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A New Zealand
court this week ruled that an HIV-positive man does not
have to disclose his HIV status to his sex partners as long
as he uses condoms during intercourse, the New Zealand
Press Association reports. Justin Dalley, who had sex
with a woman he met over the Internet in April 2004,
was charged with violating New Zealand’s law that
requires HIV-positive people to disclose that they are
infected.

October 08 2005 12:00 AM

Joint United
Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS executive director Peter Piot
is warning European governments that they must immediately
take steps to fight rising HIV infection rates in a
number of European Union nations, Agence France-Presse
reports. Speaking Monday in Lisbon, Portugal, Piot
said the number of HIV cases has nearly doubled in Western
Europe since 1996, with young people at especially

October 08 2005 12:00 AM

Brazil says it is
nearing a deal with the U.S. pharmaceutical firm Abbott
Laboratories that would cut nearly in half what the nation
pays for the anti-HIV drug Kaletra. "There are just a
few differences in the text of the accord that still
need to be ironed out," health minister Jose Saraiva
Felipe said at an AIDS seminar in Sao Paolo, adding that he
expected a deal to be signed within "48 hours." Brazil

October 08 2005 12:00 AM

A survey of 200
films from the past 20 years shows that unsafe sex is
commonly shown, as is smoking, marijuana use, and other drug
use, U.K. newspaper The Guardian reports. Of
the list of the 200 most popular films from the
Internet Movie Database’s March 2004 list,
researchers eliminated those made in the pre-AIDS era,
animated films, movies rated acceptable for children, and

October 08 2005 12:00 AM

The first major
study of an experimental vaccine to prevent cervical
cancer found it was 100% effective, in the short term, at
blocking the disease and lesions likely to turn
cancerous, drugmaker Merck said Thursday.

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The 16th annual
AIDS Walk San Diego, held October 2, raised more than
$500,000 for more than 30 AIDS organizations in the San
Diego area, The San
Diego Union-Tribune reports. The money raised
will help provide services to the estimated 22,000
HIV-positive people living in the region. Aaron Heier, an
AIDS walk official, says the money brought in by the
fund-raiser is more important than ever as area AIDS

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Marsha Martin,
the newly appointed director of the District of
Columbia’s HIV/AIDS Administration, is calling
for the availability of condoms in schools and the
establishment of needle-exchange programs in Washington
to combat the spread of HIV, the Washington
Examiner
reports. “We want condoms
everywhere,” she said at a panel discussion on
Monday. “We have already had conversations with the

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