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Condoms in Porn Are Important

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 1:02 PM

The subject of condoms in porn can elicit giggles. People are embarrassed to admit they consume porn and by and large don't want to think about the consequences to the performers who they are watching. However, safety in porn is an important issue.
The knee jerk reaction of some...

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'Test and Treat:' What Newt Should Have Said on AIDS

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 8:42 PM

Co-written by Elizabeth McLendon

At a town hall meeting in South Carolina this past Tuesday, November 29th, AIDS activist Elizabeth McLendon asked Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich a question about how AIDS funding should be prioritized in this country, specifically focusing efforts to provide HIV drug treatment to those who...

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AIDS at 30

(5) Comments | Posted June 3, 2011 | 6:53 PM

Reflecting on 30 years of AIDS triggers a flood of memories both personal and professional. Thinking about the first small mention in the New York Times of AIDS in June 1981, until now, it staggers the imagination how cataclysmic that news was. I remember telling my parents soon thereafter that...

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Global AIDS Funding and China

(6) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 9:30 AM

Today, we commemorate World AIDS Day. Over 5.2 million people are receiving lifesaving HIV treatment due to the combined efforts of the multinational Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and the United States' President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Sadly, the global economic...

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Bill Clinton Was Right About Wasted HIV/AIDS Funding

(140) Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 2:52 PM

"In too many countries too much money goes to pay for too many people to go to too many meetings, get on too many airplanes," proclaimed the former U.S. President Bill Clinton in a keynote address at one of those very meetings, the XVIII Annual International AIDS Conference which was...

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Viruses Vs. Borders

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2010 | 12:32 PM

Umlazi, Durban, SOUTH AFRICA (June 2010) In the last ten days traveling from Los Angeles to South Africa through Amsterdam I have crossed dozens of borders. Whether driving across the border in a car or flying over them in a plane, crossing borders is a commonplace modern reality. When I...

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STDs: America's Sexual Health Is Screwed

(5) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 11:55 AM

Among the many vital health issues not addressed by healthcare reform is the state of our sexual health. There are 19 million new sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections in the United States each year according to the Centers for Disease Control. What does our government spend to prevent...

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The Good News Is We All Die

(18) Comments | Posted April 7, 2010 | 11:45 AM

Anyone who has watched someone die a lingering, painful death knows what a gift death can be. Yet in the healthcare debate that just concluded, nothing meaningful was done to address our obsession with keeping people alive past the point where they have any reasonable quality of life. The modest...

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Gay Marriage Will Save Lives

(36) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 4:06 PM

The nationwide furor around gay marriage has eclipsed at least temporarily the health crisis that continues to plague gay men. At the same time that we heard wedding bells and pledges of life-long fidelity from gay men in Massachusetts and elsewhere, we have soaring rates of HIV in homosexual men....

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