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From left, plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity and Derek Kitchen, Kate Call, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, five of the six people who brought the lawsuit against the Utah's gay marriage ban, stand together at a news conference outside their lawyers office Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (Call's partner, Karen Archer, was not able to attend.)

Marriage equality supports gather outside a Florida courthouse on July 2, 2014.

Mauricio Ruiz, 24, sailor of the Chilean Navy, right, comes out publicly as gay during a press conference in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014. Ruiz who was accompanied by Rolando Jimenez, left, president of the Homosexual Liberation and Integration Movement, is the first member of the Chilean armed forces ever to come out publicly as gay with the approval of the High Command of the Chilean navy.

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ACLU attorney Ken Faulk, center, talks to reporters surrounded by plaintiffs and supporters of gay marriage, after Faulk participated in a hearing before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the challenges to Indiana and Wisconsin's gay marriage ban Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Chicago.

Bonnie Everly, left, and Lyn Judkins, from Chesterton, Ind., embrace during a rally in support of gay marriage at the federal plaza Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Chicago.

Julia Roberts, left, and Ryan Murphy pose in the press room at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer in a scene from HBO's "The Normal Heart."

In this May 17, 2013, photo, Niki Quasney, left, talks about her ongoing battle with ovarian cancer as her partner, Amy Sandler, and daughter stand nearby at their home in Munster, Ind. Quasney receives treatment at hospitals in neighboring Illinois because she and Sandler, who wed last year in Massachusetts, fear that a private hospital near their Indiana home might not allow them to be together should Quasney suffer a medical emergency because of the state’s marriage ban.

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Longtime AIDS activist takes up a new fight: defending the FDA

| Monday, August 11, 2014
AIDS activist Gregg Gonsalves. In the early 1990s, Gonsalves traveled to Washington to confront, provoke and challenge officials at the Food and Drug Administration. A quarter century later, he still travels to Washington, but with a very different agenda: to defend the FDA.
WASHINGTON -- As an AIDS activist in the early 1990s, Gregg Gonsalves traveled to Washington to challenge the Food and Drug Administration. Gonsalves was part of the confrontational group Act Up, which staged protests outside the FDA's headquarters, disrupted its public meetings and pressured its leaders into speeding up the approval of experimental drugs for patients ...

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‘Exciting discovery’ could potentially eradicate HIV from human cells

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers at Temple University announced this week that they completely eliminated a dormant strain of HIV embedded in human cells, an advance that researchers on the project called a possible “game changer” by raising hopes that science is closer to not only suppressing but actually curing the virus that causes AIDS.

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Study: HIV diagnosis rate fell by third in U.S. over past decade

| Saturday, July 19, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study finds. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S. "It's encouraging," said Patrick Sullivan, an Emory University AIDS researcher who was not involved in the study...

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Number of people living with HIV worldwide unchanged since 2012

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Students paste red ribbons on a window to mark World AIDS Day.
LONDON -- The number of people living with HIV worldwide has remained virtually unchanged in the past two years and AIDS-related deaths are at their lowest since peaking almost a decade ago, according to a report from the United Nations AIDS agency released Wednesday. Officials declared that ending the AIDS epidemic is possible even though they acknowledged...

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World Heath Org advises taking PrEP drug to prevent HIV infection

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
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The World Health Organization on Friday suggested for the first time that all men who have sex with men should take antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV infection. In guidelines published Friday, the UN health agency warned that HIV infections are rising among gay men in many parts of the world, resulting in "exploding epidemics," according to...

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AIDS research team in Iowa loses $1.38M grant due to faked study results

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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DES MOINES, Iowa -- An AIDS research team at Iowa State University will not get the final $1.38 million payment of a National Institutes of Health five-year grant after a team member admitted last year to faking research results, the NIH said Tuesday. One of the members of the research team, Dong-Pyou Han, has pleaded not guilty in federal court to four counts...

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Scientist pleads not guilty to faking HIV vaccine study

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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DES MOINES, Iowa -- A former Iowa State University scientist pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges alleging that he falsified research for an AIDS vaccine to secure millions of dollars in federal funding. Dong-Pyou Han, 57, entered his not guilty pleas to four counts of making false statements during his initial court appearance in Des Moines federal court.

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Federal prosecutors charge scientist in major HIV vaccine fraud case

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Responding to a major case of research misconduct, federal prosecutors have taken the rare step of filing charges against a scientist after he admitted falsifying data that led to millions in grants and hopes of a breakthrough in AIDS vaccine research. Investigators say former Iowa State University laboratory manager Dong-Pyou Han ...

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AMA advises surgery should not be a requirement for birth certificate changes

| Monday, June 9, 2014
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CHICAGO -- The American Medical Association on Monday said transgender people should be able to switch the sex designation on their birth certificates without having sex-change surgery. Most states make the operations a prerequisite, but a new AMA policy acknowledges that gender identity doesn't always match a person's birth anatomy.

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Medicare coverage ban on gender reassignment surgery lifted

| Friday, May 30, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO — Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for gender reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures as a medically necessary and effective treatment for individuals who do not identify with their biological sex.

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