$813 million in federal money will go to HIV state drug programs

From michiganmessenger.com …

The federal government Monday announced more than $1.89 billion in funding to states to fight the HIV epidemic with access to care and with more cash for the failing AIDS Drug Assistance Program.

According to an HHS press release, $813 million of that money will go directly to the ADAP programming. An additional $8,386,340 will be issued as a supplement to 36 states and territories currently facing a litany of unmet needs and access issues. The additional money is designed to help those programs reduce or eliminate their waiting lists. They also released an additional $40 million to assist states and territories currently refusing coverage for people in need to reduce the number of people waiting.

To read the full article, go to michiganmessenger.com.

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is September 27, 2011

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed each year on September 27 to focus on the continuing serious and disproportionate effects of the human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV) on gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex  with men (MSM) in the United States. In 2008, an estimated 580,000 MSM were living with HIV infection.

Based on these findings, sexually active MSM might benefit from more frequent HIV testing (e.g., every 3 to 6 months). CDC is using the 2011 National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day as an opportunity to highlight this information for gay men and their health-care providers. Additional information is available at http:/www.cdc.gov/msmhealth.

Search for free testing near you by clicking on the “find testing” tab above. You can also email us at PMS@stophiv.pitt.edu for more information.

What can be done about high rates of HIV infection among Black gay and bi men

The first of a two-part series by writer and commentator Rod McCullom examining what can be done to reverse the high rates of new HIV infection among Black gay and bisexual men…

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The number of new HIV cases in the United States has remained fairly stable at about 50,000 per year between 2006 and 2009, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that was published in early August in the online scientific journal PLoS ONE.

Predictably, the epidemic continues to affect Black America disproportionately: Forty-four percent of all new infections occurred among African Americans, who make up only about 13 percent of the population.  And gay and bisexual men, who make up only an estimated two percent of the population, accounted for 61 percent of all new HIV infections in 2009.  Young Black gay and bi men–“men who have sex with men” (MSM), in public health jargon–ages 13 to 29 experienced the greatest increases, with infection rates skyrocketing by more than 48 percent.

But government researchers described the soaring seroconversions among young Black MSM as “alarming.”  “The data is not surprising because we’ve been talking about young Black gay and bisexual men for some time,” says A. Cornelius Baker, a member of the Presidential Advisory Council HIV/AIDS (PACHA), the senior communications consultant at AED Center on AIDS & Community Health and board chair of the Black AIDS Institute.  “Now we have an opportunity to make some progress with bold and comprehensive strategies.”

Contunue reaeding the article at Balckvoicenews.com.

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Rod McCullom blogs on politics, pop culture and Black gay news at rod20.com. His commentary appears in Ebondy, The Advocate, ColorLines and other popular media.

Medical Schools don’t teach about gay health

From 365gay.com

Future  doctors aren’t learning much about the unique health needs of gays and  lesbians, a survey of medical school deans suggests.On  average, the schools devoted five hours in the entire curriculum to  teaching content related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender  patients, according to the survey results appearing in Wednesday’s  Journal of the American Medical Association. A third of the schools had  none during the years students work with patients.

More  than a quarter of the medical school deans said their school’s coverage  of 16 related topics was “poor” or “very poor.” The topics included sex  change surgery, mental health issues and HIV-AIDS. While  nearly all medical schools taught students to ask patients if they  “have sex with men, women or both” while obtaining a sexual history, the  overall curriculum lacked deeper instruction to help “students carry  that conversation as far as it needs to go,” said lead author Dr. Juno  Obedin-Maliver of the University of California, San Francisco.

Got to 365gay.com for the full story.