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Irish musician
Bono met with President Bush on Wednesday at the
White House to discuss AIDS, malaria, debt relief for poor
nations, and other issues affecting developing
countries. Bush invited Bono, who was in Washington,
D.C., for two U2 concerts, to the lunch meeting.
While Bono praises Bush’s efforts to allocate more
U.S. money to fight AIDS overseas, he says the United

October 21 2005 12:00 AM

Eric Whitaker,
director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, on
Tuesday announced that Illinois will begin in January
tracking cases of HIV by name rather than alphanumeric
code in response to mounting federal pressure to bring
its HIV surveillance system in line with those
operating in most other states, the AIDS Foundation of
Chicago reports.

October 20 2005 12:00 AM

The House on
Tuesday voted 415–9 to approve a bill aiming to
protect AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in
developing nations, the Pleasanton, Calif.,
Tri-Valley Herald reports. The bill,
sponsored by Democratic representative Barbara Lee of
California, would create a special adviser for AIDS
orphans and vulnerable children at the U.S. Agency for
International Development. The adviser would

October 20 2005 12:00 AM

Successful HIV
antibody testing in Uganda, begun as part of a government
education campaign that cut infection rates from 30% to 6%,
has now created more patients than the country can
care for, according to Hank McKinnell, chairman and
chief executive of U.S.-based pharmaceutical giant
Pfizer.

October 20 2005 12:00 AM

Prodded by New
York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, four health insurance
companies have agreed for the first time to offer
domestic-partner coverage to city businesses with
fewer than 50 employees, GayHealth.com reports.
Group Health Incorporated, Empire Blue Cross and Blue
Shield, HIP Health Plans of New York, and Horizon Healthcare
Insurance Company of New York all have agreed to provide

October 20 2005 12:00 AM

Scientists in
Boston and Uganda are studying whether HIV patients can
safely stop their medications every weekend, a move that
would help ease drug-related side effects and cut the
cost of antiretroviral therapy by nearly 30%, The
Boston Globe
reports. The approach also could
benefit HIV patients who easily remember to take their
pills on weekdays but become involved in other activities

October 19 2005 12:00 AM

Serono
Laboratories agreed Monday to pay $704 million and plead
guilty to federal conspiracy charges that it increased
the market for HIV wasting treatment Serostim by
offering kickbacks to doctors and manipulating a test
for HIV patients.

October 19 2005 12:00 AM
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