The Santa Clara, Calif., County board of supervisors voted Tuesday to oppose the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on blood donations from gay men and called for federal lobbyists to concentrate on overturning the ban, according to a story in The [San Jose] Mercury News. Board members said they made the symbolic decision, proposed by gay supervisor Ken Yeager, because blood banks can screen for HIV infection more effectively now than when the ban was imposed, in 1983. The supervisors did not vote to ban blood drives on county property, to avoid depleting area hospitals of blood supplies, but they said they might revisit the idea in the future.
Google Inc. won't sell ads to support a new Internet service that stores personal medical information, CEO Eric Schmidt said Thursday in the search giant's first detailed comments about a venture that has raised privacy concerns.
The New York City Department of Health is reporting a 60% increase in the number of syphilis cases in 2007 over the previous year in 2006, with much of that growth occurring in gay and bisexual men, according to an article in the Gay City News. "Whichever way you choose to spotlight it or put your magnifying glass on it, syphilis is increasing in New York City," Dr. Susan Blank, assistant health commissioner, told GCN.
A committee in the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to more than triple spending for a U.S. global AIDS program that has proven to be one of the Bush administration's most successful and popular foreign policy initiatives. The Foreign Affairs Committee's voice vote on the plan to approve spending of an average $10 billion annually over the next five years came hours after lawmakers and the White House reached a compromise on some of the policy issues, including spending amounts on abstinence programs, that had held up action on the legislation.
The Dallas Independent School District has been ordered by a judge to repay the federal government $336,000 for misusing grant money that was supposed to be geared toward HIV education programs.
The first anti-AIDS vaginal gel to make it through late-stage testing failed to stop HIV infection in a study of 6,000 South African women, disappointed researchers announced Monday. The study was marred by low use of the gel, which could have undermined results, they said. Women used it less than half the number of times they had sex, and only 10% said they used it every time as directed. Scientists are still analyzing the results to see if this made a difference. They also plan more tests on a revamped gel containing an AIDS drug that they hope will work better.
Brazil plans to set up diagnostic centers in remote areas and increase advertising campaigns to get people with HIV/AIDS to seek treatment sooner, health authorities said Thursday.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene plans to distribute millions of condoms on Valentine's Day in different locations throughout the city, including Times Square and areas in Queens, Bronx, and Brooklyn.
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