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Clare Housing,
which operates housing facilities for HIV-positive people
in Minnesota, recently received a grant from the Department
of Housing and Urban Development to construct Clare
Apartments, a 32-unit facility in Minneapolis. The
apartments opened on September 1. The agency received
more than 100 applicants for the apartments, which are
earmarked for low-income, disabled HIV-positive people

September 15 2005 12:00 AM

According to New
York City's annual Mayor's Management Report, the city's
bill of health is mixed: Fewer New Yorkers are smoking, but
the rate of syphilis infection is increasing. The
number of syphilis cases rose from 599 in fiscal 2004
to 646 in 2005. Thomas Frieden, the health
department's commissioner, said that increase mirrors a
troubling trend worldwide. (AP)

September 15 2005 12:00 AM

Two organizations
that promote sex education are taking an unorthodox
approach in their fight against federal funding of
abstinence-only education programs. Relying on a
little-used law that allows "affected persons" to seek
the correction of information disseminated by federal
agencies, the groups said Tuesday that the abstinence
education programs contain erroneous and ineffective

September 15 2005 12:00 AM

The American
Academy of HIV Medicine has issued recommendations for the
treatment and care of HIV-positive people forced to relocate
due to Hurricane Katrina. The guidelines, released in
a document titled “Recommendations for the
Triage of HIV+ Patients,” are intended for
physicians who may not have extensive experience in treating
HIV patients and who practice in areas with large
numbers of evacuees.

September 15 2005 12:00 AM

Customers of a
shut-down tattoo business in Burchinal, Iowa, have been
phoning the Cerro Gordo County health department inquiring
whether they could be at risk for health problems from
their tattoos. Freeky Inks Tattoos was recently closed
by the health department for not having a business
license and not practicing proper needle sterilization
procedures.

September 14 2005 12:00 AM

The Karnataka
Administrative Tribunal in Bangalore, India, has struck
down a 1994 police rule that barred HIV-positive people from
joining the force. The ruling from the southern Indian
state was made public Friday.

September 14 2005 12:00 AM

The Solano
County, Calif., board of supervisors last week voted
3–2 to approve nonprescription needle sales in
participating pharmacies in the county, the Vallejo
Times Herald
reports. The measure is part of a
statewide law aimed at lowering HIV and hepatitis
infections among injection-drug users by allowing individual
counties to participate in a pilot program through

September 13 2005 12:00 AM
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