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  • New York City’s mandatory sex ed program draws fire

    08/12/2011 1:42:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | August 12, 2011 | Kevin J. Jones
    Credit: Seth Sawyers (CC BY 2.0) New York City, N.Y., Aug 12, 2011 / 06:00 am (CNA).- Updated Aug. 12, 2011 at 9:43 a.m. MDT. Includes words from Meecham about opt-out clause in 11th paragraph. The City of New York’s new requirement that one semester of sex education be taught in all public middle and high schools continues a “failed experiment” and substitutes parents’ beliefs and values with those of the schools, Catholic leaders said.“The decision of the City of New York to mandate sex education classes, including teaching grade school children about sex and condom use, is troubling,” Joseph Zwilling,...
  • New drug could cure nearly any viral infection

    08/10/2011 8:09:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 83 replies ^ | 08-11-2011 | Provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Most bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics such as penicillin, discovered decades ago. However, such drugs are useless against viral infections, including influenza, the common cold, and deadly hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola. Now, in a development that could transform how viral infections are treated, a team of researchers at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory has designed a drug that can identify cells that have been infected by any type of virus, then kill those cells to terminate the infection. In a paper published July 27 in the journal PLoS One, the researchers tested their drug against 15 viruses, and found...
  • New HIV infections up 50percent in gay black men

    08/03/2011 3:48:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/3/11 | Julie Steenhuysen
    Chicago - The number of Americans newly infected with HIV remained stable between 2006 and 2009, but infections rose nearly 50 percent among young black gay and bisexual men, U.S. experts said on Wednesday. New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal progress since the peak of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. But the sharp increases in infection rates among young black men who have sex with men show there is much more work to do, they said.(Snip) While blacks represent 14 percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for 44 percent of new HIV
  • New H.I.V. Cases Steady Despite Better Treatment

    08/03/2011 1:38:06 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 3 2011 | By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    Despite years of great progress in treating AIDS, the number of new infections with the virus that causes it has remained stubbornly around 50,000 a year for a decade in the United States, according to new figures released on Wednesday by federal officials. The American epidemic is still concentrated primarily in gay men, and is growing rapidly worse among young black gay men. That realization is causing a rift in the AIDS community. Activists say the persistent H.I.V. infection rate proves that government prevention policy is a flop. Federal officials are on the defensive even as they concede that the...
  • HIV killer declared dangerous offender, could be jailed indefinitely (Canada)

    08/03/2011 1:57:41 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Aug 3,2011 | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
    HAMILTON - A man convicted of murder through HIV transmission could spend the rest of his life in jail after an Ontario court ruled Tuesday that he can't be trusted to disclose his condition to future sexual partners. Justice Thomas Lofchik granted the Crown's request to have Johnson Aziga declared a dangerous offender, a designation that means he could be jailed indefinitely. "I must consider that the offender has a multi-year history of deception," Lofchik told the court. Aziga, believed to be the first person in Canada convicted of murder through the spread of HIV, has sworn to warn potential...
  • Gov't advisers: No copays for contraceptives

    07/19/2011 3:09:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies · 1+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 7/19/11
    WASHINGTON – Millions of women stand to gain free access to a broad menu of birth control methods, thanks to a recommendation issued Tuesday by health experts advising the government. An Institute of Medicine panel recommended that the government require health insurance companies to cover birth control for women as preventive care, without copayments. Contraception — along with such care as diabetes tests during pregnancy and screening for the virus that causes cervical cancer — was one of eight recommended preventive services for women. "Unintended pregnancies carry health consequences for the mother — psychological, emotional and physical — and also...
  • Case overturned because of narrow definition of sex

    07/17/2011 9:43:26 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 7 replies
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | July 15, 2011 | Todd Ruger
    The Florida Legislature has sometimes been a bit shy when it comes to discussing sex. A state representative was chastised last session for using the word "uterus" on the house floor, and lawmakers recoiled at debating a recent bill to ban bestiality, because children sometimes attend their hearings. But their failure to be more explicit has now crippled a law aimed at protecting people from being exposed to HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. In 1997, Florida legislators made it a felony for an HIV-infected person to have "sexual intercourse" without informing the partner of their infected status, adding the...
  • The 3 scariest things about Obama (...should read: 3 More of the scariest things......)

    07/16/2011 2:14:10 PM PDT · by yoe · 34 replies
    WND ^ | July 15, 2011 | Staff
    1.private army (like Hitler) 2.socialist (like Hitler) control (like Hitler) A clause hidden in the Obamacare bill, which is now law, gives Obama the right to form a private army. Why isn't anyone freaking out? Video
  • Governor Brown Signs Legislation - SB 48 - homosexual-bisexual-transsexual "role models"

    07/14/2011 12:17:37 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 103 replies · 1+ views
    Perverts ^ | 14 July 2011 | Governor Jerry Brown; Senator Mark Leno
    7-14-2011 SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced today that he has signed the following bill: • SB 48 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) – Pupil instruction: prohibition of discriminatory content.
  • Pills prevent HIV in straight men and women

    07/13/2011 12:09:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 13, 2011 | MIKE STOBBE
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Two new studies found that daily pills prevented infection with the AIDS virus in heterosexual men and women in Africa, bringing new hope for someday offering a medical shield against HIV infection. "This is good news. This is a good day for HIV prevention," said Dr. Lynn Paxton of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who has coordinated the agency's research into HIV prevention.
  • AIDS: Thirty Years Later

    07/10/2011 4:27:43 PM PDT · by fwdude · 44 replies
    AARP The Magazine ^ | July/August 2011 | Michael Anft
    It announced itself among the young. Five otherwise healthy men in Los Angeles had been stricken by a rare, debilitating form of pneumonia. Baffled doctors reported the news in June of 1981, and, soon after, other scientists revealed a medical mystery of their own: young men with a skin cancer usually found among the elderly. Within 18 months, the federal government linked the afflictions to a new disease that it named "acquired immune deficiency syndrome," or AIDS. By 1983, when scientists isolated the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as the cause, 1,300 Americans had died — most of them under 40....
  • Administration supports lesbian employee's case (Arguing to overturn DOMA)

    07/02/2011 4:34:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 95 replies · 1+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 7/2/11
    In a strongly worded legal brief, the Obama administration has said the federal act that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman was motivated by hostility toward gays and lesbians and is unconstitutional. The brief was filed Friday in federal court in San Francisco in support of a lesbian federal employee's lawsuit claiming the government wrongly denied health coverage to her same-sex spouse. The Justice Department says Karen Golinski's suit should not be dismissed because the law under which her spouse was denied benefits — the Defense of Marriage Act — violates the constitution's guarantee of equal...
  • Unprotected Sex More Likely in Serious Gay Relationships, Research Suggests

    06/28/2011 9:27:44 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 75 replies ^ | June 1, 2011 | Northwestern University
    ScienceDaily (June 1, 2011) — Gay young men in serious relationships are six times more likely to have unprotected sex than those who hook up with casual partners, according to new Northwestern Medicine research. The findings provide a new direction for prevention efforts in this population who account for nearly 70 percent of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in adolescents and young adults in the United States and who also have the highest increase in new infections. "Being in a serious relationship provides a number of mental and physical health benefits, but it also increases behaviors that put you at risk...
  • Researchers: Young Gay Men Getting HIV from Significant Others

    06/04/2011 12:38:53 PM PDT · by fwdude · 88 replies · 1+ views
    Edge - Dallas, Texas ^ | 05/02/2011 | Kilian Melloy
    Researchers have hit upon what they say is an overlooked risk factor for HIV: serious relationships.
  • 30 years after first AIDS cases, hope for a cure

    06/03/2011 5:28:51 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 3, 2011 6:18 AM (ET) | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    Sunday marks 30 years since the first AIDS cases were reported in the United States. And this anniversary brings fresh hope for something many had come to think was impossible: finding a cure. The example is Timothy Ray Brown of San Francisco, the first person in the world apparently cured of AIDS. His treatment isn't practical for wide use, but there are encouraging signs that other approaches might someday lead to a cure, or at least allow some people to control HIV without needing medication every day. "I want to pull out all the stops to go for it," though...
  • Royal Palm Beach man charged with sexual battery after confessing he is infected with HIV

    05/26/2011 8:29:13 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | May 26, 2011 | Cynthia Roldan
    A Royal Palm Beach man has been was arrested for allegedly confessing to having sex with another man without informing him that he had HIV. Gentry Willis, 28, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $125,000 bond. He is charged with sexual battery, crimes against a person for having HIV and not informing the 25-year-old, and burglary. According to a Greenacres Department of Public Safety report, officers on Wednesday responded to a home where they found a 25-year-old who reported that he was sexually assaulted.
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn Accuser Infected With HIV?

    05/18/2011 9:35:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    JammieWearingFool ^ | 05/18/2011
    The pathetic saga of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has taken another turn, and now we know why the guy may be on suicide watch. Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have more to worry about than a possible prison sentence. The IMF chief's alleged sex-assault victim lives in a Bronx apartment rented exclusively for adults with HIV or AIDS, The Post has learned. The hotel maid, a West African immigrant, has occupied the fourth-floor High Bridge pad with her 15-year-old daughter since January -- and before that, lived in another Bronx apartment set aside by Harlem Community AIDS United strictly for adults with...
  • Apparent Immunity Gene ‘Cures’ Bay Area Man Of AIDS

    05/17/2011 6:20:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 16, 2011 12:25 PM | Staff
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — A 45-year-old man now living in the Bay Area may be the first person ever cured of the deadly disease AIDS, the result of the discovery of an apparent HIV immunity gene. Timothy Ray Brown tested positive for HIV back in 1995, but has now entered scientific journals as the first man in world history to have that HIV virus completely eliminated from his body in what doctors call a “functional cure.” Brown was living in Berlin, Germany back in 2007, dealing with HIV and leukemia, when scientists there gave him a bone marrow stem...
  • Unusual AIDS Vaccine Shows Promising Results in Monkeys

    05/13/2011 8:54:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 11 May 2011 | Jon Cohen
    Enlarge Image SIV surrenders. A monkey test of a new AIDS vaccine defeated a powerful strain of the simian version of HIV. Credit: Fotosearch A new study gives a much-needed booster shot to the beleaguered AIDS vaccine field. The experiment, led by immunologist and pathologist Louis Picker of the Oregon Health & Science University in Beaverton, showed that an unusual approach to vaccinating against SIV (a simian cousin of HIV) protected 12 of 24 monkeys from a “challenge” with a particularly virulent strain of that virus. Specifically, all monkeys became infected, but in half of the animals, their immune...
  • (Phillips Exeter) Academy Won’t Host Red Cross Blood Drives (due to gay ban)

    05/06/2011 10:46:45 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 46 replies
    The Exonian ^ | April 28, 2011 | Brandon Kaplowitz and Euince Cho
    ­­The Academy will no longer host blood drives through the Red Cross, whose ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with other men was found to be inconsistent with the Academy’s anti-discrimination policy, Principal Tom Hassan decided this week. The FDA policy has been in place since 1977. Gay men are more likely to transmit HIV through blood donations, an FDA representative said. An Academy employee brought the clashing policies to the attention of Dean of Faculty Kathleen Curwen, Director of Human Resources Kate Anatone and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Chris Wejchert. The Academy was unaware of...