A month after returning from the Middle East, President Bush will travel to Africa in February on a five-country tour.
Prospective blood donors are accusing blood banks in the Seattle area of discriminatory regulations that bar most gay and bisexual men from giving blood, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Tuesday. After the Puget Sound Blood Center announced last week that western Washington’s blood reserves were at emergency levels, some residents voiced frustration at policies that turn away about 6% of those who volunteer to donate blood. About 24,000 people have been placed on the region’s permanent deferral list based on answers to screening questions, according to the center, and men who have had sexual contact with another man since 1977 are automatically rejected.
A new, drug-resistant strain of the “flesh-eating” MRSA bacteria is spreading quickly among gay men in Boston and San Francisco and soon could pose a wider threat. In a study published Monday by the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers wrote that the MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria is spread easily through anal intercourse as well as by skin-to-skin contact and touching contaminated surfaces.
A recent University of San Diego study revealed some discoveries that demonstrate how same-sex relationships may be healthier than straight ones, according to an article by United Press International.
New York City residents think that they are at low risk for contracting HIV, despite their high-risk activities, according to a new study.
Government health officials began cracking down Wednesday on Internet sales of custom-mixed hormones for menopausal women, a market created when doctors deemed prescription estrogen therapy too risky for many patients.
The AIDS virus has to hijack human proteins to do its damage, but scientists until now have known only a few dozen of its targets. On Thursday, Harvard researchers unveiled a surprisingly longer list, an important first step in the hunt for new drugs.
A prominent AIDS doctor has criticized a Canadian health regulation that prohibits gay men from donating organs, saying the ban is scientifically unsound and could hinder critical transplant shortages, The Toronto Star reported Wednesday. Health Canada, the Canadian government’s public health department, began enforcing the ban in December. The regulation, which resembles blood-donor restrictions, bars organ donations from sexually active gay men, hepatitis victims, and intravenous drug users.
New York City's overall death rate dropped to an all-time low in 2006 due in part to declines in mortality from HIV and smoking-related illness, the health commissioner said Tuesday. The number of deaths fell to 55,391 in 2006 from 57,068 a year earlier, according to the city's Health Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The only leading killer that increased significantly was substance use, up 8%.