Health :: HIV/AIDS

CA budget expands AIDS drug program

CA budget expands AIDS drug program

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 10, 2024

When Governor Gavin Newsom signed the state budget June 29, he expanded California's AIDS Drug Assistance Program and associated programs in a big win for the state's End the Epidemics Coalition and people living with HIV/AIDS.

California will officially recognize World AIDS Day

California will officially recognize World AIDS Day

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 26, 2024

California will now officially recognize December 1 as World AIDS Day in perpetuity. It becomes the third such day of remembrance related to the LGBTQ community to be celebrated by the Golden State.

Research shows twice-yearly PrEP injections prevent HIV in women

Research shows twice-yearly PrEP injections prevent HIV in women

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Jun 24, 2024

Lenacapavir, a twice-yearly injectable antiretroviral, demonstrated 100% effectiveness for preventing HIV acquisition in a large study of young cisgender women in Africa, Gilead Sciences announced June 20.

Rally held for HIV/AIDS funding

Rally held for HIV/AIDS funding

  • by BAR staff
  • Jun 12, 2024

HIV activists, many from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and their supporters held a march and rally Friday, June 7, to call attention to their HIV community budget proposal.

LGBTQ Agenda: Companies working on lifting restrictions on HIV-positive people in clinical trials

LGBTQ Agenda: Companies working on lifting restrictions on HIV-positive people in clinical trials

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 11, 2024

A nonprofit organization is working on getting health care companies to drop restrictions preventing people who are HIV-positive or who are on PrEP from participating in some clinical trials, such as studies that focus on treating cancer.

CDC finalizes doxyPEP guidelines for STI prevention

CDC finalizes doxyPEP guidelines for STI prevention

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Jun 5, 2024

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines for using the antibiotic doxycycline as post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent sexually transmitted infections — an approach known as doxyPEP.

New HIV cases continue to decline, CDC finds

New HIV cases continue to decline, CDC finds

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • May 22, 2024

New HIV infections in the U.S. continue to fall, with the greatest declines seen among gay and bisexual men, young people, and people living in the South, according to a set of HIV surveillance reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

HIV advocates, Mahogany emphasize protecting services during tough budget year

HIV advocates, Mahogany emphasize protecting services during tough budget year

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 7, 2024

As San Francisco faces a looming budget deficit, HIV/AIDS advocates and their supporters have set a goal this year to keep existing services funded.

LGBTQ Agenda: HIV, hep C funding largely maintained in Biden budget proposal

LGBTQ Agenda: HIV, hep C funding largely maintained in Biden budget proposal

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Mar 26, 2024

President Joe Biden's proposed $7.3 trillion budget for Fiscal Year 2025 largely maintains domestic HIV and hepatitis spending, but advocates say that's not enough to meet the federal government's goal of reducing HIV infections by 90% by 2030.

D9 supe hopefuls speak up over Latino HIV cases

D9 supe hopefuls speak up over Latino HIV cases

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Feb 28, 2024

Candidates for the open District 9 seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors speak out on the uptick in HIV cases among Latinos.

SF deficit imperils Latino HIV funding

SF deficit imperils Latino HIV funding

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Feb 28, 2024

Though Latino cisgender men now make up the highest rate of new HIV diagnoses in San Francisco, more funding toward organizations that serve the community may not be forthcoming due to the city's projected budget deficit.

SF nonprofits on frontlines of HIV in Latino community

SF nonprofits on frontlines of HIV in Latino community

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Feb 28, 2024

Health advocates and organizations that serve the Latino community in San Francisco say the city needs to do more to help prevent new HIV diagnoses and assist those living with HIV and AIDS in light of a dismal report from the health department.

CDC: Many factors contribute to high HIV risk for trans women

CDC: Many factors contribute to high HIV risk for trans women

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Feb 14, 2024

Several factors, including discrimination, homelessness, and violence, help explain why transgender women have a higher risk for HIV, according to a report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last large HIV vaccine trial fails

Last large HIV vaccine trial fails

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Dec 13, 2023

The last large HIV vaccine study has been halted ahead of schedule after researchers determined "there is little or no chance of the trial demonstrating vaccine efficacy in preventing HIV acquisition," according to a December 6 announcement.