AIDS Alliance Katrina Emergency Fund; ICAAC Postponed, Moved to Washington, D.C.; UNAIDS Warns Against E-Mail Scam
Katrina AIDS Alliance Emergency Fund, AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families: AIDS Alliance on Thursday launched an emergency fund to raise money for the immediate needs of HIV-positive young people and families who normally receive care from programs in Mississippi and Louisiana under Title IV of the Ryan White CARE Act. Emergency funds will be dispersed directly through local programs, and tax-deductible donations can be made at aids-alliance.org (AIDS Alliance release, 9/1).
Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, American Society of Microbiology: ASM on Wednesday announced it has moved the 45th annual ICAAC -- originally scheduled to take place Sept. 21-24 in New Orleans -- to Dec. 16-19 at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center. Registrations automatically will be transferred, and deposits for New Orleans hotels will be returned. Those who cannot make the conference in Washington can get a full refund by e-mailing ICAAC@itsmeetings.com before Sept. 23; and attendees can call 1-800-521-4041 for United Airlines to waive the $100 change fee for any tickets issued for ICAAC. Final housing procedures and accommodations for Washington, D.C., will be communicated once rates are confirmed (ICAAC Web site, 9/1).
- "UNAIDS denounces scam e-mails falsely implying association with UNAIDS": UNAIDS on Thursday issued a statement warning the public about the circulation of e-mails on the Internet that purport to be from the agency. Some of the e-mails ask for detailed information, donations or conference registration fees with the promise of receiving certain benefits. "These emails do not emanate from UNAIDS, and are not in any way associated with UNAIDS projects or events," the statement says. The statement asks recipients of such e-mails to contact UNAIDS at firstname.lastname@example.org to try to halt the distribution of the messages (UNAIDS release, 9/1).