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NM Aids Services to break ground on new housing project

New Mexico Aids Services will break ground on Monday on its latest affordable housing project in Downtown Albuquerque.

Across The Nation | Needle-Exchange Program Targets IDUs in New Mexico

New Mexico AIDS Services is targeting injection drug users in the state through needle-exchange programs in an effort to curb the spread of HIV and other bloodborne diseases, the Farmington Daily Times reports. For the past three years, the Farmington branch of NMAS has provided clean needles to IDUs, as well as information about safe injection practices to participants enrolled in the program, the Daily Times reports.

Condom campaigners protest at the Vatican against Pope’s Aids comments

The week-long visit to Cameroon and Angola was overshadowed by controversy after Pope Benedict XVI said he not only opposed the use of condoms in the fight against Aids, but believed they could worsen the pandemic by encouraging promiscuity.

AIDS Activists Protest NYC Health Commissioner for CDC Head

President Obama may nominate New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, to succeed Julie Gerberding, MD, as the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Wall Street Journal reports. In direct response to that news, an alliance of AIDS organizations and advocates gathered February 3 on the snowy steps of City Hall to protest Frieden’s possible appointment to head the CDC.

NMAC Honors National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Today, the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) begins a month of activities honoring National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Held annually on February 7th during Black History Month, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day seeks to "mobilize communities and address specific issues in regard to local epidemics and best practices that are science-based and will influence the course of HIV in Black communities across our country."

HIV/AIDS Commission To Call On Obama To Address Disease Among Blacks In U.S.

The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS plans to call on President Obama to develop a national strategy to address the HIV/AIDS among blacks in the U.S., the AP/Yahoo! Canada News reports. The organization's head, Virginia Fields, will discuss the state of HIV/AIDS in the black community on Thursday in New York City. According to the AP/Yahoo! Canada News, Fields will examine HIV/AIDS education, treatment, resources and other issues during her speech. The commission coordinates volunteer efforts among business leaders, religious leaders, elected officials and policy experts. The AP/Yahoo! Canada News reports that Obama has said that he aims to launch a strategy to address HIV/AIDS-related health disparities.

HIV/AIDS Program In Calif. Will No Longer Provide Ryan White-Funded Services

Beginning in late February, the Inland AIDS Project in San Bernardino, Calif., will no longer provide emergency assistance and an AIDS Drug Assistance Program because of changes in Ryan White Program funding administered by the county, the San Bernardino County Sun reports. Maxwell Ohikhuare, San Bernardino County public health officer, said the decision to halt the programs follows the Department of Public Health's 2008 audit, which found that IAP does not adequately administer Ryan White Part A and B services.

Young Black Men Unaware of H.I.V. Risks, Survey Finds

A small survey of young black men from the South who tested positive for H.I.V. in their teens and early 20s found that most had engaged in risky sexual behaviors but thought it unlikely they would be infected, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Only 1/3 of US Adults Have Been Tested for HIV

In 2007, overall, 36.6% of adults aged >18 years reported ever being tested for HIV. For both men and women, the percentage of persons who ever had an HIV test was highest among adults aged 25--34 years and 35--44 years and lowest among adults aged >65 years. The percentages who had ever had an HIV test were higher for women than men in age groups 35--44 years and below, not significantly different for men and women at ages 45--64 years, and higher for men than women at ages >65 years.

Immigration Law and the Transgender Client

Transgender immigrants face a broad array of legal issues, from obtaining legal status to securing immigration documents that correctly reflect their identity. This manual combines two dynamic areas of law – transgender civil rights, and immigration law. Immigration Equality and the Transgender Law Center are incredibly proud of the work that went into this manual and it is our hope that it will help everyone navigating this unique area of the law.

AHF: Senate Democrats Allow HIV Testing To Be Stripped From Stimulus

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the nation's largest AIDS organization, expressed its disappointment that Senate Democratic leaders agreed to remove a provision from the stimulus bill allocating $400 million for prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV testing. In January, AHF had meetings with 60 Congressional offices where it brought medical providers and people with HIV/AIDS to explain the need for, and the stimulative impact of, this funding.

HPV linked to 25,000 cancers in 5 years

WASHINGTON - The human wart virus HPV caused 25,000 cases of cancer in the United States between 1998 and 2003, including not only cervical cancer but also anal and mouth cancers, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Monday.

Cases of sexually spread diseases on the rise

ATLANTA - Sexually spread diseases — for years on the decline — are on the rise, with reported chlamydia cases setting a record, government health officials said Tuesday.

FDA advisers back new female condom

GAITHERSBURG, Maryland - A potentially less-costly version of Female Health Co.'s condom for women has won unanimous backing from a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel.

Female Condom Will ‘Benefit’ Public Health, Women Worldwide, Editorial Says

FDA approval of the Female Health Company-developed FC2 second generation female condom -- which is expected within the next six months and "appears likely" after a unanimous advisory panel recommendation in December 2008 -- "has the potential to be a real lifesaver," a Chicago Tribune editorial says.

Program In Costa Rica Will Allow Sex Workers To Learn HIV Prevention Methods From Colleagues

Commercial sex workers in Costa Rica will have the opportunity to learn about HIV prevention methods from other sex workers through a new program implemented by a local nongovernmental organization and funded by the World Bank, the EFE/Market Watch reports.