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Brazil Refuses $40M in U.S. AIDS Grants Brazilian officials last week said that the country has refused $40 million in U.S. AIDS grants because of a Bush administration requirement that HIV/AIDS organizations seeking funding to provide services in other countries must pledge to oppose commercial sex work,  
Brazil to Strip Patent on AIDS Drug Jose Serra said Wednesday he would use a clause in Brazil's 1997 intellectual property law that allows patents to be broken in cases of national emergency or when companies employ abusive pricing policies.  
 

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Brazil Wages War on Hepatitis C Drug Pricing

Brazil's Health Ministry, emboldened by its
successful fight for cheaper AIDS (news - web sites) medicines, is telling makers of a hepatitis C drug to slash prices or face having their patents broken.

 

HIV Attitudes and Practices Among Professors in a Brazilian Dental School

Although there is considerable published research on Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), individual biases persist because of lack of information regarding HIV virus transmission. As a result, both infected patients and health care professionals suffer. The objective of this study was to determine if there is prejudice among university professors at the School of Dentistry at Araçatuba’s Săo Paulo State University (FOA-UNESP) concerning HIV-positive patients or HIV-positive health care professionals. Out of the seventy-seven professors who responded to the questionnaire, 62.3 percent (forty-eight) stated that they advise their students not to refuse to treat a patient with HIV. Although 96.2 percent (fifty-two) of the fifty-four professors who treat patients have reported that they treat patients who are HIV-positive, only 65.3 percent of them were aware of infection control precautions, and only 32.7 percent reported that they would treat an HIV-positive patient like any other patient. There is also prejudice regarding HIV-positive professionals because only 48.1 percent (thirty-seven) of the professors responded that they would be willing to be treated by an infected professional. It can be concluded that there is prejudice among some of the FOA-UNESP university professors regarding individuals who are HIV-positive.  
Monitoring and Evaluation of the HIV/AIDS/STD-Brazil The earliest cases were transmitted among men having sex with men.  What followed was transmission through injecting drug use and the bridging to heterosexual partners. 129 kb pdf
Prostitution puts U.S. and Brazil at odds on AIDS policy But the Brazilian approach is anathema to many conservatives in the United States because it makes use of methods seen as morally objectionable. Brazil not only operates a needle and syringe exchange program for drug addicts but also rejects the Bush administration's emphasis on abstinence, being faithful and the controlled use of condoms, the so-called ABC approach, in favor of a pragmatism that recognizes that sexual desire can sometimes overwhelm reason.