HIV/AIDS

  • April 2018’s South Florida AIDS Network Report

    This report discusses the monthly meeting of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). SFAN is the advisory board for the Ryan White Care (RWC) program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward. This report also discusses the quarterly meetings of the Broward County HIV Prevention Planning Council (BCHPPC).

  • April’s News From South Florida AIDS Network

    Below are the highlights of the monthly meeting of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN).

  • Arkansas AG: Unclear Whether JPs Must Officiate Gay Weddings

    It's unclear whether courts would require a justice of the peace to officiate over a same-sex wedding, even though clerks are required to issue licenses to gay couples, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Wednesday.

  • August Report from SFAN and the HIV Planning Council

    This report combines the monthly meetings of the HIV Planning Council (HIVPC) and the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). The HIVPC is the planning body for the Ryan White Care (RWC) Program of Broward County (Broward-RWC). SFAN is the advisory and networking body for the RWC program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward (FL-DOH RWC). Both meetings welcome newcomers.

  • August South Florida AIDS Network Report

    The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) functions as the networking and advisory body for the Florida-Department of Health, Ryan White Care (FL-DOH RWC) grant in Broward County. Its monthly meetings are open to the public.

  • August Update from SFAN

    The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) recently changed its committee and reporting structure. Each month people will report on Florida specific HIV issues, HIV/AIDS legislative issues, ADAP, and AICP. Some of these reports may be via skype or video-conferencing.

  • Australian Hospital Denies Refusing Raped Man Emergency HIV Treatment

    An Australian man claimed a hospital denied him treatment for HIV after he was raped, despite him asking six times.

  • Barbara Bush Remembered As Gay Ally who Fought AIDS Stigma

    Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday night at age 92 from an unspecified cause, leaves a legacy as both a former first and second lady for encouraging good citizenship and patriotism. But she is unique also for using her position to embrace gay rights and HIV/AIDS at a time when they were unpopular issues, especially among conservatives.

    The standout moment for Bush on gay rights was in 1990 when she was first lady under the administration of her husband former President George H.W. Bush and responded to a letter from PFLAG president Paulette Goodman, who led the group for parents and friends of gay people and sought support for the then-fledgling organization.

    In the letter, Bush called Goodman, whose daughter was a lesbian and who helped co-found the D.C. chapter of PFLAG, a “caring parent and compassionate citizen.”

    “I firmly believe we cannot tolerate discrimination against any individuals or groups in our country,” Bush said. “Such treatment always brings with it pain and perpetuates intolerance.”

    Bush concluded, “Your words speak eloquently of your love for your child and your compassion for all gay Americans and their families.”

    The letter, which may have been the first gay-positive comments to come from the White House, was reported by the Associated Press and reportedly ignited a firestorm among social conservatives, who were pushing for the U.S. government to condemn gay people at a time when the HIV/AIDS epidemic was at its height.

    In a statement to the Washington Blade, Goodman said Bush’s letter to PFLAG “put us on the national scene” and in the aftermath “our letters were picked up by press, and PFLAG National began getting calls.”

    “What first attracted me to Mrs. Bush, to write this letter, was that I saw her on TV, visiting a home with babies and children affected by HIV and AIDS, and I thought, ‘This is a woman I could write to,'” Goodman said. “And she was, indeed, a most wonderful person. We had further correspondence after that first letter, and she was a most down-to-earth person. Mrs. Bush, with her correspondence, really put PFLAG on the national map.”

    Indeed, the letter from Bush was consistent with her work on HIV/AIDS as first lady. In 1989, Bush visited Grandma’s House, a D.C.-area hospice for children with HIV/AIDS. At time when HIV infection was a death sentence, she was seen hugging children and adults with HIV/AIDS to help dispel stigma and fears the disease could be transferred simply through touch.

    When Bush’s death seemed imminent this week, West Wing Reports distributed on Twitter a photo of her at Grandma’s House hugging a small child as she smiled at another.

    In 1992, when her husband sought re-election, Bush distanced herself from the Republican Party’s anti-gay rhetoric at a time when Pat Buchanan stoked fears over gays at the Republican National Convention as attendees chanted, “Family Rights Forever/Gay Rights Never.” Bush told the media being gay — as well as the choice to have an abortion — was a “personal thing” and they “should be left out of, in my opinion, out of platforms and conventions.”

    President George H.W. Bush lost re-election to President Bill Clinton and Barbara Bush gave up the position of first lady to Hillary Clinton. Their son, George W. Bush, on the other hand had two terms as president, winning re-election in 2004 after a campaign stoking fears about same-sex marriage and in support of a U.S. constitutional amendment that would have banned it nationwide.

    One action Barbara Bush took as she left her role as first lady echoes the sentiments she previously expressed on gay rights. In 2013, she attended the same-sex wedding in Kennebunkport, Maine, of her friends Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen. George H.W. Bush served as a witness at the ceremony.

    Gregory Angelo, president of Log Cabin Republicans, said Barbara Bush leaves an important legacy on gay rights, which he said she approached in a manner consistent with her actions as first lady.

    “Barbara Bush was a prime example of a Republican who was willing to engage with gay Americans, and didn’t shy away from doing so,” Angelo said. “Hers was a more demure brand of allyship, but she demonstrated a bold compassion for others — not just LGBT Americans, but all Americans.”

     

    — Chris Johnson, Washington Blade courtesy of the National LGBTQ Media Association.

  • Bartenders and Boxers and Briefs…Oh My!

    It’s the kind of charitable event that raises eyebrows and lowers underwear. It’s for a good cause, too. 

  • Bill to Modernize HIV Criminalization Makes Progress

    On March 21, the Criminal Justice Committee of the Florida Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 628 (SB628). This bill would align Florida’s HIV criminalization laws with current science, modernizing them. 

  • Billboard Relates Dating App to Sexual Diseases

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A popular dating app is telling a Los Angeles-based AIDS health care group to take down a billboard that links dating apps with sexual diseases.

  • Biotech Stocks Fall on Clinton Vow to Fight 'Price Gouging'

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Stocks of makers of biologic and "specialty" drugs plunged Monday after Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton said she'll soon release a plan to address "price gouging" in the industry.

  • Bono, Clooney, Kardashian Part of All-Star Campaign for AIDS

    NEW YORK -- Would you like to spend quality time with George Clooney as he showers you with compliments?

  • Broward House’s Spirit of Hope Grand Reception Tuesday

    Founded in 1988, Broward House helps individuals with HIV/AIDS and their families by assisting with housing, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, testing and other programs.

  • Broward’s 5-Year Plan to Control HIV

    Last September, Broward County Ryan White Care (Broward-RWC) and the Florida Department of Health-Broward (FL-DOH-Broward) Prevention program submitted their “Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan 2017-2021.” This 128-page plan outlines Broward’s five-year plan to control HIV. While this plan will allow its funders to monitor their “investment,” it will also allow the public to monitor progress in the epidemic.

  • California Bill Seeks To Modernize HIV Laws

    Two California politicians have written a bill to modernize HIV laws.

  • California HIV Patients File Lawsuits Over Key HIV Drug

    Two sets of California patients living with HIV filed a personal injury lawsuit and a separate class action lawsuit against Gilead Sciences Inc. seeking to hold the Bay Area drug maker accountable for actions around its failure to rectify a known defect in tenofovir disoproxil fumarate's (TDF's) drug formulation, knowing a safer alternate, tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) existed; failure to warn patients of the damaging side effects of TDF; and active misrepresentation of TDF's efficacy and risks.

  • California Lessens Penalty For Knowingly Transmitting HIV

    California has determined HIV is not a serious threat as it once was.

  • Campbell Foundation Bestows 20 Grants For South Florida HIV/AIDS Groups

    In the spirit of giving, each December the Campbell Foundation gives grants to groups around the country who service HIV/AIDS in some form or another.

  • Campbell Foundation Gives Out ‘Holiday Hugs’

    The Campbell Foundation recently held its annual end-of-year Holiday Hugs event giving out $30,000 to local organizations to assist those living with HIV.