* Africa has now begun to manufacture generic AIDS drugs. The South African company Aspen Pharmacare announced it is producing antiretrovirals containing stavudme-the generic version of Bristol-Meyers Squibb's Zerit. One month's supply will cost 20-40% less (depending on the dose) than the nongeneric drug in South Africa. [Nessman R, South African company begins production of first generic AIDS drugs in Africa, Associated Press, Aug. 7, 2003, , accessed Aug. 18, 2003.]
* The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs and the Advocacy for Population Program have launched a Spanish-language Web site for adolescents, called Entra en Accion (Act Now). In addition to providing information on health and sexuality, the site covers topics such as nutrition, democracy, drug and alcohol prevention, vocational training and life skills. It also includes an online counseling service and links to youth organizations. The Web site can be found at .
* The Emergency Contraception Website has now been translated into Arabic. The site, created by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, Ibis Reproductive Health and the Office of Population Research at Princeton University, is a referral service (within the United States and Canada) as well as an educational source, and it includes a searchable database of contraceptives available worldwide that can be used for emergency contraception. Users can visit the Arabic version at or through the main site at .
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