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Anger as Indian minister calls homosexuality ‘disease’

Indian gay rights activists voiced shock and outrage Tuesday over public comments by the health minister that homosexuality was a “disease” brought to the country by foreigners. Speaking at a national meeting Monday of district and mayoral leaders on HIV/AIDS prevention, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad stated that homosexuality was…

New AIDS guidelines target global discrimination of gays

GENEVA — The World Health Organisation published Tuesday new global guidelines for expanding AIDS treatment, focusing for the first time on homosexuals, who face discrimination in many countries. “If we do not pay major attention to the epidemic in key populations, we will not be able to eliminate HIV” —…

Victory over AIDS epidemic finally within reach: U.S. researcher

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Thirty years after the AIDS epidemic surfaced, hope of conquering the deadly epidemic has never been greater, according to a longtime US leader in the AIDS fight, Anthony Fauci. This hope has been spurred by recent advances toward a vaccine and new breakthoughs in treatment and prevention,…

Hundreds of girls raped, murdered in Tanzania for black magic AIDS ‘cure’

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Hundreds of albinos are thought to have been killed for black magic purposes in Tanzania and albino girls are being raped because of a belief they offer a cure for AIDS, a Canadian rights group said on Thursday. At least 63 albinos, including children, are…

Westboro Baptist Church to picket actress Elizabeth Taylor’s funeral

The Westboro Baptist Church announced that it planned to picket the funeral of Oscar-winning actress and anti-AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor after she died Wednesday at age 79. Taylor, arguably the last great star of Hollywood’s golden era, died six weeks after being admitted to Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai hospital with congestive…

44 pct of gay, bisexual men with HIV ‘don’t know it’: study

1 in 5 gay, bisexual men has AIDS virus and many don’t know it, says CDC study of 21 cities One in five sexually active gay and bisexual men has the AIDS virus, and nearly half of those don’t know they are infected, a federal study of 21 U.S. cities…

Uncovered: O’Donnell objected to calling AIDS sufferers ‘victims’

Delaware Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell has already been widely mocked for a 1998 interview in which she claimed that masturbation is no different from adultery because “the Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery.” Now Talking Points Memo has uncovered a 1997 interview on C-SPAN in…

Huge rise in patients on HIV drugs: UN

VIENNA — Anti-HIV drugs reached 1.2 million more people last year, the UN announced Monday at the world AIDS forum, as former US president Bill Clinton defended Barack Obama’s funding to fight the disease. The increase meant that 5.2 million people had access to drugs to repress HIV, the virus…

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