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MIRC & PMBSGN – 9/18 – Support Group Meeting

Positive Mind & Body Support Group Network

 

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Midway Immunology & Research Center (MIRC)

 

Cordially invites you to an

Evening

Amongst Friends

 

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Topic: “Discussion within”

6:00 – 6:30pm – Coffee & Cake

6:30pm – Meeting begins

7:15pm – Break

7:30pm – 8:00pm – Closed Meeting

 

 

                       

 

Location

 

Midway Immunology & Research Center (MIRC)

356 East Midway Road

Fort Pierce, FL  34982

772-464-9746

For additional details regarding this meeting you may also contact:

Positive Mind & Body Support Group Network

“A Positive Life is a Sound Mind & Body”

 

 (772) 563-2503 – (772)453-1067

www.positivemindbody.wordpress.com

Project Response – 772-464-0420

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IRCHD & PMBSGN – 9/25 – Support Group Meeting

Positive Mind & Body Support Group Network

 

&

Indian River County Health Department (IRCHD)

 

 

Cordially invites you to an

Evening Dinner

Amongst Friends

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

 

Topic: Hep C & HIV/AIDS

 

Genentech – Jeannie Macaluso

Hepatitis C  Specialist

5:30 pm Dinner

5:45pm – 6:30pm Presentation

15min – Break

6:45pm – 7:30pm – Closed Support Group Meeting

 

Location

 

Indian River County Health Department (IRCHD)

1900 27TH Street

Vero Beach, FL  329620

772-794-7477

For additional details regarding this meeting you may also contact:

Positive Mind & Body Support Group Network

“A Positive Life is a Sound Mind & Body”

 

 (772) 563-2503 – (772)453-1067

www.positivemindbody.wordpress.com

MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL TO PAY $700,000 TO END COMPLAINT OVER HIV-DISCRIMINATION

Honors student, deemed a threat, was denied admission. AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, U.S. Department of Justice, school enter settlement agreement.

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 12, 2012) – A 14-year-old ninth grader and his mother will receive $700,000 from the Milton Hershey School in a federal AIDS-discrimination lawsuit settlement announced today by the nonprofit AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania.

The school also will pay $15,000 in civil penalties assessed by the U.S. Department of Justice, which thoroughly investigated the complaint and concluded that the school violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The settlement requires the school to provide HIV training for its staff and students and to pay an undisclosed amount of attorney’s fees to the AIDS Law Project.

The Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pa., founded in 1909 by the chocolate magnate and his wife, had refused to enroll the honor-roll student because he has HIV, saying his presence would be a “direct threat” to the health and safety of other students. The school held to its position for more than a year, even after the Philadelphia-based public-interest law firm filed the suit on Nov. 30, 2011, in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging violations of anti-discrimination laws.

On June 1, in denying the school’s request to move the case from Philadelphia to central Pennsylvania, U.S. District Judge C. Darnell Jones II wrote that “the issue involved in this case is … relevant to the lives of over one million HIV-infected people nationwide, many of whom are currently in congregate-living settings and are not creating a direct threat to others.”

Finally, on Aug. 6, the school’s president, Anthony J. Colistra, publicly apologized to the student and to his mother, offered to reconsider the boy’s application, and announced “a new Equal Opportunity Policy clearly stating that the School treats applicants with HIV no differently than any other applicants.” Colistra said the school also was “developing and providing mandatory training for staff and students on HIV issues and expanding our current training on Universal Precautions.”

The student and his mother have decided it is not in his best interest to attend the school, and they will use the money to provide other educational opportunities for him.

In announcing the settlement today, Ronda B. Goldfein Esq., executive director of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, said it removes any lingering doubt about whether someone with HIV poses a threat in everyday life.

“This case renewed a nationwide discussion about whether people with HIV represent a risk to others in casual settings,” Goldfein said. “The question has once again been definitively answered: They do not.”

Goldfein said a settlement of this size acknowledges that the pain of stigma is just as real as any other type of injury or harm inflicted upon a person. “In this case, our client suffered from learning that simply because he has a virus, he was considered a threat,” Goldfein said.

Sarah R. Schalman-Bergen Esq., who worked with Goldfein on the lawsuit, said the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws clearly “prohibit discrimination on the basis of a real or even a perceived disability, including having HIV.” She added that the National Association of State Boards of Education has decreed that “the presence of a person living with HIV infection or diagnosed with AIDS poses no significant risk to others in school, day care, or school athletic settings.”

Identified in court filings by a pseudonym to protect his privacy, “Abraham Smith” is a public school scholar-athlete who lives in Delaware County, Pa, near Philadelphia.

“I am very glad this is over,” Abraham said today. “It should have never been an issue in the first place. I will never recoup my eighth-grade year in school. Though I had a good one academically, I was too engulfed with this … to enjoy the fun of going to high school. Now it’s time for me to start healing internally and my mother said that will come in time also.”

From the day it was filed, the case generated massive media coverage and sparked a firestorm of outrage. An online petition [http://chn.ge/P5Qjs6] at the website Change.org gathered nearly 30,000 signatures demanding that the school issue a public apology. In an emotional plea [http://huff.to/RL9BY1] headlined Shame on the Milton Hershey School!, the actress and social activist Mia Farrow wrote in the Huffington Post: “Abraham’s plight reminds me of the 1980s when Ryan White, a child with AIDS, was not allowed to attend school. It is remarkable that 30 years later, we are still dealing with the same ignorance and discriminatory practices.” Protesters demonstrated outside the Hershey Co.’s flagship store in New York’s Times Square in March and outside a Hershey Co. stockholder meeting in May. The school is funded by the Hershey Trust Co., the chocolate company’s largest shareholder.

The landmark settlement is the latest victory in the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania’s 24-year history of activism on behalf of people with HIV and AIDS. In 1994, after a Philadelphia ambulance crew refused to touch a patient with HIV, the firm won the nation’s first settlement of an AIDS-discrimination case under the Americans with Disabilities Act, forcing the city to begin training more than 2,000 firefighters and emergency medical workers to prevent discrimination against people with AIDS or HIV in medical emergencies.

Click here for a copy of the settlement agreement.

US – Does HIV Make the Brain Old Before Its Time?

Created on 08 September 2012 Category: North America HIV News

Approximately 10% of HIV-positive individuals develop profound memory loss, cognitive problems and severe depression. This HIV-associated dementia closely mimics dementia typically seen in the elderly, who are decades older than the individuals most commonly infected with HIV. What makes the brains of these young people act old before their time? The answer may lie in a small protein called a growth factor. The cells of the body, brain cells included, are in a constantly shifting balance. Old and damaged cells undergo a form of programmed cell death known as apoptosis. While it sounds ominous, apoptosis is necessary to maintain the balance between new cell growth and cell death. Shifting the balance toward uncontrolled cell growth can result in cancer. However, when the balance shifts the other way and too many cells are destroyed, diseases can also arise. In the brain, this excess destruction of cells can lead to dementia.

Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center discovered that HIV does not directly infect nerve cells, but instead blocks the formation of a growth factor known as mature BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor). When the level of this protein decreases in the brain, brain cells are unable to create the long dendritic and axonal branches required to communicate with each other, and die.

The researchers also uncovered the underlying mechanism for this premature cell death. Brain cells release a precursor to the BDNF growth factor called proBDNF. This must be divided by enzymes in the brain to release the active BDNF form, which nourishes brain cells and maintains the connections between them. HIV blocks this division, resulting in high circulating levels of proBDNF. proBDNF binds to a receptor on brain cells that contains a ‘death domain’, triggering apoptosis (cell death). This HIV-induced imbalance between toxic proBDNF and the healthy form of mature BDNF is similar to the imbalance seen in the aging brain. In a news release from Georgetown University, lead investigator Italo Mocchetti stated ‘“We believe we have discovered a general mechanism of neuronal decline that even explains what happens in some elderly folks. The HIV-infected patients who develop this syndrome are usually quite young, but their brains act old.” Lack of mature BDNF may also play a role in other chronic neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Diseases. The hope is that this new research may eventually lead to the development of drugs effective in multiple forms of dementia. Blocking the receptor for proBDNF could stop the deadly cascade leading to premature cell death, and slow the relentless pace of dementia in both patients with HIV and the elderly.

Author: Brain Blogger

US – Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 11th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit

North America HIV News

On Monday, October 15, 2012, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will present its 11th annual An Enduring Vision benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Award-winning CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will host, and Founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish will pay tribute to several esteemed philanthropists by presenting EJAF’s Enduring Vision Awards to long-time supporters Robert Kraft, Diana Jenkins, and Joseph Blount.

Bob Kraft has been a loyal and generous supporter of the Foundation for many years, both personally and through the Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation. As Chairman, CEO, and Founder of Neuro, and as a private philanthropist, Diana Jenkins has been a wonderful patron of EJAF’s work and events in the U.S. and in the U.K. Likewise, Joseph Blount has also been an ardent benefactor of the Foundation since its inception.

Stevie Nicks

This year, Elton welcomes the incomparable Stevie Nicks as his special musical guest for An Enduring Vision. As a member of Fleetwood Mac, whose “Rumours” album was one of the biggest selling albums of all time, Stevie Nicks’ extraordinary career includes multiple Grammy awards, numerous gold and platinum records, induction into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and unforgettable performances across the stages of the world for over three decades. Nicks, who has penned Fleetwood Mac classics including the timeless “Landslide,” “Dreams,” “Gold Dust Woman” and “Rhiannon,” has had equal success as a solo artist beginning with her five times platinum debut “Bella Donna.” With unforgettable songs such as “Edge of Seventeen” and “Stand Back,” Stevie Nicks is unique among the pantheon of rock icons. Her new album, “In Your Dreams,” was co-produced by former Eurhythmic Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. Nicks has been touring the last year and a half with her “In Your Dreams” Tour and has also appeared with Rod Stewart on the “Heart & Soul” Tour. The Gold Dust Woman is also completing work on a documentary on the making of “In Your Dreams,” which will be released at the end of this year.

2012 marks the 20th year since the establishment of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

The 2011 An Enduring Vision event raised $2 million, which helped EJAF continue serving as one of the leading grant makers addressing the HIV prevention and treatment needs of populations most at risk of HIV infection and most in need of EJAF’s help because they exist at the margins of society.

Sir Elton John and David Furnish serve as the honorary chairs for An Enduring Vision, joined by their Co-Chairs Bill and Tani Austin, Alec Baldwin, Johnny and Edwina Barbis, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen, John Demsey, Andrew Farkas, Greg Gorman, Tim Hanlon, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness, Donna Karan, Leonard Lauder, Sandra Lee, Leslie Moonves, Martha Nelson, Ronald O. Perelman, Lily Safra, Ingrid Sischy and Sandra Brant, Harry and Laura Slatkin, Edward Walson, and Roger Woolsey, among others. Presenting Sponsors for the event are American Airlines, The Kraft Group, and Wells Fargo, and Co-Sponsors are The John R. Eckel Foundation, John and Cindy Fish, The Lauder Foundation – Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Foundation, Revlon, and the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

For ticket information, please contact Matt Blinstrubas at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, 212.219.0670 or
matt.blinstrubas@ejaf.org
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Author: Sacramento Bee

Gov. Brown: Protect Kids From Anti-Gay “Therapy”

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Tell Governor Brown: Protect kids from anti-gay “therapy”
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UPDATE: Published on August 30The Senate just passed SB 1172 and now goes to Jerry Brown’s office for his signature! It’s all on the Governor right now and we need to show him more than ever that enacting this bill is the right thing to do!. Sign now!Published on August 28

The California Assembly just passed a groundbreaking ban on the use of dangerous anti-gay religious indoctrination meant to “cure” homosexuality. But to become law, Governor Brown still needs to sign the bill.

Extremist religious groups are pushing back hard. We need you to go All Out and tell the Governor to protect young people in the next 72 hours!

“This what happens when those who think they can change or cure people by applying their beliefs and ways to our lives, This what some republicans and democratic have done for a long time and that is controlling our lives.  I really would like to hear from everyone about this topic.,  Remember this what and how stigma had applied it self to HIV/AIDS.