A New Vaccine Found For HIV

BANGKOK, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) — Thailand on Thursday announced the breakthrough in the HIV vaccine development — the first time ever that there is evidence that HIV vaccine has preventive efficacy.

“It is found that the vaccine has 31.2 per cent efficacy in reducing the risk of HIV infection,” Thai Public Health Minister Withaya Kaewparadai told a press conference in capital Bangkok.
Withaya presided over the official announcement of the outcome of the HIV Vaccine Phase III Trial.

The Public Health Ministry conducted the study, which used strains of HIV common in Thailand. The sponsor of the trial is the U.S.Army Surgeon General, with funding support from the National Institute of Health and U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, while Sanofi-Pasteur and GSID provide candidate vaccines for the trial.

With field research works implemented by Thais and deemed the world’s largest HIV vaccine study, with the trial of 16,402 Thai volunteers, has now been completed in central provinces of Chonburi and Rayong, Withaya said.

Withaya said although the efficacy rate is not high enough for use, this nonetheless constitutes significant knowledge that can be applied to improve HIV vaccine efficacy in the future.

“All these will form an important foundation for further HIV vaccine development in Thailand in the future,” said Doctor PaijitWarachit, Deputy Health Permanent Secretary.

Meanwhile, Doctor Mom Luang Somchai Chakra hand, Director-General, Department of Disease Control, said that “HIV vaccine development must be accompanied by the intensive application of other preventive measures.”

The Department of Disease Control is committed to HIV vaccine development in collaboration with networks of researchers in Thailand and internationally aiming to an appropriate HIV vaccine accessible for people, Doctor. Mom Luang Somchai said.

The Phase III Trial of HIV vaccine demonstrates collective efforts and a common understanding that HIV prevention is everybody’s concern, and which requires the participation of all sections at national and international levels in search of additional preventive measure.

“The success is the pride of Thailand. We thank the volunteers, communities in Chonburi and Rayong province, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and researchers for their contribution to the HIV vaccine development,” he said.

SET YOUR GOALS, drops off 4 days of AP tour due to illness

Due to an unforeseen health issue with one of their members, Bay Area pop core sextet Set Your Goals have had to drop off the first four stops of the AP Tour Fall Ball. The band’s statement is re-posted below:

“We just wanted to let you guys know that unfortunately, we have to cancel our performances on the AltPress Fall Ball ‘09 Tour in Pontiac, MI, Columbus, OH, Grand Rapids, MI and Chicago, IL. One of the members of Set Your Goals is very ill right now and is unable to make it to the first several dates. We will know more about his condition and when we’ll be able to re-join the tour by Monday. Thanks to everyone at Alternative Press for their amazing support and to all our fans in advance for their understanding. We wish our brother a speedy recovery, and will talk to you soon.”

The Fall Ball will still go on as scheduled with the Academy Is…, Mayday Parade, the Secret Handshake and You Me At Six all performing; SYG is currently slated to re-join the tour in Milwaukee on Sept. 30.

Health Plans

In short, the plan that we have right now is with a health benefit agency called MEDILINQ. With them, we offer a plan for bands that for $39.95 a month, a whole band up to 15 members – crew included, if you want – receives anywhere from 60 to 80% off on prescription drugs, doctor visits, dental, ER care, chiropractors – everything health related. You do NOT need to qualify. It’s a bit different from actual insurance in the fact that the co-pay is not the same every visit. Like I said, the percentage off that you receive varies on what type of procedure you are getting done.

(The same plan is also $19.95 for an individual)

Click here to download the forms.

It’s great when you are on the road because if you are in, for example, Mobile, AL (aka, the middle of no where) and need to see an orthopedist, all you have to do is log on to our site, type in where you are and what type of doctor you want to see and it will show you all the doctors that accept this coverage. It is a PPO which, in health insurance terms, means there is a LARGE amount of doctors across the United States that accept this coverage.

Please let me know if I can answer any more questions (which I’m sure you have and I encourage you to ask!) Email me any time: kristina@rockforhealth.org

To walk you through the application process, you will see on the enrollment form that it asks for band name, manager (this can be someone in the band – doesn’t have to be manager), address, etc.

  • Check the box that says $39.95 a month
  • Part three – you will need to use more than one of this page to add as many people as you deem fit (up to 15). Full name and birthday are most important. No need to worry about the Spouse/Partner/Dependent. In this case, all the band members will be dependents.
  • Part four – The bank account you put here (for example, the band’s bank account) is where the monthly $39.95 a month will be taken from. This does NOT apply to fees incurred while seeing a doctor.
  • Part five – The bank account that is put here is related to the co-pay deductions that will be incurred with each doctor visit. You can have all the members under one account, or each member of the band can have this linked to their own banking account, a family members banking account, etc. If you want to separate each person’s fees like this, just put everyone’s names and bank info in an email or word document to me. (This is 100% confidential).

You will NOT be charged anything after a doctor visit until you receive a statement in the mail showing you what you will be paying and how much money you saved. You will also NOT be charged anything at the desk of a visit.

What I have a lot of my bands do that I work with is that if they need to see a doctor in an area, is to call me and I will set up the appointment for them. It’s easier to get acclimated with the whole process this way and it gives me the peace of mind that my sick boys are getting the best care possible and as soon as possible.

In 2003, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), a union representing a wide range of talent including singers and recording artists, designed a deal with the industries top five major labels for making health benefits available to artists on the record companies’ rosters. The deal included coverage with the majors and most of their subsidiary labels, totaling around 1200 companies. Because of initiatives like AFTRA’s, most musicians signed under major record labels are eligible for some type of health care plan. The problem with this coverage is that it is based on royalties where the artist needs to earn a certain amount to qualify. After an artist qualifies for the heath insurance program, they still have to pay monthly premiums where in many cases, the coverage offered is no less expensive than general HMO plans offered to individuals through traditional national insurance networks.

Another option for musicians is taking out their own private insurance plans. Most full-time musicians, performing in clubs and other performance grounds, work on a freelance basis where each performance may be contractually different. The musicians cannot be offered employee benefits by working for themselves, so musicians must seek individual health plans. The differences between insurance plans will be covered in the next sub-section.

The last option is the musician receiving insurance through musical unions. Both AFTRA and American Federation of Musicians (AFM) offer insurance benefits to their members. The AFTRA Health and Retirement Fund offers its members two health plans: an Individual Health Plan and a Family Health Plan. Both of the plans require the artists earn a minimum amount $10,000 but less than $30,000 to qualify for the program.

Click here to download the forms.