California Hopes To Approve Condom Use in Prisons

Health & Family

Sex may not be allowed in prisons, but the reality is that it still occurs, and because condoms are contraband, the sex is unprotected.

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Breaking Through: HIV and African Americans

Living Room, Inc

“Black communities make up 14% of the U.S. population, but account for nearly half of the new HIV infections in this country and nearly half of people living with HIV. If we take a closer look, the picture becomes even more vivid. Black men who have sex with men (MSM) bear the heaviest burden. They account for more than half of new infections among all young MSM and experience more new infections than any other group (race/ethnicity, age, or sex).”


By Charles Stephens

When my aunt died several years ago, we all believed it was cancer. This was not heard directly from her, but through a series of relatives. Whenever I would ask, “What kind of cancer did she have?” there would be a pause, a look of confusion, and an abrupt change of subject. No more information was provided — not a single…

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Fight Against AIDS Makes ‘Dramatic’ Progress, Says U.N.

Health & Family

The number of AIDS-related deaths and the rate of new HIV infections have both dropped dramatically as access to better treatments has increased, according to a new report from the U.N.

AIDS-related deaths fell to 1.6 million in 2012, a decline of 30% from 2005 when the death toll was at its highest.

The number of new HIV infections dropped by a third from 2001 to 2012, with 2.3 million new infections recorded last year. Among children, new infections halved in the same period.

HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can be kept under control with drugs known as antiretroviral treatment or therapy. By the end of 2012, around 9.7 million people in low- and medium-income countries had access to these treatments  — an increase of almost 20% in a year.

In 2011, U.N. member states set a target of having 15 million people with access to HIV treatment by 2015. The organization’s…

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America’s Health Checkup: 5 Health Measures At a Glance