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A cell
phone–size device that reminds HIV patients to take
their medications is particularly useful in helping
those with slightly impaired memory to stick to their
dosing regimens, researchers report in the journal
Clinical Infectious Diseases. The portable
Disease Management Assistance System, dubbed
“Jerry” by the Johns Hopkins University
researchers, can be programmed to deliver a voice

October 14 2005 12:00 AM

Nigeria now has
the world’s third-highest number of HIV-positive
residents, behind only South Africa and India, with 4
million Nigerians estimated to be HIV-positive,
AllAfrica.com reports. AIDS officials in the country
say Nigeria needs to adopt a multisectoral approach to help
lower HIV transmission rates in the country. The United
States has pledged to provide antiretroviral

October 14 2005 12:00 AM

Nearly $200,000
in federal AIDS funds granted to the Florida Agency for
Health Care Administration were diverted to pay for autism
treatments for the adopted child of a
“politically connected” Broward County, Fla.,
couple, according to reports in the Miami Herald.

October 14 2005 12:00 AM

Saturday, October
15, marks the third annual National Latino AIDS
Awareness Day, an annual campaign sponsored by the Latino
Commission on AIDS to encourage at-risk individuals to
receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing. This
year’s event has the theme “Open Your
Eyes” (“Abre Los Ojos”), aiming
to encourage more Latinos to practice safer sex, talk with
their sex partners about HIV and other sexually transmitted

October 13 2005 12:00 AM

California
governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently signed a bill aimed
at addressing the disproportionate impact of HIV among
African-Americans in the state, particularly in Los
Angeles, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay area, San
Diego, and the Inland Empire region, according to a press
release from the office of the Los Angeles AIDS coordinator.
The measure includes the establishment of an

October 13 2005 12:00 AM

Marsha Martin,
named last month as director of the District of Columbia
HIV/AIDS Administration, on Friday announced a plan to
reform the administration and to develop a larger
grassroots effort to combat HIV. "We will have to
create the capacity we lack," Martin said. "We want to
make the district's response to HIV a model for the
nation."

October 13 2005 12:00 AM

Broadcasters from
more than 20 African countries have signed a
declaration pledging to provide more coverage to AIDS
issues, SABC News reports. The declaration, signed at
the close of a three-day summit on the media’s
role in Africa’s fight against HIV, calls for
building on current efforts to educate people in
Africa about HIV and to expand collaborations between
nations hard hit by the disease to boost

October 12 2005 12:00 AM
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