Posts Tagged ‘Hiv’

Georgia University Warning About HIV-Positive Man Transmitting HIV Comes Under Fire

Posted on: September 5th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 6 Comments

On a Tuesday in August, Georgia Southern University issued an alarming “health alert” to its students. A “dominant” black man was “intentionally and knowingly” transmitting HIV. School officials warned the press, too. But weeks later, amid denials by state health officials that they authorized or distributed the alert, the school has quietly removed it from its website. A lot of people are demanding to know why it was posted in the first place. (more…)

The crime of being positive

Posted on: April 1st, 2013 by Todd Heywood 6 Comments

In the late fall of 1988, state lawmakers and representatives from major insurance and pharmaceutical companies were hard at work addressing the looming AIDS crisis for the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative-leaning think tank that produces state-based business-friendly model legislation. (more…)

Mich.’s AIDS planning group trades transparency for protection of members’ HIV status

Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 2 Comments

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LANSING, MICH.—The Michigan Department of Community Health has launched an investigation into whether its HIV/AIDS advisory body violated the state’s Open Meetings Act by requiring attendees to sign a confidentiality agreement. (more…)

Maryland lawmaker cranks HIV-decriminalization gears with message bill

Posted on: March 26th, 2013 by Sofia Resnick 1 Comment

*This article has been updated to reflect a correction.

A Maryland lawmaker and a handful of local advocates have started the course to repeal the state’s HIV-specific criminal law, and if other states’ efforts are any indication, Maryland’s path will likely be a long and winding one. (more…)

Mich. HIV data collection violates intent of statute, says lawmaker who helped create law

Posted on: March 19th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 2 Comments

LANSING, MICH. – Michigan’s health department is violating the legislative intent of an HIV-related statute – and maybe the law itself – by indefinitely collecting information on people who test for HIV at federally funded clinics, says a former state lawmaker, who helped pass sweeping health reforms in the wake of the AIDS epidemic. (more…)

Sequester could lead to massive cuts in HIV testing, treatment

Posted on: February 25th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 3 Comments

The AIDS Drug Assistance Program is among the many federal programs that will take a hit if $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts go through March 1, and those cuts could potentially lead to an increase in HIV transmission, the White House said Sunday in a report on the anticipated state-by-state impacts of the so-called sequester. (more…)

President’s AIDS council calls on feds to help states repeal HIV-criminalization laws

Posted on: February 11th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 5 Comments

The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) passed a resolution last week that calls for an end to federal and state HIV-specific criminal laws and prosecutions. (more…)

‘Past time’ to review HIV criminal laws, says former presidential commission member

Posted on: November 30th, 2012 by Todd Heywood 1 Comment

A member of the first federal commission to look at the HIV epidemic says it is “probably past time” for states to revisit their HIV-specific criminal laws. (more…)