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Worldwide, 38 million people are infected with HIV. Since 1981, 76 million people have become infected with HIV and 33 million people infected with HIV have died. One forth of individuals infected with HIV are not aware that they have been infected. 1.7 million individuals worldwide acquired HIV in 2019. AIDS kills more people than any other infectious disease. Practicing Safe Sex is our best resource in preventing HIV infection through sexual contact. Sexual contact accounts for 95 percent of all new HIV infections worldwide.
Safe Sex = Disease Prevention - STAY SAFE!

"HIV needs to be in the media each and every day as most people only see snippets of news and these are not effective enough. For this reason, in 2007, I decided to include an HIV/AIDS News page where people could find information on many HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) related issues. I collaborate with individuals, groups and organizations throughout the world, to include their HIV/AIDS news articles, press releases, events, workshops, conferences and more on PositivelyPositive.ca. News items stay on the HIV/AIDS News page for a month, and then go into the HIV/AIDS News Archives." Bradford McIntyre

Common HIV drugs increase a type of immunity in the gut
September 22, 2020 - More study is needed to know whether this change improves antiviral defenses or causes harmful inflammation, UW Medicine researchers say.
Drugs currently used to keep the HIV virus in check also cause immune-system changes that might make humans better able to resist viral infections – but might also cause harmful inflammation, according to a study published today in Cell Reports Medicine.

As HIV rates rise in Canada, physicians launch online healthcare service to improve access to preventative treatments
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, September 22, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ - Freddie provides free online access to discreet, accessible HIV prevention and prescriptions
Two Canadian physicians officially launched Freddie, a video-telemedicine service that connects patients with physicians’ online who specialize in HIV care and are certified to prescribe the preventative medication HIV PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis).

As Timothy Ray Brown Faces Death, a Great Love Endures
September 22, 2020 --Tim Hoeffgen did a quick google search of his Scruff date as he headed over to meet him. Tim was living in Nevada in early 2013, and the guy he had been chatting with on the dating app looked a lot like the man who was on the cover of the LGBTQ newspaper in Las Vegas that week.
When the door opened, Tim realized his hunch was correct. Greeting him was Timothy Ray Brown, the first man in history cured of HIV and the intense focus of scientific and public fascination around the world.


AIDS Walk & Run Virtual Celebration
Sep 18, 2020 - Check out our recording of our online AIDS Walk & Run event. Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last couple of months. You donations make a big difference in the lives of the people we serve.
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Positive Living settles class action lawsuit for $1.2M, after outing nearly 800 people with HIV
September 18, 2020 - VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) - A Vancouver-based class-action lawsuit involving a breach of privacy for people with HIV has been settled for more than $1 million.
The lawsuit was launched on behalf of 796 members of the Positive Living Society, an agency that offered support to people living with HIV/AIDs.
Read more... NEWS 1130 | CityNews | www.citynews1130.com

HIV Long-Term Survivors Release San Francisco Principles
September 18, 2020 - The statement demands better care and more representation for an aging population living with HIV.
To mark National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day on September 18, a group of HIV long-term survivors and advocates has released the San Francisco Principles, a statement outlining the challenges of aging with HIV and the need for better care and more representation.
Read more... POZ | NEWSFEED | www.poz.com

Increased HIV prevalence in men who buy sex
18 September 2020 - HIV programmes and research have traditionally focused on female sex workers and less often on their male customers. This is partially redressed by a meta-analysis showing that 5% of men who purchase sex in low- and middle-income countries have HIV, a rate which is roughly double that of other men living in the same communities.
Read more... aidsmap | News | Heterosexual men | www.aidsmap.com

Age Doesn’t Prevent HIV: Today is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
September 18, 2020 - National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAD) is observed each year on September 18th. The theme for the day is "Aging is a part of life; HIV doesn't have to be!"
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, In 2018, nearly half of people in the US and dependent areas living with diagnosed HIV are aged 50 and older.

Shaping the next UNAIDS global AIDS strategy
GENEVA, 18 September 2020 - UNAIDS stakeholders met virtually to engage in the development of the next strategy for the global AIDS response
With only 10 years left to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, including the target of ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030, UNAIDS is developing its next global AIDS strategy. The next strategy, which is scheduled to be adopted by the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board by March 2021, will be a road map for all countries and partners in the global AIDS response to get back on track to reach the goal of ending AIDS.

Foundation for the NIH Honors Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., with the 5th Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Partnership Award
NORTH BETHESDA, MD, September 18, 2020 - The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) is honored to announce Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., as the recipient of the 2020 Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Partnership Award. The award, now in its fifth year, recognizes persons and/or organizations that have made significant contributions to the FNIH’s work to build, implement and nurture programs and partnerships that support the mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Fauci, long-time Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has earned the Partnership Award for his legacy of leadership and ongoing support of FNIH programs propelling research in lethal infectious diseases, most recently for Covid-19.

DLSPH Professor Untangles Politics of HIV Prevention Drug Implementation in Peru
September 17/2020 - DLSPH Prof. Amaya Perez-Brumer has won funding for early-career researchers where she will explore the politics surrounding the dissemination and uptake of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), an HIV prevention drug, in Peru.
Specifically, while Peru is making advances in PrEP science, it is experiencing delays in health policy implementation.
Read more... Dalla Lana School of Public Health - University of Toronto | www.dlsph.utoronto.ca

First-Ever All-Digital AIDS Walk Los Angeles Continues to Fight the HIV/AIDS Epidemic with Innovative Event
September 17, 2020 - Online Fundraising Raised $974,058—Vital Funds That Will Sustain Care, Support and Education Programs at APLA Health
The first-ever all-digital AIDS Walk Los Angeles ended this past weekend, with hundreds of individual and team fundraisers, community partners, and sponsors collectively raising $974,058 on behalf of AIDS service organizations in Los Angeles County. This year’s AIDS Walk theme, “Get with the Programs,” enlisted walk participants in the fight to make AIDS history by providing detailed program by program run-throughs of the vital APLA Health services supported by their fundraising efforts.

Many practitioners are not prescribing HIV prevention medication, study finds
Septembert 17, 2020 - Only about 54% of medical practitioners surveyed say they have prescribed pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, to HIV-vulnerable patients, according to a new study by a Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigator.

HIV in Latinx Communities
Sept. 16, 2020 - Despite over 50 million Latinx people living in the United States—and it being the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States—this group continues to be misunderstood, underrepresented, marginalized, and stigmatized.
Read more... TheBody.com | LATINX COMMUNITIES | Health | www.thebody.com

Alexander McClelland: COVID-related arrest of international student recalls HIV hysteria
September 16, 2020 - National media blew up around the case after the RCMP and Crown attorney identified 22-year-old Javan Nsangira by name
Canada's legacy as a global leader for criminalizing communicable diseases like HIV has continued through the COVID-19 crisis.

Scientists explore the obesity paradox, cardiovascular risk of HIV
September 16, 2020 - The newer generation of HIV drugs have turned the once-lethal infection into a chronic condition, and cardiovascular disease has emerged as the leading cause of death in these individuals.
Now, Medical College of Georgia scientists are dissecting the also emerging obesity paradox that the newer drugs appear to cause weight gain, which appears to limit, rather than increase patients’ already significant risk of developing cardiovascular disease.


Pioneering B.C. HIV/AIDS researcher honoured on new Canada Post stamp
September 16, 2020 - A renowned British Columbia doctor is being celebrated for his pioneering work fighting HIV/AIDS with a new commemorative stamp.
Dr. Julio Montaner is one of six distinguished Canadian doctors and researchers whose faces will grace the new run of stamps from Canada Post.
Read more... Global NEWS | News | Health | globalnews.ca

HIV and Suicide Risk
14 September, 2020 - PTSD, Depression, Insomnia, and Substance Use as Key Risk Factors
In recent years, remarkable achievements in HIV testing and antiretroviral therapies have improved the detection, management, and care of persons living with HIV (PLWH). In the 1980s and 90s, patients with HIV infection faced a devastating prognosis. But now, with proper medications and support, PLWH can enjoy long and fulfilling lives. Thus, when the topic of suicide among PLWH is raised, many physicians are surprised. They often ask me, “wasn’t suicide an issue of a time before we had access to antiretroviral therapies?”

September 14, 2020 (New York, NY) - Award to be presented at Virtual Cielo Gala – October 28, 2020
The Latino Commission on AIDS announced today that Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health, will receive its esteemed Esperanza (Hope) Award at its annual Cielo gala, as it observes 30 years of service to the Hispanic/Latinx community. The gala will be streamed virtually on October 28, 2020, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm and will kick-off the commemoration of the Latino Commission's 30th anniversary.
Septembre 14, 2020 - (Nueva York, NY) - El galardón se entregará en la Gala Virtual Cielo - 28 de octubre de 2020
La Comisión Latina sobre el SIDA anunció hoy que el Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director del Instituto Nacional de Alergias y Enfermedades Infecciosas (NIAID siglas en Ingles) del Instituto Nacional de Salud, recibirá el estimado Reconocimiento Esperanza (Hope) en su Gala anual Cielo. La Gala reconocerá 30 años de servicio a la comunidad hispana/latinx. La Gala se transmitirá virtualmente el 28 de octubre de 2020, de 6:00 a 7:00 pm y con ella se dará inicio a la conmemoración del 30 aniversario de la Comisión Latina.

New stamps honour groundbreaking contributions to medicine
September 14, 2020 - TORONTO - Six Canadian physicians and researchers revolutionized their fields of health care
Today, Canada Post issued a set of five commemorative stamps celebrating six groundbreaking physicians and researchers: Drs. Bruce Chown, Julio Montaner, Balfour Mount, M. Vera Peters, James Till and Ernest McCulloch. Their contributions to the fields of pediatric pathology, HIV/AIDS, palliative care, oncology and stem cell science changed the practice of medicine in Canada and around the world.

September 14, 2020 - On Tuesday, Sept. 22 Take your best shot against stigma
A DAY with HIV portrays 24 hours in the lives of people affected by HIV—and you`re invided to take part!
On Sept. 22, capture a moment of your day. Post the picture—include the time and location, and what inspired you to take the photo.

Our Story: Coming out in the time of HIV and AIDS - trailer
Sep 11, 2020 - This is a story of friendship, love, loss, and drag told with humour and compassion.
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Q&A: What clinicians should know about starting, stopping and restarting PrEP
September 13, 2020 - The need for HIV PrEP fluctuates as risk behaviors change. In a recent viewpoint published in The Lancet HIV, researchers reviewed current guidelines and the clinical implications of starting, stopping and restarting the daily medication.
Read more... healio | News | Infectious Disease | HIV/AIDS | www.thestate.com

Live with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci: COVID-19 and its Global Impact on AIDS, TB and Malaria
Sep 11, 2020 - Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria hosted a live conversation with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci exploring how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting low- and middle-income countries around the world, the threat it poses to long-term U.S. global health investments and how the U.S. can help.
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Why Vaccines Take So Long | Dr. Anna Funk | Discover
Sep 11, 2020 - If scientists develop a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine within a year and a half, it will be a world record.
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Henry van Ameringen, Giant of LGBTQ+ and HIV Philanthropy, Dies at 90
SEPTEMBER 11 2020 - Van Ameringen was known for supporting GMHC, God's Love We Deliver, Lambda Legal, and more.
Henry van Ameringen, a major donor to LGBTQ+ and HIV organizations, has died at age 90.
Read more... HIVPlusMag.com | News | www.hivplusmag.com

VA didn’t tell SC veteran about HIV diagnosis for 20 years, lawsuit says
SEPTEMBER10, 2020 - COLUMBIA, SC - A South Carolina veteran is suing the Veterans Administration after he says VA doctors failed to inform him for more than 20 years that he was HIV positive.
Read more... U.S. The State | News | www.thestate.com

Cost Puts HIV-Preventing PrEP Out of Reach for Many
THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) - The daily drug regimen known as PrEP is a nearly foolproof way to prevent HIV infection. But a new study suggests that many high-risk Americans may be giving the medication a pass because of cost.
Read more... U.S. News & World Report | News | Health | www.usnews.com

Talking it up: National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day communication resources
September 10, 2020 - National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAD) is observed each year on September 18th. The theme for the day is "Aging is a part of life; HIV doesn't have to be!"
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, In 2018, nearly half of people in the US and dependent areas living with diagnosed HIV are aged 50 and older.

Dr. Anthony Fauci of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and Ronald Johnson of AIDS United Headline GMHC Webinar
September 10, 2020 - Aging with HIV: Surviving Another Epidemic
In commemoration of National HIV and Aging Awareness Day (Sept. 18), GMHC's National Resource Center on HIV and Aging site (www.AgingHIV.org) will host a national webinar, "Aging with HIV: Surviving Another Epidemic" on Thursday, Sept. 17, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT. Keynote speakers are Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and lead member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and Ronald Johnson, senior policy fellow at AIDS United, who will examine the challenges facing older adults living with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required.

Male circumcision campaigns in Africa to fight HIV are a form of cultural imperialism
September 10, 2020 - Male circumcision campaigns in Africa to fight HIV 'neocolonialist' and not based on robust science
World Health Organization-recommended campaigns to circumcise millions of African boys and men to reduce HIV transmission are based more on systemic racism and 'neocolonialism' than sound scientific research, according to a critical appraisal published in Developing World Bioethics.

Sep 9, 2020 - U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Vice-Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, and Val Demings (FL-10) introduced the Science in Blood Donation Act of 2020, which would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revise its outdated blood donation guidance. The legislation would specifically require the FDA to update its Guidance on Reducing the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission (HIV) by Blood and Blood Products based on an assessment of current testing accuracy and individual risk-based analysis. It would also require the FDA to revise the donor questionnaire based on an individual risk assessment of sexual behaviors upon which all donors are evaluated equally, without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.

HIV and COVID-19: a unique moment in time to learn, leverage and build resilient systems for health
GENEVA, 9 September 2020 - A new report from UNAIDS shows how countries grappling with COVID-19 are using the experience and infrastructure from the AIDS response to ensure a more robust response to both pandemics. COVID-19 and HIV: 1 moment, 2 epidemics, 3 opportunities—how to seize the moment to learn, leverage and build a new way forward for everyone’s health and rights shows that by identifying the dynamic changes needed, systems can be found that are effective, inclusive, equitable and sufficiently resourced.

State laws key to HIV prevention efforts
September 8, 2020 - HIV prevention remains a public health priority in the United States. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a drug regimen recommended for individuals who have engaged in behaviors that place them at elevated risk for HIV. When used consistently, daily oral PrEP has been shown to reduce HIV transmission by 99 percent. However, despite increases in PrEP awareness and uptake over the past several years, data show that four of five people who could benefit from PrEP did not access the medication in 2018.

UNAIDS mourns the death of author and activist Achmat Dangor
GENEVA, 8 September 2020 - UNAIDS is deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend and former colleague Achmat Dangor. Mr Dangor was an acclaimed author and leading activist who dedicated his life to social justice and the struggle for liberation and democracy in South Africa.

Regular Weed Use Doesn’t Seem to Worsen HIV’s Harm to the Brain
September 8, 2020 - HIV leads to brain inflammation and cognitive decline, but adding marijuana to the mix doesn’t seem to further such damage.
People who use marijuana routinely over long periods do not apparently suffer from an exacerbation of HIV’s negative effects on the brain, including inflammation and cognitive deficits, Reuters Health reports.
Read more... POZ | TREATMENT NEWS | www.poz.com

The BEAT-HIV Martin Delaney Collaboratory Issues Recommendations on Measuring Persistent HIV Reservoirs in Cure-directed Clinical Trials
PHILADELPHIA — (Sept. 7, 2020) - Spearheaded by scientists at The Wistar Institute, top worldwide HIV researchers from the BEAT-HIV Martin Delaney Collaboratory to Cure HIV-1 Infection by Combination Immunotherapy (BEAT-HIV Collaboratory) compiled the first comprehensive set of recommendations on how to best measure the size of persistent HIV reservoirs during cure-directed clinical studies. This perspective article was published today in Nature Medicine.

Antibiotic Molecule Enables Immune System to Kill HIV Infected Cells
September 07, 2020 - Researchers have discovered an unexpected potential weapon against HIV protein.
Ever since the first cases of a mysterious disease in the early 1980s exploded into the HIV/AIDS pandemic, researchers have been searching for ways to outsmart the deadly virus. Now thanks to anti-retroviral therapy, people living with HIV can live relatively normal lifespans—as long as they take their medications every day.

“PrEP For Women Too” Encourages New York Women to Take Control of Their Health and Future
Sept. 4, 2020 - New York - Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) is thrilled to debut PrEP For Women Too, a new HIV/AIDS prevention video that reminds Black and Latinx women that Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) reduces the risk of HIV through sex by more than 90%.

HIV Positive Service Members Can Proceed With Lawsuit Against Pentagon
04 September 2020 - HIV positive service members can still dream of rising in the ranks.
Becoming a commissioned officer in the United States military remains possible for HIV positive service members, a federal judge ruled this week.
Read more... South Florida Gay News | National | southfloridagaynews.com

HIV Drugs Market Rising at 6.1 % CAGR to Reach USD 40,675.0 Million by 2026; Growing Emphasis on Research and Development of Efficient Drugs to Enable Growth, says Fortune Business Insights
Pune, Sept. 03, 2020 - The global HIV Drugs Market is likely to derive growth form the increasing prevalence of the disease across the world. According to a report published by Fortune Business Insights, titled “HIV Drugs Market: Global Market Analysis, Insights and Forecast, 2019-2026,” the market was valued at US$ 25,314.0 Mn in 2018. Fortune Business Insights has predicted that the market will reach US$ 40,675.0 Mn by 2026, thereby exhibiting a CAGR of 6.1% in the forecast period.
The increasing awareness regarding the severity of HIV AIDS as created a huge emphasis on several drugs, related to the treatment of this disease. The side effects of HIV/AIDS have led to several drug innovations, particularly aimed at efficient treatment of patients with advanced stages of the disease.


UTSW performs first HIV-positive-to-HIV-positive organ transplant in Texas
DALLAS – Sept. 2, 2020 - Less than three weeks after getting on an organ transplant list for HIV-positive patients, John Welch got the call. A liver was available from a deceased donor, and it was an excellent match.
On July 1, the 53-year-old Dallas man became the first recipient of an HIV-positive-to-HIV-positive organ transplant in Texas at UT Southwestern’s William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital.


SEPTEMBER 02, 2020 - Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,854,494 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in West Virginia.

Gene therapy research for HIV awarded $14.6 million NIH grant
September 2, 2020 - Collaboration co-led by Keck School of Medicine of USC aims for safe, effective treatment inspired by rare cases of HIV cure
An HIV research program led by scientists at USC and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has received a five-year, $14.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The team is advancing a gene therapy approach to control the virus without the need for daily medicines.

UNAIDS thanks Shinzo Abe for his years of commitment to the AIDS response and to global health and development
GENEVA, 1 September 2020 - As the Japanese Prime Minister steps down, UNAIDS recognizes Shinzo Abe’s contribution to global health, notably to universal health coverage
UNAIDS commends Shinzo Abe for his significant contribution to global health during his tenure as Prime Minister of Japan. Japan has been a longstanding partner of UNAIDS and is one of the leading investors in the AIDS response. Under Mr Abe’s leadership, Japan has supported programmes focused on key populations across Asia and has invested in projects such as the Kenya HIV Situation Room, which is using cutting-edge technology to provide high-quality data about Kenya’s HIV epidemic.

Roche receives FDA approval for first HIV-1/HIV-2 Qualitative Test on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems in the fight against HIV/AIDS
Basel, 1 September 2020 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the cobas® HIV-1/HIV-2 Qualitative Test for use on the fully automated cobas® 6800/8800 Systems in the U.S. The test provides healthcare professionals with a single result to confirm HIV diagnosis and differentiate HIV-1 and HIV-2, an important distinction needed to identify appropriate treatment options.

UNAIDS thanks Shinzo Abe for his years of commitment to the AIDS response and to global health and development
GENEVA, 1 September 2020 - As the Japanese Prime Minister steps down, UNAIDS recognizes Shinzo Abe’s contribution to global health, notably to universal health coverage
UNAIDS commends Shinzo Abe for his significant contribution to global health during his tenure as Prime Minister of Japan. Japan has been a longstanding partner of UNAIDS and is one of the leading investors in the AIDS response. Under Mr Abe’s leadership, Japan has supported programmes focused on key populations across Asia and has invested in projects such as the Kenya HIV Situation Room, which is using cutting-edge technology to provide high-quality data about Kenya’s HIV epidemic.


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