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December 1 Is World AIDS Day

December 1 Is World AIDS Day

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Worldwide, an estimated 38 million people are living HIV, with more than 17 million still receiving no treatment to halt the progression of AIDS-related illnesses, according to data from UNAIDS. In 2016, approximately 1.8 million people became newly infected, with 160,000 of those under the age of 18, amfAR, the Foundation for […]

CDC Cites Rising HIV Infections Among Gay, Bi Latino Men

CDC Cites Rising HIV Infections Among Gay, Bi Latino Men

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual Latino men in the US increased from 2008 through 2013 while diagnoses among all Latinos in the US declined during that period. “During 2008–2013, the rate of diagnoses of HIV infection among adult […]

A Morning-After Pill for HIV; But Seriously, the Morning After

A Morning-After Pill for HIV; But Seriously, the Morning After

BY RICHARD E. GREENE, MD & PERRY N. HALKITIS, PhD, MS, MPH | In the past few years, we have experienced a revolution in the prevention of HIV. Gone are the days when approaches based on changing behavior were the only options. Biomedical technologies have provided us another set of tools in the arsenal to fight AIDS. […]

Government Sitting Out AIDS Agency Fraud Suit Suggests Tough Slog for Plaintiffs

Government Sitting Out AIDS Agency Fraud Suit Suggests Tough Slog for Plaintiffs

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Data from the US Department of Justice on whistleblower lawsuits suggest that a recent fraud case brought against the AIDS Healthcare Foundation by three former employees is unlikely to succeed. The lawsuit, filed last year under the federal False Claims Act and a similar Florida statute by Shawn Loftis, Mauricio Ferrer, and […]

PrEP Prompts Shift in Federal Funding Priorities    

PrEP Prompts Shift in Federal Funding Priorities    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As government funders increasingly pay for biomedical interventions that prevent HIV infections, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and provide less support for behavioral interventions that increase condom use and alter sexual behavior, the funding landscape for AIDS groups may shift and they will have to change how they interact with their HIV-negative […]

Emails to CDC Show City’s Halting Meningitis Response

Emails to CDC Show City’s Halting Meningitis Response

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Confronted with an outbreak of meningitis among gay and bisexual men in September 2012, New York City’s health department appears to have struggled to respond to the disease in the early months of the outbreak. “We have two recent cases of [meningitis] in MSM who likely had contact with each other about […]

Meningitis Cases in Gays Worldwide Spark Transmission Study

Meningitis Cases in Gays Worldwide Spark Transmission Study

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | With clusters of meningitis cases appearing among gay men on two continents coupled with a significant outbreak in New York City, epidemiologists cannot explain how the bug is spreading. “The cases in Europe similarly do not have a direct link to NYC so we can’t say that they are part of that […]

NYC Funds Only 40 Percent of Meningitis Vaccine Need

NYC Funds Only 40 Percent of Meningitis Vaccine Need

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While the New York City’s health department said publicly that it wanted to vaccinate 10,000 gay and bisexual men to stop an outbreak of invasive meningitis, it purchased just 4,000 vaccine doses, according to health department documents obtained by Gay City News. “The estimate of 10,000 was based on HIV-infected men who […]