Oregon: Rural Communities Face Unique HIV/AIDS Challenge

In July 2010, the White House developed the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), a comprehensive HIV/AIDS plan with measurable targets to be met nationally by 2015. The aim of the national program is to reduce the number of new HIV infections, increase access to treatment, and optimize health outcomes for people living with HIV/AIDS. To find out where we are regarding those goals in Oregon, Jett Johnson sat down with Renee Yandel, a longtime staff member and the program director for… Read more

CDC Encourages Testing Among Latino Men

In an effort to promote HIV/AIDS testing in minority communities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta has launched a national campaign to encourage HIV/AIDS testing among gay and bisexual Latino men. The campaign, Reasons/Razones, asks the simple question, “What is your reason for getting an HIV test?” Images of family, friends and partners highlight the advertisements that will appear in print, online and in broadcasts across the country in the next several months. “Latinos are one… Read more

Peter Staley: Progress on marriage has meant a setback in the fight against AIDS

In an Op/Ed piece in the Washington Post, activist Peter Staley calls for the LGBT community to recommit itself to fighting HIV and AIDS: …in our exaltation over wedded bliss, we are forgetting another kind of “til death do us part”: the bonds that tie us together as a group, across social strata, race and generations — the same bonds that helped us fight AIDS…. …HIV remains the largest health issue facing the gay community. From 2008 to 2010, according to the… Read more

Disclosure Cases Overturned by Ontario Court

Ontario’s highest court has overturned sex assault convictions in the cases of two HIV-positive men in light of clarified rules on disclosure from the Supreme Court. Both men argued their convictions should be overturned in light of a landmark ruling last year from the Supreme Court of Canada about HIV disclosure. The high court ruled that people with HIV do not have to inform sexual partners of their status as long as they have a low viral load and they wear a… Read more

Sen. Frank Lautenberg Dies At Age 89

Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey’s longest-serving U.S. senator, died Monday at 89 of viral pneumonia, his office said. The oldest member of the Senate and its last World War II veteran, Lautenberg had struggled with health problems since late last year, when he missed several weeks of votes because of what he said was flu and bronchitis. Lautenberg was considered one of the Senate’s most liberal members, and was the author of the the Ryan White Care Act, which provides services… Read more

NYT: Aging with HIV

On Saturday, The New York Times published a a piece about the growing number of middle age and older New Yorkers who are HIV positive, and the challenges they face. Not long ago, it would have seemed unthinkable: H.I.V. is becoming a disease of the middle-aged. Nearly half of New Yorkers with H.I.V. are now 50 or older, ages many never dreamed of reaching… …Their stories have largely moved out of the spotlight, as the disease seemed to yield to the miracle… Read more

HIV+ Student Elected Student Body VP

Call Him Mr. Vice President by Shanita Ealey What would you do if in the midst of running for vice president of the student body at your college, you discovered that your medical history—notably your HIV status—and your sexual orientation were passed around on fliers and written on bathroom stalls throughout campus? Some of us would buckle under the pressure. Kristopher Sharp did not. Sharp chose not to prosecute the person(s) responsible and be the bigger man. The resulting response of support… Read more

Bill Introduced To Repeal HIV Criminalization Laws

Late Tuesday, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced a bill that could eventually force the repeal of laws that criminalize exposing others to HIV. Lambda Legal has issued a press release in support of the bill: The REPEAL (“Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal”) HIV Discrimination Act, H.R. 1843, which was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee late yesterday, calls for review of all federal and state laws, policies and regulations regarding the criminal prosecution of individuals for HIV-related offenses. If enacted, it… Read more

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