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Supreme Court upholds prostitution pledge for AIDS funding

The Supreme Court has upheld a provision of federal law that requires foreign affiliates of U.S.-based health organizations to denounce prostitution as a condition of receiving taxpayer money to fight AIDS around the world.

AIDS crisis shaped Anthony Fauci, disease expert at front lines of coronavirus pandemic

For decades, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci has been known as the hardest worker in Building 31 – the first scientist to arrive at the sprawling National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland, in the morning and the last to leave in the evening. “He’s even found notes on his windshield left by co-workers that say things like, ‘Go home. You’re making me feel guilty,’ ” President George W. Bush said in 2008 when he awarded Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

CDC pushes efforts to eradicate HIV amid stalled progress

Forty percent of U.S. adults have been tested for HIV, and fewer than one-fifth of the people at high risk for developing the infection are receiving the medication that prevents it, the government reported Tuesday.

For HIV-positive community, CDC ruling means a new step in regaining lives

Last fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged what years of research has shown: HIV-positive people in treatment who have an undetectable amount of the virus in their blood have “virtually no risk” of transmitting the virus sexually to another person.

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Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. JFK assassination, Nov 27, 1963

Girl’s HIV infection seems under control without AIDS drugs

A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines – more evidence that early treatment can occasionally cause a long remission that, if it lasts, would be a form of cure.

Froma Harrop: U.S. addicted to abusive drug pricing

Consider what got Martin Shkreli in trouble with the law. Shrkeli is the infamous “pharma bro” who bought patents to lifesaving drugs then hiked their prices to obscene levels. In one egregious example, he raised the price of a 62-year-old drug crucial to AIDS patients by over 5,000 percent. But this money-or-your-life extortion racket isn’t the root of the case against him. It’s whether he lied to investors.