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Steven Raffanti,
MD, an associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt
University Medical Center and chief medical officer of the
Comprehensive Care Center in Nashville, will receive
the American Association of HIV Medicine’s 2005
Emerging Leader Award at next month’s annual meeting
of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in San
Francisco. The award cites his work in establishing

September 24 2005 12:00 AM

The president of
the American Medical Association made a first-ever
appearance Thursday at this year’s annual conference
of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, delivering
a keynote address titled “Understanding,
Advocacy, Leadership: The AMA Perspective on LGBT
Health.” J. Edward Hill told conference attendees
during his address that he was “very proud to
be here.”

September 24 2005 12:00 AM

A 16-year-old
HIV-positive Boston girl has filed a lawsuit against
MassHealth, Massachusetts’s Medicaid program, to
force the program to pay for surgery to remove her
HIV-related “buffalo hump,” a side effect of
antiretroviral drugs that gave the girl severe headaches,
neck pain, and abnormal posture. The lawsuit was filed
in Suffolk superior court by the Gay and Lesbian

September 23 2005 12:00 AM

A study in the
September issue of the journal Sexually Transmitted
Diseases
shows that gay and bisexual men commonly
use the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. Researchers
in San Francisco report that a telephone survey of gay and
bisexual men showed that 29% recently used Viagra and
that men with larger numbers of sexual partners,
higher levels of unprotected anal sex, who use

September 23 2005 12:00 AM

The American
Civil Liberties Union this week launched a campaign in 18
states to urge government and school board officials to
reject federally funded abstinence-only sex education
programs in schools because the programs contain false
information, the Washington Times reports. The
ACLU, citing a report prepared for Democratic
congressman Henry Waxman of California, says that many

September 23 2005 12:00 AM

A bill that would
have granted state funding for needle-exchange programs
in three North Carolina counties failed to come to a vote
after it stalled in a house committee as the
legislative session ended for the year, the
Greensboro News and Record reports. If it
had been approved, the legislation would have provided
$550,000 annually for two years for the exchanges.
There are currently no needle-exchange programs

September 23 2005 12:00 AM

Democratic
congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Illinois this week
introduced a bill that would encourage federal research into
the development of microbicides that could help women
protect themselves against HIV and other sexually
transmitted diseases, Congressional Quarterly
HealthBeat
reports. The legislation, called the
Microbicide Development Act, would prompt the National

September 23 2005 12:00 AM
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