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  • H.I.V. Found in 22 Actors in Sex Films Since 2004

    06/14/2009 6:14:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies · 2,001+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 12, 2009 | Gardiner Harris
    Health officials in Los Angeles said Friday that 22 actors in adult sex movies had contracted H.I.V. since 2004, when a previous outbreak led to efforts to protect pornography industry employees. The officials accused an industry-supported health clinic of failing to cooperate with state investigations and of failing to protect not only industry workers but their sexual partners as well. “We have an industry that is exposing workers to life-threatening diseases as part of their employment,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles County. “That is outrageous and anachronistic. These infections are virtually entirely preventable.” The...
  • D.C. HIV/AIDS Rate Higher Than West Africa

    03/21/2009 10:58:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 595+ views
    D.C. HIV/AIDS Rate Higher Than West Africa March 18, 2009 · According to a new report issued by Washington, D.C., officials, the HIV rate in the nation's capital is the highest in the country. Nearly 3 percent of the city's residents are living with HIV/AIDS, a rate higher than in West Africa. Cornelius Baker, formerly of Washington's renowned Whitman-Walker clinic, and Patricia Nalls, of The Women's Collective, discuss the epidemic.
  • HIV/AIDS Rate in D.C. Hits 3%

    03/15/2009 8:08:09 AM PDT · by wgflyer · 78 replies · 4,568+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 15 March 2009 | By Jose Antonio Vargas and Darryl Fears
    <p>Men having sex with men has remained the disease's leading mode of transmission.</p> <p>Heterosexual sex was the principal mode of transmission for blacks with the disease, 33 percent. Men having sex with men was the chief mode of transmission for white residents, 78 percent; and Latinos, 49 percent. Black women represent more than a quarter of HIV cases in the District, and most, about 58 percent, were infected through heterosexual sex. About a quarter of black women were infected through drug use.</p>
  • Non-religious a high HIV risk lot [study of AIDS infection in Kenya]

    03/05/2009 7:24:56 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies · 541+ views
    Daily Nation ^ | March 5 2009 | Arthur Okwemba
    HIV prevalence is higher among non-religious Kenyans compared to faith practitioners, the first ever large study to interrogate the relationship between religion and the disease in the country has found out. The government-sponsored Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS) whose final findings will be released in a couple of weeks, indicates that prevalence levels among non-believers stands at 7.7 per cent against the national average of 7.1 per cent. When preliminary findings of the survey were released in 2008, they did not include the new findings. The prevalence levels are even different among various faiths, with the highest being among Protestants...
  • U.S. blacks continue to bear the brunt of HIV/AIDS

    02/07/2009 2:42:37 PM PST · by Zakeet · 68 replies · 1,772+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 6, 2009
    In the United States, African American men and women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases noted in a statement issued to coincide with the 9th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, African Americans make up 12 percent of the U.S. population but account for nearly half of all new HIV infections and almost half of all Americans living with HIV. According to federal health officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),...
  • Study finds many teens publicize risk behaviors on MySpace pages

    01/07/2009 6:26:34 PM PST · by hercuroc · 17 replies · 807+ views
    Anthony De La Rosa's public MySpace profile might cause employers or college admissions officers to flinch: The 18-year-old listed "weed" among his interests and posted a photo of himself labeled "joint," in which he looks almost ready to smoke one. Still, the Milwaukee resident doesn't regret broadcasting his behavior online. De La Rosa said, "I do not care what anybody thinks about me." Or who sees his page. But a new study co-led by a University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher suggests not all MySpace users realize how public their so-called private lives are - and many made changes when warned about...
  • Detailed Study on Spread of H.I.V. in U.S.

    09/11/2008 8:01:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 400+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 12, 2008 | GARDINER HARRIS
    An unusually detailed study of people newly infected with H.I.V. in the United States has confirmed that the majority of new cases occur among gay and bisexual men and that blacks are most at risk. But the data show that whites and blacks tend to be infected at different times in their lives with the virus that causes AIDS. Most new infections of white gay and bisexual men occur when the men are in their 30s and 40s, the study found, while black gay and bisexual men are more likely to be infected in their teens and 20s. The results...
  • CDC: Blacks, gays at high risk for new HIV infections

    09/12/2008 2:17:37 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 30 replies · 245+ views
    CNN ^ | Sept 12, 2008 | Andrea Kane
    ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Young black gay men, black women and white gay men in their 30s and 40s are much more likely to be newly infected with HIV than other groups in the United States, according to a new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The analysis -- based on figures showing that the HIV infection rate for 2006 is much worse than previously thought -- looks at the number of new HIV infections and who gets them. The study appears in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. It shows 53 percent of the estimated...
  • Bill Clinton's advice to beat Aids: stay faithful

    08/08/2008 9:39:28 AM PDT · by neverdem · 81 replies · 213+ views
    belfasttelegraph.co.uk ^ | 6 August 2008 | NA
    Bill Clinton made a plea yesterday for a new emphasis on monogamy as a key element in the battle against Aids. The former US president, not noted for his ability to keep his own marriage vows, said it was very important to change people's attitudes to sex. In an interview with the BBC recorded in Africa, Mr Clinton said that increasing support for monogamy was not just a problem for the continent worst hit by Aids but for the world. "To pretend we can ever get hold of this without dealing with that – the idea of unprotected sexual relations...
  • Root cause of AIDS being ignored, says activist

    08/07/2008 12:26:23 PM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies · 192+ views
    onenewsnow.com ^ | Aug. 7, 2008 | Jim Brown
    Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality is calling on church and political leaders to confront the unhealthy lifestyle choices contributing to the majority of the country's HIV infections. The 17th International AIDS Conference will wrap up in Mexico City on Friday (August 8). In attendance is California mega-church pastor Rick Warren who says HIV-AIDS is a "global pandemic" that the church can help solve by "show[ing] compassion, kindness and the love of Christ." However, Peter LaBarbera says while he commends the idea of a church-based effort to fight AIDS in Africa, he is troubled that many church and...
  • War on AIDS will be long, more funds needed: UN (what a crock!)

    08/04/2008 10:28:16 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 30 replies · 297+ views
    AFP ^ | August 4, 2008
    War on AIDS will be long, more funds needed: UN 14 hours ago MEXICO CITY (AFP) — A global conference on AIDS was to get down to business on Monday after hearing that victory against the disease lay beyond the farthest horizon and endangered lives could only be saved with inflows of money...
  • AIDS Infection Rate in U.S. Higher Than Previously Estimated

    08/02/2008 12:22:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 132 replies · 459+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 2, 2008 | David Brown
    Updated federal estimates of the annual number of new HIV infections in the United States, released today, reveal that while the AIDS epidemic here is worse than previously thought, prevention efforts appear to be having some effect. Even though the number of Americans living with HIV has risen by more than a quarter million people since 1998 -- largely the result of life-extending antiretroviral drugs -- the number of new cases each year has declined slightly over that period. That suggests that a person's likelihood of transmitting the virus to someone else is substantially lower now than it was a...
  • Jill Stanek: Linking U.S. teen pregnancies and AIDS in Africa

    07/16/2008 4:22:36 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 115+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 7/16/08 | Jill Stanek
    CNN reported July 11 that according to the National Institutes of Health, U.S. teen pregnancies in 2006 rose for the first time since 1991. Translation: "One-third of girls in the U.S. got pregnant before age 20." In the same article, CNN reported a "striking decrease" in the percentage of eighth graders smoking, down from 10 percent in 1996 to 3 percent in 2007. While federal health experts were at a loss to explain the spike in teen pregnancies, a Centers for Disease Control official said smoking abated due to "efforts convincing kids and adults not to smoke," according to CNN....
  • H.I.V. Diagnosis Rates Continue to Rise Among Young Men, African-Americans

    06/27/2008 11:15:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies · 205+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 27, 2008 | David Tuller
    Diagnoses of H.I.V. and AIDS in men who have sex with men rose significantly between 2001 and 2006 while declining in other demographic groups, the federal Centers for Disease Control reported Thursday. The increase in diagnoses was especially high among males between the ages of 13 and 24, with an annual increase of 12.4 percent, compared to 1.5 percent for men overall. The annual increase was still higher among young African-American men who have sex with men, nearly 15 percent. Among African-American men of all ages who have sex with men, the annual increase in diagnoses was 1.9 percent. Experts...
  • HIV Rate Up 12 Percent Among Young Gay Men

    06/27/2008 12:16:44 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 58 replies · 241+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, June 27, 2006 | David Brown
    The number of young homosexual men being newly diagnosed with HIV infection is rising by 12 percent a year, with the steepest upward trend in young black men, according to a new report. The double-digit increase in young gay men is about 10 times higher than in the homosexual community overall, where the number of new infections is going up about 1.5 percent a year. The report, released yesterday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, appears to confirm impressions that a "second-wave" AIDS epidemic is underway in gay America.
  • FIRST-PERSON: HIV 'is a gay disease' [Treat gay sex like smoking]

    06/21/2008 8:04:54 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 32 replies · 553+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | 6-20-08 | Kelly Boggs
    How should society deal with a behavior -– a lifestyle choice -- that places those who engage in the behavior at a high risk for poor health and grave disease? If the behavior in question is smoking, American society does everything in its power to discourage the behavior to the point of passing laws that make it illegal to puff in public places, even if the public venue is privately owned. However, if the behavior that results in probable poor health and potentially fatal disease is promiscuous sex, particularly homosexual sex, society only encourages those who engage in the behavior...
  • The exploitation of Aids

    06/14/2008 5:37:36 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 20 replies · 292+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | 14 June 2008 | Brendan O'Neill
    The Aids scare was one of the most distorted, duplicitous and cynical public health panics of the last 30 yearsFinally we have a high-level admission that there is no threat of a global Aids pandemic among heterosexuals. After 25 years of official scaremongering about western societies being ravaged by the disease – with salacious, tombstone-illustrated government propaganda warning people to wear a condom or "die of ignorance" – the head of the World Health Organisation's HIV/Aids department says there is no need for heterosexuals to fret. Kevin de Cock, who has headed the global battle against Aids, said at the...
  • Report: Sexual Activity Rises, Condom Use Declines Among High School Youth

    06/05/2008 6:29:49 AM PDT · by Sopater · 19 replies · 67+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, June 05, 2008
    WASHINGTON, — Sexual activity is on the rise among U.S. teens while their use of contraceptives is sliding in the other direction, according to a study released on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here to view the study.Approximately 48 percent of 14,041 high school students said they have had sex, representing a 2 percent hike since 2005; however, teens still are having less sex today than their counterparts did in the 1990s. The 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System study showed a 2 percent drop-off in the percentage of teens who said they used condoms...
  • Surgeon General's Warning: Gay sex kills

    04/18/2008 3:34:53 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies · 136+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | April 18, 2008 | J. Matt Barber
    Can you imagine officials at a middle school, junior high or high school setting aside a day to promote "tolerance" for heavy smoking and drinking among children? How about a day where teachers encourage kids to "embrace who they are," pick up that crack pipe and give it a stiff toke? Neither can I. The public would go ballistic, and for good reason. But that hasn't stopped officials in thousands of schools across the country from promoting other politically correct and socially "in-vogue" behaviors that – both statistically and manifestly – are every bit as dangerous as the aforementioned frowned-upon...
  • Risky teen behavior may not occur at home or school: but how to track?

    03/24/2008 7:09:40 AM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies · 465+ views
    INDIANAPOLIS – How can researchers track where teens go when not in or near home or school to see if this movement has an impact on health-related behavior such as smoking or sexual activity" The answer is through that ubiquitous teen accessory – the cell phone. In a paper published in the April issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine report on a pilot study which evaluated the feasibility of using global position system -enabled cell phones to track where 14- to 16-year-old girls spent their time. “We didn’t know if the technology...
  • Top "Gay" Organization Comes Clean: "HIV is a gay disease."

    02/14/2008 1:56:50 PM PST · by NYer · 129 replies · 358+ views
    LifeSite ^ | February 14, 2008
    p>WASHINGTON, February 14, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a public statement last Friday, Matt Foreman, outgoing Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, rattled the homosexual activist community by joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pro-family organizations and a growing number of homosexual activists willing to admit that homosexual behavior is both extremely high-risk and primarily responsible for the spread of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. Addressing the topic of AIDS, Foreman drastically deviated from the "gay" lobby's party line by admitting, "Internally, when these numbers come out, the 'established' gay community seems to have a...
  • New Bacteria Strain Is Striking Gay Men

    01/15/2008 10:54:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 82 replies · 455+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 15, 2008 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    A new, highly drug-resistant strain of the “flesh-eating” MRSA bacteria is being spread among gay men in San Francisco and Boston, researchers reported on Monday. In a study published online by the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, the bacteria seemed to be spread most easily through anal intercourse but also through casual skin-to-skin contact and touching contaminated surfaces. The authors warned that unless microbiology laboratories were able to identify the strain and doctors prescribed the proper antibiotic therapy, the infection could soon spread among other groups and become a wider threat. The new strain seems to have “spread rapidly” in...
  • New H.I.V. Cases Drop, but Rise in Young Gay Men

    01/01/2008 6:27:55 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 62 replies · 118+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 2, 2008 | Sarah Kershaw
    ... The number of new H.I.V. infections in men under 30 who have sex with men has increased sharply in New York City in the last five years, particularly among blacks and Hispanics, even as AIDS deaths and overall H.I.V. infection rates in the city have steadily declined. New figures from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene show that the annual number of new infections among black and Hispanic men who have sex with men rose 34 percent between 2001 and 2006, and rose for all men under 30 who have sex with men by 32 percent. At...
  • Risky (Gay) Sex Returns Syphilis to Europe

    12/20/2007 1:33:23 PM PST · by bahblahbah · 38 replies · 180+ views
    breitbart ^ | Dec 20 2007 | MARIA CHENG
    LONDON (AP) - Syphilis is back: The sexually transmitted disease long associated with 19th Century bohemian life is making an alarming resurgence in Europe. "Syphilis used to be a very rare disease," said Dr. Marita van de Laar, an expert in sexually transmitted diseases at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. "I'm not sure we can say that anymore." Most cases of syphilis are in men, and experts point to more risky sex among gay men as the chief cause for the resurgence. But more cases are being seen among heterosexuals, both men and women, too. Syphilis was...
  • Estimate of AIDS cases in U.S. rises

    12/01/2007 7:23:37 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 18 replies · 273+ views
    Washington Post.com ^ | 12/1/07 | David Brown
    Estimate of AIDS cases in U.S. rises New test places the rate of infection 50 percent higher The Washington Post Estimate of AIDS Cases In U.S. Rises By David Brown updated 4:00 a.m. ET, Sat., Dec. 1, 2007 New government estimates of the number of Americans who become infected with the AIDS virus each year are 50 percent higher than previous calculations suggested, sources said yesterday. For more than a decade, epidemiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have pegged the number of new HIV infections each year at 40,000. They now believe it is between 55,000 and...
  • Ugandans Respond to Homosexual Lobby's Attack Against Anti-Sodomy Laws

    09/29/2007 11:25:00 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 3 replies · 250+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 24, 2007 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Ugandans Respond to Homosexual Lobby's Attack Against Anti-Sodomy Laws International organization, Human Rights Watch, has history of opposing human life and family legislation By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman UGANDA, September 24, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Dr. Martin Ssempa, spokesman for Uganda's Interfaith Rainbow Coalition Against Homosexuality (INFAH), recently blasted the pro-gay organization "Human Rights Watch" for "numerous errors and misrepresentations" in their recent letter accusing the Uganda government of human rights abuses for enforcing the country's anti-sodomy laws. "What you characterize as 'harassment' of homosexuals or 'threatening statements' by high government officials is in reality nothing more than the enforcement of the...
  • 25 years later, and AIDS is still killing

    09/28/2007 6:18:05 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 46 replies · 266+ views
    VICTORIA ADVOCATE ^ | September 27, 2007 | GABE SEMENZA
    300 cases are estimated to be in Victoria area Twenty-five years after AIDS was formally given a name, Texas and the rest of the country still fail to designate the money needed to prevent it and HIV, a Dallas representative said on Wednesday. It's one reason why infection rates are on the rise, especially among women, Rep. Rafael Anchia, a Democrat, told the Dallas Urban League on Wednesday. Anchia's remarks reverberated to Victoria, and to an area that's estimated to have more than 300 patients with HIV/AIDS. "Despite the fact we've had 25 years of experience with this disease, something...
  • 'NHS should not treat those with unhealthy lifestyles' say Tories

    09/04/2007 3:07:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 1,176+ views
    The Evening Standard (UK) ^ | September 4, 2007
    Patients who refuse to change their unhealthy lifestyles should not be treated by the NHS, the Conservatives said today. In a bid to ease spiralling levels of obesity and other health concerns, a Tory panel said certain treatments should be denied to patients who refuse to co-operate with health professionals and live healthier lifestyles. And those who do manage to improve their general health by losing weight and quitting smoking, for example, would receive "Health Miles" cards. Points earned could then be used to pay for health-related products such as gym membership and fresh vegetables. The aim is a shift...
  • Gay Sex in Public a Major Health Risk ~ Naugle Calls on Homosexuals to Stem the Spread of HIV

    08/23/2007 4:11:34 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 41 replies · 1,452+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/23/07 | Hilary White
    FORT LAUDERDALE, August 23, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - At a news conference at City Hall this week, Jim Naugle, the mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has called on homosexual men to end their public sexual encounters in order to curb the local HIV/AIDS rate. "We want to put a stop to that activity," he said. Since his first public comments in July, Naugle has been attacked on all sides for being nearly the only US public figure to oppose on moral grounds the encroachment of homosexual activity in his town. Now Naugle is in the news again for his determination to...
  • Religious leaders join Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle to blast gays (Video Too.)

    08/22/2007 8:54:49 AM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 17 replies · 768+ views
    FORT LAUDERDALE - Mayor Jim Naugle and religious leaders held a news conference Tuesday to draw attention to what they described as the moral and health risks of gay sex. Naugle is in a political war with gays that started this summer when he said public bathrooms in Fort Lauderdale are plagued by gay men cruising for sex and added he uses the term "homosexual" because "most of them aren't gay. They're unhappy." At a news conference Tuesday in front of City Hall, Naugle and other conservative speakers called on gays to stop having promiscuous sex, in order to stem...
  • New risks discovered for HPV (under fingernails)

    08/01/2007 11:01:53 AM PDT · by mngran · 108 replies · 3,222+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | July 31, 2007 | Tom Paulson
    Controversy continues to plague efforts to protect young women against cervical cancer by vaccinating them against HPV, the human papillomavirus, but one leading scientist's discovery could throw a monkey wrench into the debate. "We found HPV under the fingernails of young men," said Dr. Laura Koutsky, a University of Washington epidemiologist. Koutsky led some of the pioneering research and clinical trials that resulted in an HPV vaccine, Merck's Gardasil, recently approved for use in girls and young women. The reason her fingernail finding is a potential bombshell has to do with why the vaccine is controversial. HPV, which is the...
  • Will ex-gays bring down 'Big Sodomy'?

    07/07/2007 10:16:15 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 61 replies · 2,728+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 7/7/07 | Donald Hank
     Remember how cool smoking was? If you're 45 or older, you do. Whatever happened to that politically correct, cool, suave, debonair habit that was all the rage among college students, profs, teachers, Hollywood actors, big business and just about everyone purporting to have "intellect"? In a nutshell, some scientists at the National Institutes of Health got together in the '60s, '70s and later and did some pioneering studies that proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that this cool habit could kill you. Today, they're at it again. Only it isn't smoking. That's a dead issue, thanks to science and...
  • New AIDS nightmare looms for gay men: study

    08/18/2006 8:46:36 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 101 replies · 3,061+ views
    AFP ^ | 8/18/06
    The gay community in the western world, mauled by the first wave of the AIDS pandemic, now faces a second storm, according to a forecast released at the International AIDS conference. Since 2001, new cases of HIV in the homosexual population in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australasia have been rising by about 1.9 percent per year, the research by the University of Pittsburgh said. Without action to correct this trend -- a return to safe sex or an unexpected medical breakthrough -- the infection rate is set to soar as the population ages. In 2001, HIV affected on...
  • San Franciscans honor those touched by AIDS

    06/01/2006 3:32:03 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 41 replies · 1,781+ views
    modbee ^ | 6/1/06 | lisa leff
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Clasping purple irises, calling out names and clapping to a gospel beat, San Francisco paid tribute Thursday to the thousands of residents who died from AIDS in the last 25 years and honored the thousands more still living with the HIV virus. About 200 people gathered in a performing arts center to hear elected officials, AIDS activists and long-term survivors of the disease reflect on the epidemic that was formally identified on June 5, 1981. That was the date the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a paper about a mysterious illness that had been...
  • Alarming News About Handsome Men

    04/09/2006 7:18:01 AM PDT · by twippo · 18 replies · 679+ views
    Netscape Channels ^ | 4/9/06 | Netscape Channels
    Ladies, beware of dashing men. They could be dangerous. Young men who are good-looking and know it are more likely to engage in risky sex than guys who have a less positive body image, according to a new study from researchers at Pennsylvania State University. However, sexually active young women who are happy with their looks are less likely to undertake those same risks, which include having sex without condoms and sex with multiple partners. The study: Led by Dr. Eva S. Lefkowitz, associate professor of human development and family studies, and graduate student Meghan M. Gillen, the Penn State...
  • Study Finds Normal Sexual Relations Have Health Benefit but Not Gay or Other Sex

    01/27/2006 10:11:47 AM PST · by dukeman · 70 replies · 1,343+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 1/26/06 | Terry Vanderheyden
    PAISLEY, Scotland - Research has long confirmed the health-promoting benefits of sexual intercourse. By strengthening the emotional bond between spouses, regular sexual intercourse has been shown to reduce the risk for heart attack by up to 50% in some studies. A new UK study adds to those findings revealing that only heterosexual intercourse - not homosexual sex or self abuse - has significant stress-reducing effects, as measured by blood pressure responses to stressful situations. The research conducted by Dr. Stuart Brody from Paisley University is summed up by its title: "Blood pressure reactivity to stress is better for people who...
  • World in the Balance [PBS says AIDS is caused by lack of government funding]

    12/30/2005 5:28:05 PM PST · by grundle · 28 replies · 597+ views
    PBS ^ | April 20, 2004
    In a powerful personal story, NOVA interviews a 19-year-old Kenyan woman who suffers from AIDS. Her parents have died, and she is raising her four brothers and sisters as well as a nephew. Like many teenage girls in Africa, she is a victim of predatory sexual behavior by an older male, through whom she contracted HIV. Funding cuts in family planning assistance from the United States are putting many young women at risk for unwanted pregnancies, HIV infection, and illegal backstreet abortions.
  • African Custom made for the spread of Aids

    10/07/2005 6:31:07 PM PDT · by Coleus · 37 replies · 2,196+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 10.04.05 | David Blair in Mbingwa
    Shaded by a grove of mopane trees, the village cemetery was strewn with fresh graves, most filled by victims of Africa's Aids epidemic who never reached the age of 30.Fanny Mbewe knelt in silent prayer beside her husband's unmarked resting place.   Fanny Mbewe [right] was forced to submit to ritual ‘cleansing’ Anyone who wonders why Aids has spread faster in Africa than anywhere else in the world needs only to consider her experience.With millions of other women, Mrs Mbewe fell victim to a tradition known as "kulowakufa" which dictates that any woman whose husband dies must submit to sex...
  • Abortion-Drug Abuse Link, Study Claims

    09/29/2005 6:13:02 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 375+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 9/29/05 | American Family Association
    Abortions and drug abuse once again have been linked, according to a study co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and reported by Christian Wire Service. Drug abuse is three times more common during a subsequent pregnancy among women who have had abortions in the past than among those who have never ended a pregnancy. However, there is no evidence of the trend among women who experienced miscarriages or stillbirths. Research suggests that subsequent pregnancies may cause women to experience unresolved grief about past abortions. To mask such feelings, these...
  • Ass Backwards: The media's silence about rampant anal sex

    09/21/2005 6:50:39 AM PDT · by Callahan · 74 replies · 2,424+ views
    Slate.com ^ | 9/21/05 | William Saletan
    "Oral Sex Prevalent Among Teens," announced Friday's Washington Post. "A federal survey finds more than half of 15- to 19-year-olds have had oral sex," said the subhead in the Los Angeles Times. "Sex Survey Shocker; Concern as most American teens have had oral sex," cried the Boston Herald. Across the United States—and beyond it—any newspaper that didn't focus on lesbianism in the sex survey (released last week by the National Center for Health Statistics) declared a crisis of oral sex among teens. Experts and journalists, unwilling to express plain old moral dismay at the idea of their kids doing the...
  • Risky Sex Habits Linked to Early Death, Disability

    01/27/2005 6:18:33 AM PST · by randog · 94 replies · 2,349+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1-26-05 | Jennifer Warner
    Risky sexual behavior among Americans is putting the public’s health at risk, according to a new CDC study. Researchers found that the rates of early death and disability attributed to sexual behavior in the U.S. are triple those of any other industrialized country, and women bear the brunt of this public health burden.
  • ACLU Defending Woman Accused Of Using Drugs While Pregnant

    08/18/2005 6:54:46 PM PDT · by Mike Bates · 19 replies · 807+ views
    WBAL-Baltimore ^ | 8/18/2005 | WBAL/AP
    Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union are appealing the conviction of an Easton woman who was accused of endangering a child by using cocaine while she was pregnant. Kelly Cruz, 30, was found guilty of a reckless endangerment charge Aug. 5 after waiving her right to a jury trial. She was ordered to serve 2 1/2 years in prison. Cruz was charged in February, about a month after giving birth to a premature baby boy who tested positive for cocaine. Defense attorneys had sought an acquittal, arguing there was never a risk of harm to another person -- because...
  • Experts: Youngsters trying riskier stunts

    07/24/2005 11:02:09 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 9 replies · 308+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | July 24, 2005 | Martha Irvine
    Two young people have died in Idaho, each suspected of trying to catch a buzz by cutting off the blood supply to their brains. Also in recent weeks, a college student in Kentucky and another youth in Michigan have fallen to their deaths while "surfing" atop moving vehicles. Dangerous activities like these aren't new, but experts say today's teens are increasingly likely to try them - and to take more risks than previous generations. "It's certainly part of the teenage psyche - but we're seeing an enormous amount of it of late," says Frank Farley, a psychologist at Temple University...
  • Accused HIV spreader puts Atlanta's gay community on edge

    07/17/2005 5:45:57 AM PDT · by Dane · 39 replies · 1,467+ views
    AccessNorthGA.com ^ | 7/16/05 | AP
    Accused HIV spreader puts Atlanta's gay community on edge The Associated Press - ATLANTA Garry Wayne Carriker was a fourth-year medical student with a charming style that he worked to his advantage around the city's bustling gay scene. But just months after he would have graduated from Emory University Medical School, Carriker's career is on hold as he sits in jail, awaiting trial on sex-crime charges that have put Atlanta's gay community on edge. His crime? Police say the 26-year-old knew he had the HIV virus but went ahead with unprotected consensual sex with another man without warning him. And...
  • Study Warns Against Recreational Use Of Erectile Dysfunction Drugs

    05/27/2005 3:06:50 PM PDT · by carolinacrazy · 16 replies · 460+ views
    CBS2 Chicago WBBM ^ | 5/26/2005 | CBS2
    University of Arizona researchers discovered that the recreational use of drugs such as Cialis, Levitra and Viagra by gay men increases the chances they'll have sex without a condom by as much as 600%. As a result, those men were also twice as likely to be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease. And half mixed the prescription medication with an illegal drug, including ecstasy and methamphetamine.
  • Negligent Sex - Massachusetts Courts Says Persons Can Be Liable for "Reckless" Sex

    05/18/2005 11:40:20 AM PDT · by JBW · 49 replies · 1,752+ views
    JonathanBWilson.com ^ | May 18, 2005 | Jonathan B. Wilson
    A Massachusetts court has recently had to resolve the question, as a matter of tort law, what duty of care a pair of non-married adults owe to each other for injuries resulting from consensual sex between them. I'll leave the details of the case for those with strong stomachs who are willing to read the opinion found in the preceding link. In summary, however, the plaintiff (male) was injured when the defendant (female) changed her position during the middle of intercourse. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant, finding that, as a matter of law, there...
  • FDA Wants to Restrict Sperm Donations From Gays

    05/08/2005 6:57:43 AM PDT · by billorites · 14 replies · 384+ views
    WFIE Indianapolis ^ | May 8, 2005
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it plans to go ahead with a new guideline that recommends that men who've had sex with other men within the past five years be rejected as anonymous sperm donors. The FDA has rejected criticism that the move stigmatizes all gay men and that the restriction should apply to all men -- gay or straight -- who've engaged in high-risk sexual behavior. The FDA says gay men collectively pose a higher-than-average risk of carrying HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the Associated Press reported. It's not clear whether the FDA guideline will have...
  • Secret gay encounters of black men could be raising women's infection rate

    05/01/2005 9:04:33 AM PDT · by csvset · 113 replies · 3,030+ views
    SFGATE ^ | 1 May 2005 | Jason B. Johnson
    Health officials have worried for years about the high rate of HIV among African Americans. Now the federal Centers for Disease Control is examining how one group, known as men on the "down low," could be spreading the disease among black women.
  • Black women must fix behavior or risk death from AIDS

    04/25/2005 5:40:08 AM PDT · by FlyLow · 63 replies · 1,866+ views
    JWR ^ | 4-25-05 | Rochelle Riley
    Dr. Gail Wyatt has a message for black women: We need to change our views and actions regarding sexuality. Or die. Nearly three-quarters of America's new cases of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, are African-American women. Black women between 25 and 44 are 13 times more likely to die of the disease than white women of the same age. It is one of the most underreported news stories of this new decade, and sadly, more women will die before we pay attention. Black women and their sexuality are the focus of Wyatt's research since she conducted the first study...
  • Study: Abstinence May Lead to Risky Acts

    03/18/2005 1:46:46 PM PST · by texaspirate · 88 replies · 2,248+ views
    Yahoo via AP ^ | Mar 18, 2005 | MATT APUZZO
    Study: Abstinence May Lead to Risky Acts 1 hour, 35 minutes ago U.S. National - AP By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Teens who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are more likely to take chances with other kinds of sex that increase the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, a study of 12,000 adolescents suggests. The report by Yale and Columbia University researchers could help explain their earlier findings that teens who pledged abstinence are just as likely to have STDs as their peers. The latest study, published in the April issue of the Journal of...