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HIV/AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent, known for her inspirational talks as a young child, dies at 39

Feb. 22, 2024 21:00 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hydeia Broadbent, the HIV/AIDS activist who came to national prominence in the 1990s as a young child for her inspirational talks to reduce the stigma surrounding the virus she was born with, has died. She was 39. Broadbent's father announced on Facebook that she...

US Justice Department sues over Tennessee law targeting HIV-positive people convicted of sex work

Feb. 15, 2024 14:59 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday sued the state of Tennessee over its decades-old felony aggravated prostitution law, arguing that it illegally imposes tougher criminal penalties on people who are HIV positive. The lawsuit, filed in western Tennessee,...

Anthony Fauci will reflect on his long government career in 'On Call,' to be published in June

Feb. 08, 2024 05:46 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci has a memoir coming out in June, a look back at his long career as an infectious disease expert and the many outbreaks he contended with, from HIV/AIDS to the COVID-19 pandemic that made him famous. Viking announced Thursday that Fauci's “On...

Bill would revise Tennessee's decades-old law targeting HIV-positive people convicted of sex work

Jan. 23, 2024 17:55 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee would no longer be the only U.S. state to impose a lifetime registration as a “violent sex offender” on anyone convicted of engaging in sex work while living with HIV under a proposal that advanced Tuesday in the legislature. The controversial...

European human rights court condemns Greece for naming HIV-positive sex workers in 2012

Jan. 23, 2024 11:49 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that authorities in Greece violated the privacy rights of a group of women who were arrested and publicly identified in 2012 as HIV-positive prostitutes who allegedly endangered public health. The case was...

Lawsuit alleges HIV-positive inmate died after being denied medication at Northern California jail

Jan. 22, 2024 17:06 PM EST

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died after being held in a Northern California jail alleges he contracted a preventable viral infection there when its medical staff denied him critical HIV medication for two months. When Nicholas Overfield was...

Kentucky governor backs longer list of conditions eligible for treatment under medical marijuana law

Jan. 04, 2024 18:04 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Access to medical marijuana in Kentucky should expand to include a longer list of severe health conditions, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday in advocating a change that would make hundreds of thousands more people eligible for treatment when the program begins next year. ...

For years, he couldn't donate at the blood center where he worked. Under new FDA rules, now he can

Dec. 22, 2023 11:15 AM EST

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Over the last six years, blood center employee Dylan Smith was often asked how frequently he gave blood himself. His answer was always the same: As a gay man, he couldn't. That changed this month. Thanks to new federal guidelines finalized in...

Doctor and self-exiled activist Gao Yaojie who exposed the AIDS epidemic in rural China dies at 95

Dec. 11, 2023 06:25 AM EST

Renowned Chinese doctor and activist Gao Yaojie who exposed the AIDS virus epidemic in rural China in the 1990s died Sunday at the age of 95 at her home in the United States. Gao's outspokenness about the virus outbreak — which some gauged to have infected tens of thousands —...

Today in History: December 8, U.S. enters World War II

Dec. 08, 2023 00:15 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2023. There are 23 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Imperial Japan a day after the...