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.

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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Pelosi: Trump budget would hurt people with HIV/AIDS

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday said President Trump’s proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year would adversely impact people with HIV/AIDS.

She noted in her speech at the opening of the U.S. Conference on AIDS at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in D.C. that Trump’s budget would cut $850 million from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and $225 million from the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Pelosi also said the proposed budget would cut $150 million from the Centers for Disease Control, $59 million to the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency Act that provides assistance to low-income people with HIV and their families, $26 million from the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) Program and $72 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health.

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Court weighs 1st Amendment challenge to Ohio HIV assault law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio law requiring HIV-infected individuals to tell sexual partners of their status before having sex or risk criminal charges is unconstitutionally based on outmoded stigmas against the gay community and doesn’t take into consideration current survival rates for people with HIV, say lawyers challenging the law in a case before the state Supreme Court.

Ohio’s HIV assault law also violates free speech rights because it focuses only on disclosure, not the actual transmission of the disease, say attorneys arguing against the law on behalf of an Ohio man convicted of failing to tell his girlfriend he had HIV after they started having sex.

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Sentencing begins for Utah man convicted in husband’s arson death

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Craig Crawford

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Utah judge is hearing arguments on whether a man going to prison in the death of his restaurateur-husband should have a chance at parole one day.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports a friend testified Tuesday that Craig Crawford grew increasingly delusional in the years before he set a house fire that killed his husband John Williams, a well-known LGBT pioneer in Salt Lake City.

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The GLBT Center of Central Florida celebrates its new renovation with ribbon cutting, open house

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ORLANDO | The GLBT Center of Central Florida reopened their doors after a nearly three year renovation with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house Aug. 31.

The event was well attended by local and state officials, members of the community and media as Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy spoke to the crowd and then cut the ribbon officially opening The Center.

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CVS exposes patients’ HIV status in mailings

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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CVS Caremark, a division of the CVS pharmacy and healthcare company, abruptly discontinued a mailing last week to patients in Ohio receiving HIV-related medication from the company after it learned that a reference to “HIV” appeared above the patients’ names in the window of the envelopes sent to about 4,000 people.

The inadvertent showing by CVS Caremark of an HIV reference on the outside of an envelope mailed to people with HIV came less than a month after the AETNA health insurance company accidently revealed the HIV status of its clients in a nationwide mailing to about 12,000, including some living in D.C.

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Nigerian police arrest 42 gay men at HIV awareness event

By : Bunmi Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Nigerian police on Saturday arrested 42 gay men at a hotel in Lagos State.

Police raided the Vincent Hotel in Weigh Bridge in Owode Onirin, Ikorodu, where the men were arrested for allegedly performing same-sex sexual acts. They are to be arraigned in a Lagos court.

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