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The Senate
Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Foreign Relations
on Wednesday approved a $31.8 billion foreign aid bill
for fiscal 2006 that includes more money for
international AIDS efforts than President Bush
requested in his budget proposal. The measure includes $2.9
billion in global AIDS spending, about $300 million
more than Bush proposed. The bill now goes to the full

July 01 2005 12:00 AM

The AIDS death
rate in Massachusetts declined in 2003, according to a new
report by the state health department. The AIDS death rate
in 2003 in the state was about the same level as in
2000, but lower than both 2001 and 2002, according to
the report. The 2000 and 2003 AIDS death rates were
the lowest in the Massachusetts since 1987. However, AIDS
deaths among women in the state tripled since 1989,

July 01 2005 12:00 AM

The AIDS
Foundation of Chicago announced Thursday that it has issued
$1.4 million in grants to area AIDS organizations and
programs during its just-completed one-year funding
cycle, the largest amount ever awarded by the agency.
The 12-month grant cycle ending on June 30 includes $653,000
in new awards for HIV prevention, care, advocacy,
evaluation, and capacity-building projects; $235,000

July 01 2005 12:00 AM

The Delaware
legislature’s joint finance committee last week voted
to spend $315,000 to fund a pilot needle-exchange
program for Wilmington, the state’s largest
city and home to hundreds of HIV-positive
injection-drug users, The
News Journal of Delaware reports. Sen. Margaret
Rose Henry, a Democrat from Wilmington, sponsored the
measure. “I feel like we're more than halfway

July 01 2005 12:00 AM

A report released
Wednesday by the World Health Organization and the
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS says WHO will not
meet its goal of having 3 million HIV-positive people
in developing countries on antiretroviral therapy by
the end of 2005. About 1 million people are currently
receiving antiretroviral drugs through WHO’s advocacy
program, according to the report.

June 30 2005 12:00 AM

Despite a U.S.
Supreme Court decision earlier this month that says
federal antidrug laws trump state-level measures that permit
medical marijuana use, the Rhode Island general
assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a medical
marijuana bill. The measure, which protects those with
chronic illnesses like HIV and cancer from being
arrested by state authorities for marijuana use, now goes to

June 30 2005 12:00 AM

The Reverend
Carey G. Anderson wants his congregation to realize not only
that HIV disproportionately affects the lives of black
Americans but to respond to that crisis. Anderson,
senior pastor of Seattle's First African Methodist
Episcopal Church, hopes that his church can not only
help African-Americans avoid HIV infection but also support
those in the larger community who live with HIV and

June 30 2005 12:00 AM
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