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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
Chronicle
reports. Surveys have shown that many gays who
move to the city find it unwelcoming and that such

September 10 2005 12:00 AM

The trial of a
former Canton, Ohio, health department employee accused of
stealing $50,000 in HIV/AIDS funds began this week,
The [Canton] Repository reports. Thomas E.
Wingert, the former administrator of a grant that
funds the health department’s HIV education and
outreach programs, is accused of using phony invoices and
improper billing procedures to divert $50,000 of

September 10 2005 12:00 AM

Fudan University
in Shanghai, China, is offering its first-ever gay and
lesbian studies class to undergraduate students that experts
say is a sign gays in the country are gaining cultural
and governmental acceptance, The New York Times
reports. The class has attracted overflow attendance,
organizers say. "For such a university to have a
specific course like this, with so many participants

September 10 2005 12:00 AM

Women with high
levels of stress in their everyday lives are at less risk
than others of developing breast cancer for the first time,
according to research in the British Medical
Journal
published on Friday. Scientists from
Denmark drew their conclusions after studying 6,689
women over a period of 18 years and speculated that it may
be because daily stress suppressed production of estrogen,

September 10 2005 12:00 AM

The foundation
that cares for the AIDS Memorial Quilt announced Wednesday
that the group has settled a lawsuit with the man who
created the quilt and later claimed he was wrongly
fired.

September 10 2005 12:00 AM

Clubbers using
ecstasy to keep them dancing through the night may damage
their immune systems, while those suffering from depression
induced by the drug could be more difficult to treat,
a neuroscientist said on Wednesday. Developed as an
appetite suppressant but now used at raves and night
clubs to reduce inhibitions, ecstasy has been linked to
psychiatric illnesses, but Thomas Connor of

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