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In West Virginia,
65 new HIV cases were reported in the first six months
of 2005, compared with 139 cases for all of last year, said
Loretta Haddy, the state's epidemiologist. Ten of the
27 West Virginians diagnosed with HIV so far this year
are ages 20 to 29. According to the state's HIV and
sexually transmitted disease program's Web site, the
number of new cases peaked in 2003 at 158.

September 22 2005 12:00 AM

The Food and Drug
Administration has approved the first generic versions
of the anti-HIV medication AZT, a move that could reduce the
expense for people in the United States being treated
for the disease. AZT, an antiretroviral drug that is
also known as zidovudine or by its brand name
Retrovir, helps prevent HIV from reproducing in the body. It
is often used in combination with other medications to

September 22 2005 12:00 AM

Although
Baltimore’s 11-year-old needle exchange program has
helped reduce the HIV infection rate among the
city’s injection-drug users by 20%, exchange
workers are hoping to expand its services, particularly by
targeting more younger drug users, The B
altimore Sun reports. The needle exchange, which
operates out of two vans that stop at about a dozen sites
around the city, currently has about 325 visitors per

September 22 2005 12:00 AM

The International
Association of Physicians in AIDS Care is marking its
10th anniversary by bestowing lifetime honorary memberships
to 50 physicians and researchers representing 17
countries. “These 50 individuals are being
inducted as honorary lifetime members of our 12,800
member-strong association,” said IAPAC CEO Jose M.
Zuniga. “These individuals have in one way or

September 22 2005 12:00 AM

GlaxoSmithKline’s patent on Retrovir (AZT), the first
approved anti-HIV drug, expired on Saturday, and
health experts expect several low-cost generic
versions of the drug to quickly become available both in
the United States and abroad, The [Raleigh,
N.C.] News & Observer reports. Retrovir
currently costs about $2,200 for a one-year supply, down
significantly from its initial price tag of about

September 21 2005 12:00 AM

HIV-positive
people who relocated to Illinois in the aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina will be given anti-HIV medications through
the state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program, the
Chicago Free Press reports. Nancy Abraham,
the administrator of the Illinois ADAP, has instructed
AIDS service providers and case managers throughout the
state to refer HIV-positive evacuees to ADAP and other

September 21 2005 12:00 AM

For the fourth
year in a row, the Bush administration intends to withhold
funding from the United Nations agency that provides family
planning services and maternal health care to women
around the world, saying it contributes to China's
"coercive abortion" program. Congress had appropriated
$34 million for the U.N. Population Fund but gave President
Bush the final decision on whether to spend the money.

September 21 2005 12:00 AM
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