Posts tagged "hiv"

If You Are HIV Positive, You Probably Live Here

Of course, sexual health educators should still teach everyone to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS. But researchers have created an interactive online "HIV/AIDS Atlas," which shows how only one-fifth of America's counties make up 80 percent of the cases. It's sometimes hard to make public health topics "interesting" and "cool," but a map does a good…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 24, 2009

Chinese Sex Workers Told A Shot Will Protect Them From HIV

Embedded video from CNN Video Okay, so I know pimps usually aren't the nicest of guys. But in China, where there are now more than four million young female sex workers, some are resorting to a nasty trick—they're telling their prostitutes that they're giving them a shot to protect them from HIV and other…
By: Justine Fields / June 22, 2009

Swaziland Introduces The “Love Test” To Fight AIDS

Embedded video from CNN Video An estimated 26 percent of the population of Swaziland in Africa is HIV positive. But instead of instilling fear with grim AIDS campaigns, the Population Services International charity has introduced a new technique for raising awareness: The “love test.” (Check out the clip above.)…
By: Carrie Wasterlain / June 19, 2009

Past Sexual Partners Stay With You Like Unwanted Pubic Hair

Check out this ad for MTV's Staying Alive global HIV and AIDS prevention campaign. What better way to visually represent how people's past sexual partners stay with them forever and become entangled than with name-shaped pubic hair! [Copyranter]…
By: Catherine Strawn / June 4, 2009

Branding HIV-Positive People?

Swaziland parliament member Timothy Myeni recently had a lightbulb zinger of an idea to solve his country's HIV/AIDS problem. He wanted to brand all HIV-positive people on the butt(ox), so that people could physically check their partners to make sure they're clean before getting down with them. We get that this idea wa…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 29, 2009

New Vaginal Ring May Prevent HIV Infection And Pregnancy

Remembering to take birth control pills every day at the same time can be a hassle. Buying condoms adds another thing to our pages-long to-do list. Wouldn't it be nice if there were an effective birth control and STD-preventative in one? Dr. Brij Saxena, a reproductive biology and endocrinology professor at the Weill Cornell Medical…
By: Annika Harris / May 28, 2009

We Could Wear A Tee Or Two From Designers Against AIDS

It takes a lot for us to be excited by clothes designed by celebs (we blame you, Jessica Simpson), but we could really get behind, not to mention inside, any one of these tees designed to raise money for HIV/AIDS prevention projects. H&M and Designers Against AIDS asked a bunch of celebs we love, like…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 8, 2009

The Five Most Important Things You Should Know About: HIV

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes AIDS in the later stages of the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one million people in the United States are infected with HIV/AIDS, and about a quarter of those people don't know they're infected. Approximately 39.5 million people are…
By: E.A. Anne / April 16, 2009

German Pop Star Arrested For Possibly Giving Sex Partner HIV

German pop singer Nadja Benaissa was arrested Tuesday in Frankfurt, Germany, for allegedly having unprotected sex with three men without telling them she is HIV positive. One of the men has tested positive for the virus. In Germany, the law says that anyone convicted of knowingly infecting a person with HIV faces a prison sentence…
By: Catherine Strawn / April 15, 2009

Women Who Rock: Marvelyn Brown

March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday. Since today is the last day of this awesome month, we’ll be going out with a bank, spotlight FIVE women who rock. MARVELYN BROWN (1984- ) Marvelyn Brown probably never expected to make it to "The Oprah…
By: Shamontiel / March 31, 2009

There Still Aren’t Condoms In The Pope’s Carry On

"[The AIDS epidemic in Africa] is a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems.... It is of great concern that the fabric of African life, its very source of hope and stability, is threatened by divorce, abortion, prostitution, human trafficking…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 17, 2009

Grandpa’s Got AIDS? Older People Contracting HIV In Greater Numbers

Sexually-active people aged 50 and older face a greater risk of HIV infection, according to a study published by the World Health Organization. People in this age group are more likely to engage in unprotected sex than younger people -- after all, after menopause, she can't get pregnant! -- plus erectile dysfunction drugs, like Viagra,…
By: Annika Harris / March 5, 2009

Safe Sex: Coming To A Cell Phone Near You!

As sexting gets more popular, safe sexting gets a grant! A series of modern sex ed soap operas have been filmed and distributed via cell phones thanks to an endowment and the commitment of a New Jersey nurse and professor. Rachel Jones, the RN behind the video productions, has spent her career committed…
By: Simcha / January 5, 2009

World AIDS Day Marks 20th Anniversary Of Togetherness

Today, December 1, marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day, the day when individuals and organizations from around the world work together to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic. In 1988, AIDS was causing more deaths in the United States than there were in the Vietnam War and an estimated five to 10…
By: Annika Harris / December 1, 2008

Quickies!: Is Vanity Keeping You Poor?

Women pay a high price for all their primping and coiffing. [Shine] Cesarean section rates in New York City have increased by 24 percent over the past six years. [Medical News Today] A recent study found that married women in India whose husbands physically and sexually abuse them are about four…
By: Annika Harris / August 15, 2008

STFree Gives You A License to Lay

Do you have a license to lay? Brooklyn-based STF(ree) is making private issued cards so your potential lovers can check the results of your last two AIDS/HIV tests. No lying, no guessing, no putting off the inevitable. All you have to do is fill out their enrollment form and ask your doctor to…
By: Simcha / July 30, 2008

U.S. Ban On People With HIV Could Be Repealed

Did you know that people with HIV who want to visit the U.S. or move to the U.S. from another country basically can't? For about 20 years, there has been a ban making it really hard for people with the virus to enter the country, even for health conferences. They've been able to apply for…
By: Catherine Strawn / July 17, 2008

STD Prevention Videos Help Prevent STDs

Playing a video on the prevention of HIV and other STDs for people while they're waiting to be seen in an STD clinic can reduce the likelihood that they'll get such an infection. In a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of more than 38,600 people, and the rate of STIs was under five…
By: Catherine Strawn / June 25, 2008

Condoms And Conjugal Visits: Possible Solutions To Stop The Spread Of HIV/AIDS

Marcus Day, the adviser to the Association of Caribbean Heads of Corrections and Prison Services, is recommending prisons in the Caribbean implement condom distribution programs (despite concerns from the religious community that this will promote sex between men). A slightly more innovative course of action he's suggesting is conjugal visits for married prisoners. Marcus said…
By: Catherine Strawn / June 17, 2008

The Daily Squeeze: Hated Celebs, HIV Infections, And Homosexuality In Nature

In a survey by Marketing magazine in the U.K., the top five most loved celebrities were all men, while the top four most hated celebrities were women. Why Victoria Beckham is on this list, we have no idea. Just watch her in one of our favorite interviews ever. [BBC]…
By: Catherine Strawn / May 19, 2008