HIV/AIDS News Digest: July 19, 2011
July 19, 2011
Here is a quick look at a few HIV/AIDS stories recently reported in the media:
NewFest Kicks Off in NYC With HIV/AIDS Documentary We Were Here (From Film Society of Lincoln Center)
This Thursday, July 21, kicks off the 23rd annual NewFest film festival in New York. This lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival will open with David Weissman's gripping documentary We Were Here, a look back at the early days of AIDS in San Francisco.
In a review for The Wrap, blogger Jake Weinraub wrote that the director does a good job capturing the voices of the people who were there from the beginning, not in a clinical way, but in an emotional way.
Watch the film's trailer below:
A University of California-San Francisco study has found that a common vaginal infection increases the likelihood of an HIV-positive woman transmitting the virus to a man during unprotected sexual intercourse. The study's results were revealed at the 6th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Rome, Italy.
Researchers found that men were three times more likely to contract HIV from their female partners if the women also had bacterial vaginosis (BV) in the three months before the men became infected.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it's not clear what role sexual activity plays in the development of BV and women who have never had sexual intercourse may also be affected by BV.
Another day, another HIV criminalization case, but this case actually had a shocking outcome.
An Ottawa judge did the unexpected when he rejected attempted murder charges against a man accused of knowingly transmitting HIV, stating that HIV is no longer an "automatic death sentence."
The National Post reported:
Many Canadian HIV experts are praising what Ontario Court Justice David Wake has done, saying that it reflects medical reality and should send a message to police and prosecutors. Mark Wainberg, director of the McGill AIDS Centre based at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, told the National Post, "In a country like Canada, where antiretroviral drugs of the highest quality are available to everyone free of charge, the likelihood anyone is going to die over the next 25 years from HIV is extremely remote. So the very notion that anyone could be charged with attempted murder today seems strange."
Other HIV/AIDS Articles in the Media
HuffPost Greatest Person of the Day: Brenda Starks-Ross Helps People Living With HIV/AIDS Get Back on Track (From The Huffington Post)
Is It a "Happy Anniversary" for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy? (From The Root)
Cash Strapped States Cutting Back on HIV/AIDS Medical Assistance (From TheLoop21.com)
Kellee Terrell is the former news editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com
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