Choosing Motherhood When You’re HIV-Positive

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Column By ‘Rolake Odetoyinbo Having a child was always my desire. I prayed, fasted and wept my eyes out as I pleaded with God to have mercy on me. He heard my prayers in 1996 when I had got pregnant during my honeymoon. I lost the baby, and spent the entire of 1997 waiting. It seemed …

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54 Women’s Group Sign Pledge to Help Eradicate AIDS in Black Americans

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Mobilization By Sharon Egiebor Fifty-four women’s organizations, representing 4 million African American women across the U.S., have pledged to take action to reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS on the black community within five years. The organizations made the commitment during the second annual “M.E.E! (Mobilization, Education, Empowerment) Sistahs Getting Real About HIV” conference held recently in …

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Elected Officials Participate in “Got AIDS?” Awareness Campaign

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Rep. Ronald G. Waters (D), vice chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, addresses a crowd gathered inside the state Capitol on Feb. 7, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Waters was joined by several of his House colleagues. Photo Credit Philadelphia State Legisature Moblization By Chris Bour Legislators at the national, state and local levels recently …

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Dr. Kevin Fenton Guest Speaker At M.E.E.! Conference

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Event Click here for M.E.E. Conference Gala Tickets and Registration. Prior to becoming director of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP), Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD, served as chief of CDC’s National Syphilis Elimination Effort—a position he had been appointed to in January 2005. Since 1995, he has worked in research, epidemiology, …

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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February 2007 The mission of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is to build the capacity and increase awareness, participation and support for HIV prevention, care and treatment among African Americans. February 7, 2007 marks the seventh year of this annual event. Click here to read Milestones in the Black HIV/AIDS Epidemic. The primary goal …

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Cartoon About AIDS No Laughing Matter

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By Stephanie Ward Isaacs’ life was shaken apart by a single phone call from someone he barely knew. In an agitated tone, the man on the other end of the phone told Isaac that he had infected him with the deadly HIV/AIDS virus during their brief sexual encounter. Stunned beyond belief, Isaac dropped the phone and …

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It’s All About M.E.E.! Conference Feb. 7-11, 2007

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Sistahs Getting Real About HIV Click here for registration, workshop proposals, hotel reservations, advertising opportunities and event sponsorship.   LOS ANGELES — National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCWB), National Council of Negro Women and the Black AIDS Institute are hosting the 2nd Annual It’s All About M.E.E.! (Mobilization, Education & Empowerment) Sistahs Getting Real …

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From The Heart of the TB Community

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We Also Have A Dream By Team TBTV Martin Luther King fought and died for social justice, raising his voice for the rights of the oppressed. A life of struggle to turn a dream into reality. In 2006, over two million people died from a similar social injustice – tuberculosis. TB is disease of poverty which …

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California Legislative Black Caucus Declares Feb. 7 National Black HIV Day

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SACRAMENTO (Jan. 16, 2007) – The California Legislative Black Caucus will observe Feb. 7 as National Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day. Caucus Members will wear T-shirts that ask the question “Got AIDS? How do you know?” to floor session in an attempt to encourage African Americans to get screened for HIV. In addition, the Black …

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Blacks’ HIV Risk Dramatically Higher Than Whites Despite Safer Sex Lives

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Prevention CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Young black adults are far more likely to be infected with a sexually transmitted disease, including HIV, than young white adults, even when they engage in the same or even safer behavior, according to research released recently. The study, published electronically by the American Journal of Public Health, found that …

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Bishop T.D. Jakes Takes HIV Test

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Bishop T.D. Jakes takes an AIDS test in celebration of World AIDS Day on Dec.2, 2006. Photo Credit Anna Macias Black Mobilization By Anna Macias DALLAS — Bishop T.D. Jakes, one of the country’s most prominent African-American pastors, opened his mouth wide to give a saliva sample as part of a simple HIV/AIDS screening test in …

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Black Mobilization Would Go a Long Way in Stopping AIDS, Keeping the Promise

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World AIDS Day 2006 By Phill Wilson AIDS in America today is a black disease that can only be stopped if each of us does our part–from churches to civil rights organization, from media organizations to academic institutions, cultural organizations to policy making bodies, every institution in Black America must make ending the AIDS epidemic a …

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Rashidah Abdul-Khabeer Turns Compassion into Action

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Rashidah Abdul-Khabeer Turns Compassion into Action By Randy Boyd As an epidemiology nurse in a major medical center in Philadelphia in 1983, Rashidah Abdul-Khabeer saw right away how AIDS was going to affect the Black community. At the time, the national profile for persons with AIDS was white, gay and male, but the first patient Abdul-Khabeer …

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Volunters Reach Beyond Personal Pain To Serve Others

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Justine Mwansa, a widow, mother of two and guardian to eight children, rests outside her home before going to her volunteer job where she cares for AIDS sufferers in their home. Photo Credit Yvonne Barlow Diaspora By Yvonne Barlow LUSAKA, ZAMBIA — Justina Mwansa is a widow with two children. She lives in a one-room home, …

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Duane Cramer’s Photographic Talent Spotlights HIV/AIDS Issues

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A 2006 Heroes In The Struggle Many times the photographer is the person behind the scenes, with the personality blocked by the lens. Duane Cramer is so bubbly, outgoing that most people only notice later that they were being photographed. Cramer is a freelance photographer based in San Francisco who uses his skills to highlight …

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Patrik-Ian Polk’s Creative Style Places HIV/AIDS Within The Story Line

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A 2006 Heroes In The Struggle By Anna Macias Patrik-Ian Polk hasn’t discovered a cure for AIDS, lobbied Congress for AIDS funding or consoled dying patients. But he earned the title “Heroes In The Struggle” against HIV/AIDS because he’s brilliantly used his gifts as a screenwriter, director and producer to entertain and captivate an audience while …

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Zambia’s Efforts To Distribute Free ARV’s Return Many To Normal Life

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Diaspora By Yvonne Barlow LUSAKA, ZAMBIA — Musonda Chellah’s eyes shine when she talks about eating lots of fresh vegetables and taking care of her health. But her plump skin and wide smile conceal a deadly disease. Chellah is HIV positive. She believes she got the disease from her husband. “I was depressed. I told my …

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The Role of Madonna’s Millions in Malawi Adoption Case

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MASEUR, LESOTHO — The Beautiful Gate Orphanage has 20-25 infants and toddlers under 5 years old. Most of the babies are abandoned on streets are in hospitals. Some are among the more than 25,000 HIV positive children born in the country each year. Commentary By Sharon Egiebor It’s easy to sit back and criticize Madonna’s actions …

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Dr. Michael Beckwith’s Humanitarian Works Use Nonviolent Techniques

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A 2006 Heroes In The Struggle If it is as Emerson stated that every institution is but the lengthened shadow of one person, then the Agape International Spiritual Center, the Association for Global New Thought, and the Season for Nonviolence are indeed extensions of Dr. Michael Beckwith and his vision of one human family united …

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Karen Williams AAHU Graduate

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Obituary By Stephanie Ward Reeling from the effects of a sudden heart attack, Karen Williams was dealt a double blow from doctors in 1999 when she was diagnosed with AIDS. Shocked beyond belief, Williams spun off into a depression that lasted three years. After finally coming to grips with the disease, Williams made a decision to …

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Cheryl Lynn Guest Artists at Gala, Reception

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Heroes In The Struggle Read the lyrics Singer Cheryl Lynn, famous for her “Got to Be Real,” will be the featured artist for the 6th Annual Heroes In The Struggle. The event will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16 at The Directors Guild of America. Lynn, who was born Cheryl Lynn Smith in …

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No Time to Mourn in Lesotho

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Diaspora By Sharon Egiebor MASERU, LESOTHO – They clamored around the travel bus, hands outstretched, reaching to the foreign visitors for small change, candy and any favor that passed through the doors. Some 3,000 people came out for the opening celebration of the country’s first pediatric HIV/AIDS clinic that featured the king, the prime minister, local …

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The U.S. Needs a National AIDS Strategy

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Commentary By Chris Collins You cannot expect concrete results for your investments without a clear plan of action. So when the United States sets out to help a country tackle its AIDS epidemic one of the first things we do is insist that a national AIDS plan is in place. Over a quarter century into the …

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Dionne Warwick and Friends to Receive Special Tribute

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Heroes In The Struggle Click here to read the lyrics The song is so familiar that if someone starts humming the intro most people will jump in with “That’s what friends are for….” Rod Stewart originally recorded “That’s What Friends Are For” in 1979 for the movie “Night Shift.” However, it wasn’t until Dionne (Warwick) …

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Tony Wafford Draws Celebrities to HIV Prevention

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A 2006 Heroes in the Struggle By Erv Dyer [Editor’s Note: Tony Wafford will be honored at the Black AIDS Institute’s sixth annual Gala Reception, silent auction and awards presentation, Heroes In The Struggle, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006 at the Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles. To buy tickets or get more information, call 213-353-3610 or …

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Rare STD Could Hit Black Men Next

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Column: Black Gay Men By Roderick A. Scott-Padilla *BlackAIDS.org welcomes Roderick A. Scott-Padilla, a gay black man who has spent several years conducting HIV prevention outreach, as a monthly columnist. NEW YORK — While the African American gay community deals with the threat of violence, racism and homophobia, it may be forced to handle another obstacle …

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Senseless Crime Takes Life of One of Africa’s Best and Brightest

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STATEMENT: Mourning the Loss of a Leader The world lost one of its most talented and caring voices in the struggle against HIV/AIDS last week. Nigerian journalist and AIDS activist Omololu Falobi was shot to death in Lagos,Nigeria, on Oct. 5. He was 35 years old. Details of Falobi’s death are still unclear, but what …

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Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent Hughes Adds New Funds For AIDS Programs

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Mobilization By Sharon Egiebor Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent Hughes is putting money where his mouth is. For the past three years, Hughes, (D) has pushed for and received millions of new dollars from the Pennsylvania state budget for HIV/AIDS in African Americans, with a good portion of the funds targeted toward young people. In 2004, Hughes …

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Two Diseases, One Prevention Effort

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Community health agents Kinyak Odette and Foka Francoise impregnate a mosquito net with insecticide and unfold it to allow it to dry. Photo Credit (c) 2005 Rachel Hoy, Courtesy of Photoshare Global AIDS Conference || Toronto 2006 By Erv Dyer TORONTO — If poverty and ignorance are accelerators of the HIV epidemic, malaria is, too. Roll …

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NIH Signs Vaccine Research Contract with Crucell

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Research By Reuters AMSTERDAM, Oct 9, 2006 (Reuters) – Dutch biotechnology firm Crucell on says it had secured a $16.2 million U.S. contract to develop a vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The contract is with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the …

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ADAP Waiting Lists Persist

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Treatment News WASHINGTON — A total of 302 individuals were on AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting lists in six states as of Sept. 20, according to the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors. Two of those states have had ADAP waiting lists for nearly two years. Although one ADAP was able to …

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Conference Focuses on Health Issues and the Black Church

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Religion The Balm in Gilead is hosting the “The Black Church Institute on HIV/AIDS and Other Health Disparities” from Oct. 24-27 at the Charleston Riverview Hotel in Charleston, S.C. The conference is exclusively designed for leaders of Black churches who strive to increase their knowledge about HIV/AIDS and other diseases and to strengthen their commitment …

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Congressional Black Caucus Members Take HIV Test on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Sept. 27, 2006)From left, Congressional members Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Corrine Brown of Florida, Maxine Waters of California, Melvin L. Watt of North Carolina, Eleanor Norton Holmes of Washington, D.C Photo Credit Photo courtesy of Congresswoman Barbara Lee Mobilization By Sharon Egiebor Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-California, was one …

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Gilead’s Releases Study Data on Anti-HIV Drug Viread®

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Medicine San Francisco, Calif., Sept. 27, 2006 – Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: GILD) has announced two presentations of long-term efficacy and safety data from Study 903E on the company’s leading once-daily anti-HIV medication, Viread® (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate). This clinical trial is an ongoing open-label extension of Gilead’s Study 903, a three-year double-blinded randomized clinical trial …

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Ugandan Youth Moves to Toronto to Increase Youth Activism

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Voices from … Toronto By Freddie Allen Even with his eyes closed in complete darkness, it’s nearly impossible for AIDS activist Henry Luyombya to get any sleep at night. Days filled with speaking engagements, planning sessions, and televised interviews leave the 26-year-old Ugandan’s mind and body restless. “I try not thinking about it, but it’s hard …

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A Rose by Another Name

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Statement: Why It’s a Black Thang A Rose by Another Name By Phill Wilson When we started a think tank to focus on AIDS in Black America seven years ago, we had one goal above all else: Convince Black people that AIDS was our problem. Our slogan — “Our People, Our Problem, Our Solution” – …

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Doctors Offer Mixed Review of CDC’s Recommendation For Voluntary, Routine HIV Testing

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Prevention By Sharon Egiebor Click here to see CDC recommendations The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that voluntary HIV testing become part of routine medical care should increase the number of people who know their HIV status, according to doctors and those who advocate an increase in national testing. Although the testing is a …

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Philadelphia Reader Appreciates Web Site Content

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Letter to Editor Philadelphia Reader Appreciates Web Site Content I am thankful for your web site. I live in Southwest Philadelphia this area is being hit hard by the disease like many of our African American Community. Your web site provides me with info I may not have found anywhere else. I cannot tell you …

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Being Queer in the African/Black Diaspora

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Tokes Osubu speaking at the Diaspora Panel Photo Credit Alice Thomas-Tisdale By Frankie Edozien For more on this topic, visit African & Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario. TORONTO — In virtually all African and Caribbean communities today, homophobia is so rampant that it remains a challenge — 25 years into the HIV pandemic — to …

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New York Youth Leads by Example

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Voices … from the XVI International AIDS Conference By Alice Thomas-Tisdale TORONTO — Levon Ford, 23, has connected himself to almost every HIV prevention program in New York and recently attended his first International AIDS Conference. Ford said he wanted to do even more to help prevent youth from experiencing the loss of a friend to …

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Women Respond to AIDS Crisis by Offering Solutions, Solidarity

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Prevention By Linda Villarosa TORONTO — Musa Njoko’s HIV diagnosis came with the news that she had three months to live. The doctor then instructed her to go home and say goodbye to her family, including her 2-year-old son. Ten years later, she not only survived, but also thrived, becoming one of the first women to …

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New Maintenance Therapy Could Replace Three-Drug Cocktail

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Susan Swindells Photo Credit Alice Thomas-Tisdale Medicine By Alice Thomas-Tisdale TORONTO — Using a once-a-day protease inhibitor appears to work as well with some patients as with those using standard three-drug cocktails to control their HIV infection, said University of Nebraska Medical Center researcher Dr. Susan Swindells. She presented her findings during a media briefing at …

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Is Snipping the Solution to Reducing Female to Male HIV Infections?

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Prevention By Frankie Edozien TORONTO — As delegates to the XVI International AIDS Conference, walked the halls and talked of HIV prevention strategies, conversations invariably led to the recent study in Orange Farm, South Africa that found that circumcision had an astounding 61 percent chance of preventing female-to-male HIV infection. One of the biggest donors to …

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Nonprofit Organizations Find Taking Funding From Pharamas Can Be Tricky

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Resources By Erv Dyer TORONTO — For more than a decade, Anne Marie DiCenso has committed herself to helping inmates get HIV counseling and treatment. Having lost a friend and a former inmate to the virus, she is passionate about taking education and treatment efforts to jails and detention centers. Not everyone shares her passion. It …

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50 Pediatric AIDS Corps Doctors Arrive in sub-Saharan Africa

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Diaspora Fifty Pediatric AIDS Corps doctors arrived in sub-Saharan Africa this month to work at a network of clinics treating HIV-positive children in sub-Saharan Africa. The doctors are part of an innovative medical care, treatment and research and social support strategy by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Baylor College of Medicine at Houston. “Innovative strategies will be …

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Experts Examining Futuristic, Innovative Approaches to Prevention

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Dr. Helene Gayle Photo Credit Alice Thomas-Tisdale Breakthrough Research By Linda Villarosa What if there was a pill that could be taken once a day to prevent the spread of HIV? That idea may not be as Orwellian as it sounds. Scientists are studying that idea, known as pre-exposure prophylaxis or PREP, as well as many …

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Obama Criticizes South African Response to AIDS

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By Gordon Bell Barack Obama, the only black U.S. senator, criticized South African leaders on Monday for their slow response to AIDS and urged President Thabo Mbeki to take a tougher stand against Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe. South African AIDS activists say Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has caused confusion by pushing traditional medicines and a recipe of …

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Primetime to air first national program on AIDS epidemic in African Americans

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By Sharon Egiebor (AUG. 21, 2006) ABC News will present a special documentary on the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on African Americans. The documentary, “Out of Control: AIDS In Black America,” is the first comprehensive, national network television news documentary on the AIDS epidemic among African Americans. Terry Moran reports on the crisis in …

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