Category Archives: public health

  1. The Impact ‘Harm Reduction Strategies’ Has on Sex Workers

    via The Jurist, by Elizabeth Hand Shohagi was only fourteen when her father arranged her marriage. Sent away from her home, family and friends to marry an unknown man who was much older, she quickly discovered her partner’s violent nature. The abuse sent her fleeing back home to a family that rejected her for disobeying her father, Read More >>

    government, HIV, India, prostitution, public health, sex work, USA
  2. Why the CIA’s Vaccine Ruse Is A Setback for Global Health

    Via TIME, by Emily Rauhala. Last week, the Guardian broke the news that in the run-up to the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, the CIA used a vaccination campaign as a ruse to get DNA evidence from the al-Qaeda leader’s kids. With help from a Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, they set up clinics in two neighborhoods, Read More >>

    CIA, DNA, Hepatitis B, MSF, Nigeria, Pakistan, polio, public health, vaccine
  3. CDC Provides Recommendations for Zombie Apocalypse

    via The Seattle Times Pity poor Tom Skinner, a top spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who has been valiantly trying to interest reporters in a new study in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report trumpeting “10 Great Public Health Achievements.” Unfortunately for Skinner, over at his agency’s public-health blog, his colleagues Read More >>

    CDC, communications, public health, zombies
  4. Kenya: Counselling, not alarm device, had best effect on ART adherence

    Via aidsmap, by Carole Leach-Lemens Patients in Nairobi, Kenya getting intensive early adherence counselling when starting antiretroviral therapy were 29% less likely to have poor adherence and 59% less likely to have virological failure compared to those getting no counselling Michael H Chung and colleagues reported in a randomised, controlled trial published in the March issue of Read More >>

    adherence, antiretroviral therapy, ART, counseling, HIV/AIDS, Kenya, public health, resistance, sub-saharan Africa, Treatment
  5. HIV/AIDS: UNAIDS, activists urge countries to get clever with TRIPS

    Via PlusNews UNAIDS has released a new policy brief to help countries make intellectual property rights work for them, amid growing concern that an impending free trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and India could threaten the world’s supply of generic antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. The World Trade Organization’s Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Read More >>

    ARV, drugs, HIV/AIDS, Medicine, public health, UNAIDS
  6. Eradication of smallpox may have set the stage for HIV pandemic, study says

    via Los Angeles Times, by Thomas H. Maugh II “While these results are very interesting and hopefully may lead to a new weapon against the HIV pandemic, they are very preliminary and it is far too soon to recommend the general use of vaccinia immunization for fighting HIV,” Weinstein said in a statement. Given the great difficulties Read More >>

    HIV strain, HIV transmission, immune response, public health, vaccine, viral load
  7. Sexual tolerance and inclusion must not forget anal sex/health

    Acknowledging anal sexvia The Michigan Daily, by Rose Afriyie [thanks for this important piece Rose!] Excerpt: The vision of sexual tolerance we must adopt is one where everyday people acknowledge differences in sexual relations while promoting public health provisions that accommodate our sexual diversity. We need a sexually tolerant healthcare system that accounts for the various kinds Read More >>

    anal cancer, anal health, anal sex, female health, public health, reproductive health, sexual behavior, sexual health
  8. You have til March 31 to Submit to the 2009 National LGBTI Health Summit

    Beep beep, heyyyy, TWEET TWEET. Follow the Summit on Twitter! Join the Summit group on Facebook! 2009 National LGBTI Health Summit, Chicago Have you sent in your workshop proposal? The 2009 National LGBTI Health Summit is currently accepting workshop proposals for the upcoming gathering, to be held in Chicago, IL August14-18, 2009. Proposals will be accepted through Read More >>

    2009 LGBTI Health Summit, Chicago, lgbt community, LGBT rights, public health, sexual health, sexual identity
  9. A Spade is a Spade – “Anal Sex is a Public Health Risk”

    [IRMA received permission to re-print this e-mail correspondence from Dr. Ruben F. del Prado, the UNAIDS Country Coordinator for Guyana and Suriname (left), calling on his global colleagues to address unprotected anal sex as a public health risk.] Dear UNAIDS colleagues, members of the Global Forum on MSM and HIV, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Read More >>

    anal sex, Dr. Ruben F. del Prado, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, men, public health, UNAIDS, women