Tag Archives: HIV

HIV In Humans For 100 Years

Fascinating story from Science Magazine: The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) responsible for most of the AIDS cases in the world infected people approximately 100 years ago, more than 20 years earlier than previously believed, according to findings presented here this week at the Evolution 2008 meeting. Its lesser known cousin, HIV-2, jumped into humans decades later, from a monkey species …

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Today: National HIV Testing Day

Today is National HIV Testing Day. The above video is Part One from a web series called HIV Big Deal, which follows the lives of young gay men in Manhattan dealing with life, love, health, and HIV. Watch the clip. The acting is quite good, but be aware that the language is very frank and NSFW. And consider today’s news …

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An HIV Test For Every Adult In the Bronx?

An interesting proposal from NYC leaders: The city is planning to step up HIV testing in The Bronx, in an aggressive campaign to have all adults in the borough screened over the next three years, officials said yesterday. The initiative, set to kick off tomorrow, will target the estimated 250,000 untested 18- to 64-year-olds in The Bronx, which has the …

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EU Pressures USA On HIV Travel Ban

The European Union is pressuring the United States to end its ban on HIV positive travelers. Under US law, HIV+ people are restricted from entering the United States. The European Commissioner for Justice has raised the issue of issue of people with HIV being banned from entry into the US visa waiver programme with Michael Chertoff, US Secretary of Homeland …

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UK Nightclub Survey: 41% Of Poz Gay Men Unaware Of Status

A survey conducted in gay nightclubs in the UK revealed that 41% of the men who tested HIV positive were unaware of their status. The survey, which took oral fluid samples from over 3500 men in gay bars, clubs and sauna’s around the UK, found that 9% of men who took part in the survey were HIV positive. The surveys …

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Lambda Legal Protests HIV Spitting Sentence

Saying that the saliva of HIV positive persons should not be considered a “lethal weapon”, Lambda Legal has lodged a protest against last week’s sentencing of a Texas man to 35 years in prison for spitting at a police officer. A gay-rights group is protesting a 35-year prison sentence given to an HIV-positive man who was convicted of spitting on …

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Poz Man Gets 35 Years For Spitting At Cop

A 42 year-old HIV-positive Texas man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for spitting into the eyes and mouth of the Dallas policeman arresting him for public intoxication in 2006. “He turns and spits,” Officer Waller said. “He hits me in the eye and mouth. Then he told me he has AIDS. I immediately began looking for something …

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Peace Corps To Pozzers: Get Out

The ACLU is warring with the Peace Corps over their policy of rejecting volunteers who are HIV positive. Jeremiah Johnson joined the Peace Corps because he wanted to help people, but was forced to quit after giving nearly a year and a half of service because he is HIV-positive. Now, Johnson, 25, is working with the American Civil Liberties Union …

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Soldier Found Guilty In HIV Case

At Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Pfc. Johnny Lamar Dalton, 25, has been sentenced to 40 months in military prison for having unprotected sex with an 18 year-old male he met online. Dalton had tested positive last year and was ordered by his superiors not to have unprotected sex. After the teenager tested positive, his mother notified the military. Dalton was …

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NYC Tests Early HIV Detection System

New York City is testing a new early detection system for HIV, which can identify the virus as soon as nine days after infection. People are at their most infectious immediately after acquiring the virus, a period called “acute infection”, when they are 1000 times more able to transmit HIV to others. From the NY Blade: The trial system, called …

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Poz Soldier Arrested For Barebacking

A 25-year old Army private in North Carolina has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and committing a crime against nature for having unprotected sex with an 18-year old male civilian. Fort Bragg officers warned Pfc. Johnny Dalton to not have unprotected sex after he tested positive for HIV last November. They were alerted by the civilian’s mother …

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RV Park Rejects Kid With HIV

The ACLU is battling an Alabama RV park for banning a 2-year old boy with HIV from using their swimming pool, a violation of the Americans with Disablities Act. The child’s foster mother had mentioned at the park’s office that the boy had HIV and management told the family that the child could not use the pool, shower, or common …

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Tweakends.org

Tweakends.org, a new collaborative website from APLA and GMHC has been launched to combat the crystal meth epidemic. From the press release: AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) today announced the launch of tweakends.org , an online resource to help gay and bisexual men better understand crystal meth and how it impacts physical, mental and …

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Cervical Vaccine Might Work For Males

The vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV). which was approved for girls by the FDA last year, might work to prevent anal cancer, for which gay men have an elevated risk. The European Union has already approved the vaccine for use on boys ages 9-15. Considering the outrageous campaign by the American religious right to keep the vaccine from young girls, …

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B.A.R. Blasts AHF Lawsuit

An editorial in today’s Bay Area Reporter correctly blasts the AIDS Healthcare Foundation for its lawsuit against Pfizer, taking aim at AHF head Michael Weinstein and San Francisco “STD chief” Jeffrey Klausner. Many gay AIDS activists have major issues with Klausner’s repeated attempts to stigmatize gay men with leading irresponsible sex lives. And by extension, AHF and Klausner’s position is …

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Collectible Condoms! Better Than Pogs!

NYC will issue a series of free condoms in multi-colored foil packets featuring the logos of all 24 city subway lines. Condoms will be available in subway stations and are free to any business or organization that requests them from the Department of Health. No word yet if the 4-5-6 comes in XL.

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HIV Vaccine Reseach Moving Slowly

The outlook for an effective HIV vaccine remains bleak, even as several large-scale trials are due to report their results in 2008. Merck, Aventis, and VaxGen are all underway with vaccine trials, but scientists are hoping only that the results reduce infections “a little”, at least providing a springboard to future research. Highest hopes are pinned on the Merck study, …

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AHF Ramps Up Attack On Pfizer

AIDS Healthcare Foundation sued Pfizer yesterday, saying that ads for Viagra are misleading and encourage the recreational use of the drug. This move by AHF follows up last month’s anti-Pfizer ad campaign. The lawsuit seeks to force Pfizer to suspend its advertising for Viagra and to start a public information campaign on the dangers of using the drug. I continue …

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Gay Men’s Health Crisis Fundraiser

REMINDER: A tribute party to the Paradise Garage’s DJ Larry Levan will take place Sunday, January 21st at Pacha in Hell’s Kitchen. The party benefits Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Martha Wash will perform and the DJs include Danny Krivit of Body & Soul. Tickets are $35 , but only $15 if you still have your old Paradise Garage ID! Levan, …

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