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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 32 percent HIV positive and increasing

  • (WB) A 29-year-old transgender woman from El Salvador who fled to Guatemala was murdered on Aug. 1.

  • (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.

  • 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.

  • The structure of Tuesday’s Angels has changed a bit in recent years, but its resolve to help the causes it cares about has stayed firmly in place. 

  • My legendary friend, Elaine Noble, the first openly gay person elected to a State House (1974), was quoted this morning in a coffee discussion with two friends on the challenges facing some older gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people today.

  • Gray is just a color. We give it meaning. The meaning can change as we change our perspective.

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

  • (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.

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

  • Thousands of dollars were raised in creative ways Monday evening for a local HIV/AIDS charity.

  • DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Michael Moore remembers the long walk from Bethune-Cookman University to a health clinic a few miles away.

  • (WB) The U.S. has joined the growing calls for the Venezuelan government to release five HIV/AIDS service providers who were arrested on Jan. 12.

  • BALTIMORE — U.S. Roman Catholic bishops, at their first assembly since gay marriage became legal nationwide, vowed Monday to uphold marriage as only the union of a man and a woman and to seek legal protections for those who share that view.

  • NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials have updated their strategic plan for fighting AIDS, setting new goals for reducing infections and deaths.

  • (WB) The Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill on Jan. 27 that would decriminalize HIV transmission in the state.

  • One film student is showing a “fun, sexy and outrageously frank 21st-century sex-ed for gay adults.”

  • (LA Blade) Virginia Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin affirmed his support on Tuesday for measures that would require teachers to notify parents of their children’s sexual orientation or gender identity, regardless of the student's consent.

  • There are a few ways you could describe Terry Dyer: Gay, Black, a two-time cancer survivor, a man living with HIV. 

  • On the Thursday episode of the daytime talkshow "The Doctors," pop singer Aaron Carter reveals his health concerns that he may be HIV-positive and undergoes a test to find out his results on TV.

  • (CNN) -- Actor Charlie Sheen announced this week that he has HIV, but in the four years since his diagnosis, he said, he's always shared his status with sexual partners.

  • The CDC has recommended, for years, annual HIV tests for gay and bi men at low risk, and more frequent tests for those at higher risk. It is not clear how well this was communicated.

  • Joey Wynn, Chair of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) considers the most important issue facing HIV service providers in the coming year to be the integration of HIV services with the Affordable Care Act. As people enroll in the new health care exchanges of the Affordable Care Act, these new plans will have to develop working relationships with HIV service providers. People will have develop ways for HIV services to “accommodate those folks” and figure out ways to “get the word out, so we can make this the easiest transition possible,” according to Joey Wynn. This accommodation and communication will depend on the community input processes. In order to understand how this community can benefit from community planning, it helps to understand the structure of the Ryan White Care Program.

    It’s convenient but inaccurate to think about Ryan White Care as if it were one program. It has seven parts:

    1. Comprehensive care services for Eligible Medical Areas (EMAS), such as Broward County
    2. Essential services, including ADAP, for states
    3. Early intervention, counseling, and testing
    4. Programs for youth, women and children with HIV infection
    5. Dental Reimbursement Program
    6. Education and training for health care providers
    7. Research and demonstration projects. Two other programs have significance for HIV services: Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA), and AIDS Insurance Continuation Project (AICP). HOPWA provides temporary housing assistance to low income people with HIV infection. AICP pays insurance premiums for low-income people with health insurance and HIV.

    Planning councils and community input lie at the heart of Ryan White Care, locally and at the state level. The Florida Community Planning Network (FCPN) forms the planning and community input body at the state level. In Broward two groups constitute the local planning and community input process: The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) and the Broward HIV Planning Council. SFAN functions as the planning/community input body for essential services, such as ADAP, administered by the state; the Broward HIV Planning Council functions as the planning/community input body for comprehensive care services for Eligible Medical Areas (EMAS), such as Broward County. SFAN and the HIV Planning Council have joint working committees to plan, set priorities, manage client-related issues, and monitor funding issues. All meetings are open to the public.

    Changes in the epidemic also drive changes in HIV services. By law, the Ryan White Care Program has to focus its activities on treatment. In recent years, however, the lines between treatment and prevention have begun to blur. Effective treatments for people with HIV infection tends to make them less likely to infect others, resulting in lower rates of new HIV infections. Joey Wynn described this as another challenge in SFAN, “Trying to get other programs from the local Department of Health (especially HIV Prevention) to be involved, keep us informed, and attend the meetings to get a first-hand view of what the community is experiencing in their challenges and concerns. “

    While the Affordable Care Act holds out great hope for improving the lives of people living with HIV, it presents opportunities and challenges. Fortunately, an input process exists that makes participation and communication easier. Joey Wynn described SFAN as “an open process, we keep people informed about what is going on in the service delivery of HIV for folks, and a great place to come learn about and discuss the issues facing the HIV community in Broward County.”

  • Valentine’s Day is one of the hospitality industry’s busiest days.

  • The sign above your head shows what's going on inside it.

  • Cover your nose and mouth.