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Dept. of Civil Rights: Michigan’s Ban on HIV-Positive Inmates Working in Food Service Violates Law

The Michigan Department of Corrections has prevented HIV-infected prisoners from working in food service positions since at least 1999. But the Michigan Department of Civil Rights argues that the policy violates non-discrimination statutes.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to Drop Coverage for Gender Reassignment Surgery

A broad coalition of organizations are condemning a move by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to eliminate coverage for gender reassignment surgery.

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Flat Funding for HIV Prevention and Treatment in 09 Budget

The Gay Men’s Health Crisis is criticizing the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill because it holds funding flat for HIV prevention efforts through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Safe Schools Advocates Say Ruling “Sends a Message”

Safe-schools activists are hailing the recent ruling in a bullying lawsuit, saying it sends a clear message to school districts in Michigan.

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$400 Million to Prevent STIs – Wasteful?

House Republicans recently announced their idea of what is wasteful in the stimulus bill. On the list? A proposal for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get $400 million for STI screening and prevention.

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Michigan Says Yes to $1.4 Million for Abstinence-Only

The Michigan Department of Community Health recently announced $1.4 million for abstinence-only programs, even though numerous studies have shown the abstinence-only model does not work.

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Orphan’s Visit Sheds Harsh Light on US HIV/AIDS Efforts

Alan, a Ugandan orphan of the HIV/AIDS epidemic ravaging Africa, is attending school at the Nyaka AIDS Orphan School in Michigan.

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AIDS and Silence: The Stigma Is Killing Us

We have a problem in the gay men’s community. Our silence about the epidemic slowly eating us away is killing us. As much as this might sound like it is some ancient diatribe written in the ’80s, it remains the reality today.

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Syphilis Outbreak in Michigan County Claims More Patients

In Genessee County, Michigan, an outbreak of the sexually transmitted bacterial infection syphilis continues to claim more patients.

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Condom Ad in Michigan State University Newspaper Arouses Controversy

An ad campaign promoting Durex condoms to students at the Michigan State University misses a chance to educate, say some health care providers.

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