Uncommon Sense

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Wash. Men Get Hard-To-Treat HIV Strain
health, AIDS, sex, homosexuality, news

February 2, 2007

A hard-to-treat strain of the virus that causes AIDS has been found in four gay men in King County, and authorities fear it could spread to more.

There is no evidence that the troublesome strain of HIV is spreading rapidly, but its appearance underscores the need for renewed emphasis on safe sex practices, officials in the Seattle-King County public health department said Thursday.

Filed under: AIDS, health, homosexuality, news, sex

AIDS programs fail to reach high-risk groups: U.N.
health, AIDS, sex, bureaucracy

December 1, 2006

Surveillance for the HIV virus is weak in most of the world and prevention and treatment programs often fail to reach high-risk drug users, homosexuals and sex workers, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

In a message marking World AIDS Day, being celebrated under the theme of Accountability, the WHO’s acting director-general Anders Nordstrom said that tackling the AIDS epidemic remained one of the world’s most pressing public health challenges.

Filed under: AIDS, bureaucracy, health, sex

Study pushes back origin of AIDS pandemic
health, medicine, science, news, AIDS

October 2, 2008, by Julie Steenhuysen

The deadly AIDS virus first began spreading among humans at the turn of the 20th century in sub-Saharan Africa, just as modern cities were emerging in the region, U.S. researchers said Wednesday.

The finding pushes back the origin of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by several decades, they reported in the journal Nature.

Filed under: AIDS, health, medicine, news, science

AIDS in Africa: Abstinence Works

AIDS in Africa: Abstinence Works
February 27, 2008 by Carrie Gress

In the fight against AIDS, abstinence-based programs that focus on changing behaviors rather than handing out condoms simply work better, says an AIDS expert.

Matthew Hanley has been a HIV/AIDS technical adviser at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for the last seven years and is the author of the forthcoming book “Avoiding Risk, Affirming Life: Science, Love, and AIDS.”

In this interview with ZENIT, Hanley comments on the programs and principles that have led to dropping rates of HIV prevalence in Africa.

health, abstinence, AIDS, sex, culture, foreign affairs

Filed under: abstinence, AIDS, culture, foreign affairs, health, sex

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