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April 30, 2012
Unmet Needs of Homeless With HIV Undermine Their Health
Lack of basic living needs severely undercuts HIV medication advancements for homeless and impoverished men, according to a University of California San Francisco (UCSF) statement.
Most of 2 Million Adolescents With HIV Worldwide Are Unaware
Each year more than 1 million adolescents die of preventable causes and millions more are missing out on education, according to a UNICEF statement.
Most Gay Men in U.K. Have Not Discussed HIV With Provider
Gay and bisexual men are sometimes neglected and discriminated against by the United Kingdom's National Health Services (NHS), according to a Stonewall study and reported by The Guardian.
April 27, 2012
NYC Supports Condom Possession as Proof of Prostitution
In a reversal, New York City now supports the idea that police can use condom possession as evidence for prostitution charges, The New York Times reports.
Michigan Investigates Possible Release of Private HIV Records
The Michigan Department of Community Health is investigating whether private health information pertaining to thousands of HIV-positive residents and their partners was improperly released, The American Independent reports. 
Massachusetts Allows Verbal Consent for HIV Tests
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed into law “An Act to Increase Routine Screening of HIV.”
April 26, 2012
Dining Out for Life 2012
The 19th annual Dining Out for Life is being held at restaurants nationwide Thursday, April 26.
AIDS Activists Hope Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform
With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) under review by the U.S. Supreme Court, AIDS activists have good reason to hope for a favorable ruling, the Washington Post reports.
New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt to Become National Treasure
On June 29, the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt will be ceremonially turned over to Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand's national museum, as a taonga—a cultural treasure—Yahoo! News reports.
Minority Kids’ Parents Less Likely to Take Them Outside to Play
Preschoolers benefit physically and mentally from daily outdoor exercise, but minority moms and dads don’t make playtime in fresh air and sunshine a priority, and they are also less likely to take their daughters outside to play.
April 25, 2012
Occupy and ACT UP Protesters Converge on Wall Street
ACT UP 25 ProtestACT UP joined the Occupy movement to protest changes to New York City’s AIDS housing policies and to demand a tax to end AIDS. (Watch video.)
Medicaid Cuts Proposed to Once-a-Day HIV Pills in Illinois
A proposed service cut to Medicaid may make it more difficult for people living with HIV to access once-a-day combination pills, according to a statement released by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC).
First Religious Leader With HIV Speaks Out in Zimbabwe
For several years, the Reverend Maxwell Kapachawo has been the only religious leader in Zimbabwe to openly speak about his HIV status, All Africa reports.
April 24, 2012
Cheaters More at Risk for STIs Than People in Open Relationships
Men and women who are secretly unfaithful in a relationship or marriage are less likely to practice safer sex than people who are honest about having sex outside a relationship, according to a new study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine and reported by MyHealthNewsDaily.
HIV Criminalization Law Proposed in Bahrain
Lawmakers in Bahrain have proposed a penalty of 10 years in prison for people in the country who intentionally transmit HIV to another person, the Khaleej Times reports.
High Blood Pressure Patients Who Exercise May Live Longer
Staying active might help reduce the death risk of people with hypertension, according to a study presented at the World Congress of Cardiology and reported by HealthDay News.

April 23, 2012
NY Appeals Court to Hear if Saliva With HIV Is 'Dangerous'
The New York State Court of Appeals will hear an aggravated assault case that may clarify if saliva with HIV can be considered a "dangerous instrument" under the law, The Observer-Dispatch reports.
Bill to Require Health Insurance Plans to Cover Routine HIV Tests
U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is sponsoring a bill to require health insurance plans to provide coverage for routine HIV tests, The New York Times reports. 
Sex Week Spreads HIV Awareness at Universities
Harvard University hosted its first Sex Week—a student-run program of lectures and panel discussions—to instruct students on safer sex, rape prevention and sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS, The New York Times reports.
April 20, 2012
Hunger Games Star Reveals Uncles Died of AIDS
Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson has revealed he had two gay uncles who died from AIDS during the height of the epidemic, E! reports.
Growing Demand Forces “Project Open Hand” to Cut Costs
Project Open Hand, a San Francisco nonprofit helping to feed the seriously ill and those living with HIV/AIDS, will make some major cuts in the coming months to bridge a financial gap, though it doesn’t expect the changes to affect its services, The San Francisco Examiner reports. 
On-Site Rapid HIV Tests Effective at Drug Treatment Centers
On-site rapid HIV testing at drug treatment centers is effective, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). 
April 19, 2012
White House LGBT Conference on HIV/AIDS
The White House LGBT Conference on HIV/AIDS was held April 19 in Atlanta, according to a White House statement.
Calif. Gives $11.8M in HIV Grants, Including PrEP Study
Part of California's recent awards of $11.8 million in HIV/AIDS grants includes a study measuring the effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), The Associated Press (AP) reports.
Treatment Illiteracy Threatens Advances Against HIV in Nepal
While HIV prevalence has dropped in Nepal—from 0.45 percent in 2005 to less than 0.3 percent today—a poor grasp of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment among policy makers, clinicians and patients could roll back those advances, PlusNews reports.
Overweight Girls Don’t Always Like Themselves After Losing the Pounds
Based on all the teasing, bullying and parental nagging that overweight kids must endure, it may come as no surprise to hear that obese children and teens often suffer from low self-esteem. Even once-obese girls continue to struggle with negative body perception and low self-worth long after attaining a normal body weight—but race also appears to influence weight-related self-esteem issues, according to a new study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior and reported by Purdue University.
April 18, 2012
Indiana Man Gets 7 Years After Admitting HIV Nondisclosure
Tony Perkins, an HIV-positive man from Indiana, was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison after admitting he failed to inform five sexual partners that he had HIV, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Philippine Police Force to Attend HIV/AIDS Awareness Seminars
A new program will require that the Philippine National Police force attend HIV/AIDS awareness seminars, Journal Online reports.
Increased HIV Education Needed for Colombian Youths
The Latin America director of UNAIDS has suggested the Colombian government increase HIV education among youths, according to Colombia Reports.
April 17, 2012
FDA Considers Overdose Antidote for Over-the-Counter Use
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering whether to allow non-prescription use of naloxone (Narcan), which can prevent opioid overdose from heroin or Vicodin, Time.com reports.
Chemicals Found in Common Consumer Products Might Double Diabetes Risk
High blood levels of chemicals called phthalates, which are used in hundreds of everyday products, may double your risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in Diabetes Care and reported by HealthDay News. Phthalates are found in household products such as soaps, plastics, toys, detergents, food packaging, hair spray and shampoos.
Protest Against HIV Workplace Discrimination at LA Celebrity Eatery
Protesters from the Latino HIV group Las Memorias demonstrated in front of The Ivy, an upscale Los Angeles restaurant accused of firing a busboy because he has HIV, NBCLosAngeles.com reports.
April 16, 2012
Indiana Law Allows HIV Tests by Providers Without Consent
An Indiana law gives providers the right to test people for HIV without their consent, Indiana Public Media reports.
Ontario Rejects Five Safe-Injection Sites in Toronto, Ottawa
The public health minister of Ontario, Canada, has rejected a proposal to open five safe-injection sites in the province, the National Post reports.
Sex Ed Expands as Premarital Sex Increases in China
Some sexual education courses are expanding in China as premarital sex has increased 30 percent in the past two decades, Xinuanet.com reports.
April 13, 2012
Federal Judge Upholds 50-Year Sentence for Iowa Man With HIV
A federal judge upheld a 50-year prison term for an Iowa man convicted of having unprotected sex with women while knowing he was HIV positive, USA Today reports. 
Federal Court Charges Maryland Couple in $1M AIDS Fraud Case
Prosecutors have charged a Maryland couple with 21 counts of fraud, money laundering, and program and identity theft for allegedly submitting more than $1 million in bogus invoices through a contract program created to fight HIV/AIDS and other health epidemics in developing countries, the Washington Business Journal reports.
Canadian Man Guilty of Manslaughter of HIV-Positive Boyfriend
A Canadian jury has found Michael Pearce guilty of manslaughter in the beating death of his HIV-positive boyfriend, Stuart Mark, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. 
April 12, 2012
Abstinence-Plus Sex-Ed Options in Mississippi
Mississippi school districts have two new alternatives to abstinence-only sex education, the Jackson Free Press reports.
Man Sues Father of HIV-Positive Fiancée for Refund in Nigeria
Having broken off his engagement upon discovering his fiancée has HIV, a Nigerian man has sued the woman's father in Sharia court for 32,000 naira—about $200—for failing to repay her bride price and other expenses, allAfrica reports
Better Counseling Needed for Serodiscordant Couples in Kenya
Counselors in Kenya's rural health centers lack the training to properly counsel serodiscordant couples, PlusNews reports.
Docs Less Likely to Give Antidepressants to Minorities, Those on Medicaid or Medicare
Doctors are less likely to prescribe antidepressants for depressed African Americans and Latinos than they are for whites, and are less likely to prescribe newer antidepressants for Medicare and Medicaid patients than those not on either program, according to a University of Michigan School of Public Health study published in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine.
Sudden Cardiac Death: Twice as Likely in Blacks With High Blood Pressure
African Americans with hypertension, a.k.a. high blood pressure, are twice as likely as whites or other racial groups with the same condition to suffer sudden cardiac death, according to a new study published in the journal HeartRhythm and reported in a Heart Rhythm Society statement. This twofold risk is not a result of other common risk factors such as age, gender, family history and pre-existing heart disease.
April 11, 2012
$15M Fraud Case at Mississippi Cancer Clinic Used Old Syringes
The federal government is still investigating workers at the Rose Cancer Center in Mississippi who were charged with Medicare and Medicaid fraud and using watered-down chemotherapy drugs and old syringes, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
HIV Anti-Discrimination Law Proposed in India
A proposed law in India will severely punish those who discriminate against people with HIV, The Times of India reports.
amfAR Gives Over $100,000 to MSM HIV Groups in Africa
Seven groups in Africa that work with men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people have been awarded HIV-related grants from amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, according to an amfAR statement.
April 10, 2012
Obese Mothers’ Children Might Face Higher Risk of Autism, Other Developmental Disorders
When excessively overweight, diabetic or hypertensive pregnant women gave birth, their infants’ chance of being autistic rose and so did the possibility their kids would have some other neurodevelopmental disorder, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics and reported by MSNBC.
HHS Gives IRS $500M to Implement Health Care Reform
The Obama administration is in the process of diverting about $500 million to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to enable the agency to implement key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. health care reform, including the individual mandate, The Hill reports.
Wisconsin Sex Ed to Promote Abstinence, Marriage
Under the new state bill signed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, public schools teaching sex education will be required to promote abstinence and marriage as the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as HIV, the Journal Sentinel reports.
Cash to Persuade Young Men to Get Circumcised in Kenya
Kenyan boda boda (or bicycle taxi) operators in the Nyanza province may be provided with cash incentives to get circumcised, AllAfrica.com reports.
April 09, 2012
CDC: Sex Ed Not Expanding in U.S. Public Schools
Public schools throughout the United States have not expanded their instructions on how to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reported by Reuters. 
Houston AIDS Group to Merge With Community Health Center
A Houston AIDS service organization has merged with a local community health center specializing in HIV testing and treatment, The River Oaks Examiner reports.
Medical Marijuana Supply Store Opens in Washington, DC
A store catering to the needs of medical marijuana suppliers has opened in Washington, DC, Voice of America News (VOA) reports.
April 06, 2012
ACT UP, Occupy Wall Street to Protest in NYC on April 25
The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and Occupy Wall Street will stage a demonstration and march Wednesday, April 25, in lower Manhattan, according to an ACT UP statement. Starting at 11 A.M., protesters will step off at City Hall and end on Wall Street.
Michigan to Investigate Reduction in Funding to AIDS Group
The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has launched an internal investigation into a reduction in funding to an AIDS group, The American Independent (TAI) reports. 
Alaska Releases Statistics on HIV Cases
Alaska has released a new report highlighting the number of HIV cases that have been reported across the state since the 1980s, ktva.com reports.
Sharp Increase in Painkiller Sales Nationwide
Sales of two major painkillers soared across the United States in what experts describe as an 'addiction epidemic,' The Associated Press (AP) reports.
April 05, 2012
Young Black Women Face More Persistent HPV Infection
Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection lingers longer in college-aged black women than their white counterparts, and this could be linked to higher rates of cervical cancer, according to a new study presented at the American Association of Cancer Research in Chicago and reported by MedlinePlus.
Four N.Y. Defendants Charged in $274M HIV Medicaid Scam
Four New York men have been charged with larceny, money laundering, commercial bribery and other crimes for re-labeling and reselling stolen, expired or otherwise improperly reused HIV medications, Crain's New York Business reports.
Drugstore Robber Threatens Employees With HIV in Canada
One of two men involved in an armed robbery in Bay Bulls, Canada, claimed to have HIV and told employees he would stick them—by which police believe he meant that he would "stick them with a needle," VOCM reports.
United Cup Soccer Tournament Spreads HIV Awareness in India
The recent Football4Hope United Cup 2012 soccer tournament promoted HIV/AIDS awareness in India, health.india.com reports.
April 04, 2012
AIDS Memorial Quilt Seeks Support to Travel to Capital
The NAMES Project Foundation, the custodian of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, seeks volunteers and financial sponsors to help bring the Quilt to Washington, DC, this summer, according to a NAMES statement.
Magic Johnson Invests in Florida HIV Medicaid Program
Magic Johnson Enterprises is investing in a Miami-based insurer to create a Medicaid program for people with HIV, The Miami Herald reports.
Project Launched to Improve Access to HIV Drugs in East Africa
An alliance of renowned organizations has launched the East African Community Medicines Registration Harmonization Project to improve access to quality HIV drugs in East Africa, UNAIDS reports.
April 03, 2012
Obama Establishes Working Group on HIV, Women and Girls
President Barack Obama has established a working group on the intersection of HIV/AIDS, gender-related health disparities and violence against women and girls, according to a White House statement.
Deaf, Gay and Living With HIV in South Africa
John Meletse, a deaf South African man who six years ago came out to his family as gay and HIV positive, has become a leading figure demanding greater HIV education and prevention for deaf and disabled communities, CNN reports.
Black People Feel the Health Insurance Pinch More Than Most
During the past 10 years, African Americans experienced the largest decline in employer-sponsored health insurance coverage compared with their white and Latino counterparts. What’s more, if the Affordable Cart Act (ACA) is revoked, black folks and other minorities will find it even more difficult to find health insurance, reports The Huffington Post.
April 02, 2012
Chicago Clinic to Pay Over $2M for Misused HIV Study Grant
The Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago will pay $715,000 to multiple federal agencies to settle allegations it misused grant money for a major HIV/AIDS study, Crain’s Chicago Business reports. 
U.K. AIDS Charity to Help Unemployed People With HIV
The Terrence Higgins Trust, a U.K.-based HIV charity, is inviting HIV-positive people who are long-term unemployed to apply for its "Back to Work" program, PinkPaper.com reports. 
Independent Lab to Verify Condom Safety in S. African Manufacturer
The National Consumer Commission in South Africa will have an independent laboratory verify the reliability of Trust Condoms, BusinessDay reports.
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