HIV/AIDS News Digest: August 23, 2011
August 24, 2011
Here is a quick look at a few HIV/AIDS stories recently reported in the media:
To some, HIV criminalization laws are outdated, stigmatizing and scientifically inaccurate (i.e. saliva doesn't carry HIV). But depending on how you look at it, how Florida defines sex in its HIV criminalization law is somewhat homophobic. Only heterosexuals can be prosecuted under the law, because sexual intercourse is defined as penetration between a man and a woman.
The Michigan Messenger reported that recently a Florida appellate court upheld this law while overturning the conviction of a woman found guilty of transmitting HIV to her partner.
The judges found that because the law referenced "sexual intercourse" that it could only be applied to heterosexual activity since intercourse is only defined as "the penetration of the female sex organ by the male sex organ." They overturned the woman's conviction.
It's unknown whether any LGBT organizations are going to speak out against this law and demand that the rigid definition of sexual intercourse be changed, especially given how the LGBT organizations well versed in HIV/AIDS issues oppose HIV criminalization laws in the first place.
To pay homage to Alvin Ailey -- who died of AIDS on December 1, 1999 -- and the 10 first-place winners of the Bristol-Myers Squibb 2011 REYATAZ "Fight HIV Your Way" contest, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will create a new dance for World AIDS Day.
Rolling Out reported:
The new ballet titled "Home" will be choreographed by Rennie Harris and will live among the more than 350 ballets in the repertoire. A retired Judith Jamison, who graciously carries the title artistic director emerita since her retirement this past June, says, "To dance this situation, to choreograph these wonderful short essays and photographs that were reflective of their lives is a fabulous idea."
Ed Perlmutter: 2011 "Fight HIV Your Way" Contest -- I Won Third Place (From "An Accidental Activist" on TheBody.com)
Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced that the state will lose 25 percent of its HIV prevention funding -- now it's Maine's turn. According to Maine Public Broadcasting (MPB), the state will lose one-third of its federal HIV funding in the next few years.
Maine is bracing for the loss of a third of its federal funding for HIV?AIDS, as the feds target scarce dollars to urban states with high caseloads.
Other HIV/AIDS Articles in the Media
HPV Vaccine Protects Women Against Anal Infection (From Medpage Today)
Right-Wing Conservative Talk Show Host Wants Gay Bars Closed, Claims They "Spread AIDS" (From the Right Wing Watch)
Bronx AIDS Services Marks 25th Year of Caring for HIV-Positive New Yorkers (From the New York Daily News)
Kellee Terrell is the former news editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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