President-elect Barack Obama plans to overhaul the Bush administration's international family planning and AIDS prevention funding policy, which excludes abortion and strictly supports abstinence-only education.
Public health and HIV/AIDS experts warn that if prevention programs don't take hold in Hong Kong, as many as one third of the city's gay and bisexual men could be infected with HIV by 2020. The number of infections among that group has risen every year since 2003, while the rate of infection for heterosexuals has stayed steady over that same amount of time, Reuters reports.
A high school in Missouri will install an HIV/AIDS testing center after several students were exposed to the virus. The St. Louis County Health Department said it was the first time in its history that a routine investigation on the virus's origin following a diagnosis in the area has led to a high school. Parents of students at Normandy High School were notified on Wednesday.
An innovative new text message-based HIV/AIDS campaign is set to start in Los Angeles County now that it has received funding. With a grant from Cable Positive, the cable industry's HIV/AIDS nonprofit, AIDS Project Los Angeles will be able to go forward with the new-media health intervention, the group announced on Wednesday.
Circumcision, which has been shown to reduce heterosexual men's risk of contracting HIV, does not have the same effect for gays, a new study indicates.
A new study conducted by the University of Arizona in Tucson estimates that HIV has existed in human populations for more than a century. The study, conducted by evolutionary biologist Michael Worobey and colleagues, estimates the date of origin at around 1900, which is 30 years earlier than previous analyses.