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Breaks,” a yearlong advertising campaign designed to
deter crystal meth use among Chicago gay men, entered
its second phase with a sobering television commercial
now airing on popular cable channels.

October 05 2005 12:00 AM

AIDS Action, a
coalition of more than 100 AIDS service organizations from
across the country, is calling on Congress to quickly
reauthorize the Ryan White CARE Act, which expired at
midnight on September 30. Since its initial approval
in 1990, the Ryan White Act, which provides federal
money for HIV treatment and support services, has served
hundreds of thousands of HIV-positive Americans.

October 05 2005 12:00 AM

The District of
Columbia board of education has called for the
district’s health education curriculum to be
revised by the end of the year to include better, more
extensive instruction on how to prevent the spread of
HIV, The
Washington Examiner reports. There are
currently no standards on HIV instruction or tracking
systems in place to determine which students have received

October 04 2005 12:00 AM

The 16th annual
AIDS Walk Wisconsin, held in Milwaukee on September 25,
brought in more than $383,000 from the AIDS Resource Center
of Wisconsin and other AIDS service agencies across
the state, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
reports. The money raised and the number of walkers
participating in the event was down slightly from 2004
figures, mostly due to rainstorms and fog throughout

October 04 2005 12:00 AM

Researchers in
Belgium report that HIV may have become weaker since the
late 1980s and may spread less rapidly in the body than the
virus did 15 years ago, reports. Studying
HIV-1 isolates taken from treatment-naive patients in
both 1986–1989 and in 2002–2003, the
researchers report that HIV appears to have become less
virulent—HIV from the 1980s was able to infect

October 04 2005 12:00 AM

Officials with
the Wyoming AIDS Project are concerned about a proposal
that would allow pharmacists in the state to refuse to fill
prescriptions based on their personal and religious
beliefs, saying such a policy could allow pharmacists
to deny antiretroviral drugs to HIV patients, the
Billings [Mont.] Gazette reports.
Project director Pamela Reamer Williams says the measure

October 01 2005 12:00 AM

Lambda Legal is
appealing a decision by Arizona's Medicaid program
denying a woman a liver transplant because she has HIV,
saying the refusal may cost the woman her life.
"Essentially [the Medicaid provider] has a list
of conditions that disqualify people for transplants,
and HIV is on that list as a blanket rejection. There is no
valid scientific evidence that indicates that people who

October 01 2005 12:00 AM