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Samuel Alito,
nominated by President Bush Monday to succeed Sandra Day
O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court, helped write a
U.S. Justice Department opinion in 1986 that said
employers should be able to legally fire HIV-positive
employees because of their infection, The Washington
Post
reports. Alito was working in the U.S. Office
of Legal Counsel when he helped write the opinion, which

November 03 2005 12:00 AM

California
assemblyman Paul Koretz on Tuesday called on all state
Medicaid programs around the country to change their
policies of denying coverage of organ transplants
for patients with HIV. An HIV-positive Arizona woman
with end-stage liver disease who had been denied transplant
coverage by the Arizona Medicaid program recently won her
complaint against the government, which Koretz says is

November 03 2005 12:00 AM

Experiments on
mice have shown promise for the future of nanotechnology
in treating cancer. The research brings doctors one step
closer to being able to inject patients with
nanoparticles that would bore inside tumors and
release powerful doses of cancer-killing drugs while leaving
the rest of the body unscathed.

November 03 2005 12:00 AM

The San Francisco
AIDS Foundation on Tuesday announced the hiring of
Steven Tierney as the new deputy director for programs and
services at the agency. Tierney, who will join SFAF on
December 1, brings more than 20 years of HIV
experience to the agency, most recently having served as
the director of HIV prevention for the San Francisco
Department of Public Health. Tierney will oversee all

November 03 2005 12:00 AM

Two big U.S. drug
companies have signed agreements to develop a treatment
called a microbicide--a gel or a cream that a woman could
use to protect herself from HIV, advocates said
Monday. Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb have signed
separate license agreements with the International
Partnership for Microbicides to develop such a product, long
sought by doctors and advocates as a way for women as

November 02 2005 12:00 AM

Joseph
O’Neill, the gay former director of the Office of
National AIDS Policy at the White House, has been
named chief executive officer and president of Immune
Response Corp., a biopharmaceutical company focusing
on HIV and multiple sclerosis research. O'Neill, who
succeeds John N. Bonfiglio at Immune Response, helped
craft the 2003 President’s Emergency Plan for

November 02 2005 12:00 AM

The number of
newly reported syphilis cases in Chicago has doubled during
the past 12 months, with more than 70% of the new cases
reported among gay and bisexual men, the Windy City
Times
reports. Syphilis cases among gay Latino men
in the city have risen 200% during the past year,
according to city health officials. Syphilis cases
dropped in the city in 2003 after the Syphilis Elimination

November 01 2005 12:00 AM
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