Monthly Archives: January 2012

Responsible Adult

by Dann Dulin A&U January 19th, 2012 Scorned by porn when he tested positive, former adult film performer Derrick Burts is committed to seeing that his fellow actors are cared for. “I’m sorry…this is still hard for me…,” says an emotionally distraught, tearful Derrick Burts at an AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) press conference in Los…

AHF Blasts Gilead for Squeezing Every Last Cent Out of Truvada

AHF advocacy campaign, which targets San Francisco and San Mateo County neighborhoods of Gilead’s Foster City headquarters, seeks to educate company employees and general public about Gilead’s seeming rush for FDA-approval of its blockbuster AIDS treatment Truvada for use as an HIV prevention pill in uninfected individuals —despite serious concerns about drug’s safety and efficacy….

Action Alert: AHF’s DHHS AIDS protest targets approval of Gilead’s prevention pill

Gilead’s application to expand use of its AIDS drug Truvada for use as HIV prevention pill in uninfected individuals alarms AIDS advocates who believe approval is unwarranted based on current clinical trials In September, Nation’s largest AIDS group filed legal action against the FDA over its denial of AHF’s Freedom in Information Act request regarding…

HIV/AIDS activitists outraged over Milton Hershey School decision

The Patriot-News NICK MALAWSKEY 01/24/2012 JOHN C. WHITEHEAD, The Patriot-News About 20 demonstrators descended on Derry Township Tuesday morning to highlight the ongoing legal battle involving an HIV-positive teenage boy and the private Milton Hershey School in Derry Township. The group spent the morning protesting along Hersheypark Drive near the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. Organized…

Los Angeles mayor signs porn star condom requirement

Reuters LOS ANGELES, CA 1/24/2012 Porn actors in Los Angeles will have to use condoms on the set as a condition of obtaining a film permit under a first-in-the-nation requirement quietly signed into law by the mayor, and a nearby community was considering a similar rule. Officials in Simi Valley said on Tuesday they were…

Global Fund chief quits after funding cuts

Reuters Africa GENEVA 1/24/2012 The head of the Global Fund, the largest backer of the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, will step down in March after a misuse of funds led it to cut back on new grants to battle the diseases. Michel Kazatchkine has been the Global Fund’s executive director for five years,…

AHF donates CD4 testing machines in Uganda

AIDS Healthcare Foundation 01/18/2012 KAMPALA, UGANDA As some global funders retreat, efforts to keep thousands of patients already on antiretroviral therapy from losing access to lifesaving treatment spreads to community groups and care providers like AHF, which is donating crucial testing equipment to help medical providers better assess and care for AIDS patients As some…

Action Alert: FDA, what do you have to hide on PrEP?

Action Alert: Send the e-letter below to Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius asking her to halt the hasty FDA review of Gilead’s Truvada as an HIV prevention pill. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refuses to release documents regarding its contact with Gilead Sciences about the approval of the company’s drug Truvada…

AIDS Protestors Say: No Kisses for Hershey

AIDS Advocates Will Stage a Protest Outside the Hershey Company Headquarters in Hershey, Pennsylvania Over “Unacceptable” Rejection of a 13-Year-Old Boy for Enrollment at Milton Hershey School Due to His HIV-Positive Status Carrying Signs and Banners that Say “No Kisses for Hershey: www.EndHIVStigma.org,” Advocates Will Demand that the Hershey Company—which Funds the School—Denounce the Discrimination…

A Drug That Sort of Prevents HIV Transmission: What Could Go Wrong?

A Drug That Sort of Prevents HIV Transmission: What Could Go Wrong? Broward/Palm Beach New Times By Chris Sweeney Mon., Jan. 23 2012 Imagine a drug that could stop the spread of HIV. People could screw whomever they wanted however they wanted and sleep peacefully knowing that the virus wouldn’t soon be waging an all-out…