May 28, 2004 |
Richard Turkington, 63, of Collegeville, a Villanova University law professor for 27 years who was a leading expert on the First Amendment and privacy laws, died of cancer May 20 at home. "He was a pioneer in the area," said John Decker, a professor at DePaul University Law School in Chicago and a friend. "Nobody dealt as deeply or comprehensively with the issue of privacy as he did. " Professor Turkington wrote Teacher's Manual for Privacy and was contributing editor to AIDS, A Medical-Legal Handbook and AIDS, Law and Society.
March 9, 2006 |
HE'S A COLLEGE kid and he likes to get hammered. He goes out at night and a few beer bongs, car bombs and hours of sleep later, he wakes up in bed with a dry mouth, pounding headache and a craving for fried food. Throw a stranger into the morning-after equation, and he's lucky if he doesn't wake up with HIV. For the alcoholically abstinent, the dehydration, headaches and morning-after munchies sound like a pretty unfortunate condition to be in. For him, the typical drinking college student, he has normalized blackouts and hangovers and become accustomed to laughing it off. With just a mildly crummy hangover, he feels lucky to have escaped the standard serious risks related to drinking.
November 29, 1994 |
A SEPTA manager who is HIV-positive is suing the agency for invasion of privacy because a top executive there learned of the manager's illness by examining prescription records. The manager, who filed the federal suit under the pseudonym John Doe, is seeking unspecified damages, claiming the disclosure has placed him "under a dark cloud," his lawyer said. Before Judith Pierce, SEPTA's former chief administrative officer, learned of Doe's illness, Doe was "able to walk down those halls unafraid that people would shun him or wouldn't shake his hand or refuse to sit with him in the cafeteria," attorney Clifford A. Boardman told a jury of three women and five men. Pierce, who left SEPTA last summer for a similar job with the Los Angeles County Transit Authority, had no right to learn that Doe is suffering from the virus that leads to AIDS, Boardman said.
January 30, 1996 |
I first met Jonathan Lax five years ago, soon after moving to Philadelphia. I was new to the city, a young, naive gay man eager to report on the myriad of social issues affecting my community. I knew that AIDS held a hauntingly central focus for the gay community, and that if I was going to report on gay life, I would have to become intimately involved with the struggle against this devastating virus. What I didn't know was how much one man, Jonathan Lax, would play in exposing me to the multi-faceted complications of AIDS: the political, medical, social, economic and, ultimately, personal struggles against the disease.
May 4, 1993 |
When I was 16, I walked into a Philadelphia gym for the first time and told a trainer (who made Burgess Meredith's trainer in Rocky seem like Cary Grant) that I wanted to learn to box. In about a half-hour's time I was properly shod, cupped, gloved and ready to step into the ring. "OK," I asked, "What's lesson number one?" My mentor placed his hand on the small of my back and shoved me into the ring. An instant before the bell rang, I heard him grunt, "Protect yourself at all times.
March 27, 1997 |
The freeholders yesterday cleared the way for Burlington County's first treatment center for patients with HIV. Doctors from the Kennedy Memorial Hospitals Early Intervention Program are set to begin operating a satellite office in the county's Raphael Meadow Health Center on Woodlane Road in Westampton on May 2. Doctors, along with nurses from Community Nursing Services in Mount Holly, will be on hand on selected days of the week to treat...
July 11, 2011
Merck Inc., with headquarters in Whitehouse Station, N.J., and operations in the Philadelphia suburbs, said Monday that company researchers will collaborate with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of California-San Francisco and seven other academic institutions to develop new approaches toward eradicating HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, is the primary funding organization, though Merck will not receive any funding for its participation.
February 3, 1991 |
Until recently there was no reason to believe that patients had any reason to fear contracting the AIDS virus from infected health-care workers. That is no longer the case. Recently three people in Florida, who tested positive for HIV (the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS), have been linked to a dentist who died of AIDS in September. No one ever viewed HIV-infected health-care workers carrying out "invasive procedures" as a possible additional risk factor for the transmission of the AIDS virus.
November 20, 2008 |
It's easy for most of us to forget that, not too long ago, an AIDS diagnosis meant certain death. Sue Kehler remembers. She was one of dozens of people, mainly extras, in the 1993 film Philadelphia who had the disease or were HIV positive. She may be the only one left. "It was an experience that made me feel special," she says, recalling how Tom Hanks saw her feeling woozy, asked if she'd eaten, and demanded a break. Jonathan Demme wanted his groundbreaking film - the first big production about AIDS - to reflect reality.
December 30, 1993 |
A fierce opponent to a planned residence in New Hope for eight HIV-infected people yesterday reopened the bitter 18-month-old battle by filing a lawsuit in Bucks County Court against the project. At the end of October, the New Hope Zoning Hearing Board gave the green light to open the facility. Marion Eichlin, who lives next door to the canary-yellow, two-story house at 30 Old York Rd. proposed for the residence, said in her appeal that the eight future residents of that house would not meet the legal definition of a family, thus making the project illegal under the borough's zoning laws.