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Leto speaks of AIDS epidemic and hope the disease would soon be eradicated

Monday, April 14, 2014
Jared Leto took home the MTV Movie Award on Sunday for best on-screen transformation for his role as a transgender woman in “Dallas Buyers Club." [ Read more → ]
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Pope Francis presses anti-AIDS chastity strategy in Africa

Monday, April 7, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV. [ Read more → ]
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Gay men divided over use of HIV prevention drug

Sunday, April 6, 2014
NEW YORK — It's the Truvada conundrum: A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in gay sex without using condoms. [ Read more → ]
Rebecca Vassie, APUganda's President Yoweri Museveni arrives at an anti-gay rally organized by a coalition of Ugandan religious leaders and government officials, at the Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, Uganda, Monday, March 31, 2014.

Uganda police raid U.S. project known to offer HIV treatments to gays

Friday, April 4, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan police raided the offices of a United States-funded project known to offer AIDS services to gays, a government spokesman said Friday, in what appeared to be the first public action by police to enforce a new law that strengthened criminal penalties against gay sex. [ Read more → ]
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LA County urges vaccinations for gay men following three deaths from meningitis

Thursday, April 3, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- Three of eight people who contracted bacterial meningitis this year have died, and all three had sex with other men, Los Angeles County health officials said Thursday. [ Read more → ]
Joan Marcus, The O and M Company Bobby Steggert, left, and Frederick Weller in a scene from the production "Mothers and Sons," performing at the Golden Theatre in New York.

Broadway: Terrence McNally’s ‘Mothers and Sons’ gentle, moving

Thursday, March 27, 2014
NEW YORK — Terrence McNally's new play opens with a woman of a certain age wearing a lush, black fur coat. It's a provocatively politically incorrect garment — and a giveaway that what will come out of her mouth will be, too. [ Read more → ]
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Mass. lawmaker reveals he has HIV, will resign to lead AIDS Action Committee

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
BOSTON -- State Rep. Carl Sciortino said Tuesday he is HIV-positive and plans to step down to become the new executive director of The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. [ Read more → ]
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Wyo. lawmaker defends book on AIDS that describes gays as promiscuous

Monday, March 17, 2014
CASPER, Wyo. -- Wyoming's newest lawmaker is defending a book he wrote nearly three decades ago that says many gay people demand the right to have sex with children and people with AIDS should be quarantined if they continue having sex. [ Read more → ]
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Full frontal honesty

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Mike a firefighter from New York City talks about being safe both on the job and at play with full-frontal honesty. [ Read more → ]
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La. insurers agree to accept 3rd-party health care payments for HIV patients

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The three major companies in Louisiana offering coverage through the federal insurance exchange have agreed to continue to accept premium payments through Nov. 15 from a program that helps HIV/AIDS patients cover their health care costs. [ Read more → ]
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Iowa Supreme Court hears appeal of man convicted of HIV notification law

Monday, March 10, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Supreme Court is considering whether to uphold the conviction of an Iowa man with HIV who was imprisoned for not telling a partner he carried the virus when they had sex in 2008. [ Read more → ]
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Scientists: Gene therapy may one day help control HIV without use of drugs

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Scientists have modified genes in the blood cells of HIV patients to help them resist the AIDS virus, and say the treatment seems safe and promising. The results give hope that this approach might one day free at least some people from needing medicines to keep HIV under control, a form of cure. [ Read more → ]
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Studies show big promise for HIV prevention injections

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson

Insurers agree to accept premiums for HIV patients while judge considers suit

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A federal judge received assurances Tuesday that three insurance companies won't immediately stop accepting premium payments from a program that helps HIV and AIDS patients cover health care costs. [ Read more → ]
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Lambda Legal sues to force La. insurers to accept premiums for HIV patients

Friday, February 21, 2014
NEW ORLEANS -- Lambda Legal said in a lawsuit Thursday that an insurance company is violating the Affordable Care Act by refusing to take premium payments from a federal program that helps HIV and AIDS patients pay for care. [ Read more → ]
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National Institutes of Health awards Vanderbilt $1.4 million for AIDS research

Monday, February 17, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The National Institutes of Health has given Vanderbilt University a $1.4 million grant to continue its research into the treatment and the development a vaccine to prevent the virus that causes AIDS. [ Read more → ]
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New study says marijuana may help stop the spread of HIV

Saturday, February 15, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A new study by researchers at Louisiana State University finds that THC (a main component of marijuana) given to monkeys over a 17-month clinical trial period decreased damage to immune tissue of the gut — an important site of HIV infection — by acting at the gene level. [ Read more → ]
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Complaint alleges BlueCross BlueShield policy targets people with HIV

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
NEW ORLEANS -- Lambda Legal has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights against BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana (BCBS) after the state's largest insurer stopped accepting federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) subsidies for low-income Louisianans living with HIV. [ Read more → ]
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British lawmakers defeat proposal to ban HIV+ immigrants from entering UK

Thursday, January 30, 2014
LONDON -- An proposal by a group of conservative British lawmakers to ban HIV and Hepatitis B positive immigrants from entering the United Kingdom, was shot down Thursday in the House of Commons. [ Read more → ]
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Federal appeals court: Jurors may not be removed based on sexual orientation

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that potential jurors may not be removed from a trial during jury selection solely because of sexual orientation, extending to gays and lesbians a civil right that the U.S. Supreme Court has previously promised only women and racial minorities. [ Read more → ]
Altaf Qadri, APIn this Dec. 11, 2013 file photo, Lakshmi Tripathi, a transgender activist delivers a speech during a protest in New Delhi against a Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality in India. Gay rights activists and health workers in India are warning that the ruling will undo years of progress in fighting AIDS by driving gay and transgender people underground.

Activists say India ruling criminalizing homosexuality hurts HIV fight

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
NEW DELHI -- Gay rights activists and health workers in India are warning that a new Supreme Court ruling criminalizing homosexuality will undo years of progress in fighting AIDS by driving gay and transgender people underground. [ Read more → ]
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Experimental drug blocks HIV in lab study, human tests planned

Thursday, December 19, 2013
NEW YORK -- Can an experimental drug developed to treat epilepsy block the AIDS virus? A preliminary lab study suggests it's possible, and researchers are eager to try it in people. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Rick Snyder (left) and Dave Agema

Mich. governor condemns GOP leader’s remark that gays are dying of AIDS

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan has condemned GOP National Committee member Dave Agema’s statement that gay people are seeking health insurance for same-sex partners because they are dying of AIDS and want free medical care. [ Read more → ]
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Mich. RNC member says gays want free healthcare because they’re dying of AIDS

Monday, December 9, 2013
LANSING, Mich. -- A Michigan member of the Republican National Committee said Thursday that gays want free healthcare because they are dying of AIDS. [ Read more → ]
Evan Vucci, APPresident Barack Obama gestures while speaking at a world AIDS Day event, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington.

Obama announces $100 million HIV research initiative

Monday, December 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has announced a new initiative at the National Institutes of Health in pursuit of a cure for HIV. [ Read more → ]
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