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Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange Programs is at Risk

Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange Programs is at Risk

by Jorge Rivas on December 16 2011, 9:26AM

Some member of congress want to eliminate federal funding for needle exchange programs that have been proven to reduce HIV transmission.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Four Ways Obama's Birth Control Fail Hurts Young Women of Color

Four Ways Obama’s Birth Control Fail Hurts Young Women of Color

by Akiba Solomon on December 9 2011, 10:00AM

With president Obama’s cosign, U.S. health secretary Kathleen Sebelius just made it harder for women of color to prevent unintended pregnancies. Is this the thanks we get?

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Kenyans 'Occupy' Free Clinic Over Sale of HIV Meds

Kenyans ‘Occupy’ Free Clinic Over Sale of HIV Meds

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2011, 1:10PM

The protesters say the decision to sale what they say should be free medication is putting lives at risk.

Topics: HIV/AIDS at 30, Health

Black Website Shows Us the Right and Wrong Ways to Talk HIV

Black Website Shows Us the Right and Wrong Ways to Talk HIV

by Akiba Solomon on December 6 2011, 10:04AM

Loop21.com gave HIV/AIDS lots of play on World AIDS day. Two of its stories show how far we’ve come and where we still need to go.

Topics: Gender, HIV/AIDS, Health

It's World AIDS Day. What Are You Gonna Do to Stop This Madness?

It’s World AIDS Day. What Are You Gonna Do to Stop This Madness?

by Akiba Solomon on December 1 2011, 11:10AM

Thirty years later, we know a great deal about HIV/AIDS and have significant tools for stopping it from killing us. Now, we just gotta use them. Here’s a list for getting started.

Topics: Gender, HIV/AIDS at 30, Health

Majority of People Living With HIV in U.S. Aren't in Successful Treatment

Majority of People Living With HIV in U.S. Aren’t in Successful Treatment

by MIchael Lavers, Kai Wright on November 30 2011, 10:38AM

Federal health officials say that, 30 years into the epidemic, less than a third of people who are positive have the virus under control. Boosting that number is key to stopping the epidemic’s spread, CDC says.

Topics: HIV/AIDS, Health

Report: Soda Companies Target Black and Latino Kids in High Numbers

Report: Soda Companies Target Black and Latino Kids in High Numbers

by Jorge Rivas on November 28 2011, 1:25PM

Black children and teens see 80 percent to 90 percent more ads compared with white youth, according to researches at Yale.

Topics: Health

Food Justice Wins We Can Be Thankful for This Year

Food Justice Wins We Can Be Thankful for This Year

by Julianne Hing on November 23 2011, 9:50AM

Now’s a good time to show some gratitude to the country’s food workers.

Topics: Health, How We Eat

50 Percent of People Eligible for HIV Drug Therapy Now Have Access

50 Percent of People Eligible for HIV Drug Therapy Now Have Access

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2011, 11:52AM

A new report by the Joint United Nations says we’ve begun to finally tackle the epidemic.

Topics: Health

Mississippi Votes No on Initiative 26, but Zygote-Rights Zealots Press On

Mississippi Votes No on Initiative 26, but Zygote-Rights Zealots Press On

by Akiba Solomon on November 9 2011, 3:18PM

Like the Energizer Bunny, the eggs-as-people movement plans to keep going and going and going. Thankfully, so do the folks who continually defeat them.

Topics: Gender, Health, Personhood

Here's How Deadly Breast Cancer is For Women of Color in the U.S. Infographic

Here’s How Deadly Breast Cancer is For Women of Color in the U.S.

by Stokely Baksh on November 1 2011, 10:00AM

The National Cancer Institute has begun a new campaign to raise breast cancer awareness among black women.

Topics: Health

Walmart Can't Lead Us Out of the Food Desert

Walmart Can’t Lead Us Out of the Food Desert

by Joseph Jung on October 27 2011, 9:45AM

Efforts to get affordable healthy foods into deprived communities are finally spreading around the country. Unfortunately, legislators have focused on courting corporate supermarkets rather than supporting local alternatives that would be truly healthy.

Topics: Health, How We Eat

New Disparity in Nursing Homes: Whites Leave,  Elders of Color Enter

New Disparity in Nursing Homes: Whites Leave, Elders of Color Enter

by Jorge Rivas on October 21 2011, 1:36PM

Changing demographics and stubbornly consistent gaps in health care access are to blame.

Topics: Health

The Dubious, Dangerous Science of Race Lives On, Says Scholar

The Dubious, Dangerous Science of Race Lives On, Says Scholar

by Julianne Hing on September 23 2011, 9:51AM

Northwestern University’s Dorothy Roberts warns in a new book that too much mainstream science still accepts the idea that human beings are divided into fundamentally different groups. She explains to Colorlines.com why that’s a problem.

Topics: Health, Technology

Half of Latinos in U.S. Live in Country's Most Polluted Cities

Half of Latinos in U.S. Live in Country’s Most Polluted Cities

by Jorge Rivas on September 22 2011, 2:03PM

Latinos face major health risks from delayed implementation of new EPA air pollution rules.

Topics: Health

Baltimore Firm Sued for Testing Lead Levels on Black Children in 1990s

Baltimore Firm Sued for Testing Lead Levels on Black Children in 1990s

by Jorge Rivas on September 20 2011, 2:23PM

More than 100 children were endangered by high levels of lead dust in their homes arranged the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Topics: Health

Of Mice and Medicine: How Investing in Medicaid will Create Jobs

Of Mice and Medicine: How Investing in Medicaid will Create Jobs

by Yvonne Yen Liu on September 13 2011, 8:50AM

A new report by the Commonwealth Fund highlights the dangers lawmakers face when they approach health care policy without the bigger picture in mind.

Topics: Health

Jennifer Hudson Talks About Her Body, Curves and Lack Thereof

Jennifer Hudson Talks About Her Body, Curves and Lack Thereof

by Jorge Rivas on September 6 2011, 1:00PM

The actor says she didn’t lose weight because she disliked her body, but rather as “a good example for my son.”

Topics: Health

Federal Health Officials Push 'Strength Through Affirmation' of Black Gay Men

Federal Health Officials Push ‘Strength Through Affirmation’ of Black Gay Men

by Kyle Bella on August 19 2011, 9:34AM

“We wanted to show black gay couples who are loving and supportive and, at the same time, we wanted to document a diverse range of strong men in community,” says CDC’s Richard Wolitski. Kyle Bella reports on the new campaign.

Topics: HIV/AIDS, Health

All NYC Public Middle and High Schools Will Now Have Sex-Ed

All NYC Public Middle and High Schools Will Now Have Sex-Ed

by Jorge Rivas on August 10 2011, 1:30PM

New York City Mayor Bloomberg launches sex-ed program that includes safe-sex lessons in NYC public schools.

Topics: Health