AIDS Healthcare Foundation accused of $20M patient referral kickback scheme

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida -- Three former managers of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Inc. (AHF) have filed Federal and Florida State Whistleblower Act claims against the nation's largest supplier of HIV/AIDS medical care for illegal patient referral kickbacks. AHF is charged with defrauding Federal healthcare programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Health and Human Services HIV/AIDS grant programs of at least $20 million a year in false claims since 2010. Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC represents the plaintiffs.

Back Out With Benny: Let's end HIV in our lifetimes

The first column I ever wrote for an LGBT newspaper was published on June 29, 2005 — nearly a decade ago. It was called “Out with Benny” and published in the now defunct San Diego Update newspaper, which had been one of the San Diego LGBT community’s leading LGBT news outlets from 1979 until its closure in 2006.

Win tickets to San Diego AIDS Memorial concert

SAN DIEGO, California -- is giving away two tickets to the San Diego AIDS Memorial fundraising concert on Thursday.

Performers are Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford, comic Suzanne Westenhoefer, drag performer Chad Michaels, Heartbeat Music Academy Thunder Squad and Grammy nominee Manny Cepeda Orchestra.

The concert is being produced by Being Alive and Susan Jester. The fundraiser will raise money for a memorial to the more than 8,000 people from San Diego who have lost their lives to AIDS, organizers say.

Australian AIDS volunteer, mother die in Germanwings plane crash

The Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) has confirmed that the Australian man killed on board the Germanwings Flight was longstanding VAC volunteer, Greig Friday.

Germanwings Flight 4U9525 crashed in the Southern Alps en route from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany on Monday.

Greig and his mother, Carol Friday, were among the 150 passengers who perished in the crash. They had both been holidaying together. It is believed Greig had planned to stay in France to teach English as a foreign language.

Larry Kramer: Thirty-four years is a long time for every President and every Congress to sit back and let us die

(Editor's note: This is the text of the "Cure!" speech given by playwright, author and longtime gay-rights and AIDS activist Larry Kramer, upon receiving the first-ever Larry Kramer Activism Award from the Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York at its spring gala on Monday, March 23, 2015. The text was posted by Peter Staley on Facebook.)

THIRTY-FOUR YEARS. HIV/AIDS has been our plague for 34 years. We should have known more about this plague by now. 34 years is a very long time to let people die.

Daniel Franzese of "Looking" lands a new role: HIV awareness advocate

Big things are happening for Daniel Franzese.

App provides HIV drug info for healthcare providers, consumers

Healthcare providers and consumers need HIV-related drug information and, increasingly, they depend on mobile devices to access that information. AIDSinfo is meeting both needs with the release of the AIDSinfo Drug App.

Truvada whore: Taking the sting out of stigma

Tuvada: Consider it the one of the most misunderstood drugs currently on the market.

The head of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation calls it a "party drug," a reporter for Huffington Post poses it as a drug for "whores," users of it, meanwhile, are owning their "Truvada whore" label. They've fashioned it into a T-shirt design and hashtag, even. To say the messages are mixed is an understatement.

Clearing through the fog, the question at hand is this: What is this controversial drug? What is a "Truvada whore"?

What is Truvada?

HIV drugs shown to be effective in trials

SEATTLE, Washington — Findings from several clinical trials show how well drugs meant to treat the AIDS virus can protect people from becoming infected. But the trials also show that finding prevention methods that people will use is just as important as the medications themselves, researchers said Tuesday.

Three pieces of research presented at a major HIV/AIDS conference here found that oral drugs were highly effective at protecting gay and bisexual men from HIV infection, as well as heterosexual couples in which one partner was infected and the other wasn’t.

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AVAC calls for rapid response to encouraging PrEP reports

SEATTLE, Washington — AVAC today called for a global action plan including targets, resources and research agendas to accelerate access to daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), with a particular focus on those hardest hit and most underserved, in parallel with continued research to find new prevention options for those most at risk of HIV, especially young African women.