HIV/AIDS News Digest: June 23, 2011
June 23, 2011
Here is a quick look at a few HIV/AIDS stories recently reported in the media:
One of the many issues that opponents of PEP have is the fear that people will forgo condoms altogether. Yet, researchers from San Francisco believe that with intensive PEP counseling and outreach, as opposed to just standard counseling, the opposite could happen. They found that it get people to engage is less risky sex and be less likely to acquire HIV one year later.
To test whether or not the extra counseling sessions made a difference in behavior, researchers looked at before and after occurrences of unprotected sex. In the six months before taking PEP, participants reported that they had unprotected sex an average of 5.5 times. For those who received the standard two counseling sessions after PEP, the number of unprotected sex acts dropped by 1.8, while those getting the extra sessions had 2.3 fewer unprotected sex acts.
Better news? Researchers found that those who were taking more sexual risks -- 4 or more unprotected sex acts -- were greatly impacted by these extra sessions. People who received the standard sessions had a reduction in 7.0 unprotected sexual acts. Those who received the extra sessions the average reduction was 13.2 acts.
A three-year testing initiative sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify new HIV diagnoses and link them to care has been successful, the federal agency claims. By testing nearly 2.8 million people, they identified 18,432 who were unaware that they were HIV positive.
Another day, another criminalization bill introduced -- this time it's Pennsylvania's turn.
The state's House of Representatives has passed a bill that would criminalize the attempt to expose police officers to communicable diseases such as hepatitis B or HIV, state Rep. Keith Gillespie, the author of the bill, told the The York Dispatch:
"I have seen them many times myself during my history of working in an emergency room or as an EMS out on the highway, and these individuals can become very combative and attempting to contaminate not only police officers, but emergency services personnel, with various bodily fluids. As it stands right now if they try to infect a police officer and they are not in the confines of a jail they cannot be charged. This fixes a quirk in the law."
If the alleged attacker knows that they have a communicable disease, it would be assault of a law enforcement officer in the second degree, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. If the person doesn't know whether he has a communicable disease, it would be assault of a law enforcement officer in the third degree, which draws up to seven years imprisonment and a $15,000 fine.
The bill is now waiting to be voted on by the state Senate.
Other HIV/AIDS Articles in the Media
Erection-boosting condom gets backing in Europe (From Reuters)
Huffington Post Writer Asks, "Why Aren't More People Getting Tested for HIV?" (From the Huffington Post)
Singer George Michael to Host HIV/AIDS Fundraiser Concert (From BBC News)
Kellee Terrell is the former news editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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