NORTH AMERICA
Conservatives in Mexico vow to fight the nation’s new proposal to  put condom machines in public high schools to halt HIV and teen pregnancy.

THE CARIBBEAN
InMay, Trinidad and Tobago opened the nation’s first public HIV-testingcenter. Previous clinics served only  pregnant women.

AFRICA
Millionsin excused international debt dollars will be spent to rush free HIVmeds to 100,000 PWAs, Zambia officials  announced in June.

EUROPE
France’sprez, Jacques Chirac, proposed a global airfare tax—adding $1 to allinternational tickets to raise AIDS funds—for debate at July’s G8summit.

ASIA
India trumpeted a May 25 study that showed HIVcases dropping 95% from 2003 to 2004. Facing an international howl, anexpert came forth to confess that the drop was due to “changes” in howthe data were collected.

PACIFIC
In June, Malaysia’s healthminister unveiled a plan to give free condoms nationwide, sparking abacklash by Muslim clerics and politicians, who insist that Allah wantsonly married HIVers to have them.