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The Year in HIV

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November 9: Several rallies across Russia came to a head at a protest in St. Petersburg, where supplies for HIV treatment drugs have become dangerously low. There are 43,000 people living with HIV in St. Petersburg, but the antiretroviral drug Zidovudine has been unavailable for those used to receiving free treatment since July. November 10: The Food and Drug Administration approved Egrifta, a drug that treats the excess abdominal fat caused by antiretroviral drugs. The drug is the first of its kind to be approved by the FDA. November 22: Pope Benedict XVI (pictured above) departed slightly from earlier statements he has made regarding condoms and sex, when he said condom use may be justified in some circumstances, like a male prostitute protecting himself against HIV. The statement was made in an interview with a German journalist that has been turned into a book.

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