HIV/AIDS

  • A new documentary is shedding light on Ronald Reagan and his administration's lack of respond to the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 80s, Gay Star News reports.

  • Goaded by journalists who wanted a clear view of her face, the Ugandan nurse looked dazed and on the verge of tears. The Ugandan press had dubbed her "the killer nurse," after the HIV-infected medical worker was accused of deliberately injecting her blood into a two-year-old patient.

  • BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — In the summer of 1989, Doris Fox received a phone call in her Bloomington home from a family friend, informing her that her 33-year-old son, Tom, would likely not survive the night.

  • The AIDS Insurance Continuation Program (AICP) has begun to move some of its clients to Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace plans or to AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) and Ryan White Care (RWC) programs. AICP provides assistance with payments for comprehensive health insurance to low income people infected with HIV. This program is moving only those clients with plans terminating December 31, 2014. All AICP clients should maintain HIV coverage throughout this transition, but some AICP clients may be losing coverage for conditions other than HIV. Those clients eligible for the federal ACA subsidies are moving to comprehensive ACA marketplace plans. Those clients ineligible for Federal ACA subsidies are moving to ADAP and Ryan White Care program and loosing insurance coverage for non-HIV conditions.

  • In early February, Newsweek reported on Jason Chan and Anindya Ghose’s study that claimed ads for casual sexual partners on Craigslist.org resulted in large numbers of new HIV infections. When the mainstream press covers a research study about hot button issues, a good study can have unintended negative consequence, and a bad study can become the basis of policy. This study has serious problems in design, assumptions and in its citations that reduce its credibility. Gay/bi and other men who have sex with men became invisible in this study of the Internet and HIV transmission.

  • Almost hidden away on a side street in Fort Lauderdale’s arts district is a play about friends coping with crisis.

  • More than 18,000 global leaders, scientists, advocates, and frontline health workers have gathered in Durban for the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), the world's largest forum devoted to any single health or development issue. The conference returns to Durban after 16 years and will feature 2,500 scientific abstracts and hundreds of events.

  • A new way to treat HIV is in the works.

  • The Iowa Legislature has sent to the governor a measure lessening the penalties for people who unknowingly expose someone to HIV with no intention of infecting them.

  • Iowa LGBT and HIV/AIDS-help organizations celebrated a victory May 30 when Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed an HIV Bill that will overturn the existing measures against those with HIV and AIDS.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether it should uphold the conviction of a man with HIV who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for not telling a partner he carried the virus when they had sex.

  • The Israeli military said Tuesday it will begin enlisting soldiers who are HIV-positive, in a policy shift putting the country at the forefront of military inclusivity toward people with the virus that causes AIDS.

  • The Italian college professor who made headlines in October when students discovered his gay porn past is making news again, this time because he's outraged at his university for shutting down an HIV/AIDS awareness event on World AIDS Day, Gay Star News reports.

  • The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) functions as the networking/advisory body for the Ryan White Care (RWC), Part B grant in Broward County. Its monthly meetings are open to the public

  • (CNN) -- A row of cameras waits outside the Shibuya ward office. Security officers try to contain the gaggle of journalists, but more keep coming as the clock ticks closer to opening time on Thursday morning.

  • Recently the Dolphin Democrats of Broward County honored 15 LGBTA (for straight Ally) Pioneers at their Annual Awards Gayla. (Full disclosure: I was one of the honorees.)

  • Anyone familiar with cable television programs knows that Americans love the occult.

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    A federal judge ordered a Seattle man to work with AIDS patients and the poor for his role in threatening a former congressman.

  • (AP) - A federal judge in Georgia has ruled that the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage cannot be enforced.

  • (AP) A federal judge ruled in favor of one of the nation's largest suppliers of HIV and AIDS medical care, clearing it of wrongdoing in an alleged $20 million scam to bilk the federal government.

  • (CNN) -- Julian Bond, a lifelong civil rights leader and former board chairman of the NAACP, has died. He was 75.

  • South Florida’s LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities suffered a great loss when Juliette Love, renowned activist and board member of the Pride Center at Equality Park, died on May 4 after a brave struggle with cancer. Though Love was a straight woman, her capacity for compassion and love, especially for those affected by HIV or AIDS, made her a valued and beloved friend of the LGBT community.

  • An SFAN member brought up a problem that some of his clients had reported. John Marangio reported on the treatment of Hepatitis C, an infection that co-occurs frequently with HIV infection.

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    The Ryan White Care (RWC) program requires its programs to have local advisory bodies. Broward County has two RWC programs. South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) functions as that advisory body for Florida’s Department of Health (FL-DOH) RWC programs in Broward County. SFAN’s monthly meetings are open to the public. Broward County also has a RWC program (Broward-RWC).

  • 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.

  • National HIV Testing Day has expanded in many areas to National HIV Testing Week. People nationwide and throughout South Florida are encouraged to learn their HIV status on June 27.

  • (EDGE) HIV Long-Term Survivors Day (HLTSD) is commemorated on June 5 -- the anniversary of the day in 1981 when the CDC reported the first cases among gay men of a mysterious illness that would later become known as AIDS. According to its website, HLTSD celebrates "those who have defied the odds by living with HIV for decades. June 5 is about coming together and realizing that we are not alone."

  • The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) functions as the networking and advisory body for the Florida Department of Health (FL-DOH) Ryan White Care (RWC) program in Broward County. Newcomers and visitors are welcome to its meetings.

  • (EDGE) When you ask Jussie Smollett -- one of the breakthrough stars from Fox's uber-successful TV show "Empire" -- how he wants to be introduced, he always leads with the word activist. For many actors in Hollywood, that's just a public-relations gimmick; not Smollett. In a recent interview, he shared how his mother would admonish him and his siblings as children, "There are two things you must do: Love one another and be an activist." Note that being an actor did not make her list.

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