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Former U.S.
surgeon general David Satcher, in an op-ed piece appearing
the Washington, D.C., publication The Hill, is
calling on Congress to reauthorize a stronger and expanded
version of the Ryan White CARE Act, which expires on
September 30. The law provides federal funds for HIV
prevention, treatment, and support programs throughout
the country. Although the act expires on Friday, lawmakers

September 30 2005 12:00 AM

Jackstreet Media
and Aldagon Resources on Tuesday announced a new
on-demand radio series that aims to address ineffective sex
education programs in schools by providing information
about condom use and contraception to high school and
college students returning to classes this fall. The
series, currently airing on the Internet radio program
“HIV and Me Talk Radio,” available online at

September 29 2005 12:00 AM

Although an
injection with the antibiotic penicillin is the preferred
method of treating the sexually transmitted disease
syphilis, a single oral dose of the antibiotic
azithromycin may be just as effective in curing the
disease, researchers report in the New England
Journal of Medicine.
A study of syphilis patients in
Tanzania showed that the cure rate for those treated

September 29 2005 12:00 AM

Bulgaria has
rejected a proposal that the country pay the families of
HIV-positive children in Benghazi, Libya, a diya, or
“blood money,” to gain the release of
five Bulgarian and one Palestinian health workers
sentenced to death for allegedly deliberately infecting the
children with the virus, Agence France-Presse reports.
Libyan officials floated the proposal earlier this

September 29 2005 12:00 AM

Researchers at
Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston are urging
that U.S. HIV-treatment guidelines be changed to
include drug-resistance testing for all HIV patients
before antiretroviral therapy is initiated because
of the likelihood that they may have been infected with
virus already resistant to one or more anti-HIV drugs.
Currently, drug-resistance tests are usually offered

September 29 2005 12:00 AM

AIDS activists
held a rally in Denver on Tuesday to urge federal
lawmakers to significantly boost spending for AIDS services
when they renew the Ryan White CARE Act, the Rocky
Mountain News
reports. The act expires on
September 30. While lawmakers aren’t expected
to address its renewal for several months, they are expected
this week to pass a stopgap measure that keeps funding

September 29 2005 12:00 AM

The cash-strapped
Washington, D.C.–based AIDS service provider
Whitman-Walker Clinic has renewed its search for a permanent
executive director after postponing the search this
spring during financial problems that saw the agency
close a suburban Maryland satellite clinic, reduce
programming, and lay off staff, The Washington
reports. The last executive director stepped down

September 28 2005 12:00 AM