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South Dakota seeing big increase in STD cases

December 4, 2012 in The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS (AP) Online acquaintances, a changing population and a relaxed view of risks have fueled what officials call an alarming increase in sexually transmitted diseases in South Dakota.
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City aids housing plan

September 24, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

Council discusses plans for financing new fire hall
WORTHINGTON The Worthington Council approved during their Monday meeting a sum of $2,500 to go toward Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. participation in developing a housing project at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Continue Reading

How AIDS epidemic affected Elton John

August 12, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Elton John’s book on AIDS, heavy on facts, figures and anecdotes, reads more like a well-researched term paper than a biography. Much of it lacks the voice long-time fans expect to hear from the outspoken singer-songwriter and activist whose Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised and donated more than $275 million to fight the disease worldwide. Continue Reading

Obama set to announce new steps to combat AIDS

December 1, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

President Barack Obama is renewing the U.S. commitment to ending HIV and AIDS today, setting goals for getting more people access to life-saving AIDS drugs and boosting spending on treatment of the virus in the U.S. by $50 million dollars. Continue Reading

India health minister draws outrage after calling homosexuality ‘disease’

July 5, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Roughly 2.5 million Indians have HIV, making it the country with the largest number of people living with the virus in Asia. So, it made almost immediate news today when India’s health minister derided homosexuality as an unnatural “disease” from the West at an HIV/AIDS conference. The comments drew outrage today from a U.N. official and activists who said the comments set back campaigns for gay rights and against HIV. Continue Reading

AIDS at 30: Killer has been tamed, but not conquered

June 4, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

On June 5, 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning shot to the world when they reported the first known cases of what would soon be called AIDS. Continue Reading

Vatican convenes AIDS experts amid condom flap

May 27, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Organizers insist the meeting today and Saturday won’t call into question traditional church teaching opposing artificial contraception. Yet Pope Benedict XVI’s comments last year about condom use with prostitutes with HIV seem to have removed a certain Vatican taboo that had all but ruled out public discussion of whether condoms were even effective in reducing HIV transmission. Continue Reading

Fewer new HIV/AIDS cases in 2010, but 331 is still above 10-year trend

April 30, 2011 in Alexandria Echo Press

A total of 331 new HIV cases were reported in the state in 2010 compared with 370 cases in 2009, representing an 11 percent decline, according to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). However, health officials cautioned against reading too much into the drop in cases. Continue Reading

Minnesota records fewer new HIV/AIDS cases

April 27, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

But number is still above 10-year averageMinnesota recorded about 11 percent fewer new HIV/AIDS cases in 2010 than in 2009, but state health authorities caution that the number of new cases last year still exceeded the 10-year average. Continue Reading

Deadly disease in the spotlight tomorrow

November 30, 2010 in Alexandria Echo Press

Minnesota will commemorate World AIDS Day tomorrow Wednesday, Dec. 1 for the 23rd consecutive year. Continue Reading

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