Administrators at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Preparatory High School in Brooklyn, New York, planned to make condoms available to students at the prom, but when the Department of Education said that parents would all have to sign release forms, the prom condoms were nixed and instead made available during a special assembly about safe sex. Condom-maker NuVo hosted the event and provided the free prophylactics.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has launched a new campaign – "Believe it. Do it." – to help end new HIV cases among children and keep mothers with HIV healthy. Each year, about 390,000 children acquire HIV and as many as 42,000 women with HIV die from complications relating to the virus and pregnancy.
The AIDS Institute and the AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families will merge administrative operations beginning this summer, according to a joint statement. The Alliance is moving its offices into those of the Institute. The merger of the two national nonprofit groups will free up funds to improve programs and services.
The National Health Service in England and Wales should extend free fertility and in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments to people with infectious diseases such as HIV or hepatitis B and to people facing cancer treatment who hope to preserve their fertility.