December 1, 2009, marks President Obama’s first World AIDS Day in the White House and the first World AIDS Day for the newly elected Congress. The time is right for a frank assessment of his first year in the fight against global AIDS as President. This analysis focuses on the funding and policy decisions the Administration has made since taking office in January 2009, and assesses the human impact of those decisions.
Michigan teenagers continue to become infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, at an alarming rate, Michigan health officials say.
“I would never have sex with an HIV-positive guy,” a friend told me. But rather than promoting real risk reduction, such statements reinforce and reproduce harmful stigma against HIV-positive people.
In a press release today, the International AIDS Society (IAS) urged Uganda’s political and public health leaders to oppose and reject the Anti-Homosexuality Bill presented last week in Uganda’s parliament.
Always fragile, frequently frayed, and never comprehensive enough, the HIV safety net developed through 28 years of advocacy is facing grave threats from the recession and state budget cuts.
At a day-long Youth Symposium prior to the Non-Governmental Forum on
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Development delegates under 30 called for a “cultural paradigm shift” in
countries where taboos hinder access to accurate and
timely information about their sexual and reproductive health and
Stigma, discrimination, poverty, homophobia, racism, sexism, all fuel the spread of HIV and hurt those living with it. These issues are routinely cited as critical to ending the epidemic but rarely addressed in policies and prevention strategies.
There were tantalizing hints at this week’s HIV prevention conference that CDC may be ready to seek significant changes in federal prevention policy and programs.
Amendments to the House FY 2010 Labor-H Appropriations bill will attempt to prohibit syringe exchange, rescind funding for HIV research and defund reproductive health programs. What they are and how you can take action.
Compelling HIV testing runs the risk of alienating patients from their medical care provider, and in turn driving them from care.