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An HIV-positive
former employee of Belle Bonfils Memorial Blood Center in
Denver is appealing a lower court’s dismissal of a
discrimination lawsuit he filed against the center
after he was forced out of his job because of his HIV
status, the Denver Post reports. John Couture
told the 10th U.S. court of appeals in Denver that he is
pursuing the case because he doesn’t want the

September 20 2005 12:00 AM

GlaxoSmithKline
is suspending a Phase III clinical trial of its
experimental HIV entry inhibitor aplaviroc after two
HIV-positive trial participants developed severe liver
damage, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Although it was not initially clear whether the liver
problems were related to the drug, Glaxo made the
decision to suspend the trial after discussing the
drug’s risks with the Food and Drug

September 20 2005 12:00 AM

Illinois governor
Rod Blagojevich is boosting spending to $2.5
million on HIV education and testing efforts targeting
at-risk African-Americans in the state, the Chicago
Tribune
reports. The money will fund a new campaign
called Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV/AIDS
that will include a series of ads and public service
announcements as well as a “Wellness on

September 20 2005 12:00 AM

The Chinese
government plans to distribute 305 million free condoms
throughout the country in an effort to slow rising HIV
infection rates in the world’s most populous
nation, Xinhuanet reports. Gaobang Latex Products
Manufactory will provide the condoms, which were purchased
through government funds allocated for HIV prevention
programs. The condoms will be distributed to regional

September 20 2005 12:00 AM

Rocker Melissa
Etheridge will be honored by the Mautner Project, a
national lesbian health organization, with its 2005 Mary
Helen Mautner Award at the organization’s
annual gala fund-raiser on Saturday, September
17, in Washington, D.C. Etheridge is being honored for
her public expression of courage during her recent
fight against breast cancer.

September 17 2005 12:00 AM

Newer mammograms
that allow doctors to use digital imaging to help spot
cancer are better than standard X-rays for young women and
those with dense breasts but not for most
postmenopausal women, a landmark study concludes.

September 17 2005 12:00 AM

Because the
federal government rejects HIV case reports recorded by
codes instead of by names, Illinois officials are
expected to switch the state from codes-based to
names-based HIV reporting, the Chicago Free Press
reports. If the state maintained code-based reporting,
it could lose out on federal Ryan White AIDS funds,
which will be tied to the number of HIV cases in each region

September 17 2005 12:00 AM
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