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A genetic
mutation previously linked to the development of breast
cancer in women may also be responsible for some
cancers in men, according to a report published on
Thursday. The BRAC2 gene mutation, which has been
linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancers,
has now been found to greatly raise the risk of
pancreatic and prostate cancers in men, according to
the Journal of Medical Ethics.

September 02 2005 12:00 AM

Preliminary data
from a study of 162 HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in
Chicago show that crystal methamphetamine users were about
twice as likely as nonusers to have been recently
infected with HIV, the Windy City Times reports.
About 32% of the meth users were infected with HIV
within 170 days of the study, compared with about 17%
of nonusers. The drug users also reported having engaged in

September 01 2005 12:00 AM

AIDS Foundation
Houston has named current vice president of community
relations Kelly McCann as the agency’s new CEO, the
Houston Chronicle reports. McCann joined the
organization in 1996.

September 01 2005 12:00 AM

The family of an
HIV-positive man who died while in prison in Wilmington,
Del., has filed a lawsuit against the prison’s health
care provider and two of its doctors, alleging that
they did not provide proper medical care. Louis
Chance, 37, died of cryptococcal meningitis—an
AIDS-related opportunistic infection--while serving a
six-month sentence at Gander Hill Prison. The lawsuit

September 01 2005 12:00 AM

More than 50,000
bare-breasted virgins vied to become the 13th wife of
the king of Swaziland on Monday in a ceremony critics say
ill befits a country with the world’s highest
HIV rate. King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa’s
last absolute monarch, arrived dressed in a leopard-skin
loincloth to watch the Reed Dance ceremony, which he has
used since 1999 to pluck new brides from the girls

August 31 2005 12:00 AM

Vietnam's first
national survey on youth was released Friday in Hanoi.
Done in cooperation with the World Health Organization and
UNICEF, the survey of 7,584 people ages 14-25 asked
questions about health, sexuality, education, and
family lives. According to the survey, 60% of young
people in Vietnam know about homosexuality, and of those,
four out of five said they would not accept a gay
person as a friend.

August 31 2005 12:00 AM

The U.S. Postal
Service is honoring tennis legend Arthur Ashe, who died
of AIDS-related complications, with a postage stamp that
became available nationwide on Monday. Ashe
established foundations to help at-risk youths and to
fight HIV, which he contracted through a blood transfusion
during heart surgery. A Richmond, Va., native, Ashe
learned to play tennis on the segregated Brook Field

August 31 2005 12:00 AM