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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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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South African girl’s HIV infection seems under control without AIDS drugs

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A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines , more evidence that early treatment can occasionally cause a long remission that, if it lasts, would be a form of cure.

Her case was revealed July 24, at an AIDS conference in Paris, where researchers also gave encouraging results from tests of shots every month or two instead of daily pills to treat HIV.

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Kenya 1st in Africa to use generic drug to fight HIV

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Kenya is the first country in Africa to introduce a generic version of the current drug of choice for people living with HIV, officials said June 28.

Kenya’s government and the global health initiative Unitaid announced that the East African nation will make the generic version of Dolutegravir available for routine use. They said Nigeria and Uganda will introduce the drug later this year.

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HIV program deals with budget cuts

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) – The man with the cane who came to the clinic in 2003 was certain.

“I have it,” he said.

“What do you have, sir?” Ivette González recalled asking him.

“I have HIV,” he said.

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Carson defends HIV housing cuts: ‘The pie is only so big’

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Ben Carson defended on Thursday proposed cuts to housing programs for low-income people with HIV, making the case “the pie is only so big” for federal government support.

Carson made the remarks during a House appropriations subcommittee hearing under questioning from Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), who queried the secretary on the 7 percent cut in President Trump’s proposed budget to the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.

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Study: Enzyme key to flushing out hidden HIV

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes discovered that an enzyme called SMYD2 could be a new therapeutic target for flushing out the HIV that hides in infected individuals. Overcoming this latent virus remains the most significant obstacle to a cure, amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, said in a press release.

While drug therapy allows people living with HIV to lead relatively normal lives, it also comes with adverse effects. In addition, patients must stay on the drugs for life to prevent the virus hiding in their body from reactivating. In the early stages of infection, HIV hides in viral reservoirs in a type of immune cells called T cells. This dormant, or latent, virus can then spontaneously reactivate and rekindle infection if drug therapy is stopped.

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