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More than 900
people attended the first National Conference on
Methamphetamine, HIV, and Hepatitis, held Friday and
Saturday in Salt Lake City, which examined the links
between crystal meth use and HIV and explored ways to
encourage drug users to practice safer sex, The
Salt Lake Tribune reports. The conference also
advocated a harm-reduction approach to meth use, which

August 23 2005 12:00 AM

Illinois governor
Rod Blagojevich on Friday signed a law focusing on
preventing HIV infections among African-Americans in the
state, particularly among incarcerated blacks, the
Chicago Tribune reports. The legislation, called
the African-American HIV/AIDS Response Act, requires the
state Department of Corrections and all county jails
in the state to offer free HIV antibody tests to all

August 23 2005 12:00 AM

Libya is calling
on the Bulgarian government to negotiate the payment of
a sum of money to win amnesty for six medics—five
Bulgarians and a Palestinian—who were sentenced
to death for allegedly infecting 400 Libyan children
with HIV. The medics, who were arrested in 1999 and
sentenced to death in 2004, maintain their innocence and say
they have been tortured. Islamic law allows a death

August 20 2005 12:00 AM

Officials at the
recent National Conference on Latinos and AIDS in
Chicago say that crystal methamphetamine use is emerging as
a leading cause for HIV infections among gay Latino
men, but they note that there are few meth awareness
and prevention programs that target Latin men, the
Chicago Free Press reports.

August 20 2005 12:00 AM

Newly diagnosed
syphilis cases in San Francisco are down sharply in 2005,
with 27% fewer cases reported the first half of this year
compared with the first half of 2004, reports the
Bay Area Reporter. The city recorded 251
cases in the first six months of the year, down from
346 in the first six months of 2004, according to a city
sexually transmitted disease report. HIV-positive men

August 20 2005 12:00 AM

The AIDS
Committee of Toronto is toughening its warnings about the
possible link between crystal methamphetamine use and HIV
infection risk after the agency and other health
officials in the city have come under fire for
allegedly dragging their feet on the issue, the Toronto
Star
reports. Toronto health experts have said
they don’t yet have enough evidence to conclusively

August 20 2005 12:00 AM

Health officials
in San Francisco are analyzing data in a recent federal
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report showing
that the HIV incidence level has been cut
nearly in half among gay and bisexual men in the
city, to determine exactly why the drop-off in new
infections occurred, The New York Times
reports. The study, based on a survey of gay men tested for

August 19 2005 12:00 AM
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