Posts Tagged HIV

Weekly Feminist Reader

Malia and Sasha in the White House: dangerous narrative about the progress of African-American girls.

Social media, teens, moral panic, and the sexual predators that “lurk everywhere”.

Cooking skills and farm vegetables in inner-city Washington D.C.

Beyonce is asking ‘how come,and so am I.”

Corporate sponsors flee from Boston’s homophobic St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Why Lupita Nyong’o should be the star of  the new Star Wars

Malia and Sasha in the White House: dangerous narrative about the progress of African-American girls.

Social media, teens, moral panic, and the sexual predators that “lurk everywhere”.

Cooking skills and farm vegetables in ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

The other September 11th: Tomorrow marks the 40 year anniversary of Augusto Pinochet’s U.S.-backed coup against Salvador Allende’s elected government in Chile. Watch and/ or listen to the song Amanda, sung by Victor Jara the folk singer brutally murdered under Pinochet. His wife is now suing his killer. [transcript and translation of the song after the jump.]

11-year-old Denise McNair and 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley: those are the names and ages of the “four little girls” killed 50 years ago when members of the KKK firebombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Alabama. Today, they were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal.

Senegal hails new prime minister known for football and feminism.

Woot! Feministing and

The other September 11th: Tomorrow marks the 40 year anniversary of Augusto Pinochet’s U.S.-backed coup against Salvador Allende’s elected government in Chile. Watch and/ or listen to the song Amanda, sung by Victor Jara the folk ...

Scientists say a baby girl born with HIV has been cured

A turning point in HIV/AIDs medicine yesterday–scientists have found a baby girl that they believe has been cured of HIV through the application of heavy doses of anti-viral drugs within the first 2 days of birth.

via NPR,

The fact that the newborn tested positive for HIV within 30 hours of birth is a sign she was probably infected in utero, HIV specialists say.

Gay decided to begin treating the child immediately, with the first dose of antivirals given within 31 hours of birth. That’s faster than most infants born with HIV get treated, and specialists think it’s one important factor in the child’s cure.

In addition, Gay gave higher-than-usual, “therapeutic” doses of three powerful HIV drugs rather than the “prophylactic” doses usually ...

A turning point in HIV/AIDs medicine yesterday–scientists have found a baby girl that they believe has been cured of HIV through the application of heavy doses of anti-viral drugs within the first 2 days of birth.

via ...

Friend and activist William Brandon Lacy Campos dies at 35

There is little I could write that would do justice to the memory of a friend and activist who spent his life pushing how we understand gender, sexuality, HIV, sex, friendship, race, words, movement-building and, well, hugs. W. Brandon Lacy Campos gave great hugs, the kind that would last for days. The kind you can’t imagine never having again.

It’s sad, weird, uncomfortable and just-not-right, to have to write the obituary of a friend that passed too soon. Thirty-five is too young to leave us, it’s when you are just starting and it’s when you start to realize how much more life you have to live. It’s how old I’ll be next year.

But I’m writing about Brandon, despite my ...

There is little I could write that would do justice to the memory of a friend and activist who spent his life pushing how we understand gender, sexuality, HIV, sex, friendship, race, words, movement-building and, well, ...

You can now test for HIV at home

The Food and Drug Administration has approved OraQuick, a product that allows you to test for HIV in your own home. An over-the-counter test already existed but required you to prick your finger and send the blood sample to a lab.  But the new test allows users to take a swab from the inside of their gums and wait 20 to 40 minutes to see the results.

Dr. Robert Gallo, who headed the National Institutes of Health lab that developed the first American HIV blood test calls the news,“wonderful because it will get more people into care.” Mark Harrington, the executive director of the Treatment Action Group, (TAG), the independent AIDS research and policy think tank ...

The Food and Drug Administration has approved OraQuick, a product that allows you to test for HIV in your own home. An over-the-counter test already existed but required you to prick your finger and send ...

Condom policing in New York

These days, there’s a fairly broad consensus– among public health advocates,  educators, parents, the media, and the porn industry– that condoms are GOOD. Whether one is penis-possessing or just along for the ride, most of us have been told to “wrap it up” since before we were performing acts that required us to do so. So why in the world do New York City police think it’s OK to confiscate condoms from some people — in particular, women suspected of prostitution — and actually use them as evidence against them in court?

As this article explains:

“Last year, New York City health workers gave out 37.2 million condoms. That works out to an average of 70 condoms every minute of ...

These days, there’s a fairly broad consensus– among public health advocates,  educators, parents, the media, and the porn industry– that condoms are GOOD. Whether one is penis-possessing or just along for the ride, most of us ...

New study questions link between HIV transmission and injectable contraceptives

On Monday, the NY Times reported on a new study which appears to show that the most popular contraceptive for women in eastern and southern Africa may double the risk of HIV infection. In addition, when it is used by HIV-positive women, their male partners are twice as likely to become infected than if the women had used no contraception at all.

These findings, which corroborate research in two other studies, also has limitations. To investigate further, the World Health Organization has decided to convene meeting in January to consider if evidence is now strong enough to advise women that the method may increase their risk of getting or transmitting HIV.

This information is really troubling for a number of reasons.

First, ...

On Monday, the NY Times reported on a new study which appears to show that the most popular contraceptive for women in eastern and southern Africa may double the risk of HIV infection. In addition, when ...

U.S. organization paying HIV-positive women in Kenya to get IUDs

Anna Clark has a really important piece at The Nation about the work of Project Prevention (formerly known as CRACK), a previously domestic-based organization that has now spread their efforts internationally in the name of protecting children — by paying HIV-positive women 40 bucks to get an IUD.

That amount of money is actually quite a bit in Kenya, where the average household income makes $400 a year. So when you come across a person who is offering that kind of cash to team up with other HIV-positive women, create a business plan together and get free birth control, it sounds like a sweet deal, no? But the implications that this kind of program has around personal agency and ...

Anna Clark has a really important piece at The Nation about the work of Project Prevention (formerly known as CRACK), a previously domestic-based organization that has now spread their efforts internationally in the name of ...

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