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A small clinical
trial of Panacos Pharmaceuticals’ experimental HIV
maturation inhibitor PA-457 showed the drug lowers HIV viral
loads by as much as 90%, the Boston Herald
reports. The drug works by blocking the formation of a
key protein HIV uses to assemble its outer coating.
Without the protein, the viral copies released from
infected immune system cells are unable to infect other

August 25 2005 12:00 AM

Entertainment Television, the Black AIDS Institute, Kaiser
Family Foundation, and the YWCA on Monday announced
the winners of the second annual Rap-It-Up/Black AIDS
Short Subject Film Competition. After reviewing more
than 200 screenplays, the judging committee unanimously
chose the screenplays Let's Talk and Multitude of
as winners of the competition.

August 24 2005 12:00 AM

The 18th annual
AIDS Walk Colorado, held Sunday in Denver, raised about
$800,000 for the Colorado AIDS Project, walk organizers told
the Rocky Mountain News. About 8,000 people
participated in the event. Danielle Corriveau, a CAP
spokeswoman, says the fund-raiser brought in about the
same amount of money as last year’s AIDS walk.

August 24 2005 12:00 AM

Jamaica has
started an advertising campaign to stop discrimination
against HIV-positive people, a problem that human rights
activists warn is undermining efforts to stop the
spread of the virus. Radio, television, newspapers,
and billboards will carry messages against
discrimination, said Faith Hamer, a health ministry
official. One message on posters to be plastered
throughout the island reads, "When you're

August 24 2005 12:00 AM

Prisoners' rights
advocates are crediting improved medical care and
better separation of violent and peaceful inmates for a big
drop in death rates behind bars in the United States
from suicide, homicide, and AIDS. Death rates from
AIDS-related causes in jails fell sharply, from 20 per
100,000 in 1988 to eight per 100,000 in 2002, the U.S.
Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics

August 23 2005 12:00 AM

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