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The Wichita,
Kan.-based African-American advocacy group Sankofa Health
Collective, noting that blacks make up 6% of the state's
population but account for 26% of its HIV cases,
recently met to discuss launching culturally specific
HIV prevention and educational outreach programs, the
Wichita Eagle reports. About 60 people
attended the collective’s meeting, held at Wichita
State University, and discussed ways to encourage

August 27 2005 12:00 AM

The Global Fund
to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria on Wednesday
halted millions of dollars in AIDS funding for Uganda, a
nation usually praised for its fight against HIV,
saying it had found evidence of mismanagement in
distributing the money. The Global Fund said its
auditors had serious concerns about the operations of the
special agency set up by the Ugandan government to

August 26 2005 12:00 AM

Swaziland's king
Mswati III has abandoned an unpopular
HIV-prevention campaign that urges girls in the country to
remain virgins, The Independent reports. The
campaign was launched in 2001 and urged unmarried
girls to adopt an ancient tradition called
umcwasho—or badge of the virgin—and
remain virgins for five years. The girls participating
in the campaign wore traditional tassels to signify

August 26 2005 12:00 AM

Marsha Martin,
executive director of the national advocacy group AIDS
Action, has been tapped to head the District of
Columbia’s HIV/AIDS Administration after its
former director, Lydia Watts, was fired earlier this
month, The Washington Post reports. The
HIV/AIDS Administration has come under fire in recent months
for its response to the AIDS epidemic in the district,

August 26 2005 12:00 AM

Men who take
Viagra to overcome erectile difficulties do not increase
their short-term risk of having a heart attack, a review of
clinical trials indicates. The finding is
“consistent with the growing body of
evidence” demonstrating the cardiovascular safety of
Viagra (known generically as sildenafil), Murray A.
Mittleman of Harvard Medical School and colleagues
note in the American Journal of Cardiology.

August 26 2005 12:00 AM

The Maine
Department of Education has informed all district school
superintendents in the state that the curriculum offered by
the abstinence education group Heritage of Maine does
not meet the state’s minimum comprehensive sex
education requirements and cannot be the only sex
education program taught in Maine schools, the Portland
Press Herald
reports. In a two-page letter to

August 26 2005 12:00 AM

The Department of
Health and Human Services has suspended an
abstinence-education grant to the Silver Ring Thing program
amid worries that the organization uses tax dollars to
promote Christianity, The Washington Post reports.
HHS, in announcing that it is withholding a $75,000
grant from the organization, concluded that SRT
"includes both secular and religious components that are not

August 25 2005 12:00 AM