BY Alice Lawton
on Jul 02, 2015
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
BY Emma Tilden
on Jun 19, 2014
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
BY Andrea Stopa
on May 06, 2014
Did you just drop your panties and realize you forgot to stop by Duane Reade on your way home? Have no fear my feisty friends, because L. will readily send a bicycle delivery woman or man anywhere in Manhattan to hand you a box of high quality condoms in an hour or less, for a flat rate of $8. Could it get any better than that? Yes, because for every condom you buy, a condom is distributed to high-need areas, adhering to L.'s 1-to-1/buy-one-give-one policy.L. Read More
BY Adrienne Tooley
on Sep 05, 2013
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual assault that may be triggering for survivors.
A British man named Richard Thomas was just sentenced to five years and four months in prison for raping a woman while she slept. But that wasn’t the only consequence of his actions. A BBC news article reports that Thomas reportedly collapsed when the police informed him that he might have contracted HIV from his victim. Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Jul 02, 2013
Well I never thought I’d see the day. An Obama-Bush combo. But it's happening now with these ladies over in Tanzania. Michelle Obama and Laura Bush are opening a summit aimed towards promoting women’s health in and the well-being of Africa. Michelle, while visiting Tanzania during the Obama African tour, met up with ex-First Lady Laura to open up the African First Ladies Summit in Dar Es Salaam.
The strange Obama-Bush pairing emphasizes how important Africa is to the U.S. in terms of human rights and politics generally. Read More