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Porn Stars Back to Work but Controversy Persists Over Industry Handling of Prevention

Last week the porn industry voluntarily shut down production on movie sets around the country after an unnamed actress initially tested positive for HIV. While it turned out to be a false positive, the incident exposed the ongoing controversy around industry handling of the possibility of spreading infections on set. 

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IOM Recommends Full Coverage of Contraceptives, Other Reproductive Health Care Under Health Reform

In a new–and much-anticipated–report, the Institute of Medicine recommends that health reform guidelines for preventive care to be developed by the HHS include no-copay for contraception and a wide range of preventive services.

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Kaiser Permanente: Dropping the Ball on Gay Men’s Sexual Health

Kaiser Permanente makes it incredibly challenging for gay men to get the STD tests they need, hurdles that help fuel the spread of STIs in our community – including HIV. This is especially troubling at a time when new antibiotic-resistant strains of gonorrhea have emerged.

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UPDATED: Federal Appeals Court Overturns United States “Prostitution Pledge” for U.S. Groups; Int’l Orgs Still Subject to Pledge

A federal court today ruled that the government cannot force U.S. organizations to “denounce” prositution and sex trafficking as a condition for recieving international HIV and AIDS funding. The ruling applies only to U.S.-based non-governmental organizations and does not relieve non-U.S. organizations recieving U.S. funds from being subject to restrictions.

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How Criminalization and Stigmatization Perpetuates the AIDS Epidemic

HIV testing represents one of the most potent weapons in the fight against HIV. Yet too many individuals who may be at risk of infection continue to avoid testing. This reluctance to test is driven in part by the pervasiveness of HIV stigma.

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Promoting Sexual Rights: The Key to Ending the AIDS Epidemic

The connection between sexual rights and HIV and AIDS is undeniable, with the majority of HIV infections transmitted sexually.  Sexuality is a natural aspect of life, and a fundamental part of our humanity.  But we continue to ignore at and the price is paid in women’s lives.

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Promoting Sexual Rights: The Key to Ending the AIDS Epidemic

The connection between sexual rights and HIV and AIDS is undeniable, with the majority of HIV infections transmitted sexually.  Sexuality is a natural aspect of life, and a fundamental part of our humanity.  But we continue to ignore at and the price is paid in women’s lives.

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Voters in Two California Cities Asked to Ban Male Circumcision Based on Scientifically Inaccurate Claims

Activists opposed to male circumcision hope that someday cutting a boy’s foreskin will be a federal crime. In the meantime, they’re working to ban the procedure in two California cities.

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NY Post’s Shameful AIDS Coverage

I’m appalled by a heinously reported piece in the New York Post that uses HIV as a salacious hook to a story that is not–and should not–be about HIV.

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New Study Supports Universal Access to AIDS Treatment for Preventing the Spread of HIV

The findings of a study released last Thursday by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) suggest major policy implications for the fight against HIV and AIDS, indicating that United States legislators and pharmaceutical companies should ensure universal access to HIV care and treatment now.

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