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  • Gay teens make up 92 percent of HIV cases in their age group

    06/08/2017 8:29:25 AM PDT · by Morgana · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 9, 2017 | Peter LaBarbera
    More than 9 in 10 new HIV cases among young men and boys ages 13 to 24 in the U.S. occur among homosexuals and bisexuals, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The April 25 CDC report, “HIV Among Gay and Bisexual Men,” offers stark evidence of the extreme health risks associated with male homosexual sex, in particular receptive anal sex. Below are some of its findings: — Gay and bisexual men aged 13 to 24 accounted for an estimated 92 percent of new HIV diagnoses among all men in their age group...
  • Senator Says Knowingly Infecting Someone with HIV Shouldn’t Be Felony [semi-satire]

    06/03/2017 5:14:38 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 June 2017 | John Semmens
    California State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has drafted legislation that would downgrade knowingly exposing someone else to HIV or AIDS from a felony to a misdemeanor. Weiner called the current law “unfair. It discriminates against gays who must engage in anal sex because they were born without the vaginas, which are exclusively provided to women. Requiring a gay man to disclose he has HIV effectively shuts down his sex life. Threatening him with a felony conviction is too steep a penalty given that advances in HIV therapies have greatly extended survival time for those infected.” The Senator also angrily...
  • Knowingly exposing others to HIV should no longer be a felony, state Senate says [CA]

    06/01/2017 1:53:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/31/17 | Patrick McGreevy
    The state Senate on Wednesday voted to no longer make it a felony for someone infected with HIV to knowingly expose others to the disease by having unprotected sex without telling his or her partner about the infection.The crime would be downgraded to a misdemeanor, and the bill would also apply to people who donate blood or semen without telling the blood or semen bank that they have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, or have tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the precursor to AIDS.The measure, which next goes to the Assembly for consideration, was introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco),...
  • Rethinking monogamy today

    04/13/2017 8:11:02 AM PDT · by walford · 101 replies
    CNN ^ | April 12, 2017 | Ian Kerner
    "Most people enter their first relationships with the traditional idea of sexual exclusivity. It's just the way we're socialized in our culture." For some couples, non-exclusivity might take the form of attending "play parties" together and swapping partners, watching other couples have sex, dating other people or even entering into polyamorous relationships with multiple partners. Determine what's OK and what's not.
  • Nation’s first public needle vending machine for drug users debuts in Las Vegas

    04/12/2017 6:30:37 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 17 replies
    https://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | April 12, 2017 - 5:27 pm | By Blake Apgar
    Las Vegas health officials are turning to a familiar piece of equipment – the vending machine – into a first-in-the-nation experiment to automate the dispensing of clean needles for intravenous drug users. The program is a joint effort between the Southern Nevada Health District, the Nevada AIDS Research and Education Society and the private Trac-B Exchange company, which developed the machine. The idea is that making clean needles and other gear available will reduce the spread of bloodborne infections among drug users who would otherwise share the injection rigs.
  • Migrant Charged With Rape of Minors ‘Deliberately Exposed’ Victims in Sweden to HIV

    03/29/2017 5:22:42 PM PDT · by davikkm · 14 replies
    breitbart ^ | VIRGINIA HALE
    An HIV positive Ethiopian migrant charged with the rape of two underage girls in Östergötland took steps to “deliberately expose” victims “to the risk of contracting a chronic and life-threatening disease”. Nahom Mengistu Yitayu, who says he is 16, will be prosecuted for two counts of child rape and two counts of attempted aggravated assault, after having sex with a 14-year-old and a 13-year-old in Spring last year, reports Norrköpings Tidningar. Though fully aware he had HIV, in the period during which the rapes were committed the Ethiopian neglected to take the antiretroviral drugs he was prescribed. As a result,...
  • Tanzania threat to list gay people

    02/20/2017 6:47:31 AM PST · by tekrat · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/20/2017
    The threat to publish the names of suspected homosexuals in Tanzania has been defended by the deputy health minister in a fierce row on Twitter. Homosexual acts are illegal in the East African nation and punishable by up to 30 years in jail. Those who advertised homosexual activities online would also be targeted, the politician warned. Tweeters accused him of homophobia and infringing on the right to freedom of expression online.
  • 'You're a walking disease, mate'

    02/04/2017 9:47:01 AM PST · by Salman · 16 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 25 November 2015 | Matilda Battersby
    Dating apps rarely encourage deep and meaningful communication but they are a minefield for people living with HIV as a series of real messages sent to gay men on Grindr reveals. The hurtful texts have been read out by HIV-positive men to highlight stigma, misunderstanding and ignorance around the virus. The messages, which include 'You're a walking disease, mate' and 'Sluts like you deserve it,' were sent to Grindr users and the Gay Men's Health Charity (GMFA) asked a group of HIV-positive models to read them out and react. ...
  • Switzerland lifts ban on gay men giving blood

    01/31/2017 8:04:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 31 January 2017 09:47 CET+01:00
    From July 1st it will no longer be forbidden for men who have had sex with men to give blood — provided they have been celibate for the past 12 months. Medical watchdog Swissmedic has approved the request, lodged by blood donor service Swiss Transfusion SRC last June, reported news agencies on Tuesday. Currently, all men in Switzerland who have had sex with another man since 1977 are barred from donating blood — a rule brought in during the 1980s to stop the spread of AIDS. However, medical groups have argued that the presence of new diagnostic tools that can...
  • I Abstained From Sex for a Year to Donate Blood (NYT alert)

    01/12/2017 6:56:00 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 120 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 12, 2017 | JAY FRANZONE
    IT shouldn’t be a big deal that I gave blood this week, but it is. To do it, I had to give up all forms of sex for a year. The reason: I’m gay. With what we know today about the disease, it’s a stupid reason. In 1985, in the early days of the AIDS crisis, the United States Food and Drug Administration recommended that men who had sex with other men be prohibited from donating blood indefinitely. This policy made sense at the time. In the decades since, the nation has made enormous progress against the virus. What was...
  • Metro Atlanta among nation’s worst in HIV/opioid deaths

    01/02/2017 11:02:18 PM PST · by RC one · 22 replies
    albany herald ^ | 12/4/16 | Andy Miller
    New stats show alarming rise in drug abuse, HIV/AIDS infections ATLANTA — Fulton County’s rate of opioid overdose deaths was more than double the national average in 2014, newly released figures show. And the county — which contains most of the city of Atlanta as well as some of Georgia’s most affluent suburbs — had a higher rate of HIV diagnoses than all but one of 28 large cities studied, according to statistics released last week by the Big Cities Health Coalition project. Fulton’s data were used because the county, not the city, collects the area’s health information, which is...
  • U.S. Anti-AIDS Abstinence Efforts in Africa Fail to Prevent HIV

    12/17/2016 4:14:20 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 66 replies
    Scientific American ^ | May 6, 2016 | Christine Gorman
    Washington spent more than $1 billion telling people in 14 African countries not to have sex before they get married. It didn’t work Over the past 15 years the U.S. has spent $1.4 billion promoting abstinence before marriage as a way of preventing HIV in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Unfortunately, according to the most comprehensive, independent study conducted to date of the effort, the money was pretty much wasted. A rigorous comparison of national data from countries that received abstinence funding under the 2003 U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) with those that had not showed no...
  • It Gets Worse: Dentist at VA Hospital May Have Infected Hundreds of Veterans With HIV

    12/01/2016 10:28:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/01/2016 | Katie Pavlich
    For years veterans across the country have languished in VA hospitals, with thousands dying waiting for care. Suicide hotlines go unanswered and at least one hospital in Illinois, dead bodies were left in the morgue for months. Other hospitals are filled with black mold and roaches. Since the VA scandal broke two years ago, wait times haven't improved. At some hospitals wait times are now double what they were in 2014. But it gets worse. According to a local news report from WEAU News 13, as many as 600 veterans may have been infected with life threatening, lethal and incurable...
  • Millennials aren’t wearing condoms anymore [because of HPV vaccine and anti-HIV meds]

    11/03/2016 8:59:39 PM PDT · by grundle · 36 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 2, 2016 | Christian Gollayan
    A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a recent spike in STIs such as chlamydia (up nearly 6 percent since 2014), gonorrhea (up nearly 13 percent) and syphilis (up 19 percent) among young people. A 2015 CDC study found that condom use among sexually active high schoolers dropped from 63 percent in 2003 to 57 percent in 2015. A study that same year by Skyn condoms found that 48 percent of millennials use condoms “never” or “rarely.” Gay men such as Ben, a 29-year-old designer based in Hell’s Kitchen, say the rise of PrEP —...
  • Documentary - Factor 8: The Arkansas Prison Blood Scandal

    10/03/2016 10:04:31 AM PDT · by GraceG · 6 replies
    Documentary about the Arkansas Blood Scandal where the prison system was taking blood from inmates and using it to make a blood product that contain HIV virus and other diseases. A lot of Clinton corruption was involved. Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0O_MVuYT0A
  • Yale Gets Green Light to Perform HIV-to-HIV Organ Transplant

    09/15/2016 8:08:21 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 20 replies
    university herald ^ | 15 Sept 2016 | Anita Valencia,
    Yale New Haven Hospital becomes the eighth transplant center and the fifth hospital that gets green light to perform transplantation of HIV-infected organs. The approval is received from the United Network for Organ Sharing. November 2013, President Obama made HOPE (HIV Organ Policy Equity) Act official - allowing organ donor from an HIV patient to another HIV patient.
  • South Africa to give free HIV treatment to all infected

    09/01/2016 6:53:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2016 9:40 AM EDT
    South Africa said Thursday it will now provide free treatment to all people infected with HIV, regardless of the condition of their immune system. The country leads the world in infections. Before the announcement by the country’s health department, people were eligible for free treatment based on a certain measure of their white blood cells, which fight infection. […] The change is based on World Health Organization guidelines adopted in late 2015 after it was found that treating those with HIV as early as possible improves their health and prolongs their life. …
  • Gay men are 2% of population but 55% of AIDS cases: CDC

    08/24/2016 5:47:35 AM PDT · by massmike · 39 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 08/24/2016 | Ben Johnson
    Although homosexual men are a tiny sliver of the U.S. population, they account for the majority of all Americans living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced. Men who have sex with men (MSM) are two percent of the population but make up 55 percent of people who were HIV-positive in 2013, according to a CDC fact sheet released last Wednesday. More than nine out of 10 new HIV diagnoses (92 percent) come from young gay and bisexual MSM, ages 13 to 24. If these trends continue, one of every...
  • U. S. opens door to a change in blood donation policy for gay men

    07/26/2016 4:17:17 PM PDT · by plain talk · 25 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | July 26, 2016 | Toni Clarke
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration opened the door on Tuesday to a change in its blood donor deferral recommendations, which currently prohibit donations from gay men for a year following their last sexual encounter in order to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In December the FDA overturned a 30-year ban on all blood donations from men who have sex with men, saying the change was based on science showing an indefinite ban was not necessary to prevent transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus. The FDA is now signaling it may go further.
  • Researchers Try Grindr App to Give Out H.I.V. Self-Testing Kits

    07/11/2016 2:44:41 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 11, 2016 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    Grindr, the gay dating app, is an effective way to get gay black and Hispanic men to try home H.I.V. self-testing kits, according to a recent study. The small study was confined to Los Angeles, and fewer than 400 test kits were distributed, but the idea has broader potential. Grindr is used by at least five million men in 192 countries, according to its developer. In the United States, young gay black and Hispanic men are the groups most likely to be infected with H.I.V. and the least likely to be tested for it, because they often lack health insurance...