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HIV/AIDS News Archive - September 2013

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Older and Wiser by Tim Murphy
The life story of Cesar Carrasco, a 58-year-old Chilean-born New Yorker, tracks the larger story of living long-term with HIV/AIDS.
Read more... POZ -

Political leadership on finance and pace of scale-up needed to realise full potential of treatment as prevention
30 September 2013 - Achieving the full potential of antiretroviral treatment as a prevention method will require governments to take political decisions about long-term finance, and be brave enough to lead rather than follow the scientific agenda, according to speakers at Controlling the HIV Epidemic with Antiretrovirals: From Consensus to Implementation, a conference that took place in London last week.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) -
Canada needs to do more to fight HIV/AIDS
September 30, 2013 - VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - We applaud Prime Minister Stephen Harper's announcement that Canada will contribute $203 million as part of its support to the United Nations' global strategy to improve the health of women and children in developing countries. This is a good first step.
However, the fact is, success in maternal and child health will be limited at best, unless the G8 delivers on its longstanding pledge of universal access to care, treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

Uptake of PrEP may be limited because few gay men think they are at risk of HIV infection
27 September 2013 - Toronto study highlights disconnect between 'objective' and 'subjective' assessments of risk
Three quarters of gay men seeking HIV testing at a Toronto sexual health clinic were assessed as being at elevated risk of infection, but only a minority agreed with that assessment and were willing to use pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), according to a study presented to Controlling the HIV Epidemic with Antiretrovirals: From Consensus to Implementation, a conference held in London this week.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

Making treatment as prevention a reality for people who inject drugs
26 September 2013 - People who inject drugs risk being left behind as countries make efforts to scale up antiretroviral treatment unless greater efforts are made to develop services that meet the needs of this group, according to speakers at Controlling the HIV Epidemic with Antiretrovirals: From Consensus to Implementation, a conference that took place in London this week.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

Findings from the Study: Representations and Experiences of HIV-positive Women on the Journey to Motherhood in Canada
September 2013 - In June, 2012, I began recruiting for my Master's thesis research in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary. I have recently completed my Master's research, formally titled "Constructed Meanings of Motherhood: Reproductive Experiences of HIV-positive Women in Canada."
For my Master's thesis research, I explored how HIV-positive women experience the decision to have a child, and experience being pregnant in Canada. I was interested in how HIV-positive women thought and felt about having children. I was also interested in how they experienced being mothers.

International HIV/AIDS Alliance -
September 26, 2013 - A female sex worker, 25, and the mother of two children, working in Sucre and Potosí, Bolivia, has been given the sentence of house arrest because she continued to work after being diagnosed HIV-positive.

How was the AIDS epidemic reversed?
Sep 26th 2013 - IF EVER there was a demonstration of the power of science, it is the course of the fight billed "Mankind v AIDS". Until 1981 the disease (though already established in parts of Africa) was unknown to science. Within a decade it passed from being seen as primarily a threat to gay men, and then to promiscuous heterosexuals, to being a plague that might do to some parts of Africa what the Black Death did to medieval Europe. But now, though 1.6m people a year still die of it, that number is on a downward trajectory­, and AIDS rarely makes the headlines any more. How was this achieved?
Read more... The Economist -

Making treatment as prevention a reality for people who inject drugs
26 September 2013 - People who inject drugs risk being left behind as countries make efforts to scale up antiretroviral treatment unless greater efforts are made to develop services that meet the needs of this group, according to speakers at Controlling the HIV Epidemic with Antiretrovirals: From Consensus to Implementation, a conference that took place in London this week.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

Single-tablet regimen improves antiretroviral adherence and reduces hospitalisation
26 September 2013 - Antiretroviral treatment that requires only a single tablet taken once daily were associated with better viral suppression, higher adherence and lower likelihood of hospitalisation, researchers reported at the 53rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) this month in Denver.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

HIV/AIDS Database Update
SEPT. 25, 2013 - This compilation of data from 219 countries and areas on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths is updated to include new data for more than 100 countries.

Congress moves toward extending worldwide anti-AIDS program
Sep 25, 2013 (Reuters) - Senior U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday to extend for another decade a successful and popular program to combat AIDS worldwide launched 10 years ago by former President George W. Bush.
Read more... Reuters - News -

HPV type 39 linked to anal dysplasia, better screening needed for HIV+ men and women
25 September 2013 - About two-thirds of gay men and one-fifth of women tested in Spain were found to have cell or tissue abnormalities that could progress to anal cancer, and both groups could benefit from more widespread and accurate testing, researchers reported at the 53rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) last week in Denver. The men's study found that human papillomavirus (HPV) type 39 was a key risk factor.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

Can social media help prevent the spread of HIV?
24 September 2013 - HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including syphilis and gonorrhea, continue to spread in high-income countries such as Canada, Australia, the U.S. and in Western Europe, particularly among men who have sex with men (MSM).

Harvard School of Public Health -
Elton to Receive Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative Leadership Award
September 24, 2013 - Boston, MA - Harvard School of Public Health announced today that Sir Elton John will receive the Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative Leadership Award on October 15. The award is presented to individuals who have exhibited extraordinary vision, leadership, and courage in the worldwide struggle against AIDS. Past recipients include tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Diana, Princess of Wales, President Festus Mogae of Botswana, and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria.

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) -
UNAIDS reports a 52% reduction in new HIV infections among children and a combined 33% reduction among adults and children since 2001
GENEVA, 23 September 2013 - World closing in on Millennium Development Goal 6, globally the AIDS epidemic has been halted and reversed-race is on to reach universal access to HIV treatment.
As world leaders prepare to meet at the United Nations General Assembly to review progress towards the Millennium Development Goals-a new report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) shows dramatic acceleration towards reaching 2015 global targets on HIV.

Nail Fungus Drug Might Help Against HIV, Study Suggests
MONDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) - Lab research shows the anti-fungal aided cells in elimination of AIDS-causing virus
In laboratory research, the anti-fungal drug Ciclopirox allowed HIV-infected cells to get killed off by blocking the cells' mitochondria -- their powerhouse. In addition, Ciclopirox eliminated HIV from cell cultures, and the virus did not return when the anti-fungal drug was stopped, the study authors said.
Read more... HealthDay News - Health -

Economic austerity affects the way in which HIV-positive Londoners view 'treatment as prevention'
23 September 2013 - Discussions of an economic crisis and of austerity contribute to the manner in which people living with HIV in London make treatment decisions and frame attitudes to treatment as prevention, according to a small qualitative study presented to the IAPAC Controlling the HIV Epidemic with Antiretrovirals meeting in London this week.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

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IPERGAY: Dr. Cécile Tremblay
Published on Sep 23, 2013 - Research for Treatment Prevention
CTN 268 -- ANRS IPERGAY trial: Risk of HIV infection continues to be a serious health concern.
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Switching from Atripla to Eviplera reduces central nervous system side-effects
23 September 2013 - People who switched single-tablet regimens from Atripla (efavirenz/tenofovir/emtricitabine) to Eviplera (rilpivirine/tenofovir/emtricitabine) maintained viral suppression and saw improvement in central nervous system (CNS) side-effects such as abnormal dreams and depression, according to a late-breaking poster presented at the 53rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) this month in Denver. Two other studies looked at the safety and efficacy of Eviplera amongst women and black patients.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

Canada: HIV-AIDS workers warn that rates of unprotected sex are rising among gay men
Sept. 22, 2013 - John Major, president of the advocacy group Gio's Cares, told CBC News that around 10 per cent of the people the group deals with are not using condoms to reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting the HIV virus.

Hundreds brave the weather for annual AIDS walk for life
September 22, 2013 - Over five hundred people took to the streets of Vancouver for a cause today - the 28th annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life.
Play Video... Global News - News -

Late HIV diagnosis continues to be a Europe-wide problem
20 September 2013 - Late diagnosis of HIV remains a serious problem across Europe, results of a large study published in PLos Medicine show.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

YouTube -
Stephen Lewis: The Week in Review #3 (September 20, 2013)
Published on Sep 20, 2013 - Spend three minutes with AIDS-Free World Co-Director Stephen Lewis and get a fresh take on news of the week and the global response to HIV and AIDS.
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YouTube -
A Day With HIV
On Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, people everywhere will be taking a snapshot of their day and sharing the story of their lives to stand together against HIV and its stigma. Whether you're positive or negative, we're all affected by HIV.
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Scripps Research Institute Study Explores Barriers to HIV Vaccine Response
LA JOLLA, CA - September 20, 2013 - Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) discovered that an antibody that binds and neutralizes HIV likely also targets the body's own "self" proteins. This finding could complicate the development of HIV vaccines designed to elicit this protective antibody, called 4E10, and others like it, as doing so might be dangerous or inefficient.

Late HIV diagnosis continues to be a Europe-wide problem
20 September 2013 - Late diagnosis of HIV remains a serious problem across Europe, results of a large study published in PLos Medicine show.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

Disarming HIV With a "Pop"
PHILADELPHIA, September 19, 2013 - Pinning down an effective way to combat the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus, the viral precursor to AIDS, has long been a challenge for scientists and physicians, because the virus is an elusive one that mutates frequently and, as a result, quickly becomes immune to medication. A team of Drexel University researchers is trying to get one step ahead of the virus with a microbicide they've created that can trick HIV into "popping" itself into oblivion.

The Georgia Straight -
Libby Davies: Insite anniversary coincides with Conservative attack on evidence-based medicine
Sep 19, 2013 - It's ironic, and typical, that as Insite celebrates its 10th anniversary of successful operation in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, the Conservative government in Ottawa is still railing against safe-injection sites and no doubt has Bill C-65 ready to go when Parliament returns October 16.
Read more... - News -

A Clinic's Fight Against HIV/AIDS Turns To Genetic Testing
Sep 19, 2013 - The Vancouver clinic that pioneered treatments for HIV/AIDS now takes on the effects of treatment itself
Over the past two decades Dr. Julio Montaner and his team at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St Paul's Hospital have helped turn what was once a death sentence into a manageable chronic disease. Now, with genetic testing, the researchers who have been on the front lines since the beginning are taking on the effects of the drugs themselves.
Read more... BC Business - Tech & Science -

"If I am given antiretrovirals I will think I am nearing the grave" - a challenge for early treatment strategies
18 September 2013 - Kenyan research highlights a barrier to the uptake of HIV treatment at higher CD4 cell counts
Kenyan people living with HIV perceive antiretroviral therapy to be something that is taken in the final stages of the disease, at the end of life, which creates an additional barrier to the early initiation of therapy, according to a qualitative study published online in the journal AIDS.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

Graphic Alert: AIDS Posters From Around the World
September 19, 2013 - The new exhibition of posters illustrates the means designers communicate the risks posed by HIV and AIDS to the public in countries across the world.
Adrienne Klein, a director of special projects at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is curator of "Graphic Alert: AIDS Posters From Around the World" on display at the MSB Gallery in New York City.
Read more... - Treatment - Prevention -

Depression linked to episodes of detectable HIV in cerebrospinal fluid
18 September 2013 - Evaluation and treatment of depression may improve HIV control, researchers conclude
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

Novel gene discovery could lead to new HIV treatments
18-Sep-2013 - A team of researchers led by King's College London has for the first time identified a new gene which may have the ability to prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from spreading after it enters the body.

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) -
Vancouver Researchers Moving Forward on Eliminating HIV/AIDS
September 18, 2013 - VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - - In 1998, Walter Hiebert was given what amounted to a death sentence: he was diagnosed with HIV and given just six months to live. "I didn't have any hope at all," says 56 year-old Hiebert, who had to go on disability from his job as a registered nurse.
Twenty-five years later, he's alive and thriving, thanks to the pioneering efforts of world-renowned Vancouver-based HIV/AIDS researchers.

Hepatitis C leaflets for people with HIV receive BMA commendation
September 18, 2013 - We were delighted to hear from the British Medical Association (BMA) that the four leaflets that form our hepatitis C basics series were commended in the 2013 BMA Patient Information Awards!
Read more... Aidsmap - HIV/AIDS Information -

Community Calendar: AIDS Walk strolls into its 28th year
September 17, 2013 - The 28th annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life takes place Sept. 22, starting with registration at 10 a.m. at Sunset Beach, home to the Vancouver/B.C. AIDS memorial.
Read more... Vancouver Courier - News -

Elton John saved someone's life tonight: A chat with the musician on his AIDS charity
September 17, 2013 - Elton John is Elton John. In 1992, inspired by his friend Ryan White (who had died of the disease two years earlier), he founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation, a major nonprofit working on HIV prevention, as well as care and treatment for those with the disease. The initial organization, based in New York, was followed the next year by a London branch. The U.S. and U.K. branches have, together, raised over $300 million to support programs in 55 different countries, making it one of the 20 largest private philanthropic HIV/AIDS grant-makers.
Read more... The Washington Post - Wonkblog -

HIV diagnosis not a death sentence, say AIDS Walk for Life organizer, participant
September 16, 2013 - If there's one thing Nelson Hollinger wants people to know about being HIV-positive, it's that life doesn't end with a diagnosis.
Read more... Regina Leader-Post - News - Health -

First Vancouver Monogram Dinner by Design Kicks Off IDSwest
September 15, 2013 - New social experience fundraiser spreads across Canada
Monogram Dinner by Design is a series of fundraising dinners and cocktail parties hosted by well-known interior designers and members of the design community for the benefit of local charities. Originally launched in Ontario, the series is making its way across Canada and on September 16-17, 2013 The Social Concierge will produce Vancouver's first Monogram Dinner by Design in partnership with Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) to benefit the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation.

September 15, 2013 - GlobalNews Videos
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YouTube -
The Amazing Advocates of the 2013 US Conference on AIDS
Published on Sep 15, 2013 - Blogger Mark S. King ("My Fabulous Disease") reports from the 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS with his usual humor. Included: Mondo Guerra (Project Runway), Peter Staley (How to Survive a Plague), anti-stigma campaigns, and a dialogue among people living with HIV.
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New generation risks HIV for unsafe sex
14 Sep 2013 - Reporter David Lewis investigates the reasons why a growing number of gay men in Queensland are prepared to risk HIV infection for condom free sex.
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Ottawa Citizen -
Fundraising walk reminds that AIDS/HIV remains a deadly disease
September 14, 2013 - OTTAWA - More than 3,500 Ottawans are HIV positive, but a quarter of them don't know it yet.
Read more... Ottawa Citizen - News -

New tenofovir formulation works equally well with less effect on kidneys and bones
13 September 2013 - Tenofovir alafenamide (TAF), a new formulation that produces higher drug levels in cells but allows for lower dosing, was as effective as the current tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) formulation, but had less impact on markers of kidney function and bone turnover, researchers reported yesterday at the 53rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in Denver.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

Raltegravir is a good choice for people with HIV undergoing cancer chemotherapy
13 September 2013 - The integrase inhibitor raltegravir (Isentress) may be an optimal choice for many HIV-positive people receiving cancer chemotherapy, as it is highly effective and well tolerated in this population, according to a poster presentation at the 53rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) this week in Denver.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

The Sixth Annual Celebrity Dim Sum -
The Sixth Annual Celebrity Dim Sum
AIDS Vancouver is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Celebrity Dim Sum, presented by Caya!
October 5th, 2013, 11 am to 1 pm
Come join us on October 5th, 2013, 11 am to 1 pm for the 6th Annual Celebrity Dim Sum! A benefit at Floata Seafood Restaurant (180 Keefer Street, Vancouver) to support the AIDS Vancouver Asian Community Outreach Project.
The Celebrity Dim Sum is a unique culinary experience where guests get to mingle with Vancouver celebrities while enjoying delicious Dim Sum. Pairs of "Famous Celebrity Guests", with assistance from serving staff, serve carts of Dim Sum to a table of guests. Guests then have the opportunity to sit and chat with celebrities once they have finished their serving duties.

Vancouver's Dinner by Design Thrice as Nice
September 13, 2013 - Design and hospitality communities join forces in artful competition for charity

ViiV Healthcare -
ViiV Healthcare Presents Positive Data from Phase IIIb/IV Study of DENVER, 12 September 2013: ViiV Healthcare ViiV Healthcare today announced initial results from the Phase IIIb/IV FLAMINGO (ING114915) study. This open-label study, for the first time, compared once-daily regimens containing 50mg dolutegravir with once-daily regimens containing a protease inhibitor (PI) (800mg darunavir boosted with 100mg ritonavir) in treatment-naïve adults with HIV-1. Both treatment arms were administered with investigator-selected dual NRTIs. Non-inferiority was demonstrated at the 48-week time point between the dolutegravir and darunavir-based regimens. A subsequent, pre-specified testing procedure demonstrated statistical superiority in the dolutegravir treatment arm.

This image shows the HIV drug maraviroc grabbing hold of CCR5 in an inactive conformation that prevents HIV from using the receptor to enter cells. (Image courtesy of the Wu lab, SIMM.)
Molecular Structure Reveals How HIV Infects Cells
SHANGHAI, CHINA, AND LA JOLLA, CA - September 12, 2013 - The Landmark Finding Will Guide Future Drug Design
In a long-awaited finding, a team of Chinese and US scientists has determined the high-resolution atomic structure of a cell-surface receptor that most strains of HIV use to get into human immune cells. The researchers also showed where maraviroc, an HIV drug, attaches to cells and blocks HIV's entry.

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La Jolla Institute Scientist Shane Crotty Discusses Pivotal AIDS Vaccine Discovery
Published on Sep 12, 2013 - La Jolla Institute scientist Shane Crotty, Ph.D., a respected vaccine researcher and member of one of the nation's top AIDS vaccine consortiums, has pinpointed key cells that trigger a potent antibody response to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Here, he discusses his finding which will significantly advance efforts to develop the world's first antibody-based HIV/AIDS vaccine.
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SAN DIEGO - (September 12, 2013) - Member of National AIDS Vaccine Consortium Pinpoints Helper T Cells Important for AIDS Vaccine Development
A major new finding that will significantly advance efforts to create the world's first antibody-based AIDS vaccine was published today by researchers from the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology.

U.S. Conference on AIDS 2013 - Highlights from Final Day
September 12, 2013 - The 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) came to a close yesterday with a plenary session on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a much discussed topic throughout the four-day conference.

White House Office of National AIDS Policy HIV Care Continuum Webinars
September 12, 2013 - The White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) will be hosting two webcasts to gather input from stakeholders and the community on what federal agencies can do to improve outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum.
The webcasts are free, and open to the public. They will be held on Monday, September 16 and Tuesday, September 24 from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm EDT. You will be able to provide input on the questions below by calling-in or via email.

Passions sets $1-million goal to mark decade of helping those with HIV/AIDS
September 12, 2013 - Dinner started by nine Vancouver chefs now involves two-dozen area restaurants

Scientist identifies helper cells that trigger potent responses to HIV
September 12, 2013 - A major new finding that will significantly advance efforts to create the world's first antibody-based AIDS vaccine was published today by researchers from the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology.
Read more... Medical Xpress - News -

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) -
Michel Sidibé to remain head of UNAIDS for five more years
11 September, 2013 - The United Nations announced on Friday the five-year renewal of Michel Sidibé as head of their program of fight against HIV/AIDS.

OHSU AIDS vaccine candidate appears to completely clear virus from the body
09/11/13 Portland, Ore. - An HIV/AIDS vaccine candidate developed by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University appears to have the ability to completely clear an AIDS-causing virus from the body. The promising vaccine candidate is being developed at OHSU's Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute.

U.S. Conference on AIDS 2013 - Highlights from Day 3
September 11, 2013 - Some of yesterday's highlights from the 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA)

Gay&Grey Gay Men's Discussion Group
Gay Men's Discussion Group
Every Wednesday at 7pm Roundhouse Community Centre Board Room, 2nd Floor Beginning September 18/2013
Please join us to chat about matters that matter in the lives of gay senior men.

Keele University -
Growing population of older people living with HIV is invisible
11 September 2013 - Growing population of older people living with HIV is invisible and facing uncertainty
Thirty years on from the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a Keele University-led study reveals that people living with HIV in later life feel they face an uncertain future. For many, the longer they live with the virus, the more they feel the quality of life to be compromised.

Condoms The Most Practical Way To Stop HIV
September 11, 2013 - Recently, there was brouhaha over a condom TV commercial. The 'Weka Condom Mpangoni' commercial, produced by a consortium of organisations fighting HIV and AIDS, challenged married couples to either keep off extra marital affairs, popularly referred to as 'mpango wa kando,' or always use condoms to protect themselves and their families from the threat of HIV and AIDS.
Read more... the STAR - News -

Sexual role versatility among HIV-negative US MSM contributing to high level of HIV incidence
11 September 2013 - Role positioning influenced by knowledge - or lack of knowledge - about HIV status of partner
Versatility in anal sex roles is a likely explanation for the continued high rate of new HIV transmissions among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States, results of a study published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes suggest.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

U.S. Conference on AIDS 2013 - Highlights from Day 2
September 10, 2013 - The annual U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) continued yesterday, Monday, September 9, 2013, in New Orleans with a rich series of sessions on topics addressing many aspects of the HIV care continuum.

High Adherence to HIV Prophylaxis May Raise Efficacy for Couples Where One Partner Has HIV
10-Sep-2013 - High adherence to antiretroviral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is associated with a high level of protection from HIV acquisition by HIV-uninfected partners in heterosexual couples where only one of the partners is HIV positive, according to a study published in this week's PLOS Medicine.

Insite survives 10 years on
September 10 2013 - Supervised injection site opened as three-year experiment Sept. 21, 2003.
Read more... Vancouver Courier - News -

'Coming Out' About H.I.V. and Facing Down the Stigma
September 10 2013 - Every other Tuesday, Steven Petrow, the author of "Steven Petrow's Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners" (Workman, 2011), addresses questions about gay and straight etiquette for a boomer-age audience.New York Times
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Nurse Rosemarie Riddell saw beyond the stigma of HIV/AIDS
Sep. 10 2013 - OBITUARY
Stories of gay men in the United States falling victim to a wave of mysterious illnesses were already rife when cases began showing up in 1983 at St. Paul's Hospital in downtown Vancouver. It was the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.
Irene Goldstone had just taken over as director of nursing for the hospital's medical wards. She recalls those days as a terrible, frightening time, with patients and health care providers alike struggling to combat severe symptoms almost never seen in the non-elderly.
Read more... The Globe And Mail - News -

Pacific AIDS Network -
YouthCo in the Evaluation Spotlight
September 9, 2013 - YouthCo is a community-driven organization run by and for youth that seeks to engage, educate and empower young people living with or at-risk of HIV and Hep C. Claire O'Gorman, the Peer Education Programs Manager at YouthCo shared some words about a needs assessment they conducted to better inform the delivery of their programming.

The Toronto Star -
AIDS walk campaign takes lighthearted approach
Sep 09 2013 - Charity's new public service announcement steers away from the difficult, emotionally draining aspects of HIV/AIDS to depict a cast of do-gooders undertaking various farfetched tasks.
Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is getting a boost from a lighthearted campaign.
Instead of focusing on the arduous, emotional aspects of living with HIV/AIDS, the charity's new public service announcement takes a cheeky approach to fundraising.

U.S. Conference on AIDS - Highlights from Day 1
September 9, 2013 - The annual U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) opened yesterday, Sunday, September 8, 2013 in New Orleans. Organized by the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), the conference has drawn more than 1,700 stakeholders from all fronts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic-from case managers and physicians, to public health workers and advocates, people living with HIV/AIDS, and policymakers - for four days of information sharing. Among the highlights of the first day of the conference were two plenary sessions.

Intravenous AZT does not provide extra protection against vertical transmission in mothers with undetectable viral load
09 September 2013 - Intravenous (IV)-zidovudine (AZT or ZDV) during labour and delivery is effective in reducing mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) among HIV-infected women with virological failure (viral load at or above 1000 copies/mL), even if on ART during pregnancy, according to an analysis from the French Perinatal Cohort (ANRS-EPF) published in the advance online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

Positive Women's Network - USA -
PWN-USA Applauds Release of White House Recommendations to Address HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities
September 7, 2013 - New Orleans, LA - Today, the Interagency Federal Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities released an important set of federal policy recommendations to address the health and rights of women living with HIV, especially women affected by violence.

Positively Aware by Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) -
"A Day with HIV" will Create a Photographic Tapestry of Life with HIV
Positively Aware magazine joined by Mondo Guerra, David France, and Duane Cramer in fourth annual photo essay
CHICAGO, IL (September 5, 2013) - Fashion designer and HIV advocate Mondo Guerra and others are joining forces with Positively Aware for the magazine's annual A Day with HIV photo essay campaign. For the fourth year, A Day with HIV will help fight the stigma of HIV and advance a community of caring through this collective photographic portrait.
On one day, Saturday, September 21, people everywhere, both HIV-positive and negative, will join in the fight against HIV. Positively Aware is asking people to take a digital photograph on that day to record a moment that will focus attention on the daily trials and triumphs of people living with HIV and those who care for them.

An Enduring Vision -
Elton John AIDS Foundation's 12th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit
September 4, 2013 - 12th Annual An Enduring Vision: October 15, New York City
On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, EJAF will present its 12th annual An Enduring Vision benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. We are thrilled to welcome back award-winning CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who will host our event for a seventh consecutive year. Elton and David will present EJAF's Enduring Vision Awards to Sandra Lee, Ronald O. Perelman, and Howard Rose, and the Foundation's very first Founder's Award to Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

SUNSET BEACH - 10AM - 1PM (Walk Starts at 11:30AM)
Step out with us on Sunday September 22nd at Sunset Beach and WALK to support those living with HIV and AIDS. All funds raised help people living with HIV in BC live healthier lives.

Passions culinary event celebrates 10 years this September - A Benefit for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation -
"Passions" culinary event celebrates 10 years this September
Passions - A Benefit for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation
Date: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Champagne Reception: 5 p.m.
General Admission: 6 p.m.
Where: Dr. Peter Centre
Address: 1110 Comox Street, Vancouver BC
Tickets: - $300 champagne reception with general admission,
and $225 general admission.
Tickets are available now at or by calling 604.331.5086.
More than 20 of Vancouver's top restaurants and chefs are set to come together on Sunday, September 15, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Passions - a benefit for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation . Proudly presented by Scotiabank, the fundraising gala has raised more than $900,000 since its inaugural launch in 2003.

Poster: brilliant! A Show of Love for Mental Health and People Living with HIV/AIDS - St. Paul's Hospital Foundation
brilliant! A Show of Love for Mental Health and People Living with HIV/AIDS
When: Saturday, September 21, 2013
Where: Commodore Ballroom - 868 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Tickets: $75 each
Show your love for mental health and people living with HIV/AIDS by taking part in the second annual brilliant! fundraiser for St. Paul's Hospital.

Tenofovir is highly effective for HIV/HBV co-infection, meta-analysis shows
04 September 2013 - Tenofovir, which has potent activity against both HIV and hepatitis B virus (HBV), is the most effective hepatitis B treatment for people with HIV and HBV co-infection, according to a 23-study meta-analysis described in the July 10, 2013 issue of the open-access journal PLoS One. Combining tenofovir with FTC did not improve hepatitis B response.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

Domestic violence against HIV-positive women and its impact on their health
3 September 2013 - Now researchers in Calgary, Alberta, have conducted a study to assess the presence of IPV among HIV-positive women as well as its impact on their health.

Western University -
No adverse effects in volunteers following Phase I clinical trial of Sumagen AIDS vaccine
SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 - Sumagen Canada Inc and Western University announced today that the Phase I Clinical Trial (SAV CT 01) of the first and only preventative HIV vaccine based on a genetically modified killed whole virus (SAV001-H) has been successfully completed with no adverse effects in all patients. Antibody production was also boosted after vaccination.

Poster: Positive Men's University -
Positive Men's University: Call for proposals
Positive Living Society of BC is presenting, through the Support Department, a series of short peer-lead workshops to take place at the M.A.C. AIDS Fund Men's University (+ Men's University) on October 25-27, 2013.
This is an opportunity for you, as a HIV+ man, to teach a class to other HIV+ men on a subject of your choice. No prior teaching experience is necessary, just be passionate and knowledgeable about your subject! Classes at + Men's University will range in size from 5 to 25 students, and are 45 minutes long.

Gay Men's Helath Summit 2013 -
BC Gay Men's Health Summit 2013
Health & Gay Men's Life Course
Call for Submissions: Presentations, Workshops, Videos, Panels
Thursday & Friday November 7- 8, 2013
Deadline for submissions: Monday, September 16, 2013
This year's Summit will begin a wide ranging discussion on development and the gay life span, its historical framework and research challenges, in preparation for new explorations of the Sex Now survey.
We consider presentations on all aspects of gay men's health. Guest speakers will be invited to address the Summit themes. Please consider how generational cohorts, historical eras and future trajectories affect your gay men's health presentation.


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