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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

Earlier this
month, West Virginia University became the latest higher
education institution in the state to offer an oral-swab HIV
antibody test to students. "What prompted it was a
long-standing desire to have more HIV prevention,
counseling, education, and testing," says WVU's
director of Student Health Services Jan Palmer.

October 01 2005 12:00 AM

The 19th annual
Delaware AIDS Walk, held September 25 in Wilmington,
Del., drew a record 4,000 participants, organizers told the
Wilmington News Journal. John Baker, executive
director of AIDS Delaware, the primary recipient of money
raised by the walk, told the News Journal he
hopes the large turnout for the fund-raiser is a sign
of renewed interest among state residents in fighting

October 01 2005 12:00 AM

The National
Association of People With AIDS on Friday called on Congress
to move forward with legislative action to reauthorize the
Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency
(CARE) Act. The Ryan White Act, which provides
lifesaving services to hundreds of thousands of
HIV-positive Americans, expires at midnight on September 30.

October 01 2005 12:00 AM

A study of sexual
risk factors among lesbians, bisexual women, and
heterosexual women in the September issue of the journal
Sexually Transmitted Diseases shows that
bisexual women are more likely to report having sex while
under the influence of alcohol or drugs, while
self-described lesbians are more likely than other
women to have sex with bisexual men. Self-identified
lesbians also were more likely to report condom use when

October 01 2005 12:00 AM

Thousands of
HIV-positive people and AIDS activists are preparing to
travel across the United States in 10 caravans during
October, stopping in more than 150 cities across the
country to promote HIV prevention, increase AIDS
awareness, and urge greater local, state, and federal
involvement in the AIDS fight. The caravans will converge in
Washington, D.C., on November 5 for four days of

October 01 2005 12:00 AM

The Atlanta-based
AIDS Survival Project has hired a new executive
director, Southern Voice reports. Molly A.
Casey was named new executive director by ASP’s
board. She replaces Jeff Graham, who headed the agency
for 10 years and has moved into a new position as
senior director of public policy for the organization.

September 30 2005 12:00 AM
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