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Saturday, March 24, 2018

‘Patient Zero’ And Other Myths About HIV/AIDS

What is the future of AIDS prevention in the U.S. and the world? And what will it take to move people to care about this still-thriving epidemic?

October 29, 2016
File photo of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan returning to the White House

What Do We Make Of Hillary Clinton’s AIDS Gaffe?

“I’m Gay, Hillary Clinton misspoke while being nice to a dead woman,” wrote Spandan Chakrabarti last Friday. “Get it over it.”

March 15, 2016

Scandal? Knowing Zero About Clinton Foundation, Indignant Pundits Blather

When you hear loud braying about the Clinton Foundation, remember that these same pundits (and newspapers) once insisted that Whitewater was a huge and terrible scandal.

May 13, 2015

Quick & Healthy: Take A Walk

“Quick & Healthy” offers findings from the world of health and wellness that you may have missed: Namely, you should walk more and get screened for cancer.

May 13, 2015

Endorse This: Elton John Goes To Washington

The pop music legend discussed all the progress that governments and citizens alike have made — and also, he added with some colorful language, how much the work has helped him grow as a human being.

May 6, 2015

Indiana Fights Major HIV Outbreak In Rural County

The region has many people who live in poverty with limited prospects of jobs and a very, very serious drug problem that has made it the epicenter of the HIV outbreak.

March 27, 2015

FDA Panel Considers Lifting Ban On Blood Donations By Gay Men

What’s more important to the FDA — saving lives, or petty politics?

November 14, 2014

Southern States Create A New Face Of AIDS

By Teresa Wiltz, New Yorker Deadra Malloy was diagnosed with HIV in 1988, but she remained healthy for so long she wasn’t completely convinced she was positive. When she finally started getting sick in 2006, she decided to embrace her “ancestral roots” and accepted a job down South, where her mother was from. Malloy […]

September 15, 2014

Public-Health Officials Go To Court To Stop Man With HIV

By Carol M. Ostrom, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — In a very unusual step, King County, Wash., public-health officials have gone to court to try to stop a man with HIV who has infected eight partners in the past four years from infecting others. “We’re not trying to criminalize sexual behavior here,” said Dr. Matthew […]

September 11, 2014

School Takes In Shunned Kids With HIV

By Stephen Deere, St. Louis Post-Dispatch MARTUR, India — Sister Gracy Vailapally tries to keep secret the HIV status of the children she serves. But often she fails. “We won’t tell that the child is positive,” she said. “But somehow from the local people, they know.” A case in point: an 11-year-old boy born to […]

August 8, 2014

Bill Clinton: Perpetrators Of MH17 Crash Sought A Divided World

Melbourne (AFP) – Former U.S. president Bill Clinton called Wednesday for strength in responding to the loss of flight MH17, declaring those who had downed the plane — and provided the means to do so — sided with a brutal vision of the world. Speaking at the world AIDS conference in Melbourne, Clinton said it […]

July 23, 2014

Search For AIDS Cure Pushes Ahead Despite Setbacks

Melbourne (AFP) – Scientists on Saturday vowed to press ahead with their quest for a cure for AIDS, despite losing a veteran colleague and suffering a setback in research. Addressing a symposium on the search for a cure, Nobel prize winner Francoise Barre-Sinoussi said the death of Joep Lange, a frontline scientist in the 33-year […]

July 21, 2014

UN: AIDS Could Be Wiped Out By 2030

Geneva (AFP) – Global AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections have fallen by over a third in a decade, raising hopes of beating the killer disease by 2030, the United Nations said Wednesday. With more than half of the 35 million people living with HIV unaware they are infected, the battle is far from over however, said […]

July 16, 2014

NYPD Limits Use Of Condoms Seized From Sex Workers As Evidence

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times NEW YORK — Condoms no longer will be seized from sex workers for use as evidence in prostitution cases, police announced Monday in a move that officials say should help prevent the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases among people at high risk of infection. The policy change […]

May 13, 2014

Charles Farthing, Doctor At Forefront Of AIDS Care, Dies At 60

By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Charles F. Farthing, a physician who was at the forefront of care for HIV/AIDS patients and who drew attention to the need for an AIDS vaccine by announcing his willingness to inject himself, has died. He was 60. Farthing, who collapsed in a Hong Kong taxi April […]

April 15, 2014

Again, Christianity The Last To Get It Right

Eleven years ago, Richard Stearns went to Washington. Stearns — president of World Vision, the billion-dollar Christian relief organization — joined other faith leaders in lobbying Congress to spend $15 billion combating AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean. He acknowledged he and his fellow evangelicals were late to the fight against this pandemic and explained […]

April 7, 2014

Women Can Get HIV From Other Women During Sex, CDC Reports

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times The first confirmed case of a woman contracting  HIV from another woman during sex was reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week. Although there have been reports of women transmitting the human immunodeficiency virus to other women through sexual activity, they have been difficult to prove. For nearly all […]

March 14, 2014

LGBT Health Inequity Persists; NIH Research Lags

PITTSBURGH — The National Institutes of Health funded only a negligible number of studies researching the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people over more than two decades, according to an analysis led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Because of that, health inequities in that population continued unabated, according […]

January 16, 2014