HIV/AIDS News Digest: July 5, 2011
July 5, 2011
Here is a quick look at a few HIV/AIDS stories recently reported in the media:
Latina Transgender Beauty Queens Raise Awareness for HIV/AIDS (From Colorlines)
There's more to Orange County, Calif., than Bravo's reality show The Real Housewives of Orange County. While the O.C. is considered to be one of the most conservative counties in the U.S., it's also home to one of the nation's oldest gay and lesbian centers. And for almost 20 years, the Center Orange County has been holding a beauty pageant specifically targeting transgender Latinas. "Miss Hermosa y Protegida" (Beautiful and Safe) is one of the longest-running, all-Latina transgender beauty pageants in the country.
Last December, in our "HIV/AIDS Community Spotlight: People Who Made a Difference in 2010," Kenyon Farrow wrote about activist Deon Haywood and her organization Women With a Vision, which advocates for improving the lives of women, including HIV-positive women, in New Orleans. One of the major issues that Haywood was tackling was trying to get the laws changed around making sex workers have to register as sex offenders.
Haywood and other activists' hard work has paid off, because on June 29, Governor Jindal's office announced that he had signed into law a bill, sponsored by Louisiana State Representative Charmaine Marchand Stiaes, that effectively moves prostitution convictions back to the level of a misdemeanor. This decision will deeply impact the most marginalized women throughout the state.
The Huffington Post reported:
Instead of focusing on its new hepatitis C medicine, Incivek, which is expected to bring in $2 billion in sales, Massachusetts pharmaceutical company Vertex has decided to focus more on educating the community about the disease.
The Boston Globe wrote:
Vertex's vice president, Pamela Stephenson, believes that promoting information is crucial, especially given that 3.2 million Americans believed to carry the virus don't realize they are infected. She said, "Three quarters of the people don't know they have the disease, and most of the people who know don't get treated."
Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., which has a competing new hep C drug called Victrelis, has the same approach for its ads.
Other HIV/AIDS Articles in the Media
Haiti, Dominican Republic have 80 Percent of the Caribbean's HIV/AIDS (From Dominican Today)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Will Collect Sexual Orientation Data by 2013 (From a HHS press release)
Kellee Terrell is the former news editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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