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Health officials
in Toronto this week questioned the widely held theory
that crystal methamphetamine use boosts HIV infection risks
among users, saying there is no evidence yet that
users are more likely to engage in risky sex than
nonusers, the Toronto Star reports. As a result
the city has yet to launch a crystal meth awareness
campaign or to target meth users, particularly gay men, with

July 09 2005 12:00 AM

A spermicidal gel
being tested by researchers at Oregon Health and
Science University may not only help women prevent pregnancy
but also could kill HIV and other sexually transmitted
pathogens, the New Orleans Times-Picayune
reports. The gel, called C31G and packaged in an
applicator similar to a tampon’s, contains no
hormones and was shown to be well tolerated by women
who used it in a small human trial.

July 08 2005 12:00 AM

Encouraged by an
initial trial, Italy wants to launch a large-scale human
test of its HIV vaccine in Africa in the hope of having it
ready for the market by 2011, the project’s
chief researcher said on Tuesday. Barbara Ensoli of
Italy’s National Health Institute began a small-scale
trial involving 47 volunteers at four different
clinics in Italy in 2003 and was aiming for results in

July 08 2005 12:00 AM

New York
City’s Human Resources Administration has made $2.2
million in questionable payments in securing housing
for HIV-positive city residents during the past two
and a half years, according to an audit by the city
comptroller, Newsday reports. The agency even
reported paid $182,391 for hotel rooms for 26
HIV-positive people who had died, according to the

July 08 2005 12:00 AM

Washington, D.C.,
mayor Anthony Williams has proposed to divert more than
$2.1 million in District health department funds to the
cash-strapped Whitman-Walker Clinic, which provides
HIV treatment services to hundreds of HIV-positive
people, The Washington Post reports. The District
city council is set to vote on the proposal this week. The
grants would come from two administrations within the

July 08 2005 12:00 AM

Men who are
circumcised might cut their risk of sexually acquired HIV
infection by as much as 70%, according to a new study by
researchers in France and South Africa, The Wall
Street Journal
reports. The study, which will
be presented at the Third International AIDS Society
Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment later this
month in Brazil, followed 3,000 HIV-negative

July 08 2005 12:00 AM

A screening test
for prostate cancer taken by millions of men every year
is not terribly accurate, and not even the best result
ensures that a man is cancer-free, experts said
Tuesday. They found the standard prostate-specific
antigen, or PSA test, produces many false positives and
false negatives--meaning some men who think they do not have
cancer actually do, while others may undergo

July 07 2005 12:00 AM