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A 45-year-old
transgender woman who received illegal silicone injections
at a party in a private home in San Diego has died after
nearly a month on life support, the county medical
examiner said on Monday. Patricio Gonzalez, who police
said received silicone injections to her hips,
buttocks, cheeks, and lips, died on Sunday. Gonzalez and at
least nine other people were injected at a so-called

July 13 2005 12:00 AM

Brazil decided
not to break the patent on a key anti-HIV drug after
Abbott Laboratories agreed to significantly reduce the
drug's price over the next six years, according to the
nation’s health ministry. The Brazilian
government and Abbott reached an agreement late Friday after
10 days of negotiations.

July 12 2005 12:00 AM

Foundation of Chicago is seeking $500,000 over the next year
to support its year-old program that conducts HIV
education and prevention outreach through faith-based
organizations in minority areas in the city, the
Chicago Tribune reports. Twelve churches and faith-based
groups each received $10,000 from AFC through a
one-year federal grant last year, but now that the

July 12 2005 12:00 AM

The government on
Friday ordered warnings onto the labels of Viagra and
two other impotence drugs that some users have developed a
form of blindness--while cautioning that it's
impossible to know if the pills are to blame. At issue
is sudden vision loss when blood flow to the optic
nerve is blocked, a condition called NAION, or nonarteritic
anterior ischemic optic neuropathy. NAION is

July 12 2005 12:00 AM

In Kobe, Japan,
at the Seventh International Congress on AIDS in Asia and
the Pacific, officials said discrimination against men who
have sex with men in the region is increasing their
vulnerability to HIV infection. Steve Wignall of
Family Health International said that while there is a
dearth of accurate statistics on the issue, some surveys
have found that the rate of HIV infections among gay

July 12 2005 12:00 AM

U.S. groups
fighting AIDS overseas are being given an ultimatum by the
government: Pledge your opposition to sex trafficking and
prostitution or do without federal funds. The new rule
has created confusion among health groups that wonder
how it will affect them and has drawn criticism from
others who say it infringes on free speech rights and could
do more harm than good.

July 12 2005 12:00 AM

United Nations
secretary-general Kofi Annan this week endorsed a proposal
by French president Jacques Chirac to impose a $1 or $2 tax
on international airline tickets to fund the fight
against AIDS in Africa, the Financial Times
reports. Annan said the tax would provide a constant
influx of money into the continent to fight the disease and
would reduce pressure on wealthy nations to continually

July 09 2005 12:00 AM