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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

AIDS Project
Rhode Island, the state’s largest AIDS service
organization, has received a $3,000 grant from the
Until There’s a Cure Foundation to pay for
speakers to give HIV education and prevention talks to
schools, substance abuse clinics, churches, and other
groups, the Providence Journal reports. The talks
include presentations by HIV-positive people about the

September 13 2005 12:00 AM

South Africa's
Advertising Standards Authority has ordered vitamin seller
Matthias Rath to submit all future advertisements to an
industry authority for the next year to ensure his ads
are neither misleading nor defamatory. Earlier this
year ASA found that Rath's ads in South African
newspapers calling antiretroviral drugs poisonous were
misleading and defamed the advocacy group Treatment

September 13 2005 12:00 AM

people displaced by Hurricane Katrina now face the massive
challenge of trying to manage their disease without their
doctors, their clinics. and their support systems.

September 13 2005 12:00 AM

Gay Men’s
Health Crisis and the New York AIDS Coalition this week
announced the details of their statewide “Medicare
Road Show,” a series of presentations for
HIV-positive Medicare beneficiaries, caseworkers, and
advocates who want to learn more about the new Medicare Part
D prescription drug benefit. The addition of Part D to
Medicare is the most dramatic change to the program

September 10 2005 12:00 AM

The San Francisco
Newcomers’ Assistance Program (SNAP), run by the
city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
Community Center, aims to not only welcome new gay
residents to the city but to encourage them to protect
themselves against HIV infection, the San Francisco
reports. Surveys have shown that many gays who
move to the city find it unwelcoming and that such

September 10 2005 12:00 AM