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The Institute of
Medicine of the National Academies on Monday announced
that it has elected Warner C. Greene to membership. Greene
is the director and senior investigator at
the Gladstone Institute of Virology and
Immunology as well as a professor of medicine,
microbiology, and immunology at the University of
California, San Francisco, and codirector of the
federally funded UCSF-Gladstone Center for AIDS

October 25 2005 12:00 AM

Health officials
in the United Kingdom this month confirmed that there
have been 215 recorded cases of the sexually transmitted
disease lymphogranuloma venereum, a rare form of
chlamydia, AIDSMap.com reports. Nearly all of the infections
have been among gay or bisexual men, and 81% have been
reported among HIV-positive men, according to the U.K.
Health Protection Agency. Two heterosexual

October 25 2005 12:00 AM

Michael Harmon,
chief of HIV and sexually transmitted disease services
for the Oklahoma state health department, told a state
senate panel this week that the department needs an
additional $603,600 for its AIDS Drug Assistance
Program. The money, Harmon said, would raise the amount of
state funds for the program to nearly $1.39 million.

October 22 2005 12:00 AM

The Sacrament
County, Calif., board of supervisors this week voted
3–2 to reject a measure that would have allowed
pharmacies in the county to sell hypodermic needles
without a prescription to help reduce needle sharing
and cut HIV and hepatitis infection rates among
injection-drug users, the Sacramento Bee
reports. Health experts, including emergency room
doctors and university professors, told the

October 22 2005 12:00 AM

Public schools in
New York City will introduce a new HIV curriculum in
December that includes instruction on condom use and
corrections of factual errors that existed in the old
curriculum, which was written in the late 1980s, the
New York Sun reports. For example, the old
curriculum encourages the use of the spermicide
nonoxynol-9, but recent studies have shown that the

October 22 2005 12:00 AM

Out Spoken, a gay-themed cable TV show airing
in the San Francisco Bay area, will mark its one-year
anniversary next week by having its host take a rapid
HIV antibody test and receive his results on the air.
Program host Tim Gaskin will take an OraQuick rapid
HIV test, which uses an oral swab to test for HIV
antibodies, and be given the results of the test 20
minutes later on the program.

October 22 2005 12:00 AM

A new online poll
by Harris Interactive of more than 2,200 Americans
shows widespread support of comprehensive sex education in
U.S. schools and for condom use to prevent HIV and
other sexually transmitted diseases, The Wall
Street Journal
reports. A total of 87% of
respondents said they supported sex education in high
schools, and 92% said they strongly or somewhat favor condom

October 22 2005 12:00 AM
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