Zimbabwe: Government to create HIV program for gays, sex workers

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- The government is going to create a specific HIV and AIDS program targeting homosexuals and sex workers as a way of controlling the infection rate, a senior government official has revealed.

This is the first time the government has publicly acknowledged the existence of this minority population sector and said it would include it in its national programs.

Homosexuality has been politicized by President Robert Mugabe. As a result of Mugabe’s anti-gay stance, government officials have routinely reserved their comments on gay issues.

Being Alive selling Ribbons of Hope to fund HIV/AIDS services

SAN DIEGO, California -- One of its largest annual fundraisers, Being Alive is once again selling red ribbons — the universal symbol of AIDS awareness — to help them continue their mission to provide health, nutrition and social services to those living with HIV/AIDS.

Ribbons may be purchased for $1, $5, or $25. The “Ribbons of Hope” are available throughout San Diego, at various sponsors such as Revivals, AHF Pharmacy, Baja Betty’s, Mankind, The Loft, Pecs, Redwing and many more.

Joan Rivers leaves her beloved AIDS charity a chunk of $150M fortune

NEW YORK -- Comedian Joan Rivers has left a portion of her wealth to a charity that helps people living with AIDS.

The outspoken comic passed away in September, at age 81, after she stopped breathing during a surgical procedure.

The Mail reports that her will was filed with New York State Surrogate’s Court on Tuesday – and daughter Melissa Rivers named as executor of her $150 million (£95 million) trust.

Impulse Group San Diego launch party scheduled for Saturday

SAN DIEGO, California -- Impulse Group San Diego, the newest chapter of the non-profit Impulse Group Organization, is hosting their launch event on Saturday, Dec. 6 to introduce their message to the San Diego LGBT community.

By hosting social gatherings that will bring the community together, Impulse Group San Diego aims to promote safe sex advocacy to the thriving gay male population in the county.

The Naughty & Nice event will be held at Hotel Palomar's fourth-floor Summerset Pool Deck in Downtown San Diego from 7:30 pm to 12:30 am.

Chinese government hooks up with gay dating app to fight HIV

In 2013, when a deadly meningitis outbreak affected gay and bisexual men in New York City, Department of Health officials said users of gay dating apps were at high risk for contracting the disease. Some in the gay community were uneasy about that designation, but when app developers partnered with local officials to publicize a vaccination effort that was largely credited with containing the outbreak, it proved that collaboration between app developers and public health workers was an effective way to reach a traditionally marginalized population.

Lead the Way begins HIV testing at Walgreens in Hillcrest

SAN DIEGO, California -– Beginning today, Dec. 3, Lead the Way offers free, confidential HIV testing at the Walgreens in Hillcrest from 10 am to 4 pm every Wednesday.

“We’re excited to have a new location to provide free, confidential HIV testing to the community,” said Joshua Romero, community outreach manager for Lead the Way. “Getting tested and knowing your status is an important part of HIV prevention for the health of our community.”

Anti-gay Children’s AIDS Fund still raking in taxpayer money

In July, I reported that, despite promises President Obama made on the campaign trail, the federal government was still providing millions of dollars in grants for HIV-prevention programming to anti-gay, anti-choice evangelical groups at home and abroad, particularly in Africa. Newly filed 2013 tax documents and a grant tracking website at the Department of Health and Human Services have revealed that one controversial evangelical organization I profiled, the Children’s AIDS Fund (CAF), has again been awarded federal funding.

HIV's ability to cause AIDS is weakening over time, study finds

LONDON, England -- Rapid evolution of HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, is slowing its ability to cause AIDS, according to a study of more than 2,000 women in Africa.

Scientists said the research suggests a less virulent HIV could be one of several factors contributing to a turning of the deadly pandemic, eventually leading to the end of AIDS.

The most celebrated, mistrusted little pill in the world

Downtown Milford, population 1,021, is a picturesque street surrounded by forested hills. In the fall, sheafs of dried autumn corn decorate the lampposts; pumpkins sit outside shops with wooden signs. Prominent AIDS activist Sean Strub first came to the Pennsylvania town in 1996, looking for a quiet place to recoup from his long and brutal illness. He'd begun a recently approved regimen of 16 pills a day -- the most effective treatment for HIV ever discovered to that point. He acclimated nicely to Milford, planning for a future he hadn’t always thought he’d live to see.

Cultural homophobia prompts HIV spike among Asian Kiwis

Not being "out" with their homosexuality, "cultural homophobia" and being less connected to the gay scene is resulting in a spike in numbers of Asians in New Zealand being infected with HIV, the NZ Aids Foundation says.

Nearly one in four people diagnosed with HIV last year were of Asian ethnicity, according to data from the AIDS Epidemiology Group, Otago University.

The number of gay and bisexual Asian men diagnosed with HIV rose from 10% three years ago to 22% in 2012 to 24% last year.

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