HIV/AIDS

  • The Story of HIV-positive Asylum Seeker Denis Davydov

    The gay, HIV-positive asylum seeker, Denis Davydov has returned to San Jose, Calif., after 46 days of detention in Krome Detention Center in Miami. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents detained Davydov for overstaying his entry visa, despite his pending asylum status. His case has now been transferred to California, but his next court date remains unknown.

  • The United States Conference on AIDS: Protests erupt over high drug costs

    In September 2016, the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA2016) occurred in Hollywood, Florida. The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) organized it. Drug manufacturers, Gilead, Merck, ViiV and others provided financial sponsorship.

  • The Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy: An Analysis

    In July, the Office of National AIDS Policy released its updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy. This strategy updates the National HIV/AIDS Strategy of 2010. It has fourteen indicators to measure progress.

  • There Are Options On Protecting One’s Self From HIV

    These days, everything is about the ‘selfie.’ We listen to our personalized music playlists on our phones, binge-watch entire seasons of our favorite program on demand, and target our social media shout outs to specific people on our friends list.

  • This Month’s News From South Florida AIDS Network

    Each month HIV service providers and members of the HIV infected and affected communities meet to exchange information and gain knowledge about HIV at the monthly meeting of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). Below are the highlights of the SFAN meeting on February 7, 2014.

  • This Won't Be The AIDS-Free Generation

    (CNN) -- He was just 18 years old when he got the news. It was the summer before his senior year in high school.

  • Those With HIV/AIDS Face Challenges with Mental Health and Self-Esteem

    Many individuals with HIV/AIDS don’t want your pity. But self-pity isn’t as easy to dismiss.

  • Three Decades ago, AIDS Activists Set Up Camp in SF Plaza

    Thirty years ago this month, two San Francisco men, fed up with government inaction as AIDS decimated the gay community, chained themselves to a federal building within sight of City Hall.

  • Three South Florida Scientists Awarded Grant for HIV Research

    Three South Florida scientists on the front line in the HIV/AIDS battle have been given $25,000 grants to further their research. Scientists at the University of Miami, Florida International University and Broward Health are the proud recipients of the grants from The Campbell Foundation.

  • Today is National HIV Testing Day!

    SFGN has compiled a list of HIV testing sites (November 2013) that are free in South Florida. We’ve broken it down by county, and cities in alphabetical order.

    Print it out, cut it up, highlight it, or whatever else. Just have it handy and use it.

  • Tony's Talks: Remembering John J. McNeill, A Passionate Priest For Gay Catholics

    The Catholic Church needed Rev. John J. McNeill much more than he needed that Church, but throughout his life – he died at the age of 90 on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - he never stopped loving a Church that did not love him back.

  • Top HIV Innovations of 2016

    We moved closer than ever this year toward finding a cure for HIV/AIDS. Innovations included a new test to accurately measure the amount of HIV in your blood, a neutralizing antibody, new vaccine clinical trials, gene-editing technology, new apps -- even new condoms! We can conquer HIV/AIDS in our lifetime!

  • Town Hall Meeting: Black Gay/Bi Men and HIV

    32 percent HIV positive and increasing

  • Trump Fires All Members of HIV/AIDS Council Without Explanation

    (WB) With no explanation, the White House has terminated members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS amid widespread discontent with President Trump’s approach to the epidemic.

  • Trump Policies Prompt Call to Move Global AIDS Conference Out of U.S.

    (WB) HIV/AIDS activists in the U.S. and around the world are urging the International AIDS Society to relocate the 2020 International AIDS Conference that is scheduled to take place in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Trump's National HIV Testing Day Statement Didn't Mention Gay People

    With two days to go before the end of June, President Donald Trump continued his near perfect month of not mentioning the LGBT community on Wednesday when, on National HIV Testing Day, he issued a statement that in no place noted gay people, who were first and hardest hit by the disease.

  • U.S. Conference on AIDS Draws Activists, Celebrities

    The annual 2018 United States Conference on AIDS, one of the nation’s largest gatherings of experts involved in HIV prevention and treatment efforts, is expected to draw more than 3,000 participants on Sept. 6-9 to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

    The D.C.-based national HIV/AIDS advocacy organization NMAC, which organizes the annual conference, says the 2018 conference will cover a wide range of HIV-related topics, including a session on activism.

    “Our opening plenary is focused on the importance of activism,” said NMAC Executive Director Paul Kawata in a statement. “Activism in the fight against HIV intersects many communities: youth, LGBTQ, elders, and communities of color,” he said. “We want to show how different activist movements can intersect with the fight against HIV and strengthen our forces for change.”

    In a statement released last week, NMAC announced that prominent entertainers and veterans as well as younger activists of various progressive movements would be participating in the opening plenary session as well as in later sessions.

    Among them is legendary disco diva Thelma Houston, who will give a special performance in honor of disco great Sylvester. Also scheduled to perform is the Kinsey Sicks, who are billed as “America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet,” according the NMAC statement.

    The activists participating in the opening session include Parkland shooting survivor and gun control activist David Hogg; Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza; Abigail Echo-Hawk, director of the Urban Indian Health Institute; Richard Zaldivar of The Wall Las Memorias Project; and Naina Khanna, executive director of the Positive Women’s Network USA.

    Also scheduled to appear and speak on video is Larry Kramer, the internationally acclaimed playwright and co-founder in the early 1980s of New York’s Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the AIDS protest group ACT UP.

    Chip Lewis, NMAC’s communications director, said the names of participants in more than 150 individual conference workshops would be announced on Friday.

    Titles of the workshops, which will take place over three days in nine concurrent workshop sessions, are listed on the conference’s website. Several of them address the nation’s opioid crisis and how it impacts people under treatment for HIV.

    A number of the workshops address issues affecting men who have sex with men of color, one of the population groups that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says has the highest rate of HIV infection in the nation.

    Further information about the conference and the workshop speakers scheduled to be announced on Aug. 31 can be accessed at 2018usca.org.

  • UK Bath House Installs Free HIV Test Vending Machine

    (EDGE) A gay bath house in Brighton, England is making headlines over its vending machine that distributes free HIV self-testing kits, Reuters reports.

  • UK Court Rules Health Service Can Fund HIV PrEP

    (AP) Britain's state-funded health service is responsible for paying for an HIV-prevention drug that has been called a "game changer" in the fight against AIDS, a court ruled Tuesday.

  • UN AIDS Report Shows Global Plan Working In Africa

    A new report from the United Nations is declaring a dramatic reduction in HIV/AIDS cases among children in Africa.