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HIV/AIDS News Archive - October 2012

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Gilead -
Gilead's Once-Daily Novel Prodrug for the Treatment of HIV Meets 24-Week Primary Objective in Phase 2 Study
FOSTER CITY, Calif.-(BUSINESS WIRE)- Oct. 31, 2012 - Data Support Tenofovir Alafenamide Fumarate as Component of Future Single Tablet HIV Regimens
Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: GILD) today announced that a Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF; formerly referred to as GS-7340), an investigational novel prodrug of tenofovir for the treatment of HIV-1 infection, met its primary objective. The ongoing study compares a once-daily single tablet regimen containing TAF 10 mg/elvitegravir 150 mg/cobicistat 150 mg/emtricitabine 200 mg with StribildTM (elvitegravir 150 mg/cobicistat 150 mg/emtricitabine 200 mg/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300 mg) among treatment-naïve adults.

SciDev.Net -
Lethal Salmonella strain targets HIV positive Africans
30 October 2012 - [NAIROBI] - Fears are growing over an emerging form of intestinal disease in Africa, to which HIV positive people are particularly vulnerable. Medical experts have expressed concerns that health infrastructures across the continent lack the capacity to detect or cope with the dangerous bacterium.

A new approach to HIV vaccine development
29-Oct-2012 - $2.3 million funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
To support their research for a vaccine against the HI-Virus, Prof. Dr. Klaus Überla of the Faculty for Medicine at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and his research team will receive $2.3 million in funding within the next three years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The scientists are part of the Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery (CAVD), which seeks to speed up the development of an HIV-vaccine through a rigorous exchange of information, methods and reagents.

ViiV Healthcare -
Shionogi and ViiV Healthcare announce new agreement to commercialise and develop integrase inhibitor portfolio
Osaka, Japan, 29 October 2012 and London, United Kingdom, 28 October 2012: - ViiV Healthcare acquires exclusive global rights to HIV integrase inhibitor portfolio, including dolutegravir
ViiV Healthcare Ltd and Shionogi & Co., Ltd. today announced that they have entered into an agreement substantially revising their integrase inhibitor relationship. Under the new agreement, ViiV Healthcare will acquire the exclusive global rights to the Shionogi-ViiV Healthcare LLC joint venture assets. The assets include the investigational medicine dolutegravir and other early stage integrase inhibitor compounds.

Suits Dinner - October 29 2012 - Taki's
5:30pm - 6:30PM
Come out and join other working guys for a monthly dinner
October 29th 5.30-8.00 at Taki's 1106 Davie Street.
Or for the guys in the burbs Taverna Greka in New Westminster 326 Columbia Street

Scientists investigate genetics of HIV-1 resistance
October 26, 2012 - Investigating the genetic footprint that drug resistance causes in HIV, researchers in Europe have discovered that compensatory polymorphisms enable resistant viruses to survive. Presented in the journal Retrovirology, the study was supported in part by three EU-funded projects: VIROLAB, EURESIST and CHAIN.
Read more... Medical Xpress - News -

UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS -
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General visits UNAIDS
Oct 25, 2012 - UNAIDS welcomed the visit from the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson to its headquarters in Geneva on 25 October.
Read more... UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS - Feature Story -

State Health Department Hosts 21st Annual HIV/STD Conference: "At the Crossroads"
October 24, 2012 - SPRINGFIELD- The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) opened the 21st annual HIV/STD Conference today in Springfield with a condom awareness and distribution campaign designed to decrease the rate of sexually transmitted diseases and new HIV infections in Illinois.

Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) -
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, CBCHS Release End-Of-Project Report on PMTCT Scale-Up in Cameroon
October 24, 2012 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Document Recaps 12 Successful Years of Supporting Local Partners to Implement High-Quality PMTCT Services and Save Lives
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) has released a report to mark the end of its successful project with Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) to improve access to prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and HIV care and treatment services for families in Cameroon.

Photographs from A Day with HIV Now Online
CHICAGO, Ill. (October 24, 2012) - More than 170 everyday images, taken on one single day, chronicle the lives of people around the world living with and affected by HIV
A month ago images of a life with HIV came into focus on a single day. On Sept. 21, 2012, more than 170 people from around the world took a photograph that, taken together, tells the collective story of the trials and triumphs of living with HIV. A record of that day is now captured in an online photo essay, A Day with HIV released today, and soon to be published in the next issue of Positively Aware.

Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) -
CAHR Website Launch
October 2012 - The site's homepage welcomes visitors with a bold new look, a clean design, and features content focused on our mission, activities and funded researchers. The website will highlight new types of content, including training tools for young researchers, a redesigned conference website, and more user-friendly architecture.

TPAN starts group for serodiscordant couples
2012-10-23 - Serodiscordant couples-those in which one partner is HIV-positive and the other is -negative-have a new resource in town as the Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) launches its newest therapy group, TheTwoOfUs.
Read more... Windy City Times - Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News -

Study discovers unique feature of HIV that helps to create antibodies
Oct 23, 2012 - Wits researchers have played a pivotal role in an AIDS study published today in the journal, Nature Medicine, which describes how a unique change in the outer covering of the virus found in two HIV infected South African women enabled them to make potent antibodies which are able to kill up to 88% of HIV types from around the world.
Read more... Medical - News -

The Province -
Heartbeat: HIV/AIDS care and research at St. Paul's Hospital
Oct 22, 2012 - A look at what happens behind the scenes in one of the world's leading centres for HIV/AIDS care, education and research.
Read more... The Province - News -

The Province -
Video: Love in the time of HIV/AIDS
October 21, 2012 - Despite being handed a so-called "death sentence" in the 80's, Bradford McIntyre has lived with HIV 29 years.

Metro News -
Vancouver man receives Diamond Jubilee Medal for HIV/AIDS work
October 21, 2012 - The Power of positive living
HIV/AIDS activist Bradford McIntyre didn't set out to win any prizes, but he'll be heading to Ottawa next month to collect a Diamond Jubilee medal
Bradford McIntyre apologizes for letting emotions get the better of him as he talks about his upcoming trip to Ottawa.
He tries to hold back tears but speaking becomes difficult and laboured.
Just thinking about his life to date and everything that has led to him being named a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal is enough to conjure up triumphs, disappointments, tales of life and memories of friends long gone.

The Province -
A life stained by stigma, now rich in love
October 21, 2012 - A positive HIV diagnosis left Bradford McIntyre ostracized and isolated; but because of St. Paul's pioneering research and treatment, he can now lead an almost normal life.
At first blush, Bradford McIntyre and Deni Daviau appear to have an ordinary love story.
The Vancouver couple met online, dated for a year, were married in church and have been happily married for 11 years. A run of the mill love story, except for one thing. McIntyre and Daviau are a mixed couple: McIntyre is HIV-positive; Daviau, HIV-negative.

The Province -
Susan's secret: she's HIV-positive
October 20 2012 - Exposing herself to the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS isn't one she wants to risk.
Susan loves the time she spends with her family, especially her 18-month-old grandson.
"He's my life," she said. "I spoil him like crazy."
But Susan, 52, carries a secret she hasn't been able to tell her family: that she is HIV-positive.
Read more... The Province - Health -

The Province -
Tiko Kerr: Experimental drugs saved this 'old dog'
October 20 2012 - When his treatment stopped working in 1985, well-known Vancouver artist had to fight to be put on unproven retrovirals
Vancouver artist Tiko Kerr described himself as a "tough old dog" when it comes to dealing with the side effects of HIV drugs.
Read more... The Province - Health -

The Province -
Facts and Figures associated with HIV/AIDS in British Columbia
October 20 2012 - TIMELINE
1982 The first known HIV patient in B.C. was admitted to St. Paul's Hospital
Read more... The Province - Health -

Viral load will be no defence against prosecution for HIV exposure or transmission in Norway
20 October 2012 - HIV campaigners reacted with dismay today to the issuing of a report by a Norwegian Commission on HIV and the Law which, while making one significant concession in the shape of allowing condom use as a defence, in some other ways strengthens the options the state has to prosecute individuals who infect, or expose others to, HIV.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

AIDS-Free World -
AIDS-Free World Supports Case Against Censorship of Gays on Jamaican TV
October 19, 2012 - KINGSTON: - Jamaica's major television stations, CVM TV and TVJ, have refused to run a paid ad calling on Jamaicans to love and respect their fellow citizens who happen to be homosexuals. Now AIDS-Free World's Legal Advisor on Marginalized Groups, Maurice Tomlinson, a gay Jamaican who appears in the latest ad, is taking the stations to court for breaching his constitutional rights.

Huge differences in HIV mortality rates in US according to race, social and economic status
October 19 2012 - New US research has revealed enormous differences in HIV mortality rates between patients according to their race and social and economic status. Published in the online edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine, the study showed that mortality rates are especially high among black patients of low social and economic status.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

the2x2project -
1980s Redux? The Troubling Criminalization of HIV
October 18, 2012 - Doing Time for the Crime of Being HIV-Positive
By Larkin Callaghan
The United States has more criminal laws regarding exposure and transmission of HIV than any other country in the world. Over 125 cases were filed between 2008-2011 alone. By the year 2000, two-thirds of states had HIV-specific laws or had added provisions about HIV to existing laws.
Read more... the2x2project -

New Resource Highlights Innovations in Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS
October 17, 2012 - I would like to call your attention to an excellent new resource that can help advance our efforts to improve health outcomes for people living with HIV: " Innovations in Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS ," a special supplement to Public Health Reports (the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service.

Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) -
No Benefit From High-Dose Multivitamins Seen for HIV Patients Receiving Antiretroviral Therapy
Boston, MA - A new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers suggests that, for HIV patients receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to treat HIV, there is no benefit from high- vs. standard-dose micronutrient supplementation-and that, in fact, high-dose supplements may cause harm. The study is the first large randomized trial to look at how high-dose multivitamin supplementation affects clinical outcomes among people on HAART.

Elton John: AIDS is a treatable disease
October 16, 2012 - The Elton John AIDS foundation hosted it's 11th annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit in New York. John says AIDS is a treatable disease and more people should get tested. John, Stevie Nicks, RuPaul, Judith Light, and Donna Karan spoke to's Ken Lombardi on the red carpet about this epidemic.
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YouTube -
HIV/AIDS infection rates on the rise
The Government is seeking donor assistance for the increasing number of HIV positive patients, as the Ministry of Health admits that only half of the patients are currently on the treatment. The joint AIDS review and partnership forum plans to establish an HIV/AIDS Trust Fund.
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Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipients for Excellence in the Field of HIV/AIDS in Canada
October 16, 2012 - We have the pleasure of announcing the 30 award recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals that have been given to the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) to honor those Canadians who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to HIV/AIDS work.
Récipiendaires de la Médaille du jubilé de diamant de la reine Elizabeth II pour contributions dans
Nous avons le plaisir d'annoncer les lauréats des 30 médailles du jubilé de diamant de la reine Elizabeth II, remises à la Société canadienne du sida (SCS) afin de rendre hommage à des Canadien-nes démontrant un engagement exceptionnel au domaine du VIH/sida.
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amfAR Launches GMT Initiative to Combat HIV/AIDS, Stigma Among Gay Men, Other Men Who have Sex with Men, and Transgender Individuals
NEW YORK, October 15, 2012 - Successor to amfAR's MSM Initiative, the GMT Initiative better reflects the diversity of populations served by the program and is more focused on long-term systems change in regions around the world
Building upon its successful MSM Initiative, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, on Monday launched the GMT Initiative, aimed at curbing the HIV/AIDS epidemic among gay men, other men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender individuals-collectively referred to as "GMT."
Read more... Observes National Latino AIDS Awareness Day: Fostering Communication and Using New Media throughout the Years
October 15, 2012 -This year marks the tenth national observance of NLAAD and we at have been blogging and using new media in support of NLAAD for several of those years. We want to remind our readers of some of our past blog posts addressing the impact of HIV on Hispanic and Latino communities.

PrEP likely to be cost effective in middle-income countries, but its use will be too costly to make a big difference in HIV rate
Oct. 12 2012 - What is probably the most detailed and realistic modelling study so far done of the impact and cost-effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) finds that it could be very cost-effective in terms of the price of an extra year of healthy life for an individual taking it.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies HIV Non-disclosure and Canadian Criminal Law
October 11, 2012 - The following article was written by AIDS Calgary's Community Engagement Coordinator.
On October 5th, 2012 the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released a judgment regarding the criminality of HIV non-disclosure to sexual partners.
Read more... The A Word -

2012 U.S. Conference on AIDS - Highlights from Day 3
October 11, 2012 - HIV and aging was the issue in the spotlight at the third day of the annual U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA). Thanks to effective treatment, the population of people living with HIV in the United States is getting older. In fact, by 2015, it is projected that one-half of the people living with HIV (PLWH) will be over 50 years old. In some places, including San Francisco, more than half of the PLWH population is already over 50; and the Department of Veterans Affairs also reports that the median age of its patients living with HIV is 53.

Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER)
CIPHER Research Grant for paediatric HIV research
October 10, 2012 - The Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) Grant Programme is designed for mentored early-stage investigators to advance paediatric HIV research and to fill critical knowledge gaps related to infants, children and adolescents affected by HIV. Scientific areas of interest include both clinical and operational research. The implementation of the CIPHER Grant Prgramme was made possible through an unrestricted grant from ViiV Healthcare. The content and structure of the programme has been guided by paediatric experts convened by the IAS.
The Call for Letter of Intent is now available on the CIPHER website.

YouTube -
New HIV disclosure ruling - Xtra on the Streets
Oct 10, 2012 - Xtra takes to the streets to get your opinion on the new HIV ruling at the Supreme Court of Canada.
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OraSure Technologies, Inc. -
First and Only In-Home Rapid Oral HIV Test Now Available to Consumers Across the U.S.
BETHLEHEM, Pa., Oct. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - A Major Breakthrough in the Fight Against HIV - the OraQuick ® In-Home HIV Test Now Can Be Purchased at Retailers Nationwide and Online
OraSure Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:OSUR) today announced the availability of the OraQuick ® In-Home HIV Test at retailers nationwide and online, making it the first rapid infectious disease test ever to be made available directly to consumers for in-home use.

YouTube -
Who's Positive: The OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test
Oct 9, 2012 - Who's Positive explores the newly FDA approved OraQuick® which is designed for at home use and gives results within 20 minutes.
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PWA - Toronto People With AIDS Foundation
Community Info Session - Supreme Court Ruling on HIV Disclosure
Legal Review & the Practical, Emotional & Mental Impact on Individuals and our Community.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 4:30pm - 6:30pm 519 Community Centre Ballroom
Community members, people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, health service providers are invited.

HIV decision panned
Oct. 5, 2012 - The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is disappointed by Supreme Court of Canada decision on HIV disclosure. The group's executive director, Richard Elliot, speaks with CBC's Suhana Meharchand.
Watch Video... CBC - News -

Methadone reduces the risk of HIV transmission
5-Oct-2012 - Methadone reduces the risk of HIV transmission in people who inject drugs (PWID), as reported by an international team of researchers in a paper published today in the online edition of the British Medical Journal. This team included Dr. Julie Bruneau from the CHUM Research Centre (CRCHUM) and the Department of Family Medicine at the Université de Montréal.

U.S. Conference on AIDS - More Highlights from Day 2
October 5, 2012 - At the annual U.S. Conference on AIDS on Monday, Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), offered a plenary speech on the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

One-Third of Men With Anal Cancer Have HIV, Study Finds
FRIDAY, Oct. 5 (HealthDay News) - Gay males among those at higher risk of the rare cancer, U.S. government researchers say
New research on anal cancer, a rare disease that's often caused by a sexually transmitted virus, found that nearly one-third of men with this form of cancer were HIV-positive.
Read more... U.S. News & World Report - Health - News -

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network -
October 5, 2012 - As a coalition of interveners, we are shocked and dismayed at today's ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that says that even the responsible use of a condom does not protect a person living with HIV from rampant prosecution. The Court's judgments in R. v. Mabior and R. v. D.C., two cases relating to the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, are a cold endorsement of AIDS-phobia. They will stand as an impediment to public health and prevention, and add even more fuel to stigma, misinformation and fear. And they place Canada once again in shameful opposition to standards set out by international human rights bodies, UNAIDS and the Global Commission on HIV and the Law.
5 octobre 2012 - En tant que coalition d'intervenants, nous sommes bouleversés et consternés de la décision rendue aujourd'hui par la Cour suprême du Canada, qui affirme que même l'usage responsable d'un condom ne protège pas une personne vivant avec le VIH contre la menace rampante de poursuites criminelles. Les jugements de la Cour dans les affaires R. v. Mabior et R. c. D.C., concernant toutes deux la criminalisation de la non-divulgation de la séropositivité au VIH, constituent carrément un appui à la phobie du sida. Ils entraveront la santé publique et la prévention du VIH, et exacerberont la stigmatisation, la désinformation et la peur. Et ils placent le Canada une fois de plus en position scandaleuse de contrecourant aux normes établies par les instances internationales des droits de la personne, par l'ONUSIDA et la par Commission mondiale sur le VIH et le droit.
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Should laws force HIV-positive Canadians to disclose their status to partners? October 04, 2012 - Criminal charges should be considered in the "rare" cases in which a person with HIV may be "maliciously" harming sexual partners, but Elliott suggests that carriers who are responsible in managing their disease don't put their partners at risk.
Read more... Global Edmonton - Global News -

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association -
Media Advisory: Supreme Court of Canada to rule on HIV transmission and exposure cases
October 4, 2012 - Ottawa - On Friday, October 5, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada will deliver its decisions in Her Majesty the Queen v. Clato Lual Mabior and Her Majesty the Queen v. D.C. The BCCLA is an intervener in these cases.
These cases concern the criminal law relating to non-disclosure of HIV status to sexual partners. Among the critical issues in these cases is the need to update the law in light of major advancements in HIV treatment that significantly reduce the risk of transmission.

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network -
OCTOBER 4, 2012 - The Supreme Court of Canada has announced that it will render this week its much-anticipated judgments in R. v. Mabior and R. v. D.C., two cases relating to the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure.
4 OCTOBRE 2012 - La Cour suprême du Canada a annoncé qu'elle fera connaître cette semaine ses jugements très attendus dans les affaires R. v Mabior et R. c D.C. , qui concernent toutes deux la criminalisation de la non-divulgation de la séropositivité au VIH.
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Canada-wide arrest warrant issued over undisclosed HIV-positive status
October 03, 2012 - Police have issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for a man accused of having unprotected sex with multiple women without disclosing that he was HIV-positive.

The Bio-Alcamid disaster
October 03, 2012 - MEDICAL NEWS / Facial-wasting 'cure' turned into nightmare for many HIV-positive Canadians

Zimbabwe to Attain Universal Coverage of AIDS Treatment by the End of the Year
02 October 2012 - Geneva - Global Fund investments secure treatment for an additional 10,000 people
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today announced a disbursement of US$84 million to help Zimbabwe to achieve its plans for universal access to AIDS treatment by the end of 2012.

Starting Antiretroviral Therapy Improves HIV-Infected Africans' Nutrition
October 2, 2012 - Starting HIV-infected patients on antiretroviral therapy reduces food insecurity and improves physical health, thereby contributing to the disruption of a lethal syndemic, UCSF and Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have found in a study focused on sub-Saharan Africa.
Read more... UCSF Today - News -

U.S. Conference on AIDS - Highlights from Day 1
October 1, 2012 - The annual U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) opened on Sunday, September 30, 2012. Among the highlights were two plenary sessions engaging the audience of over 2,000 in exploring important topics related to aligning efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

2012 U.S. Conference on AIDS - Highlights from Pre-Conference Summit to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in America
October 1, 2012 - In advance of the annual U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA), approximately 150 people gathered in Las Vegas over the weekend for the Summit to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in America. The two-day event was organized by the National Minority AIDS Council Exit Disclaimer (NMAC), the host of USCA, and attended by executive directors of community-based organizations from across the country along with senior state and local health department staff, and several leaders from community health centers.

EVENT: Experts Address HIV/AIDS Crisis Among African Americans
DATE, TIME, AND PLACE: Friday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester's River Campus. beyond.
At some point in their life, one in 16 African-American men will receive a diagnosis of HIV, as will one in 32 African-American women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although African Americans make up less than 14 percent of the population, they represent half of all new HIV infections in the United States.
To understand the underlying causes of this health care crisis, a symposium on AIDS and the black community will bring together leading national experts on HIV/AIDS in the African-American community along with local scientists and activists.

The Heart of Richmond AIDS Society -
The Heart of Richmond AIDS Society 10th Anniversary Heart & Soul! 2012
The Heart of Richmond AIDS Society presents Heart & Soul!
Tenth Annual Dinner Dance Fundrasier
Saturday October 20, 2012 at 5:45pm at the Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel
MCs-Fred Lee (CBC, Vancouver Courier and The Province) and Dawn Chubai (CityTV)


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