Charlie Sheen reveals he’s HIV positive

Sheen, 50, told NBC’s Today show he was diagnosed about four years ago and said the reason he disclosed the information was because he was being blackmailed.

“I am here to admit that I am in fact HIV positive,” Sheen said yesterday, saying he was “not entirely sure” how he acquired the virus.
“It’s a hard three letters to absorb,” he added.

Ban on entry into Singapore eased for foreigners with HIV

SINGAPORE – For more than two decades, foreigners infected with HIV have not been allowed to set foot in Singapore. However, the ban on those entering on short-term visit passes was lifted on April 1, The Straits Times has found out.

The ban remains for long-term visitors, such as those looking to work in Singapore or those who want to accompany a child studying here, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed.

Emergenetics Selected Partner

AfA is proud to be a selected partner of Emergenetic’s SG50 community initiative.

In celebration of Singapore’s jubilee, Emergenetics International is partnering with their trained associates to design and conduct 50 pro bono workshops for leadership and management teams of non-profit organisations in Singapore as a way of giving back by empowering the key stakeholders who are making a difference.

Vendor – Call for Expression of Interest

AFA – Anonymous Client Testing Support (ACTS)

Expression of Interest – Clinic information system


Expressions of Interest are requested from health IT software vendors or developers to provide the first stage of a system to computerise the documentation and workflow of the Anonymous Testing Service. The ATS is one of the testing and support services offered by Action For Aids Singapore, a charity focused on prevention of HIV infection.

The overall scope of the project and scope of this first stage is defined in documentation to be provided on completion of the mutual NDA. An acceptable NDA is attached. AFA will consider accepting any suitable alternative format provided by the prospective vendor, highlighting in clear English all differences between it and the sample form. It is anticipated that phase 1 will be completed by end of August 2015.


 

The expression of interest process will consist of:

 

 

  1. A maximum 5 page document outlining the scope of the solution and a high level design approach and addressing issues outlined in the documents provided, including if needed hardware requirements, timelines and ability for completion of the additional elements of the solution, IP and escrow arrangements, and 3 relevant client references with contact details. Screen captures and architectural diagrams may be added within reason to the application in addition to the 5 pages.
  2. A separate costing estimate covering hardware (if relevant), software, integration, implementation support and adjustments following implementation and support for the initial 12 months of operation.
  3. A separate Statement about approach to provision of a product demonstration. Ability to access example test systems to provide an overview of functionality and capability would be appreciated, at either the initial evaluation or short list stage.

A short list of vendors will be requested to provide:

  1. Demonstration of the development platform providing a demonstration implementation of a few relevant portions of the main pre-testing data collection form (see attachment A), application of a decision support rule to guide the test selection decision, workflow, and production of report in excel format.
  2. Demonstration of previously developed software applications if possible.
  3. A detailed costed proposal for stage 1 with estimated effort for delivering other components subsequently.

It is anticipated that demonstrations and interviews will be conducted remotely using GoToMeeting or similar platform.

Provision of additional tender documentation will be provided on receipt of the attached Non-disclosure agreement, binding on both parties. A confidential tender briefing and question session will be held by teleconference at a date to be agreed.

The closing date for electronic submission of EOI will be 20/07/2015

Please return the NDA electronically (signed and scanned) to

Ms Norani Othman Tel +65 6254 0212 norani@afa.org.sg

Example of AFA client registration and data collection form is attached as an excel spreadsheet.

 

Youth Got Heart 2015

We are proud to be part of Youth Got Heart 2015. Since 2008, Raffles Institution’s (Year 5-6) Interact Club have been organising the annual Youth Got Heart (YGH). YGH 2015 is also marking SG50 here at Toa Payoh Hub Atrium. Drop by and find out more about AfA or to sign up as a volunteer.

About Youth Got Heart

YGH is a roadshow that connects VWOs such as yourself with youth volunteers all over Singapore!

This year, YGH will be slightly different as we are a SG50 event! This is an extremely exciting prospect for all of us and we really do hope that you can be a part of it!

New antibody suppresses HIV for 28 days after single dose

A new lab-made antibody can suppress HIV for up to 28 days after only a single dose, researchers at the Rockefeller University in New York have found.

Their work was published in the journal Nature on 8 April and was the first time that a new generation of HIV antibodies had been tested in humans.

‘We conclude that, as a single agent, 3BNC117 is safe and effective in reducing HIV-1 viraemia, and that immunotherapy should be explored as a new modality for HIV-1 prevention, therapy and cure,’ wrote the study’s lead author, Michel Nussenzweig.

Full article

AfA Wellness : Gathering & Barbeque


We held our first volunteer gathering for 2015 last Saturday at Toa Payoh Safra. It was a simple event, lead by our President, Prof. Roy Chan. We shared our thoughts, tributes and observed a minute of silence to mark the passing of our founding father Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.

Volunteers were treated to a feast afterwards while we played a game of human bingo.


AfA Wellness: Bonding programme for volunteers and staff as part of Capacity building to stay healthy. These programmes are held at least once every quarter to allow volunteers and staff to get to know each other, new friends who have recently joined us to be introduced to fellow advocates and for AfA to show our appreciation to our dedicated and hardworking volunteers.

Some of these events are co-organised by volunteers, so we welcome inputs and suggestions.


Passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Action for AIDS is saddened by the death of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, our first Prime Minister. 
 
His leadership of our country and his achievements in building a secure and united nation with a focus on progress and prosperity, justice and equality for all Singaporeans will be his legacy. 
Action for AIDS joins all Singaporeans in offering Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his family our sincerest condolences.
 
Prof Roy Chan
President
Action for AIDS, Singapore

XDR-TB spread person-to-person, not by failure of drug

XDR-TB spread person-to-person, not by failure of drug treatment


First published on http://www.aidsmap.com/ on 26 Feb 2015


Keith Alcorn

N Sarita Shah presenting at CROI 2015. Photo by Liz Highleyman, hivandhepatitis.com

The vast majority of people with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) diagnosed in the world’s most extensive outbreak have acquired their infection from another person, not as the result of the failure of treatment for multidrug-resistant strains of tuberculosis (MDR-TB), N Sarita Shah told the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle, USA, on Wednesday.

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