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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

Court papers
filed in conjunction with a $704 million settlement over the
sales and pricing practices of the HIV-related wasting drug
Serostim suggest that some U.S. pharmacies that sold
the drug might also be investigated by federal
authorities, The
Boston Globe reports. Serono Laboratories, the
maker of Serostim, agreed to the massive fine after
authorities investigated claims that company employees

October 22 2005 12:00 AM

A drug that
targets only diseased cells has proved astonishingly
effective against an aggressive form of early breast
cancer—a long-sought breakthrough that has
doctors talking about curing thousands of women each
year in this country alone. The drug, Herceptin, is already
used for advanced cancer. But in three studies
involving thousands of women with early-stage disease,
it cut the risk of a relapse in half.

October 21 2005 12:00 AM

It took a
hurricane to do it, but Congress has finally ended federal
subsidies for users of Viagra and other sexual performance
drugs. The Senate on Wednesday passed without debate
and sent to the president legislation that ends
Medicare and Medicaid payments for erectile
dysfunction drugs as part of a package that extends medical
help for the poor and provides unemployment benefit

October 21 2005 12:00 AM
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