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  1. Top health official refuses to rubber stamp 'poisonous' condoms

    Posted Aug 08th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... 'Cosmetics are chemicals and if they are tested, you can apply it every day and night. 'I support the use of condoms in various ways - for safety, for contraception and as a sex aid ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/424185/top-health-official-refuses-rubber-stamp-poisonous-condoms
  2. Aids activists push for advisory role

    Posted Jul 18th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez NGOs renew fight for representation as chiefs of two councils about to step down Aids-prevention agencies are to step up their fight for representation on two powerful advisory councils, with the imminent departure of the long-serving chairmen of both bodies. Paediatrician Leung Nai-kong has been chairman of the Council of the Aids Trust Fund for eight years. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/508758/aids-activists-push-advisory-role
  3. Aids groups deplore lack of role in advisory council

    Posted Aug 16th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Aids groups are meeting this week to plan action against the government's failure to appoint stakeholders and patients' representatives to the Advisory Council on Aids. Their meeting was prompted by the announcement earlier this month of the appointment of private psychiatrist Chen Char-nie as chairman of the government's advisory body on policies ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/512354/aids-groups-deplore-lack-role-advisory-council
  4. Domestic helpers accuse legal aid chiefs of holding up pay-cut case

    Posted Sep 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... their minimum pay, after three out of 10 workers won legal aid to pursue the case. Seven maids, one employer and two representatives of migrant groups were granted leave in April to apply for a judicial ... Geolamin, 49, one of the successful applicants, said the Legal Aid Department repeatedly asked her about her membership of a Filipino organisation. It asked for bank documents and for details ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/426639/domestic-helpers-accuse-legal-aid-chiefs-holding-pay-cut-case
  5. Aids death rate shows dramatic decline in past decade

    Posted Nov 21st 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez The death rate for Aids patients in Hong Kong has dramatically decreased, with less than one in 100 dying from the disease last year compared with one in three only a decade ago. 'In 1994, the annual death rate was nearly 30 per cent,' said Chen Char-nie, the new chairman of the Advisory Council on Aids. 'Last year, it was 0.8 per cent.' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/525834
  6. Maids win legal aid in fight to restore wage

    Posted May 20th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Four foreign domestic helpers have won legal aid to appeal against a court's rejection of their application for a judicial review of a $400 cut in their monthly minimum wage and a levy of the same amount on their bosses. Soledad Pillas, Erma Geolamin and Julita Raza, from the Philippines, and Eni Lestari, from Indonesia, can now take the case to the Court ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/501246/maids-win-legal-aid-fight-restore-wage
  7. Teenagers engaging in high-risk sex, warns counsellor

    Posted Feb 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... a girlfriend',' said Dilip Sampath. Mr Sampath has been a Teen Aids volunteer counsellor since he was a 17-year-old student at Sir Ellis Kadoorie Secondary School in San Po Kong, in 1995. The organisation ... in an Aids clinic in Bangalore and Brazil. He would often return to Hong Kong for family visits and do volunteer work with Teen Aids during his holidays. 'It is not only about condom use, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/489901/teenagers-engaging-high-risk-sex-warns-counsellor
  8. 20 men with HIV in internet sex link

    Posted Feb 15th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... that causes Aids were found last year. The Health Department said the 20 men were found between November 2003 and November last year to have HIV with similar gene sequencing. 'Preliminary ... Eighty-one were undetermined. The cases included 87 people who tested positive in the last quarter. Twenty-two developed Aids. The new chief executive of Aids Concern, Loretta Wong Wai-kwan, said: ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/536513/20-men-hiv-internet-sex-link
  9. Counselling key to use of HIV kits, say activists

    Posted Aug 13th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Rapid-test kits for HIV have helped increase the number of vulnerable people coming forward for testing, according to an Aids activist. However, individuals should not test themselves at home but be tested by trained people who can counsel and ensure the process is done correctly, said Loretta Wong Wai-kwan, acting chief executive of Aids Concern. The group ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/511936/counselling-key-use-hiv-kits-say-activists
  10. HIV projects 'must follow HK men to mainland'

    Posted Jan 08th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Hongkongers travel for sex, an Aids advocacy group says. Chi Heng Foundation chairman To Chung said many of the people turning to its outreach services in Guangdong and Shenzhen were Hong Kong ... it is very important that we do our job well over there as well.' The Hong Kong government's Aids Trust Fund does not fund any projects outside the city. 'I think our funding should ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/484692/hiv-projects-must-follow-hk-men-mainland

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