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Group of
Eight leaders agreed on Friday to more than double aid
for Africa to $50 billion to help fight poverty and
disease on the continent, presenting the deal as a
message of hope that countered the hatred behind the
London bomb attacks. The announcement was the culmination of
a G8 summit of rich nations hosted by British prime
minister Tony Blair, who had been determined to focus

July 09 2005 12:00 AM

A Cleveland jury
has ruled that McDonald's Corp. discriminated against a
restaurant manager who claimed he was forced out of his job
after the company learned he is HIV-positive. The jury
awarded Russell Rich of Akron, Ohio, $490,000 in
damages in the second trial on his claim against the
fast-food chain. Rich, 41, won $5 million in a 2001 trial,
but that verdict was overturned on appeal, based on

July 09 2005 12:00 AM

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
2006.

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
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