Magic Johnson Enterprises is investing in a Miami-based insurer to create a Medicaid program for people with HIV, The Miami Herald reports. Earvin “Magic” Johnson has partnered with Simply Healthcare Plans to launch Clear Health Alliance, a subsidiary that will work as a Medicaid plan in…
TSA to Review Guidelines for HIV-Positive Job Applicants
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will review its medical guidelines for job applicants after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a complaint on behalf of a man denied employment because of his HIV-positive status. Michael Lamarre, an Air Force veteran, was refused a job as a transportation security officer because the TSA claimed his HIV status made him more susceptible to infections, despite assurances from his physician that he was capable of performing the job. Click here for more.
HIV Rates at Critical Levels in Detroit
At a time when Detroit faces a $200 million budget deficit, the HIV prevalence rate in certain city ZIP codes is nearly 2 percent, which has forced cash-strapped local leadership to strategize a more aggressive HIV prevention response, The American Independent reports. Although the overall HIV prevalence rate in Detroit is 0.6 percent, which mirrors the national average, the city’s HIV epidemic is concentrated in a number of neighborhoods and in certain at-risk populations. For example, hundreds of homeless LGBT youth have been diagnosed with the virus, and men who have sex with men (MSM) account for 43 percent of all HIV cases in Detroit.
Today, we’re stopping in Houston for a town hall meeting at Hobby Center – Zilkha Hall (800 Bagby Street) from 5-8pm. We hope to see you there! Register and get more info here.
As many of you know the International AIDS Conference will be held in Washington, DC in the United States. We are all very excited for the conference being held here for the first time in over 20 years. Now the registration has begun we ask you to take a second and look at the VISA information put together by the Immigration team at the International AIDS Society.
Remember, VISA’s take time so even if you think you might want to come to AIDS2012 apply for your USA Visa as soon as you can!