Obama to lift HIV/AIDS travel ban

Obama to lift HIV/AIDS travel ban

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The ban on HIV/AIDS-infected visitors and immigrants entering the United States will be repealed after the New Year, President Barack Obama announced Friday.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- An Indiana woman has sued her daughter's former school, saying teachers and staff allowed the HIV-positive girl to be bullied.

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Bush proclaims Dec. 1 World AIDS Day

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California now tracks HIV cases by name

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Bush calls for tougher AIDS fight

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush Tuesday called for reform of the Ryan White Act to expand the fight against AIDS.

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HealthBiz: Bill mandates sprinkler systems

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Candidates support anti-HIV programs

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Several Democrats seeking the nomination for U.S. president said they would support programs to help HIV prevention, an AIDS advocacy group said Thursday.

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A Blast from the Past

On this date in 2002, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein temporarily halted his country's oil exports. He described it as a tactic to damage U.S. economy.
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Ryan White
Ryan White's mother holds the Ryan White HIV/AIDS treatment extension act of 2009, after U.S. President Barack Obama signed it, in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington on October 30, 2009. The act is the largest federally funded program for people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. It was named in honor of Ryan White, a teenager who contracted AIDS through a tainted hemophilia treatment in 1984 and became a well-known advocate for AIDS research and awareness, until his death on April 8, 1990.

Ryan Wayne White (December 6, 1971 – April 8, 1990) was an American teenager from Kokomo, Indiana who became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS in the United States, after being expelled from middle school because of his infection. A hemophiliac, he became infected with HIV from a contaminated blood treatment and, when diagnosed in December 1984, was given six months to live. Doctors said he posed no risk to other students, but AIDS was poorly understood at the time, and when White tried to return to school, many parents and teachers in Kokomo rallied against his attendance. A lengthy legal battle with the school system ensued, and media coverage of the case made White into a national celebrity and spokesman for AIDS research and public education. He appeared frequently in the media with celebrities such as Elton John, Michael Jackson and Phil Donahue. Surprising his doctors, White lived five years longer than predicted and died in April 1990, one month prior to his high school graduation.

Before White, AIDS was a disease widely associated with the male homosexual community, because it was first diagnosed among homosexuals. That perception shifted as White and other prominent HIV-infected people, such as Magic Johnson, the Ray brothers and Kimberly Bergalis, appeared in the media to advocate for more AIDS research and public education to address the epidemic. The U.S. Congress passed a major piece of AIDS legislation, the Ryan White Care Act, shortly after White's death. The Act was reauthorized in 2006 and again on October 30, 2009; Ryan White Programs are the largest provider of services for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States.

Ryan White was born at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Kokomo, Indiana, to Jeanne Elaine Hale and Hubert Wayne White. When he was six days old, doctors diagnosed him with severe Hemophilia A, a hereditary blood coagulation disorder associated with the x chromosome, which causes even minor injuries to result in severe bleeding. For treatment, he received weekly transfusions of Factor VIII, a blood product created from pooled plasma of non-hemophiliacs, an increasingly common treatment for hemophiliacs at the time.

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