Tag Archives: HIV/AIDS

Trump Administration To Pay For Detention Of Migrant Children By Siphoning Funds From HIV/AIDS Program

Slate reports: The Office of Refugee Resettlement is preparing for the possibility of another surge in family separations. Internal documents obtained by Slate show that ORR has modeled a scenario in which the Trump administration’s border policies could require the detention of thousands more immigrant children. To help cover these potential costs, the documents say, HHS will seek supplemental appropriations ...

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NIH Reports Advance In Search For HIV Vaccine

Via press release from the National Institutes for Health: An experimental vaccine regimen based on the structure of a vulnerable site on HIV elicited antibodies in mice, guinea pigs and monkeys that neutralize dozens of HIV strains from around the world. The findings were reported today in the journal Nature Medicine by researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and ...

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Coming Soon: Documentary Series On Elizabeth Taylor

Deadline Hollywood reports: Bad Robot has set its first episodic television documentary since making a deal earlier this month with Undefeated producer Glen Zipper to generate non-fiction fare. It’s a documentary series on iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor. Bad Robot will do a series sanctioned and in partnership with House of Taylor. The aim is to make the definitive look at ...

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DNC Blasts Trump Over HIV/HPV Report: Americans Need A President Who Actually Knows The Difference

From Lucas Acosta at the Democratic National Committee: I’m sure you saw the news yesterday that in ​multiple​ meetings President Trump asked Bill Gates the difference between HIV/AIDS and HPV. Seriously. Maybe Trump should ask some of his friends for some advice before he starts asking Bill Gates? He could have easily started by asking members of the Presidential Advisory ...

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CDC To Roll Back Data Collection On LGBT Health

Via press release from the Williams Institute: A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official disclosed that the agency will roll back support for the collection of data on the health and well-being of LGBT people through the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). “The BRFSS is one of the few federally-supported data collection activities that make the needs ...

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Grindr Exec: We’ve Stopped Sharing Users’ HIV Status

Axios reports: Grindr has stopped sharing users’ HIV status with its third-party vendors, the company’s head of security told Axios. However, much of the concerns with Grindr’s data-sharing practices were a misunderstanding of what was being shared and with whom, says Grindr security chief Bryce Case. Grindr may have been sharing more information than needed, but it insists the most ...

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Grindr Shares Users’ HIV Status With Third Parties

Buzzfeed News reports: The gay hookup app Grindr, which has more than 3.6 million daily active users across the world, has been providing its users’ HIV status to two other companies, BuzzFeed News has learned. The two companies — Apptimize and Localytics, which help optimize apps — receive some of the information that Grindr users choose to include in their ...

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Objections Raised After Controversial HIV Researcher With Ties To Abstinence Group Tapped To Head CDC

The New York Times reports: A leading AIDS researcher and proponent of medication-assisted therapy for addiction was appointed Wednesday to oversee the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alex M. Azar II, secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, announced that the agency’s new director would be Dr. Robert R. Redfield, a professor at the University of Maryland School ...

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Coachella Founder Donates $1M To Elton John AIDS Foundation After Years Of Funding Anti-LGBT Groups

Variety reports: Phil Anschutz, chairman of the live music giant Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), has taken no small amount of criticism since it was revealed that his private family foundation had donated to organizations with anti-LGBT agendas. But today the Elton John AIDS Foundation announced that Anschutz has donated $1 million dollars to support its LGBT Fund. According to Freedom ...

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Weeping Pharma Douche Sentenced To Seven Years

A federal judge in Manhattan just sentenced infamous pharma douche Martin Shkreli to seven years in prison. Before the judge issued the sentence, Shkreli sobbed and begged for mercy. The Associated Press reports: “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli cried in court Friday as he apologized for defrauding investors while being sentenced by a federal judge. Shkreli, his cocky persona nowhere to ...

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I Will Hold You Ten Times

As longtime readers know, there are four or five JMG entries that I repost every year. This is one of them. My dear friend Daniel Johnson, who threw the most kickass Groundhog Day birthday parties for himself, would have been 61 years old today. His was a life that burned brightly and I am illuminated still. Daniel Johnson, 1957-1997. I ...

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Win A Trip To Miami Beach’s Winter Party 2018

From the Winter Party: Enter to win a trip for two to the 2018 Winter Party Festival including VIP passes, round-trip air into Miami International Airport, 4-night stay at our Host Hotel, the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, and two Winter Party tank tops! To celebrate 25 years of Winter Party, DJ Joe Gauthreaux is going to put together a very special ...

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NEW YORK: Appeals Court Rules Woman May Sue State Over Photo Used In HIV Awareness Campaign

The New York Daily News reports: A Brooklyn woman’s lawsuit against the state for using her photo in an ad promoting the rights of HIV-positive people can proceed — because society has yet to fully accept people who have the virus, an appeals court ruled Tuesday. Avril Nolan — who does not have HIV — sued the state’s Division of ...

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HIV/AIDS Pioneer Dr. Mathilde Krim Dies At 91

Activist Peter Staley writes on Facebook: My greatest AIDS hero died a few hours ago. Dr. Mathilde Krim, founder of amfAR, warrior against homophobia and AIDS-related stigma, dedicated defender of science and public health, and mother-figure and mentor to countless activists, will leave a deep hole in the continued fight against AIDS — a fight she dedicated her life to. ...

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White House Fires Entire HIV/AIDS Council

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: 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. After six members of PACHA resigned in June, the White House on Wednesday terminated the remaining 16 members without explanation via a letter from FedEx. Scott Schoettes, ...

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Membership

ABOVE: At the 1985 Xmas party described below: Me, Michael, and Barney. Originally posted May 2004. Reposted for World AIDS Day. Michael didn’t look good. We were at his annual Christmas luau party. Tons and tons of people in the house and the backyard. Standing in his kitchen, wearing a grass skirt and a ridiculous Santa hat covered in sequins, ...

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Trump’s First World AIDS Day Proclamation Makes No Mention Of Gay Men, Trans People, Or People Of Color

Trump just issued his first World AIDS Day proclamation and it rather pointedly makes no mention of the lopsided impact of HIV infection on gay men, trans people, or people of color. Trump does, however, single out “adolescent girls and young women.” For comparison, here’s a bit of Obama’s 2016 message: In the United States, more than 1.2 million people ...

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Elton John Blasts GOP Rep’s HIV Quarantine Comment: Horrific, Discriminatory, And Astonishingly Ill-Informed

Politico reports: Elton John Monday condemned Georgia state Rep. Betty Price, wife of former HHS Secretary Tom Price, for making comments suggesting that HIV patients be quarantined. The singer, an advocate for HIV patients, said that Price’s comments captured on videotape during a legislative meeting last week are “horrific, discriminatory, and astonishingly ill-informed.” “As a doctor and elected official from ...

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GEORGIA: GOP State Rep Defends Her Suggestion To Quarantine HIV+ People: I Was Just Being Provocative

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Georgia Rep. Betty Price said her comments on people with HIV that ignited a national firestorm this week were “taken completely out of context.” Price, the wife of former U.S. health secretary Tom Price, was in a study committee Tuesday when she asked a state health official whether people with HIV could legally be quarantined. Price ...

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Deep Dive: 25 Years Of Madonna’s Erotica And Sex

This week it’s been 25 years since the simultaneous release of Madonna’s Erotica album and her still controversial S&M-filled coffee table book, Sex. Legendary Rolling Stone critic (and longtime JMG reader) Barry Walters has written a deep dive into their legacy and how they addressed the then-raging AIDS pandemic, which tore through Madonna’s inner circle. Walters unpacks quite a bit, ...

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