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Health advocates
are hoping to take advantage of the enormous popularity
of medical-based television programs like E.R.,
Scrubs,
and CSI to deliver important
messages about AIDS and other diseases to viewers, the
San Jose Mercury News reports. Government
officials are even contacting scriptwriters at the various
TV production companies and sending advisors to
Hollywood to educate producers on the importance of

October 05 2005 12:00 AM

The 19th annual
AIDS Walk Washington, held Sunday in the District of
Columbia, raised more than $400,000 for the Whitman-Walker
Clinic, an AIDS service organization that on Saturday
closed a suburban Maryland office because of ongoing
financial problems, The Washington Post
reports. About 3,300 people participated in the
fund-raiser.

October 05 2005 12:00 AM

“Crystal
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, AIDSmap.com 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
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