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Former president
Clinton spoke to a cheering, applauding crowd of
hundreds Wednesday as he addressed the nation's largest and
oldest minority journalism organization. Clinton,
speaking at the opening ceremony of the annual
convention of the National Association of Black
Journalists, addressed his efforts to combat AIDS in the
United States and abroad.

August 06 2005 12:00 AM

On Wednesday the
gay rights group Jamaica Forum for Lesbians,
All-sexuals, and Gays welcomed the government's recent
announcement that a parliamentary panel will study
whether legalizing homosexuality and prostitution
would encourage people to learn about HIV prevention and
seek treatment for the disease. "Both of these matters need
to be debated evenhandedly with discussion rooted in

August 06 2005 12:00 AM

Activists and
businesses in Austin, Texas, are uniting to rebuild
Doug’s House, a hospice for people with AIDS
that opened its doors in 1989, the Austin
American-Statesman
reports. Charlotte Hale,
executive director of Project Transitions, the organization
that owns and operates the hospice, said that the
agency at first planned only renovations to the
existing facility, but community and businesses

August 06 2005 12:00 AM

Rep. Henry
Waxman, a California Democrat, says data from a new study
show that condoms do protect against sexual
transmission of human papillomavirus, and as such,
Republican-led efforts to get condom labels changed to
warn of HPV risks are unnecessary, reports "CQ
HealthBeat," a congressional newsletter. Waxman wrote to
Food and Drug Administration commissioner Lester

August 05 2005 12:00 AM

The Los Angeles
County board of supervisors this week voted 3-2 to
allocate $500,000 to fund five needle-exchange programs in
the county to help prevent the spread of HIV and other
blood-borne diseases among injection-drug users, the
Los Angeles Times reports. Jonathan
Fielding, county public-health director, says his
agency will ask nonprofit groups that currently operate

August 05 2005 12:00 AM

The Reverend Al
Sharpton this week announced that he plans to launch an
initiative to fight homophobia in African-American
communities, which he says has undoubtedly played a
role in HIV’s rapid spread among
African-Americans, reports The
New York Sun. The initiative—being
organized by Marjorie Fields Harris, executive
director of Sharpton’s civil rights organization

August 05 2005 12:00 AM

President Bush on
Tuesday signed into law the Central American Free Trade
Agreement, which aims to reduce trade barriers between the
United States and six Central American countries but
which AIDS activists say could make anti-HIV drugs too
expensive for many poor HIV-positive Central
Americans.

August 04 2005 12:00 AM
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