In a new study released by the UCLA AIDS Institute, youth who have been homeless for period between one day and six months are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior while in nonfamily settings (e.g. a friend's home, abandoned buildings, or the street).
Despite the positive results obtained from circumcision studies of heterosexual men in Africa, findings of a study published in the December 15 issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes show there is no evidence that being circumcised protects against HIV infection among U.S. black or Latino men who have sex with men (MSM), even among those who said they also had sex with women and/or practiced insertive intercourse only, AIDSmap.com reports.
More than two thirds of older lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults say they have provided care to one or more people in the past five years, according to a study published in the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services.
The matter-of-fact display on prostitution was startling enough. Then, a large remote-controlled condom floated above the conference hall. Kay Warren, wife of pastor Rick Warren, wondered, ''What had I gotten myself into?''
A nine-year ban on city funding for needle-exchange programs in the District of Columbia has been lifted, a move city officials say is key to reducing the soaring rate of AIDS and HIV infections in the U.S. capital. President George W. Bush on Wednesday signed a $555 billion federal spending bill that includes a provision allowing the city to spend its own money on programs that provide clean hypodermic needles to drug users. Federal spending packages dating back to 1998 had blocked such programs.
The BBC reports that while plain chocolate is rich in the heart-healthy plant chemical known as flavanols, an editorial in The Lancet indicates that many dark chocolate manufacturers actually remove the flavanols because of their bitter taste.
Syphilis is back: The sexually transmitted disease long associated with 19th-century bohemian life is making an alarming resurgence in Europe. ''Syphilis used to be a very rare disease,'' said Marita van de Laar, MD, an expert in sexually transmitted diseases at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. ''I'm not sure we can say that anymore.'' Most cases of syphilis are in men, and experts point to more risky sex among gay men as the chief cause for the resurgence. But more cases are being seen among heterosexuals, both men and women, too.