A Taiwanese credit agency hired PWAs as debt
collectors to scare clients into paying their dues. As the director
of the agency "did not ask the patients to bite the debtors to
make them pay," many locals said it was proper business, reported
Three men attacked an AIDS educator in his
home after he disclosed his positive status on a local South African
television program. Despite the beating and other threats, Vulindlela
Vilakasi vows to keep talking AIDS on TV and at local schools.
The Nigerian government suspended the trial
of an HIV vaccine -- already given to 30 soldiers -- until a government
study can verify the injection's efficacy. The vaccine's maker,
Jeremiah Ablaka, claims to have "self-immunized" and said he will
next inject himself with HIV to prove the point.
India and 12 countries in Africa will receive
$3.8 billion in treatment and prevention aid from the Clinton-created
Leadership and Investment in Fighting Epidemic (LIFE) initiative,
reported the All Africa news service in August.
Botswana's government will provide free
HAART to the country's HIVers through public health clinics, thanks
to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, President Festus Mogae
said in August. 36% of residents are positive.
Ohio's Planned Parenthood served up a $5
voucher for McDonald's with a side order of 12 condoms and safer-sex
pamphlets in a new effort to target local youth. The anti-abortion
group Human Life International opposed the outreach, claiming
it targeted "low-income neighborhoods."