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Morning Roundup: Santorum, Alaska Parental Notification, Sporty HIV-Testing

Rick Santorum’s presidential bid; estrogen-tainted water; more on the Pope and condoms; Alaska’s parental notification law; HIV-testing at sporting events; and the Governor of Guam vetoes an anti-choice bill that’s not anti-choice enough.

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Roundup: Taking Care of Business Can Lead to Positive Social Change

Businesses are asked to help protect women around the world from violence, and workers believe their employers should offer equal benefits to same-sex partners. Plus, HIV tests at the DMV.

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A Dangerous Precedent: Using Anti-Terrorism Laws to Prosecute HIV Transmission

The misuse of bio-terrorism laws to prosecute an HIV positive man is but one example of how efforts to criminalize HIV stigmatize individuals and simultaneously threaten public health.

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Michigan’s HIV Disclosure Law: Overly Broad and Open to Abuse

Michigan’s law criminalizing HIV transmission can be used vindictively against populations already stigmatized, say legal experts.

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Colorado Legislator: HIV Testing for Pregnant Moms Rewards “Sexual Promiscuity”

Colorado Democrats were outraged Wednesday morning when Republican state Sen. Dave Schultheis said he planned to vote against a bill to require HIV tests for pregnant women because the disease “stems from sexual promiscuity.”

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Resisting the Sex Panic: Sex Workers Struggle for Evidence-Based Regulation in Nevada

In rural Nevada, the possible expansion of the brothel industry has sex workers hoping to be given a central role in governing their own industry, rather than being seen as at-risk women who require protection from themselves.

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Roundup: HIV Testing for All Women, New Smears Against Obama, Women Try Again for Elected Office

New recommendations on HIV testing from ACOG, smears on “infanticide” to hit Obama, and a historic number of women are making second attempts at elected office this year.

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Roundup: Bush Denies UNPFA Funds, Free HIV Tests Available Today

Bush denies UNFPA funds for seventh straight year, Today is National HIV Testing Day, Good news in the fight against breast cancer, Conservapedia says conservatives don’t get STDs.

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Thailand’s Community Response to AIDS

In Thailand, innovative HIV prevention advocates engage the community by emphasizing sexual diversity, conducting religious outreach, and involving community members in research.

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In Jamaica and Globally AIDS Stigma Barrier to Progress

In Jamaica, as in many parts of the world, HIV and AIDS create a specter of fear and persecution leading to stigma, discrimination and, for many, the concealment of the disease.

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