Category Archives: USA

  1. Meet Amy Stapleford Jackson – A Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate

    “IRMA has gathered together people who are doing great work in the fields of sexual health, scientific research, medicine, HIV prevention, and microbicide advocacy and by pooling these resources is making important strides advocating for safe, effective rectal microbicides.” – Amy Stapleford Jackson, Chapel Hill, USA Amy is a many-talented and busy advocate. Among several projects, she Read More >>

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  2. Meet Vanessa Marquez – A Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate

    “Thank the universe for organizations such as IRMA and individuals who are willing to inform and educate the population at large about the heavily stigmatized topic of anal sex. Without their efforts the possibility of rectal microbicides being readily accepted as a prevention method may not be possible. We must continue to lay the foundation for such Read More >>

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  3. Meet Mark Hubbard – A Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate

    “The work we do is difficult, complex, challenging, and nuanced. If we recognize that upfront, we do better at avoiding frustration and conflict.” – Mark Hubbard, Nashville, USA Mark Hubbard is an independent community organizer, advocate, educator and activist. He was introduced to IRMA when he produced a community forum on microbicides that featured Jim Pickett. Mark Read More >>

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  4. U.S. to Take Another Look at Gay Blood Donation Ban

    Via the National Journal, by Maggie Fox. A policy that bars gay men from donating blood for life is “suboptimal,” advisers to the Health and Human Services Department said on Tuesday, and needs another look. HHS asked a committee of experts on blood and tissue donations to reexamine the policy and see if there is a way Read More >>

    blood ban, FDA, Health and Human Services, HIV/AIDS policy, human rights, LGBT rights, USA
  5. IAC 2012: No Progress on Visas for Drug Users or Sex Workers

    Via Housing Works. One year from the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., prospects are looking dim for sex workers and drug users who want to attend. The International AIDS Society has announced that it will release a document in August that details the U.S. visa process for IAC 2012. That document will describe entry restrictions for Read More >>

    HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, IAC, injection drug use, sex work, USA, Washington D.C.
  6. The death of sex?

    Via Salon, by Tracy Clark-Flory.  In case you’ve missed these dispatches, allow me to fill you in on what you’ve been missing (aside from sex, apparently): First, the New York Observer ran an article proclaiming, “Young New Yorkers no longer care about having sex.” Meg Wolitzer, author of “The Uncoupling,” a magical realist novel about a sex-strike, followed Read More >>

    porn, sexual behavior, technology, USA
  7. 30 Years: Epidemic to Pandemic

    by Aldona Martinka This Sunday was the thirtieth anniversary of the CDC report that would become the first mention of HIV/AIDS. IRMA is commemorating this with a short series on AIDS history. It will explore where we began, where we are now, and where we are going as we continue to battle this disease with hope and determination. This is Read More >>

    g8, Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, PEPFAR, UNAIDS, United Nations, United States, USA
  8. Countdown to 30 Years: Up in Arms

    by Aldona Martinka, IRMA intern As the thirtieth anniversary of the very beginning of the AIDS crisis draws near, IRMA will be counting down the last five days with a short series on AIDS history. It will explore where we began, where we are now, and where we are going as we continue to battle this disease Read More >>

    30 years, advocacy, history, HIV/AIDS, thirtieth anniversary, USA
  9. Annual HIV Testing May Not Suffice for MSM

    Via CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The findings from this analysis suggest that adherence to annual HIV testing recommendations for MSM is low and that even among MSM who reported being tested during the past 12 months, a substantial proportion were newly infected. Because persons often reduce their risk behaviors when they receive a diagnosis of Read More >>

    CDC, HIV/AIDS, MSM, testing, USA
  10. Countdown to 30 Years: The Eighties and AIDS

    By Aldona Martinka, IRMA intern As the thirtieth anniversary of the very beginning of the AIDS crisis draws near, IRMA will be counting down the last five days with a short series on AIDS history. It will explore where we began, where we are now, and where we are going as we continue to battle this disease with Read More >>

    30 years, CDC, history, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, Ryan White, thirtieth anniversary, USA