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Sketchy AIDS Charity Rolls Back Claims on Web Site

The Center for AIDS Prevention removed two incorrectpieces of medical advice from their Web site hours after we detailed the charity's shadowy practices in an article Tuesday.

The Web site previously suggested that herbal remedies are an effective replacement for antiretroviral medicines. The suggestion appeared in a testimonial attributed to "A Greatful Doctor."

The testimonial was replaced by an excerpt from a letter describing the "daunting" plight of people with illnesses, attributed to Steve Neely, the center's director.

"Without the often support of many social service organizations such as the Center for AIDS Prevention, case management, and health care providers, or the support of friends and family, many would find themselves alone, rejected and destitute," Neely's letter continues.

The center also deleted a sentence from its advice section on "How to Fight AIDS." The brief article about AIDS prevention concluded, "The best way to have safe sex is to use contraceptive pills or condoms while having sex."

Here is a side-by-side comparison -- using a handy tool called Versionista -- showing the center's homepage before and after the change.

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