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According to a recent report from the World Health Organization, transgender people are not getting adequate health care, and widespread discrimination is largely to blame. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, and it can be seen most clearly when you consider the extremely high rates of HIV among transgender women worldwide. Yesterday evening on All Things Considered, NPR’s Arun Rath spoke with JoAnne Keatley, one of the authors of this WHO report. Read More
In a huge win for world health, Cuba has become the first country ever to receive validation from the World Health Organization for ending mother-to-child HIV and syphilis transmissions. An estimated 1.4 million women with HIV and 1 million women with syphilis give birth every year. Children born from a mother with HIV have 15-45% chance of being infected with the virus. Syphilis can cause death in fetuses or leave children with horrible neonatal infections. Cuba has been working for many years to end the mother-to-child transmission of these infections. Read More
Americans might see lowered gas prices as a cause for celebration, but our victory comes at a cost: Venezuela’s economy is seriously suffering, and its citizens are struggling to afford (and even track down) essential items like chicken, toilet paper, and condoms. In the past seven months, the rate the country receives for its exports has dropped by 60%, and its economy is expected to see a 7% shrink in 2015 alone. A fall in oil prices means Venezuela’s government is desperate to fund the import of consumer products, and as a result, its public is lacking contraceptives. Read More
On Monday, the FDA approved the first pill created to prevent the transmission of HIV infections to those who are at high risk of exposure to the disease.  The medication, Truvada, is already used with other anti-retroviral drugs to treat HIV-positive patients.  Their recent approval means that the FDA now recommends Truvada as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention plan.  Patients still should, of course, practice safe sex (use condoms, avoid having sex with high-risk partners before getting tested for HIV, etc. Read More
We know that hormonal birth control doesn’t protect against STDs, but now it turns out it might actually increase the risk of infection. Whoa. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a group of researchers at the University of Washington accidentally discovered a link between hormonal contraceptives and an increased risk of contracting HIV during sex with an infected partner. Read More
When this Finnish HIV/AIDS awareness ad came out, it sparked a lot of controversy: was it empowering or was it slut-shaming? Was it slut-shaming, or female-shaming in general? Just because there is another ad with a man on it, does that make it okay? I'm still not completely sure. At first I was shocked and disgusted by the ad--it's been traveling the Tumblr circuit recently, which is where I first came across it--because the objectification of the woman (at first) seemed so obvious. I reblogged it and wrote, "yikes. so freaking despicable." A female friend of mine wrote, "gross, dude. Read More
German pop star Nadja Benaissa, formerly of the girl group No Angels, has officially been convicted of causing grievous bodily harm and attempted bodily harm for neglecting to tell sexual partners she was HIV-positive. Between 2000 and 2004, the singer had apparently had unprotected sex at least 5 times with 3 separate people without informing them of her condition, which she discovered in 1999 during a test while she was pregnant. One of these men, a talent agent, has had his condition transform into full-blown AIDS while others seem to be unaffected. (Physically anyway. Read More