns. Every two minutes a child under the age of 15 dies of an AIDS-related illness. Millions of children and young people around the globe are at risk and in need of protection.
Hepatitis C Progress Hampered by Re-Infection and Superinfection
May 8, 2009 - Through documenting Hepatitis C re-infection and superinfection in IV drug users, researchers better understand why a vaccine or cure has been so elusive.
Obama Administration Shows Disappointing Inaction on Syringe Exchange Funding
Stronger Commitment Needed for Global Health Funding, Including Global AIDS Efforts
May 7, 2009 - (Cambridge, MA) - is extremely disappointed that President Obama's FY2010 budget proposal
retains the decades-old ban on federal funding for syringe exchange services despite the White House's support for evidence-based
HIV prevention strategies and a reversal of the misguided federal ban.
NIH Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study Commemorates 25 Years of Discovery
May 6, 2009 - The longest U.S. study of people with HIV/AIDS will be honored at a 25th anniversary commemoration on May 12, 2009,
at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. The Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) has significantly contributed to the scientific understanding of HIV, AIDS and
the effects of antiretroviral therapy through more than 1,000 publications, many of which have guided public health policy and the clinical care of people with HIV. MACS investigators
prospectively study the natural and treated history of HIV infection in thousands of homosexual and bisexual men at sites in Baltimore, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.
Congressional Quarterly: AIDS Group Shows Impatience
Washington, DC - May 4, 2009 - Most advocacy groups that consider President Obama to be a likely friend in the White House
have been patient as he finds his footing. Not so the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a Los Angeles group that runs pharmacies and treatment centers and relies on government contracts and other health care spending.