Lambda Legal: Halt HIV-based criminal prosecutions in wake of DOJ guidance

Lambda Legal today called for a moratorium on all HIV-based criminal prosecutions until state legislatures take action to implement the reforms recommended in the recent Department of Justice (DOJ) guidance advising states to eliminate such prosecutions absent clear evidence of an intent to harm and a significant risk of actual transmission.

Across Africa, MSM report low access to basic HIV services

A new regional study indicates that less than half of men who have sex with men (MSM) across Sub-Saharan Africa report easy access to basic HIV services.

Conducted by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) in partnership with African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), the study shows that homophobia, violence, and stigma among healthcare providers are linked with reduced access to HIV services.

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DOJ guide urges fix of state laws criminalizing HIV

WASHINGTON, DC – The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it has released a Best Practices Guide to Reform HIV-Specific Criminal Laws to Align with Scientifically-Supported Factors.

Teams now forming for 25th AIDS Walk San Diego

SAN DIEGO, California -- Teams are now forming for the 25th annual AIDS Walk & Run San Diego, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27.

“Teams are a vital part of the fun and the fundraising at AIDS Walk San Diego,” said Ian Johnson, The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s director of special events.

AIDS Walk is a program of The Center. “Last year, teams helped raise 70 percent of the total funds raised. It’s also a really fun way to participate and truly make a difference for people impacted by HIV/AIDS.”

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Special Delivery's annual Pride barbecue fundraiser expands

SAN DIEGO, California -- Special Delivery's popular annual Pride barbecue fundraiser on July 19 will be moving to Rich's, after nearly two decades of being hosted at the Top of the Park.

The Saturday Pride BBQ will be expanding this year to also include serving on Friday night, July 18, from 9 pm until 2 am, followed by the main cookout on Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. The barbecue will continue Saturday night from 9 pm to 2 am.

Food truck fun to kick off 25th annual Aids Walk & Run San Diego

SAN DIEGO, California – Join in the fun on Thursday, June 19 to kick off this year’s 25th annual AIDS Walk & Run San Diego, a program of the San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center). Some of San Diego’s hottest food trucks will gather at The Center, 3909 Centre St., and will donate a portion of their sales to support the event.

Stop by The Center on June 19 between 5-8 pm and catch Calexico Creamery, The Juice Wave, the InSlider SD, New York on Rye, Two for the Road and other great food trucks, all in support of this important community event.

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The neverending epidemic: and how we can end it

We cannot accept a neverending HIV epidemic. We cannot accept that every year in the United States we add 50,000 new HIV infections. We cannot accept that the number of new infections, while dropping for almost every other demographic, is on the rise for gay men and transgender women. The burden of infection in queer communities is already far too heavy. We have more means of preventing HIV than ever. So how is it that, for us, the epidemic in new infections just gets worse?

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Mama’s Kitchen asks public to host food drives in July

SAN DIEGO, California – Mama’s Kitchen asks the pubic to participate in the fourth annual “Independence from Hunger,” an initiative to encourage individuals, businesses, schools and community groups to host food drives during July 2014 to ensure the pantry shelves are full with nutritious non-perishable food items.

Mama’s Pantry, a service of Mama’s Kitchen, provides a nutritional shopping opportunity at no cost for low income men, women and children of San Diego County affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Pressure to conform to masculine norms may fuel HIV risk among gay black men

Family and cultural pressures to conform to prescribed masculine behaviors create social isolation and distress that may drive young gay black men to seek approval and acceptance through perilous sexual behaviors, according to research led by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. This dangerous “compensatory” mechanism, the researchers say, may contribute to the disproportionately high HIV infection rate seen in this population.

Mama's Kitchen offers free nutrition classes for people living with HIV

SAN DIEGO, California -- Mama's Kitchen will begin its next series nutrition classes for HIV+ individuals beginning Tuesday, June 10.

The eight-week series will include topics such as healthy eating and HIV, food safety and more. All classes are taught by a registered dietitian.

Anyone who is HIV+ is welcome to attend, but registration is required. Classes are free and include lunch.

All classes are held from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Tuesdays at Mama's Kitchen.

To sign up contact or call 619-233-6262 ext. 118. Mama's Kitchen is located at 3960 Home Ave.

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