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The Rhode Island
health department has sanctioned a doctor who it
says put patients at risk for disease, including HIV and
hepatitis, through his reuse of syringes.
Health officials said Augustus Marsella reused
disposable syringes for vitamin B-12 injections, which he
administered for weight loss. Though Marsella did not reuse
the needles, he sterilized the syringes for reuse in

July 14 2005 12:00 AM

The Senate
Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education, and
Related Agencies on Tuesday voted to flat-fund virtually all
Ryan White programs in fiscal 2006, approving only a
$10 million increase in spending for the
nation’s cash-strapped AIDS Drug Assistance Programs.
The House version of the bill also contains only a $10
million increase for ADAP, a tiny fraction of what

July 14 2005 12:00 AM

Because of
concern about a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, California
health officials suspended a program that had begun
providing patients who smoke marijuana for medicinal
reasons with state-issued identification cards. State
health director Sandra Shewry on Friday asked the
state attorney general's office to review the court ruling
to determine whether the ID program would put patients

12:00 AM

More than 6.5
million of South Africa's 47 million people could be
infected with HIV, according to a government report released
Monday, a sharp increase from previous estimates. A
2004 health ministry survey of more than 16,000
pregnant women attending antenatal clinics indicated
between 6.29 million and 6.57 million South Africans were
infected with HIV, compared to 5.6 million in 2003.

12:00 AM

Focusing
HIV-related interventions on the most cost-effective
strategies may prevent substantially more HIV
infections in the United States each year than current
approaches, according to a Rand Corporation study
issued Tuesday. “This is the first study to develop a
comprehensive strategy for preventing future HIV
infections in the United States based on
cost-effectiveness analysis,” said Deborah Cohen, a

12:00 AM

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

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
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