HIV/AIDS

  • Milwaukee, WI (WITI) -- A Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver is fired after video surfaces on Facebook showing him punching a passenger in the street. It wasn't just fists flying, but words too -- and a witness on the bus recorded the entire episode on her smart phone.

  • Last Friday was National HIV Testing Day, but even if you missed it, or forgot, or didn’t even know about it, don’t worry because getting tested is important every day. This year’s annual theme is “Take the Test, Take Control.”

  • Prosecutors have accused a former Missouri college student of knowingly exposing more than 30 sexual partners to HIV in four months -- as revealed by the man’s personal video collection of the encounters.

  • Who says a canvas has to be stationary? HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention will soon be mobile in South Florida.

  • Time to order Chinese take-out! Scientists have accidentally discovered that a molecule used to enhance the flavor of common soy sauce can actually help stop HIV from spreading, and is even effective in patients taking drugs like Tenofovir, who have resistance to drug therapy regimens.

  • Mercy Suburban Hospital in East Norriton has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle the complaint of an HIV-positive woman who allegedly was denied medical treatment due to her serostatus.

  • The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) held their monthly meeting on June 6. It functions in three ways:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • National ADAP Advocacy Association Meeting in DC

    Joey Wynn of the Florida HIV AIDS Advocacy Network (FHAAN) presented material from the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Advocacy Association’s meeting in Washington, DC on April 14. The material concerned proposals to expand ADAP‘s capacity to serve 1,500 additional clients at current funding levels. These proposals would move about 5,000 current ADAP clients to the “silver” plans of the health care exchanges of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It’s less expensive to indirectly purchase health care through insurance than to directly purchase health care. It is these cost savings that will fund the slots for 1,500 additional clients.

  • SYDNEY (AP) - The premier of the Australian state hosting an international AIDS conference says a "substantial number" of world-renowned AIDS researchers and activists were on board a Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over Ukraine.

  • Charlie Sheen's recent revelation that he's HIV-positive served as a reminder that his home state of California remains among a large group of states with HIV-specific criminal laws that activists consider outdated and that the U.S. Justice Department says should be revised.

  • Wesley Alphonse has never known life without HIV.

  • My third major leather event of the year has yielded yet another rewarding and even sexy time for me. If you follow my Facebook page, you know that I wrote about hooking up with my first transgender man at the Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend.

  • It’s been nearly 30 years since Pedro Zamora came into our lives and changed the way Americans looked at people fighting HIV and AIDS. Though he was born in Cuba and gained fame on “The Real World: San Francisco,” he grew up in South Florida and died here in 1994.

  • To celebrate Black History Month, the National AIDS Memorial will host an exhibition to honor the Black lives that were lost to AIDS.

  • To honor the more than 700,000 lives lost to AIDS during the past four decades, the National AIDS Memorial is hosting a virtual ceremony June 5, and is inviting the public to join them.

  • National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed every year on Feb. 7 to increase awareness, spark conversations, and highlight the work done to reduce HIV in Black communities.  

  • This Friday, Sept. 18 is the Eighth annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. There will be a two-tier focus this year. The first will look at the challenges that come with being HIV positive in an aging community. The other highlights the importance of knowing your status.

  • Daniele Houston of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) hosted an interactive meeting with members of Broward’s HIV infected and affected communities in April. NMAC selected Broward and nine other metro areas. All 10 had high rates of HIV infection and were in states that refused to expand Medicaid. This meeting functioned as a feedback loop between NMAC and Broward. It introduced Broward to NMAC. It also provided NMAC with information about Broward’s HIV epidemic.

  • HIV/AIDS is a problem for young people in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 21 percent of the estimated HIV infection cases diagnosed in 2013 were under the age of 25. Many teens who are infected don’t know it. In Florida, 16 percent of all new HIV infections reported in 2014 were among persons under the age of 25.

  • — Veteran NBA referee Bill Kennedy has told Yahoo Sports he is gay after Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo directed a gay slur at him during a game.

  • A local foundation awarded The George Washington University researchers nearly $80,000 to further their work to eradicate AIDS in those already infected.

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A handful of sex workers sit on discarded cardboard along a filthy sewer channel, sharing food and razors to shave their legs and faces as they prepare for the night's labor on the streets of Jamaica's capital.

  • New York Blood Center's Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute (LFKRI) Laboratory of Social and Behavioral Sciences has received a three-year, $2 million grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop and test an HIV self-testing intervention for young, Black, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.

  • Trans women of color face highest rates of new HIV infections

  • After 30 years there is still a lot of misinformation floating around about HIV. And that’s where the Prevention Access Campaign comes into the picture. The recently launched organization hopes to combat the false and misleading information surrounding the HIV community and replace it with facts.

  • The number of reported HIV cases in Florida has jumped 23 percent so far this year, the biggest increase in a continuing upward trend that began in 2012 after several years of decreases.

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month approved a first-ever injectable PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to prevent HIV transmission: Apretude.