HIV/AIDS

  • 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.”

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

  • Cover your nose and mouth.

  • On the Republican front Donald Trump continues to suck up all of the oxygen in the race. And despite numerous unfavorable stories and attacks from the other republican candidates his poll numbers are remaining steady…with him on top of the latest polls. Insiders still hesitate to call him the frontrunner because they don’t believe people will end up voting for him.

  • There’s a classic episode of “Oprah” from 1987 that can still raise my blood pressure. That year, the tiny town of Williamson, W. Va, became part of a national discussion about AIDS when Mike Sisco, who had returned to his home town to die of the disease, dared to step into a public pool.

  • A proposed ballot referendum on term limits failed to receive a majority approval by Wilton Manors commissioners.

  • Height and density regulations in Wilton Manors attract a lot of interest.

  • While the debate over term limits captured the most attention, Wilton Manors commissioners began discussions on the politically charged topic of COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Lois Wilson went dumpster diving in search of ways to express her sorrow, but what she found was a loving passion to create memories.

  • A New Jersey woman who caused a man's death by injecting silicone into his penis has been sentenced to five years in state prison.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. It is an opportunity to for people worldwide, including those in South Florida, to unite in the fight against HIV. It is also a day to commemorate those who have died.

  • In addition to traditional candlelight vigils, thousands of activists, survivors and loved ones across South Florida will observe World AIDS Day next week with a variety of concerts, art exhibits and observances.

  • (CNN) -- HIV/AIDS is one of the highest profile diseases of our times, but many of us are still ignorant about key aspects of the illness, how it works and how to live with it.