Public health advocates are hoping they’ve defeated a House bill that would criminalize the transmission of HIV. The bill, sponsored by Coventry representative Robert Nardolillo III, would have made it a crime for someone to knowingly transmit the disease through sex, sharing drug paraphernalia, or donating blood.
The Miriam Hospital has received another multimillion dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to support HIV and AIDS research. The money will fund research into new treatments.
The Miriam is the state’s largest provider of HIV and AIDS care. The grant of $2.4 million dollars is a renewal that will help the institution continue its work as part of a multi-site aids research consortium, called the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) Network. That group’s work helped pioneer a new way to keep pregnant mothers from transmitting HIV to their babies.
Rhode Island observed World AIDS Day Monday. This year’s theme is “get to zero.”
Twenty-seven year old Anthony Maselli has been living with HIV for a little over a year. After much deliberation, he decided to go public with his disease and says he has not suffered any repercussions because of it. That’s not to say, however, that it’s an easy disease to live with.
"It’s very stressful sometimes and emotional for me. It took a while for me to be able to look at myself in the mirror and say ‘I’m HIV positive’ without completely breaking down," said Maselli.
It's World AIDS Day, and in Rhode Island several events are taking place to mark it, including an event earlier at the statehouse with the Rhode Island Coalition for HIV Prevention and announcements about new prevention initiatives by the Rhode Island Dept. of Health (more on those later).
Rhode Island Department of Health director Dr. Michael Fine says Rhode Island must address prescription drug abuse. Fine’s comments come as part of a list of priorities he’s shared with lawmakers.
Topping the list: ending deaths from prescription drug overdoses and colorectal cancer, as well as curbing the transmission of new HIV cases in Rhode Island. Fine also wants to reduce the number of premature births and C-section deliveries.