February 27, 2013 |
There are many ways to show someone you love him. You could write him a song or have his name tattooed on your bicep. But how about getting tested for HIV with him? Since 2008, Dr. Patrick Sullivan and I at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University have been developing an innovative HIV-prevention strategy: couples HIV testing for gay men. Men who have sex with men are the only risk group in the United States to be experiencing an increase in HIV infections, and recent studies show that one- to two-thirds are infected by their main partners, a proportion that is significantly higher among young men. Meanwhile, for the last 30 years of the HIV epidemic, we in public health have focused our prevention messaging on the risks of casual sex. Some campaigns, like the ABCs of prevention (Abstinence, Be faithful, use Condoms)
November 13, 1993 |
Patients should be told that their doctor is infected with HIV only if there is clear evidence that the patients were exposed to the deadly virus, according to new guidelines developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health. Released last week, the guidelines aim to balance the privacy rights of doctors with patients' risk of infection by an HIV-positive doctor - a risk the state says is extremely low. The guidelines, which cover all health-care workers, are advisory to hospitals and other health-care providers.
May 16, 2012 |
A rapid home test for HIV, similar to early pregnancy tests, will be considered by a federal advisory committee on Tuesday, a move that many public health experts believe could eventually help calm Americans' fears of HIV, leading them to view it as just another serious chronic illness. An over-the-counter test offers new hope against an epidemic whose numbers in the United States have hardly budged in more than 15 years. An estimated 50 percent to 70 percent of the more than 50,000 new HIV cases annually are transmitted by people who were unaware that they were infected.
July 8, 1997 |
Philadelphia AIDS activists are alarmed by allegations in a Common Pleas Court lawsuit that a hospital drug treatment counselor disclosed a patient's HIV status without permission. An unemployed drug-treatment patient last week filed the suit against Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and an ex-counselor, charging that the former counselor violated a confidence by telling another patient that she has the virus that causes AIDS. AIDS activists worry that the case may make people with the virus reluctant to seek testing or treatment at a time when HIV continues to spread, especially among the poor in Philadelphia.
July 19, 1996 |
More Americans (513,486) have been diagnosed with AIDS than died in the last five wars combined (511,704 Americans died in the Persian Gulf, Vietnam, Korea and both world wars). And yet Kayode E-M Balogun (Guest Opinion, July 9) still describes people living with HIV as analogous to thieves and deserving of public shame. Just how many deaths will it take before AIDS is recognized throughout this country as an epidemic, a public health crisis, and not as some kind of moral judgment?
May 21, 1987 |
All sexually active men and women should undergo voluntary testing for AIDS infection and avoid intercourse with everyone except absolutely faithful mates who are free of the lethal virus, a report recommends today. While condoms probably reduce the risk of catching AIDS, they are no guarantee, and the only truly safe sex is sex with an uninfected partner or masturbation, said the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. "Sex with a prostitute may be riskier than sex with a neighbor," the report concludes, "but if neither has been tested for HIV, then neither can be considered truly safe.
November 30, 2011 |
A 13-YEAR-OLD Delaware County honor-roll student was denied admission to the Milton Hershey School, which serves low-income students, because he's HIV positive, a federal discrimination lawsuit filed Wednesday in Philadelphia alleges. The complaint came the day before World AIDS Day, pointed out Ronda Goldfein, executive director of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, which filed the suit. The boy sought admission to the Hershey school's residential program for this school year, according to the complaint, but was told that his application would not be considered because "[the student's]
October 25, 1994 |
Two partners in the law firm that fired Scott Doe told a federal court jury that nothing exists in writing to show why Doe was dismissed. Dianne M. Nast, who serves as secretary to the board of the firm Kohn, Nast & Graf, testified that Doe, 30, did not have his contract renewed because of poor performance and not because he became HIV positive. Nast and another partner, Steven A. Asher, were called as hostile witnesses by Alan Epstein, Doe's attorney, who clashed repeatedly with them during a full day of bickering in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Robert S. Gawthrop III. Epstein elicited testimony from both lawyers that the Kohn firm had nothing on paper justifying the decision to dismiss Doe in March 1993.
December 24, 1999 |
Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, who faces drug and weapons charges, is undergoing tests to determine if his HIV has developed into AIDS. Morrison was at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Ark., yesterday at the urging of his attorney, who said he had noticed a recent change in Morrison's physical and mental conditions. Lawyer John Hudson said he asked Washington County jail officials to have Morrison tested to see if his HIV status has changed.