AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Organization, services, and advocacy
In the United States, AHF operates clinics in California, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C.
AHF produced the documentary film Keep The Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS, depicting the AHF sponsored protest of government anti-HIV funding levels and anti-HIV drug prices at the XIX International AIDS Conference, 2012. The film premiered March 29, 2013 at the Vail Film Festival.
Disputes with drug manufacturers
In November 2006, AHF asked Indian anti-HIV drug manufacturer Cipla to reduce the price of its combination drug Viraday from its launch price of about Rs 62,000 per year. Cipla CEO Y. K. Hamied cited taxes and custom duties on raw materials as reasons for the high price, but agreed to a price cut.
In January 2007, AHF filed suit in Los Angeles over Pfizer's direct to consumer marketing of Viagra, accusing Pfizer of promoting off-label, recreational use of Viagra, and suggesting a link between Viagra, methamphetamine, and unsafe sex. Pfizer denied AHF's claims, and mentioned that AHF had recently asked Pfizer to fund a meth educational program.
In August 2007, AHF began purchasing full-page ads in Indian newspapers accusing Cipla of overpricing. According to AHF, a year's worth of Viraday cost Rs 54,000 when sold in India, but only Rs 21,000 when exported to Africa. Some NGOs declined to join AHF in criticizing Cipla's drug prices, citing a potential conflict of interest: Cipla's opposition to the patent application for Viread, a component of Viraday, filed by AHF contributor Gilead Sciences. Gilead denied involvement in AHF's complaint, and an AHF regional chief stated that AHF also opposed Gilead's patent application for Viread.
Condom laws litigation in Los Angeles and Las Vegas
In 2004, Darren James and three other adult film actors tested positive for HIV. In response to the outbreak, AHF began lobbying in favor of laws requiring condom use by male actors during sex scenes in adult films.
In 2012, AHF supported a Los Angeles city ordinance requiring condoms in certain adult films. Later the same year, the organization spent US$1,654,681 funding the successful campaign to pass Measure B, a ballot initiative that expanded the condom requirement countywide.
AHF again sued the Los Angeles County government, alleging that an August 2012 audit conducted by the county was an illegal retaliation for AHF's support for Measure B. In 2013, AHF began collecting signatures for a ballot measure to create a Los Angeles city health department that would take over part of the county health department's jurisdiction. The City of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles oppose the measure, and the city has filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the measure.
In August 2014, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation filed a formal complaint with Nevada OSHA, against Cybernet Entertainment LLC, which does business as [Kink.com] and related spin-offs. The complaint alleges the California porn company did not require its actors to use condoms during an adult film shoot in [Las Vegas].
2014 attempt to oust president
In April 2014 Eric Paul Leue started a petition seeking the removal of Michael Weinstein as president of the organization. The primary reason for this were public comments made by Weinstein regarding the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) anti-AIDs medication Truvada. Weinstein had referred to the treatment as a "party drug". Although many in the scientific and medical communities are in favor of PrEP medications, Weinstein has opposed it for more than two years. The Fenway Institute, which advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, along with several other HIV organizations are in favor of using drugs such as Truvada in addition to risk reduction counseling and condoms to prevent HIV transmission.
Prior to starting the petition, Leue resigned from being the face of an AHF funded campaign to raise awareness for HIV/STI testing due to Michael Weinstein's "party drug" comment. The campaign was produced by an AHF sub-committee called LEASH, headed by Andrew Orozco. Prior to resigning from the campaign, Leue asked Weinstein to apologize to the public for his comment, to release a press statement detailing Leue's pro-education free of stigma and discrimination stance and for Weinstein to participate in a panel of multiple organizations (incl. the adult film industry) to find common ground in their shared objective to prevent HIV transmissions. Orozco was in full support of Leue's request, but the AHF director of communications, Ged Kenslea, informed Leue that the AHF would not agree to any of his requests.
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