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Currently, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) excludes men who have had sex with another man anytime since 1977, the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, from donating blood. This policy has been in place since 1992, when it was revised from a lifetime ban.
In December of 2014, the FDA released a statement that the policy will be reevaluated for the ban on men who have sex with other men (MSM) leaning toward a one year deferral period. This is, however, far longer than the period of 23 days after infection when HIV tests can detect the virus.
In the best interest of avoiding blood supply contamination, the FDA should consider the addition of deferrals for high-risk behaviors; such as lack of safe sex practices or high number of sexual partners. Maintaining a ban on MSM while ignoring others at high risk for HIV is discriminatory and excluding a social group as opposed to a high-risk behavior.
As members of civil society and representatives of People Living with HIV (PLHIV), Men who have Sex with Men, Sex Workers and Injecting Drug Users -
We note that the HIV/AIDS Bill, which was finalized by National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) in July 2006, continues to be pending with the government and has not been tabled in the Parliament till date.
Constant delay in bringing the Bill to Parliament is a cause of great concern.
A international funding has meant that by 2016, epidemiologists expect that 30,000 to 50,000 Filipinos would get infected with HIV. This means that the government would need to spend P900M to P1.5B in treatment alone.
Preventing the spread of the virus would not only mean averting the economic cost of an HIV epidemic, it would likewise forestall the human cost of the disease.
The United Nations Children's Fund - UNICEF - works for children's rights, their survival, development and protection. The organization provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in over 150 countries and territories.
UNICEF Inspired Gifts is an innovative program that gives you the opportunity to purchase actual life-saving items that will be shipped directly to one of over 150 countries where UNICEF serves. While other organizations allow supporters to purchase "symbolic" gifts, Inspired Gifts are actual items like warm blankets, vaccines, mosquito nets, water wells, therapeutic milk, even School-in-a-Box kits. In a world where everyday 25,000 children die from preventable causes, Inspired Gifts can make an immediate and dramatic difference in the life of a child threatened by malnutrition, disease, unclean water, lack of shelter, basic immunizations and basic medicines.
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$27.00 Anti Malarial Drugs (treatment for 30 children)
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$31.04 Polio Vaccine (treatment for 53 children)
$35.80 Deworming Tablets (treatment for 994 children)
$69.00 10,000 Water Purification Tablets (4-5 liters for each tablet)
$79.81 Oral Rehydration Salts (1,000 packets)
Kamiar and Arash Alaei, brothers bound by their dedication as doctors, made it their mission to educate Iranians about HIV and provide treatment for patients shunned by society.
They pushed for a nation-wide needle exchange program, reached out to the most marginalized, vulnerable communities, and traveled abroad to study and share their work at international health conferences. That all came to an abrupt end when in June of 2008 the brothers were arrested, and eventually convicted of “communicating with an enemy government” and “seeking to overthrow the Iranian government.”
The Alaeis were apparently targeted because of their travels abroad and speaking about their HIV work in Iran, according to Physicians for Human Rights.
Kamiar was sentenced to three years in prison, Arash to six years. Speaking for the first time publicly since his release in October of 2010, Kamiar paid tribute to his still-imprisoned brother as he accepted the 2011 Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights Thursday night in a ceremony hosted by NewsHour senior correspondent Ray Suarez.
“No prison walls can break the spirit of a human being with a cause,’’ Kamiar said with tears in his eyes."My brother and I are the evidence of that spirit. I believe our strength comes from each other."
He described the brothers' close bond and his profound loneliness in being away from Arash.
They were united by the drive to be “the voice of the voiceless, and the face of the faceless,” he said, and found ways to spread their message while in prison. They educated prisoners on HIV, and tried to improve general health by helping inmates quit smoking and teaching them how to avoid tuberculosis and other preventable diseases.
Speaking with the NewsHour Friday, Kamiar said he feels it is the right time to speak because the full time frame of his sentence has expired, and he wanted to thank the many international organizations that lobbied for their release.
In the early days of the Alaeis' sentence, the two were unaware that Physicians for Human Rights, and professors at Harvard’s School of Public Health, among others, had begun a campaign on their behalf.
During a short visit from their mother several months later, she hugged them and whispered in their ears, “The world supports you.”
“We were crying and very emotional,” Kamiar said. “We thought we were forgotten.”
Arash, who is half way through his prison sentence, was informed of the award through family, Kamiar said, and relayed that he was honored by the recognition.
The family is hopeful that Arash may be released early. Kamiar is currently working on his second doctorate in health policy at the State University of New York, but said it has been a struggle to remain focused with his brother's future still uncertain.
“It's difficult for me because the majority of the time I am just thinking about him, what is he doing now, is he sleeping,” Kamiar said. “But I know if I was in prison and he was out, I'd want him to continue our work.”
The AIDS Committee of Durham Region (ACDR) launched a new awareness campaign directed and designed by youth. The Cover your C**%K, Protect your P*&%$Y campaign was launched in January 2010. The safer sex campaign contained valuable information surrounding youth and HIV/AIDS.
In November 2010, The Durham District School Board (DDSB) banned any material containing the image of a Cat and Rooster which appeared on the campaign from entering their schools.
This has resulted in Durham Region youth being unable to receive this proven effective safer sex messaging and education on behalf of the ACDR at DDSB locations and events.
The 30th of November has been declared by the Center for African Affairs and Global Peace as an African AIDS Day. This is particularly significant in the sense that the World AIDS Day is on the 1st of December-the reason for this choice is to remind the world of the urgency and the priority that the devastating AIDS situation in Africa needs.
While we stand with the rest of the world to support the World’s AIDS Day we also want the world to remember that Africa bears the brunt of this pandemic more than any other region on earth. In the light of this explanation the first day being the 30th of November is the African AIDS Day and the second day being the 1st of December is the World AIDS Day. YOU can certainly give this region the urgent attention it deserves by declaring the 30th of November as African AIDS Day and so it will be forever and ever.
Help us to address the tsunami of Africa, help us to address the 9/11 of Africa, help us to address the cold hand of Africa’s holocaust, help us to stop the killing, the maiming, the wailing and mourning that this pandemic has unleashed on Africa.
We, the people living with HIV& AIDS, our families and friends and the civil society actively involved with the treatment, care & support of the hapless socially marginalized community in Pakistan, strongly criticize the indifferent attitude of international donors including World Bank, DFID, USAID as well as the government of Pakistan towards the pathetic condition of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Pakistan who have been denied their right of treatment, care & support.
YEI engages communities in discussing effective prevention of and care for HIV/AIDS through home visits, worksite discussions, anti-stigma campaigns, weekly radio programs and sensitization debates at schools, colleges and hospitals.
Programs designed and implemented by our local community members have made it possible for YEI to provide many of the services critical to HIV/AIDS prevention and care for free, including:
* Education materials
* HIV counseling and testing
* Anti-retroviral (ARV) therapy referrals
* Mobile HIV counseling and testing.
To U.S. Congress, the Attorney General in each state as well as the United States Attorney General Office
On May 9th, 2010 The New York Times published an article titled Front Lines, AIDS War Is Falling Apart.
WHEREAS, one of the reasons the war on AIDS is falling apart is because of corruption within the Federal Government and the Black Market over Inflated Sales of AIDS and HIV Drugs In Africa and around the world. On Dec 1, 2009 an email was leaked that was sent from Africa by C.P.F.in which CPF stated
"there is a major black market scam being worked on the $30 million a year in HIV AIDS drugs we finance... I could easily name the in-house folks but my lips are sealed."
CPF is an Administrative Employee of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Presidential Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR).
Thousands of people are losing their lives every month because of the Black Market Sales of HIV/AIDS drugs which make the drugs unaffordable and sometimes the Black Market Retailers thin out the medicine with water and other chemicals and cause it to become toxic.
WHEREAS, Samuel A. Weems, who was elected as one of the one hundred delegates to rewrite the Arkansas Constitution and once held the office of prosecuting attorney has written a widely published article condemning CFF's support of violent activities and terrorists. Among his many statements to CPF which he forwarded to numerous politicians and published many places, he said "CPF, by your agency giving $15 million US tax dollars Your action is nothing more than the total support for a regime that is guilty of ethnic cleansing."
THEREFORE, it is concluded that CPF's finances all over the world warrant a full investigation.
FURTHER, the United States government has allowed, and is continuing to allow, CPF to benefit and/or direct the American people's tax money.
THEREFORE, it is up to the American people to exercise their rights and hold CPF accountable for financial irregularities which may or may not lead to CPF
revealing the names of in-house US Federal Government people involved in the Black Market over-Inflated Sales of AIDS and HIV Drugs In Africa.
CONSEQUENTLY, the people of the United States of America declare the following,
TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT: Pursuant to the Bill of Rights, Amendment One, we, the people of the United States, declare that we are grieved over the actions of CPF and hereby petition the United States government to take immediate action to cease funding CPF with any taxes from the United States of America in any way, manner of form until CPF's finances receive a full financial investigation. This includes past, current and future finances in the USA, France, Berlin and worldwide.
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Uganda wants to introduce a new anti-gay bill. This bill allows for anyone who's been found HIV positive to be charged with the death penalty. I find this shocking coming from a country who's people have already suffered and have been tortured, enslaved, and persecuted in a 23 year long war with rebels.
This bill is being encouraged - pressured - to move forward by evangelical groups that are providing "aid":
'Human-rights groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have condemned the bill. They say it is a product of a campaign by evangelical churches and anti-gay groups that has led to death threats and physical assaults against Ugandans suspected of being gay.'
Caleb's Hope, along with countless other grassroots NGOs, works in Northern Uganda with women and children living with HIV/AIDS. This new bill could greatly impact the lives of those we are trying to assist.
Not only that, it's a fundamental human right to live free from persecution, violence and discrimination based on your sexual orientation.
To read more about the proposed bill: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gNOsUTPIL6zoTWAGRTzPqmx3__IgD9CFBHJ00
The bill is hateful, shocking, disgusting and appalling. Stephen Lewis, former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa & head of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, puts it best: http://www.stephenlewisfoundation.org/news_item.cfm?news=3212
In case anyone needs a refresher, here's the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (courtesy of the outstanding Human Rights Action Center). To read the declaration: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/
Uma ação da IFMSA-Brazil(International Federation of Medical Students Associations´) para o Dia Mundial da Aids, congregando estudantes de medicina do Brasil na luta contra HIV/Aids.
HIV/AIDS has caused the death of approximately 30 million people worldwide, including millions in America.
Existing treatments for HIV/AIDS do not cure the disease. A readily available cure for HIV/AIDS would be more favorable to those affected by the disease than continual treatments of AZT, etc.
The U.S.'s patented cure for AIDS (patent #5676977) documents two studies that prove that the described METHOD is effective at curing the disease, yet no other major studies have been conducted, nor has widespread domestic and global implementation of said METHOD.
On 5 May 2005 the House of Lords delivered a judgment on the matter of ‘N’ ( UKHL31). It ruled that deportation of a person living with HIV to a country where s/he was unlikely to receive adequate HIV treatment was not incompatible with their right to be free of inhumane treatment under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. In concluding their written judgment, the Lords made it clear that the Home Office can exercise discretion in deciding not to return such individuals to their home countries, but that if it decides on deportation, it will not be operating in breach of human rights legislation. The European Courts for Human Rights reinforced this position in May 2008.
In the view of a number of HIV advocates, this decision essentially authorises many HIV-positive people living in the UK to be removed to their countries of origin without access to lifesaving treatment.
The African HIV Policy Network (AHPN) believes that there is a clear contradiction between the UK's policy aim of universal access to HIV treatment for all those who need it by 2010 and the removal of people living with HIV who are on treatment to countries where treatment is not readily available or affordable.
The withdrawal of treatment increases the body's vulnerability to opportunistic infection and will result in drastically shortened life expectancy.
There are strong public health arguments for allowing a concession. Those awaiting removal may go underground and fail to keep appointments resulting in an increased risk of opportunistic infection with the need for emergency treatment and an increased risk of onward transmission.
The UK is a signatory to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Article 12(1) requires states to ‘recognise the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health’.
Denying concrete progress made by all the humanitarian organizations during these last years, Pope Benedict XVI declared on March 17th 2009 during his visit to Africa: “Condoms are not the answer to the fight against HIV and AIDS and can make the problem worse”.
By virtue of his position as high moral authority and the audience this gives him, the Pope directly jeopardizes the inalienable right to “life, liberty and security of person” provided by article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
By virtue of his position, Benedict XVI speaks in the name of all the Catholics and by extension in the name of those who despite being non-practising Catholics were raised according to Christian principles. It is the same when he “forgives” negationist bishops while supporting the excommunication of the mother and the doctors of a nine-year-old Brazilian girl who aborted twins conceived after sexual abuses by her stepfather and whose life was directly threatened by her pregnancy. This while still considering the stepfather as being part of the congregation.
AIDS is a disease which attacks your Immune system. You get the virus either from using the same needles with an infected person, being passed on through birth, or STD's (sexually transmitted diseases).
The virus destroys the body's T-cells, and when you only have a few number of T-cells left you are diagnosed with AIDS.
The country of South Africa has gained the dubious distinction of becoming "the rape capital of the world". The savage rape and victimization of children is an everyday occurence.
Children as young as just a few months have been gang-raped by groups of men that very often include a relative; one child was raped by a group of men that included her own grandfather.
The pandemic spread of HIV and AIDS in these countries coupled with the Virgin Sex Myth that many believe has led many AIDS infected men to seek to have sex with a virgin, the younger the better, in order to be "healed" of their disease. Other men, while not believing this myth, seek to have sex with virgins in order to avoid contracting AIDS from older, infected women.
As global citizens we must put an end to the barbaric and senseless crimes against women and children.
The White House has sent memos to key service agencies, including those funding Ryan White Care Act programs, indicating dramatic cuts to 2006 budget appropriations (see, e.g.: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58762-2004May26.html ).
The Yale AIDS Network is asking Yale providers to sign the following letter, indicating opposition to cuts in the Ryan White Care Act, which will be sent to Connecticut legislators in Washington D.C. on July 4, 2004.
Dear Connecticut Legislator:
As people working directly with those living with HIV/AIDS in Connecticut, we are writing to tell you of the importance of programs that are funded by the Ryan White Care Act.
Each day, patients come to our offices in need of help with housing, medical bills, medication access problems, mental health issues, and food and nutritional needs. Without the RWCA, these people would have little or no resources to survive. Each dollar of the RWCA makes an important impact on the lives of those with HIV/AIDS here in Connecticut.
We are concerned by recent news stories indicating that White House memos have already instructed RWCA administrators to expect drastic cuts in next year's budget (Weisman, J. 2006 Cuts In Domestic Spending On Table. The Washington Post, 27 May 2004, Page A1). This would produce a devastating reduction in services for those with HIV/AIDS, directly resulting in immense suffering and mortality among our patients. A cut in RWCA funds would work to reverse so much of the progress we have made in reducing death tolls from HIV in our state.