· Finally some good news on HIV/AIDS in Africa. Mark Dybul, the openly gay U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator who made recent headlines when he was confirmed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, has toured Zambia and says it is an excellent demonstration of community-based HIV prevention and a model for other nations. "Zambia is an extraordinary example of what partnership can do. The successes that this nation has scored in care and treatment of patients is remarkable."
· More good news on HIV from Zanzibar, Tanzania where parliament has passed the island's first-ever HIV/AIDS strategy. Lawmakers rejected conservative Muslim demands to shut all bars, ban skimpy clothing and segregate HIV-positive people as part of the strategy. Instead, the plan calls for a door-to-door awareness campaign, school instruction and condoms.