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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

The U.S.
government’s emphasis on abstinence-only programs to
prevent HIV is hobbling Africa’s battle against
the pandemic by downplaying the role of condoms, a
senior United Nations official said on Monday. Stephen
Lewis, the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy for
AIDS in Africa, said fundamentalist Christian ideology
is driving the President’s Emergency Plan for

August 31 2005 12:00 AM

AIDS Project Los
Angeles is calling on the California senate to pass a
bill allowing for condom distribution in prisons before the
end of the current legislative session, set to end in
early September. The bill, AB 677, would allow
nonprofit groups and health agencies to distribute
condoms in the state’s prisons. The measure was
bogged down last week in the senate appropriations

August 30 2005 12:00 AM

Brazilian health
minister Saraiva Felipe and Ira Magaziner of the Clinton
Foundation last week signed a memorandum of understanding
that will help Brazil obtain anti-HIV drugs more
cheaply. Under the agreement, the Clinton Foundation
will provide Brazil with technical support to help it
obtain the raw materials needed to produce antiretroviral
drugs at lower cost. In addition, the agreement will

August 30 2005 12:00 AM