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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

A new national
survey by Zogby and MSNBC.com shows that although most
Americans say they are concerned about possibly contracting
HIV or a sexually transmitted disease from their sex
partners, few routinely talk with their partners about
the diseases or their sexual histories, MSNBC.com
reports. The survey of 56,000 Americans shows that just 39%
of people always ask a new sex partner if that person

October 12 2005 12:00 AM

Chicago’s
Howard Brown Health Center, which focuses on providing
health care services to the city’s gay and
lesbian population as well as HIV-positive Chicagoans,
has named Michael C. Cook to serve as the
agency’s president and CEO effective October 24, the
Chicago Free Press reports. Cook currently serves
as executive director of Chicago's Interfaith House and is a
member of the American Civil Liberties Union’s

October 11 2005 12:00 AM

The number of HIV
cases in South Africa continues to increase, which
could cause life expectancy in one of Africa's most
developed countries to plummet from 63 to 46 years and
below, researchers said Thursday. Almost 6.3 million
of South Africa's 47 million population are believed
to be HIV-positive, up from 5.3 million in 2003, according
to figures presented at the provincial Gauteng AIDS

October 11 2005 12:00 AM

A California law
sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Koretz and recently signed
into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger prohibits health
insurance companies from denying coverage for organ
transplants based solely on a patient’s being
HIV-positive. The bill, the first of its kind in the
country, addresses the fact that most health insurers
routinely deny organ transplants to HIV-positive

October 11 2005 12:00 AM

The Nobel
Prize–winning scientist who has led the California
Institute of Technology for nearly eight years is
stepping down to concentrate on AIDS research and
teaching. Caltech president David Baltimore said Monday his
resignation is effective in June, although he promised to
remain on the job until a successor is found.

October 08 2005 12:00 AM
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