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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, 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

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

President George
W. Bush on Monday said the United States would continue
to press Libya to release five Bulgarian nurses who have
been sentenced to death for allegedly infecting 400
children with HIV. "The position of the United States
government is the nurses ought to be freed," Bush told
reporters after meeting with Bulgarian president Georgi
Parvanov at the White House. "There should be no confusion

October 19 2005 12:00 AM

More than 26,000
people turned out Sunday for the 21st annual AIDS Walk
Los Angeles and raised about $3.2 million, which benefits
AIDS Project Los Angeles and 16 other Southern
California AIDS service organizations. This year, APLA
will also provide cash grants from money raised at the
walk to three AIDS service organizations on the Gulf Coast
that are working with HIV-positive people affected by

October 18 2005 12:00 AM

About 60 New York
City AIDS advocates on Sunday began a 265-mile walk to
a national gathering that will be held in three weeks in
Washington, D.C., The New York Times reports.
The activists are part of the Campaign to End AIDS, a
coalition of HIV-positive people and AIDS advocates
that is demanding world leaders, particularly U.S.
officials, exert the political will and commit the

October 18 2005 12:00 AM

More than 2,000
people participated in the annual AIDS walk to benefit
Nashville CARES on October 8 in Nashville, walk organizers
told The Tennessean. Nashville CARES officials say
proceeds from the walk are expected to reach the
fund-raiser’s $140,000 goal. Country singer
Kathy Mattea and Miss Tennessee 2005 Tara Burns
participated in the fund-raiser. All money raised will

October 18 2005 12:00 AM