Usage remains low for pill that can prevent HIV infection

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NEW YORK (AP) — From gritty neighborhoods in New York and Los Angeles to clinics in Kenya and Brazil, health workers are trying to popularize a pill that has proven highly effective in preventing HIV but which — in their view — remains woefully underused.

Marketed in the United States as Truvada, and sometimes available abroad in generic versions, the pill has been shown to reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90 percent if taken daily. Yet worldwide, only about a dozen countries have aggressive, government-backed programs to promote the pill. In the U.S., there are problems related to Truvada’s high cost, lingering skepticism among some doctors and low usage rates among black gays and bisexuals who have the highest rates of HIV infection.

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Hope & Help to take an evening stroll around Lake Eola for the annual Orlando AIDS Walk

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ORLANDO | The Hope & Help Center of Central Florida returns with their annual AIDS Walk on Feb. 3 at the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando.

Hope & Help moved the event, typically held in the morning, to an evening time last year which proved a huge success, according to Joshua J. Myers, Hope & Help’s community developmental director.

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Florida Health to offer PrEP for free at all county health departments by end of 2018

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Tallahassee, Fla. | As part of their strategic efforts to eliminate the spread of HIV in the state, the Florida Department of Health announced Dec. 1 that they are currently working to make Truvada, the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis medication commonly known as PrEP, available at no cost at all of the 67 county health departments by the end of 2018.

PrEP is a once-daily pill that can reduce the risk of acquiring HIV in HIV-negative individuals. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, taking PrEP daily reduces the risk of getting HIV by more than 90 percent.

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AIDS Walk Sarasota-Manatee 2017

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On Saturday, December 2, 2017, Community AIDS Network (CAN) will host its annual AIDS Walk Sarasota-Manatee to raise awareness and funds for HIV. Several hundred people are expected to participate in the annual AIDS Walk. This year’s walk celebrates the many people in Florida and beyond who have fought and will continue to fight the spread of HIV.

 

AIDS Walk Sarasota-Manatee will begin at 8 a.m. in beautiful J.D. Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota, continue over the Ringling Bridge, and lead back to the park for shared testimonials, free food, and raffle prizes.  The cost to walk is only $10 and participants can register through midnight on November 27, 2017 at www.cccsrq.org/aids-walk-sarasota-manatee-2017  or on the day of the event.

 

CAN will be providing free, confidential rapid HIV tests and education about living with HIV. School teams, local businesses, families, and even friendly pets are all invited to participate in this important community event. Suncoast News Network (SNN) will have a walking team and Anchor, Nicole Sommavilla along with Chief Meteorologist, Justin Mosely will be at the walk to participate in the opening ceremonies.

 

For more information about participation, sponsorship opportunities, and the mission of CAN, please visit www.cccsrq.org/aids-walk-sarasota-manatee-2017 or call Jessly Santiago at (941) 366-0461 ext. 14402. CAN will be offering free booths to vendors at the walk. Call Jessly to make your reservation.

Stories from gay and straight women in Central Florida, Tampa Bay and the nation during the AIDS epidemic

By : Greg Stemm
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It was the late 1980s. All across America, including right here in Central and West Central Florida, gay and straight women were suddenly finding that their gay male friends and relatives were dying from a tragic and perplexing new disease.

From our vantage point in 2017, AIDS has become a chronically manageable disease instead of a death sentence and PREP has dramatically reduced the likelihood of transmissions. It can be hard to remember just how dire a time it was.

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Trump’s World AIDS Day proclamation leaves out LGBT people

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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President Trump’s first-ever proclamation for World AIDS Day calls for eradication of the disease “as a public health threat,” but leaves out enumeration of marginalized groups — such as LGBT people — who are most affected by the epidemic.

Trump issued the proclamation on Thursday on the day before World AIDS Day, which many HIV/AIDS advocates observe to draw attention to the disease. An estimated 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV/AIDS and 36.7 million people across the globe.

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Local husbands lace up for the 14th annual Tampa Bay AIDS Walk & 5k

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St. Petersburg | Tampa Bay’s 14th annual AIDS Walk & 5k will be held Dec. 9 at the Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, and the city is lacing up for the event benefiting EPIC/Empath Health.

In its 14 years, the event has drawn thousands of walkers and runners, with even more donating crucial funds to raise over $1 million to combat HIV/AIDS.

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Georgia Rep. Price says HIV comments taken out of context

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ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia Rep. Betty Price says her comments on people with HIV that ignited a national firestorm were “taken completely out of context.”

Price, the wife of former U.S. Health Secretary Tom Price, was in a legislative committee meeting Tuesday when she asked a state health official whether people with HIV could legally be quarantined.

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California reduces penalty for HIV transmission

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation reducing the penalty for knowingly exposing some to HIV.

The legislation signed Oct. 6 is part of an attempt by Democratic lawmakers to reverse the tough policies enacted during the AIDS scare of the 1980s and 90s.

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Former Missouri college wrestler sentenced for HIV exposure

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) – A former suburban St. Louis college wrestler has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for infecting another man with HIV and endangering four other sexual partners.

Michael Johnson, 25, was sentenced Sept. 22 after reaching a plea deal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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Aaron Carter’s Southern Nights performances canceled as singer heads to rehab

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Aaron Carter, who recently came out as bisexual, canceled his scheduled performances at Southern Nights Orlando tonight, Sept. 22, and Southern Nights Tampa tomorrow, Sept. 23. TMZ reported the beleaguered singer and Backstreet-sibling is checking into a Florida rehab center.

“Unfortunately due to health-related issues,” Southern Nights Orlando announced via Facebook, “Aaron Carter will not be appearing with us at Southern Nights Orlando.” Southern Nights Tampa’s page echoed the announcement.

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Aaron Carter takes HIV test in emotional ‘The Doctors’ interview

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Aaron Carter learned he is HIV negative during an emotional, two-part interview on “The Doctors,” which aired this week.

Carter, who came out as bisexual in August, shared that he feared he could be HIV positive because of his low weight. The 29-year-old singer learned he weighs just 115 pounds at six feet tall.

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