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DKT
International, a Washington, D.C.–based group that
provides HIV prevention services for sex workers in
developing countries, this week filed a lawsuit
against the federal government over its requirement that
all groups receiving U.S. funding sign a pledge in
opposition to sex work, The Wall Street Journal
reports. The organization filed a federal lawsuit

August 13 2005 12:00 AM

German
researchers say they’ve discovered a key peptide that
prevents HIV from assembling its protective outer
coating, which leaves the virus incapable of latching
onto and infecting other immune system cells, Deutsche
Presse-Agentur reports. The peptide was completely effective
in lab tests at preventing HIV from assembling its
outer membrane, but it cannot be used in its present

August 13 2005 12:00 AM

Family Health
International, a group working to promote reproductive and
sexual health around the world, announced Wednesday it is
ending its clinical trial testing Gilead
Sciences’ anti-HIV drug Viread as a possible
way to prevent HIV infections among sex workers in Cameroon,
AllAfrica.com reports. The trial was funded by a $6.5
million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates

August 13 2005 12:00 AM

A new treatment
strategy has shown promise in helping to transform HIV
into a curable infection. Preliminary research published
this week in The Lancet medical journal
outlines how scientists used an anticonvulsant drug to
awaken dormant HIV hiding in the body, where it is
temporarily invisible but still dangerous.

August 13 2005 12:00 AM

A report released
this week by the District of Columbia-based Appleseed
Center says that although Washington, D.C., has the highest
HIV prevalence rate of any U.S. metropolitan area, the
city’s response to the disease has been
inadequate, poorly coordinated, and understaffed, The
Washington Post
reports. The 170-page report,
based on data gathered since early 2004, cites four main

August 12 2005 12:00 AM

Spending by the
New York City HIV/AIDS Services Administration on
treatment and support services for HIV-positive city
residents topped $190 million in fiscal 2004, more
than $75 million more than the amount spent in 1999,
Newsday reports. The city spent $193 million
for HIV programs last year, up from $117 million in 1999.
The increased spending is due in part to the success of

August 12 2005 12:00 AM

Nine states
currently have AIDS Drug Assistance Program waiting lists,
while a total of 16 have enacted some form of cost-cutting,
including implementing waiting lists, tightening
financial eligibility requirements, or reducing the
number of drugs they provide, according to a report
released Wednesday by the National Alliance of State and
Territorial AIDS Directors. ADAPs are federally funded

August 12 2005 12:00 AM
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