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Health website takes softly-softly approach with gays

www.chinaview.cn 2006-08-14

BEIJING, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Authorities in Beijing are reconsidering their publicity tactics after failing to attract homosexuals to the city's first government-run gay Internet forum after two months on line.

    Site managers admit the "Forum for Comrades" -- named after the slang term for homosexuals -- may have suffered from a total lack of publicity despite its health messages.

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Aids data paints picture of epidemic's future

14 August 2006

The petite woman's playful smile masks memories of her life slipping away just two years ago, when she lay in a hospice on the brink of becoming yet another South African Aids death statistic.

"I had given up ... I would say to my parents, 'Please, tell my friends to come to my funeral,'" the 26-year-old told Reuters, recalling her battle with a virus that infects an estimated one in nine South Africans.

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Changing drug regime ineffective, AIDS conference told

Last Updated Sun, 13 Aug 2006 There is no advantage to taking a costlier combination of four drugs when first diagnosed with HIV, compared with the standard three-drug regimen, a U.S. study has found.

Earlier research suggested using four drugs might help reduce the amount of virus in the blood more quickly to avoid resistance, said Dr. Roy Gulick of Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York, who presented the findings Sunday at the opening of the 16th International AIDS Conference in Toronto.

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Africa's Condom-Wary Women, Hit by HIV, Await Protective Gels

Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Asunta Wagura was 22 years old and a medical student at the University of Nairobi when she contracted HIV after having unprotected sex.

``At that age, to propose a condom to a partner, it would have looked like I was promiscuous,' says Wagura, who is now 41 and runs an organization in Kenya that provides assistance to women with HIV. ``A woman is not supposed to propose a condom.'

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Africans Better At Taking HIV Drugs?

Aug. 9, 2006

(WebMD) Sub-Saharan Africans with HIV are more likely to take their drugs as directed than are North Americans, according to a new study.

Researchers examining 58 studies on adherence to HIV drugs found an estimated 77 percent of sub-Saharan Africans with HIV adhered to the recommended drug regimen, compared with 55 percent of North American patients.

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S.Africa AIDS data paint picture of epidemic's future

By Gordon Bell

CAPE TOWN, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Nokhwezi Hoboyi never imagined she would live to see her 25th birthday.

The petite woman's playful smile masks memories of her life slipping away just two years ago, bed-ridden in a hospice, as she teetered on the brink of becoming yet another South African AIDS death statistic.

"I had given up ... I would say to my parents, 'please, tell my friends to come to my funeral'," the 26 year-old told Reuters, recalling her battle with the virus that infects an estimated one in 9 South Africans.

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UN envoy urges Ottawa to help fight AIDS

OTTAWA, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- United Nations special envoy for AIDS in Africa Stephen Lewis on Wednesday called on Canada to rise to actions and fulfil its promises in helping fight AIDS from spreading.

    Lewis, who is in Toronto to attend the forthcoming 16th International AIDS Conference, introduced a four-step plan to stop AIDS and urged Canada to act on it.

    The initiative calls for a timetable to increase Canada's assistance to 0.7 percent of gross national income.

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Tests probe if pill a day can keep AIDS at bay

Wed Aug 9, 2006

By Adam Tanner

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Can the drugs that keep HIV-positive people alive also make it safer to enjoy carefree sex -- much as during the pre-AIDS 1970s?

Health officials in the United States, Thailand, Botswana and elsewhere are now trying to find out by conducting trials in which healthy people take drug cocktails that suppress the virus.

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Call For Universal Access To Antiretrovirals To 'Quarantine AIDS'

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

August 5, 2006

(Toronto, Ontario) Treating everyone infected with HIV could dramatically reduce the number of new infections in the world, creating a chemical quarantine around the virus that causes AIDS, researchers from the University of British Columbia hypothesize in a medical commentary, released Thursday.

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