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"AIDSWatch is an annual advocacy event in which HIV-positive people and their allies meet with members of Congress in Washington, DC, to educate them and advocate for relevant issues. It is presented by the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in partnership with AIDS United, the Treatment Access Expansion Project and the US People Living With HIV Caucus."
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"The 10th annual Visual AIDS Vanguard Awards (VAVA Voom) recognize the contributions of individuals who, through their work, talent and dedication, strengthen our communities and reinforce the mission of Visual AIDS. This year Visual AIDS is proud to honor Luna Luis Ortiz, Julie Ault and Jim Hodges.

Since the late 1980s, Jim Hodges has created a broad range of work exploring themes of fragility, temporality, love and death, longing and loss and the formation of queer identity in the aftermath of the AIDS crisis, utilizing a highly original and poetic vocabulary."
Carlos Marques da Cruz discusses working with 2015 VAVA Honoree Jim Hodges.
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"The AIDS Healthcare Foundation scandal has taken a downright creepy turn.

Only one day after a stunning whistleblower lawsuit against AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) was made public, the embattled organization withdrew funding from an upcoming HIV advocacy event because one of the plaintiffs is involved in its planning, according to records obtained by My Fabulous Disease. The apparent strong-arm tactic has reached beyond whistleblower Jack Carrel and has had a "real impact" on the State-wide advocacy event, according to organizers."
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"I was infected with HIV around 3 a.m. on 21 August 2005. In the village quaintly known as Iowa City. And by a guy named "Matt" (more about him in a bit). I know these three things beyond a degree of reasonable doubt. Am I lucky, am I glad, to be in possession of this knowledge--the when, the who, the where--or unlucky, unhappy, to have it?



Neither, I think: I don't feel lucky or unlucky, sad or glad. It's a complicated and touchy subject. It's not a theoretical matter of epistemological apathy. Nor is it some casual triple-shrug of practical indifference. But many friends and acquaintances simply will not not not believe me when I say that, on balance, I could live pretty easily without this knowledge. What can I say to counter their doubt? Make some kind of all-vanquishing aphoristic retort? So... "Ignorance may not always be Bliss, but Knowledge is not always Power either." More loud cries of disbelief--and derision! I don't think I'm going to win this one."
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"HIV-positive children who have low CD4 counts when starting antiretroviral (ARV) treatment by and large experience a rebound to normal levels of those immune cells. Publishing their findings in the journal AIDS, researchers analyzed data on more than 3,700 children who contracted HIV before or during birth, following the CD4 counts of 933 children from this group who were at least 5 years old upon beginning ARVs.

After one year on HIV meds, 86 percent of the children achieved a CD4 count of 500 or above. After two years, this figure increased to 92 percent."
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"Could an AIDS denialist make it to the White House in 2016? Now that Rand Paul is officially running for president, that question is no longer purely hypothetical. The Libertarian Republican announced his candidacy today, April 7, on his website.

A U.S. Senator from Kentucky, Paul has been known for controversial statements and beliefs. BuzzFeed reports that Paul had been a member of a fringe medical group that questions whether HIV causes AIDS and promotes the idea that vaccinations are linked to autism. Paul had been a member of the group, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), for more than 20 years."
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"Aetna, along with its Coventry plans, will reduce patient cost-sharing for most HIV meds by moving them out of the most expensive tiers of its insurance plans, Bloomberg reports.

People with Aetna insurance who used to pay upwards of $1,000 per month in out-of-pocket costs may now pay closer to $5 to $100 after deductibles are met.

The changes to the co-pays will take effect June 1, according to an AIDS Institute press release, and they will cover all HIV meds except an injectable fusion inhibitor."
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"Full dislosure- I'm a big mark for the MTV Staying Alive Foundation. They fund grants worldwide to provide young people with the tools and resources necessary to implement HIV prevention plans in their communities. You can learn more about them here.

The Staying Alive Foundation's continued existence is dependent on public funding, and this past weekend, along with their partners at The Goss-Michael Foundation, they raised over $2 million at the annual RE:DEFINE fundraiser in Dallas. Georgia Arnold, executive director, shared some photos on her Instagram account (which I cobbled together below!)... enjoy!"
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"In a whistleblower lawsuit filed this week, three former managers of AIDS Healthcare Foundation allege that AHF is guilty of illegal patient-referral kickbacks and that the scheme has defrauded federal health care programs such as Medicaid of at least $20 million a year since 2010.

According to press release by the law firm, the three plaintiffs—Jack Carrel, Mauricio Ferrer and Shawn Loftis—filed the claim April 3 in Florida under both state and federal false claims acts. All three were managers at AHF and say they lost their jobs after they told their bosses about the company’s illegal activity."
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"When Indiana Governor Mike Pence last week signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act—a measure that could give for-profit businesses the right to discriminate based on religious beliefs—he set off a national backlash. Caught off guard, Pence denied that RFRA would allow discrimination against LGBT residents, CNN reports, and he has promised to fix the law."
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"Unfortunately, this is no April Fools’ joke: The Texas House of Representatives passed an amendment that will move $3 million from HIV prevention programs into abstinence education, the Texas Tribune reports.

State Representative Stuart Spitzer, R–Kaufman, led the push for the amendment, which passed 97 to 47.

During the provocative debate on the topic of sex education and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, Spitzer told the chamber that he was a virgin when he married at age 29 and has “only had sex with one woman in my life—and that’s my wife.”

Currently, school districts in Texas can set up their own sex education programs, according to the newspaper, as along as they teach more about abstinence than prevention methods such as birth control and condoms."
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"The current standard protocols for anal cancer screenings may fail to adequately detect pre-cancerous lesions among women living with HIV, aidsmap reports. Researchers analyzed data from HIV-positive women in New York City who underwent high resolution anoscopies (HRAs) after an abnormal anal pap test. They presented their findings at the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle."
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