HIV drugs shown to be effective in trials

SEATTLE, Washington — Findings from several clinical trials show how well drugs meant to treat the AIDS virus can protect people from becoming infected. But the trials also show that finding prevention methods that people will use is just as important as the medications themselves, researchers said Tuesday.

Three pieces of research presented at a major HIV/AIDS conference here found that oral drugs were highly effective at protecting gay and bisexual men from HIV infection, as well as heterosexual couples in which one partner was infected and the other wasn’t.

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AVAC calls for rapid response to encouraging PrEP reports

SEATTLE, Washington — AVAC today called for a global action plan including targets, resources and research agendas to accelerate access to daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), with a particular focus on those hardest hit and most underserved, in parallel with continued research to find new prevention options for those most at risk of HIV, especially young African women.

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amfAR's $100M investment strategy aimed at curing HIV

NEW YORK -- amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, today announced that it has created a $100 million investment strategy in support of its Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative, launched last year with the aim of developing the scientific basis of a cure by 2020.

The establishment of the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research within a major academic research institution with a grant of $20 million will be the centerpiece of the investment strategy.

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AIDS drug "candidate" shown to block infection by even the most virulent strains of HIV

For more than three decades, scientists have tried unsuccessfully to develop an effective vaccine for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. But now researchers say they have created an experimental drug that may function as a sort of "alternative" vaccine for the virus.

Revivals store in Hillcrest to close at end of February

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Hillcrest location of Revivals will close permanently at the end of February due to the loss of the store's lease. Revivals has operated the store in Hillcrest for over 4 years.

Report: Urgent need for additional HIV/AIDS funding

NEW YORK -- A new report finds that while over $50 million has been donated to LGBTQ health issues, there is still vital work to be done and an urgent need for more money to fight HIV and AIDS.

The report, Vital Funding: Investing in LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing, assesses the scale and character of foundation giving for the health and wellness of LGBTQ communities and is one of several special reports by Funders for LGBTQ Issues that tracks domestic foundation giving to LGBTQ causes.

Local H&R Block offices pitch in for Mama’s Kitchen

SAN DIEGO, California – H&R Block, recognizing the important contributions that Mama’s Kitchen makes to the community throughout the year, will partner with them through April 13.

Mark Miller, regional director for H&R Block believes supporting such a dedicated charitable organization is an important part of being good neighbors in the Greater San Diego area.

“H&R Block is proud to be able to help Mama’s Kitchen with hosting food bins in seven select locations,” Miller said.

Locations are as follows:

• 1714 Euclid Ave., San Diego CA 92105

SDHDF to provide grant funding for consumers to attend AIDS Watch 2015

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) will grant up to eight people living with HIV in San Diego County 50% of the cost to attend the annual AIDS Watch conference in Washington DC on April 13-14.

Zimbabwe: Government to create HIV program for gays, sex workers

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- The government is going to create a specific HIV and AIDS program targeting homosexuals and sex workers as a way of controlling the infection rate, a senior government official has revealed.

This is the first time the government has publicly acknowledged the existence of this minority population sector and said it would include it in its national programs.

Homosexuality has been politicized by President Robert Mugabe. As a result of Mugabe’s anti-gay stance, government officials have routinely reserved their comments on gay issues.

Being Alive selling Ribbons of Hope to fund HIV/AIDS services

SAN DIEGO, California -- One of its largest annual fundraisers, Being Alive is once again selling red ribbons — the universal symbol of AIDS awareness — to help them continue their mission to provide health, nutrition and social services to those living with HIV/AIDS.

Ribbons may be purchased for $1, $5, or $25. The “Ribbons of Hope” are available throughout San Diego, at various sponsors such as Revivals, AHF Pharmacy, Baja Betty’s, Mankind, The Loft, Pecs, Redwing and many more.