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AIDS advocacy
groups in Washington state are protesting a planned change
from code-based HIV case reporting to name-based reporting,
saying tracking HIV patients by name may lead to
accidental release of confidential medical information
and discourage people from seeking HIV antibody tests,
The Seattle Times reports. The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention accepts data only from

November 16 2005 12:00 AM

AIDS experts
called for more tests on a British man who claims his body
has rid itself of the virus that causes AIDS.
Andrew Stimpson, 25, told two British newspapers
that he had tested positive for HIV in August 2002 but
that tests 14 months later came back negative. He told
the Mail on Sunday, "I can't help wondering if
I hold the cure for AIDS."
Stimpson also was interviewed by News of the

November 15 2005 12:00 AM

The FDA wants
condom packages to warn that condoms are less effective at
stopping some sexually transmitted diseases, such as herpes
and human papillomavirus, than others. The agency also
wants packaging to advise that condoms that use a
common spermicidal lubricant should not be used by
people at risk of catching HIV.

November 12 2005 12:00 AM

Nearly 500 people
with HIV/AIDS and their supporters said tearful,
triumphant goodbyes to one another in Washington, D.C., on
Tuesday, the last of four high-energy, high-profile
Days of Action organized by the Campaign to End AIDS.
The new group traveled across the country to the
capital to demand that local, federal, and world leaders do
more to stop the AIDS epidemic in the United
States and abroad.

November 11 2005 12:00 AM

The national
syphilis rate in the United States increased for the fourth
consecutive year in 2004, according to new data released
Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention on nationally notifiable sexually
transmitted diseases. The report, which provides data on
three STDs—chlamydia, gonorrhea, and
syphilis—also finds that in 2004 the gonorrhea

November 10 2005 12:00 AM

Despite a program
to provide no-cost antiretroviral drugs to HIV-positive
people in China, patients are being forced to pay for their
treatment because of a "relentless drive for profit
within the Chinese health care system," The
Washington Post
reports. The AIDS epidemic in
China has "exposed how local profit-seeking" in the
country's health care system is undermining government

12:00 AM

New research
suggests that public health officials must respond to
concerns about stigma and vaccine-induced infection if women
are to take full advantage of eventual HIV vaccines,
Women's Health Weekly reports. Peter A.
Newman of the University of Toronto and colleagues
from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the
Los Angeles County Health Department conducted a series of

November 08 2005 12:00 AM