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Disabled people finally given a voice on HIV and AIDS

Guardian

An international conference on AIDS last month focused on the problems of disabled people and HIV, which are often ignored because of misconceptions about disability and sexuality.

“People with disabilities are the world’s largest minority group but a substantial number within the AIDS community are yet to recognise them as vulnerable,” said Emelia Timpo, a senior adviser for UNAids.

2004 World Bank study showed that almost all known risk factors for HIV and AIDS are increased for people with disabilities.

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gallifreyanboy:

I fucking love Planned Parenthood. So, check it out guys!

It’s definitely a step in the right direction, PP! How about some non-binary love?

prolongedeyecontact:

gallifreyanboy:

I fucking love Planned Parenthood. So, check it out guys!

It’s definitely a step in the right direction, PP! How about some non-binary love?

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Gynecologists told to prepare to treat transgender patients

cassket:

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has come out with a new statement for their members: it’s time to prepare to work with transgender patients.

To address the significant health care disparities of transgender individuals and to improve their access to care, ob-gyns should prepare to provide routine treatment and screening or refer them to other physicians, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College). In a Committee Opinion published today, The College also states its opposition to gender identity discrimination and supports both public and private health insurance coverage for gender identity disorder treatment.

I have criticized ACOG in the past for their policies regarding home birth and midwifery care, but this statement is really good news and an important step for transgender health care.

Their statement specifically addresses the gynecological needs of transgender men, who may still require cervical and breast cancer screenings, as well as other gynecological (and even obstetric) care.

“We need to make our offices settings that treat all patients with respect,” said Dr. Buyers. The College offers ob-gyns suggestions on how to create an office environment that is welcoming to transgender patients. For instance, asking patients their preferred name and pronoun, posting non-discrimination policies, ensuring confidentiality, and offering sensitivity training for staff are all steps that signal acceptance and let patients know that they will be treated with dignity. “We want the transgender community to know that we, as ob-gyns, care about their health.”

I hope that their members follow this important advice.

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Plan to Widen Availability of Morning-After Pill Is Rejected

bibliofeminista:

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the Food and Drug Administration’s decision Wednesday that emergency contraceptives be sold freely over the counter, including to teenagers 16 years old and younger.

The pill, called Plan B One-Step, has been available without a prescription to women 17 and older, but those 16 and younger have needed a prescription — and still will because of Ms. Sibelius’s decision. In some states, pharmacists can write the prescription on the spot for teenagers. But the restrictions have meant the pills were only dispensed from behind the counter — making them more difficult for everyone to get. The pill, if taken after unprotected sex, halves the risk of a pregnancy.

Under the law, Ms. Sebelius has the authority to overrule the agency, but no health secretary has ever done so, according to an F.D.A. spokeswoman. Her decision on an emotional issue that touches on parental involvement in birth control for teenaged children is likely to have powerful political reverberations in a presidential election season.

The pill’s maker, Teva Pharmaceuticals, had applied to make Plan B easily accessible to everyone. In a statement, the commissioner of the drug administration, Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, wrote that all the studies and experts agreed that young women would benefit from having easy access to Plan B.

The agency’s scientists, she wrote, “determined that the product was safe and effective in adolescent females, that adolescent females understood the product was not for routine use, and that the product would not protect them againstsexually transmitted disease.”

”Additionally, the data supported a finding that adolescent females could use Plan B One-Step properly without the intervention of a healthcare provider,” she wrote.

After reviewing the scientists’ determination, Dr. Hamburg wrote that she agreed “that there is adequate and reasonable, well-supported and science-based evidence that Plan B One-Step is safe and effective and should be approved for nonprescription use for all females of child-bearing potential.”

But on Wednesday morning, Ms. Sebelius sent Dr. Hamburg a note saying that she did not agree, so the agency was rejecting the application for the change.

In a statement, Ms. Sebelius said that the drug’s manufacturer had failed to study whether girls as young as 11 years old could use Plan B safely. And since about 10 percent of girls are capable of bearing children as early as 11, those girls need to be studied as well, she wrote.

“After careful consideration of the F.D.A. summary review, I have concluded that the data submitted by Teva do not conclusively establish that Plan B One-Step should be made available over the counter for all girls of reproductive age,” Ms. Sebelius wrote.

The decision ensures that Plan B will continue to be far more important as a political issue than for public health. Though the pill has been found to be safe, experts said that wider availability would likely have little to no measurable effect on pregnancy and abortion rates.

Even when young women are given free emergency contraceptives, they rarely take them after unprotected sex, studies have found. Women often miscalculate their menstrual cycle, or do not understand the risks of unprotected sex. As of now, half of all pregnancies are unplanned, more than 40 percent of children are born to unwed mothers, and 1.2 million abortions are performed every year involving one in every 50 women of reproductive age.

Plan B contains 1.5 milligrams of a synthetic version of the female hormoneprogesterone that is found in lower doses in daily contraceptive pills. It should be taken as soon as possible after sex since it gradually loses effectiveness, which is why advocates have pushed for years to make it available on store shelves. The drug’s principle effect is to prevent ovulation, but it may also make the lining of the uterus less hospitable to a fertilized egg. This latter effect — shared by all hormonal and intrauterine contraceptives — makes it anathema to antiabortion activists. Plan B has no effect on established pregnancies, and it is not an abortion pill nor is it related to RU-486.

Women who have unprotected intercourse have about 1 chance in 20 of becoming pregnant. Those who take Plan B within three days cut that risk to about 1 in 40.

“Very few medications are this simple, convenient and safe,” said Dr. Kathleen Hill-Besinque, an assistant dean at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy.

Jeanne Monahan of the Family Research Council, a conservative advocacy group, said that making Plan B available to young women without a prescription would mean fewer chances that doctors would be able to save them from sexual exploitation, abuse and related diseases. “Most people would agree that more medical care and more attention by medical professionals for young people is a good thing,” she said.

The American Medical Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Academy of Pediatrics have endorsed over-the-counter access to emergency contraception.

Plan B was approved in 1999 as a prescription-only product, and it initially had few sales. In 2003, advocates filed an application for over-the-counter sales. An expert advisory committee recommended approval, and scientists within the Food and Drug Administration unanimously supported that recommendation. Their rationale was simple: women can decide on their own when they need to take it, the drug is effective and its risks are minimal — particularly compared with pregnancy. But in a highly unusual move, top agency officials rejected the application because, some said later, they feared being fired if they approved it.

The agency delayed reconsideration for years despite promises by top Bush administration officials to do so. Then in 2006, the Bush administration allowed over-the-counter sales to women 18 and older but required a prescription for those 17 and younger.

In 2009, the F.D.A. lowered the easy-access age limit by a year after a federal judge ruled that its decision had been driven by politics and not science. Wednesday’s announcement was expected to be the final step in an eight-year process to make Plan B easily accessible to all. Last year, the agency rapidly approved ella, another emergency contraceptive, for prescription use.

Despite negligible effects on pregnancy and abortion rates, sales of emergency contraceptives rose to 4 million units last year, eight times higher than the 500,000 sold in 2004. Amy Niemann, a vice president of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the maker of Plan B, said that the company had hoped to sell the product in pharmacies, grocery stores and mass market outlets.

“Sometimes women need emergency contraception when the pharmacy isn’t open,” Ms. Niemann said.

almohamedg:

Flavors For LifeWorld AIDS DayDesign By: Mohamed Mousa 

almohamedg:

Flavors For Life
World AIDS Day
Design By: Mohamed Mousa 

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U.S. judge blocks graphic cigarette warnings (Reuters)

Government attorneys said the labels conveyed the dangers of smoking more effectively than words alone, and were needed to stop more people from smoking, especially teenagers.

Judge Leon said the images provoked an emotional response rather than just providing factual and noncontroversial information, crossing the line into using company advertising for government advocacy.

Floyd Abrams, a prominent First Amendment lawyer representing Lorillard, called Leon’s ruling a “vindication for the well-established First Amendment principle that the government may not compel speech in the commercial area.”

#smoking   #psa  

Senior actors teach nurses to understand elderly patients (Healthy Cal)

Kandell does workshops in other settings where he asks people to act out human behavior at different stages of life. Most teenagers think all people are using wheelchairs by the time they are 70. Hess brings in the Stagebridge performers to show Samuel Merritt students this is not the case.

It’s important, Kandell said, “to see that they’re people. Not just Mrs. B in room A.”

A creative approach to helping nurses better serve geriatric patients. I want to go to Samuel Merritt!

grrlyman:

this is a defaced ad sponsored by children’s healthcare of atlanta. this specific ad said something along the lines of, “stocky, chubby, chunky. you’re still fat.” other ads said things like, “it’s hard to be a little girl when you’re not,” “fat kids become fat adults,” and “big bones didn’t make me this way, big meals did.”
these ads are horrific for numerous reasons, but the thing that startles me the most is the public targeting and shaming of children. i can’t even imagine how much self hatred these ads created.
choa defended itself by stating that obesity is a health problem. this tired defense of fatphobia is completely ridiculous. choa is basically saying that body hate, eating disorders like bulemia and anorexia, depression, and suicide are better than being fat.
fuck them. if you see one of these signs, please deface it if you can. fat kids rule!

Public health campaign gone awry— body-shaming is not a way to promote health.

grrlyman:

this is a defaced ad sponsored by children’s healthcare of atlanta. this specific ad said something along the lines of, “stocky, chubby, chunky. you’re still fat.” other ads said things like, “it’s hard to be a little girl when you’re not,” “fat kids become fat adults,” and “big bones didn’t make me this way, big meals did.”

these ads are horrific for numerous reasons, but the thing that startles me the most is the public targeting and shaming of children. i can’t even imagine how much self hatred these ads created.

choa defended itself by stating that obesity is a health problem. this tired defense of fatphobia is completely ridiculous. choa is basically saying that body hate, eating disorders like bulemia and anorexia, depression, and suicide are better than being fat.

fuck them. if you see one of these signs, please deface it if you can. fat kids rule!

Public health campaign gone awry— body-shaming is not a way to promote health.

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“American Indians suffer from the most serious health problems in the U.S. On reservations, American Indians have a life expectancy of 47 years. The tuberculosis rate for Natives is 533 percent higher than the national average; the accident mortality rate 425 higher; the infant mortality rate 81 percent higher; the sudden infant death syndrome rate 310 percent higher; the alcoholism rate 579 percent higher; the diabetes rate 249 percent higher; and the suicide rate 190 percent higher than the national average.”

Andrea Smith, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide

To add to this: 1 in 3 Native American Women will face sexual violence in their lifetime. This is much higher than national estimates of 1 in 4 or 1 in 6 for other groups of women. And, unlike other racial groups (which have assailants of the same race), the majority of assailants are white men.

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Reblogging because I was looking back through some old posts and was surprised to find that only a few people had noticed this.

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(b/c some of you, like me, really like citations) Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide was published by South End Press in 2005. This isn’t an old stat. 

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whatshallwedo:

scinerd:

Your Living Conditions as a Child May Be Detectable In Your DNA for Life
Findings published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology suggest that socio-economic status and living standards early in life may actually cause changes to your DNA that you carry with you for life, regardless of how your living conditions change along the way.
Some adult diseases—type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, etc.—have been linked to socio-economic disadvantages in early life. But we don’t really know why or how. Researchers in Canada and the UK may have just found the key.
Their sample size is admittedly small, but what they found was significant. In 40 research patients in the UK that are participating in an ongoing study that has documented many aspects of their lives, researchers looked at differences in gene methylation. Methylation is an epigenetic modification to one’s DNA that changes a gene’s activity, generally reducing that activity within the genome.
Various factors can influence methylation, including environmental conditions.

whatshallwedo:

scinerd:

Your Living Conditions as a Child May Be Detectable In Your DNA for Life

Findings published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology suggest that socio-economic status and living standards early in life may actually cause changes to your DNA that you carry with you for life, regardless of how your living conditions change along the way.

Some adult diseases—type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, etc.—have been linked to socio-economic disadvantages in early life. But we don’t really know why or how. Researchers in Canada and the UK may have just found the key.

Their sample size is admittedly small, but what they found was significant. In 40 research patients in the UK that are participating in an ongoing study that has documented many aspects of their lives, researchers looked at differences in gene methylation. Methylation is an epigenetic modification to one’s DNA that changes a gene’s activity, generally reducing that activity within the genome.

Various factors can influence methylation, including environmental conditions.

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