An outbreak of H.I.V. in southeastern Indiana prompted the governor on Thursday to declare a public health emergency as officials worked to stop the spread of the virus that causes AIDS.
Officials said that 71 cases of H.I.V. identified since mid-December have been traced to intravenous use of a prescription painkiller in Scott County north of Louisville, Ky. Nine more cases are still under investigation, and state health officials predicted that more would appear in coming weeks. The governor authorized a short-term exchange program that would provide drug users with access to sterile needles so that contaminated needles were less likely to be shared.
Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, has long opposed such programs. But he said that the outbreak, which was first identified in late January, had reached epidemic proportions, justifying the action. “This is all hands on deck,” Mr. Pence said. “This is a very serious situation.”
New concept: EVERYONE IS YOUR NEIGHBOR.
Imagine if we lived in a world where we realllllllly thought that everyone was reallllly our neighbor.
That’s Mister Rogers’ world.
People from Ferguson.
People from halfway around the world.
People on your street! (Your LITERAL neighbors!)
Sing me your song, Mister Rogers.
Activists working to address the rates of sexual assault among college students don’t want gun enthusiasts to co-opt their issue in order to push for more weapons on campus, and have launched several advocacy campaigns to fight back.
According to the organization Everytown For Gun Safety, NRA-backed lawmakers in 14 different states — Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Nevada, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming — have introduced legislation to allow students to carry guns on campus. Seven other states currently allow college students to have weapons on school grounds.
Amid larger conversations about how to best address the campus rape crisis, these politicians have recently framed their “campus carry” proposals as policies they believe will keep women safe from potential assaults. One Nevada lawmaker, for instance, recently asserted that “young, hot little girls on campus” need to be armed with guns to prevent themselves from being raped.
When I was 22 years old, I left my boyfriend of four years. We had grown up together in rural America—went to the same parties, had the same friends, etc. The breakup was a difficult one. My friends fractured and took sides, which I should have seen coming but totally did not.
I wound up falling in love too soon and too hard with the man I would soon marry. Our feelings for each other were genuine, but we both had significant baggage and damage that we brought to the relationship and totally lacked the maturity to deal with that in constructive ways.
We got engaged quickly and planned a wedding in a few months. In the span of a year, I had gone from living with a man-child that I assumed I loved but never wanted to marry to marrying a man who was so very different in so many ways.
I was taken aback by how much I suddenly wanted to be married. The question of children was up in the air, but I figured that there would be plenty of time for that later.
Then I got pregnant.
Living in the real world is much different than the idealized one we plan for in our future.
LOS ANGELES — TWO years ago I wrote about my choice to have a preventive double mastectomy. A simple blood test had revealed that I carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. It gave me an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. I lost my mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer.
I wanted other women at risk to know about the options. I promised to follow up with any information that could be useful, including about my next preventive surgery, the removal of my ovaries and fallopian tubes.
I had been planning this for some time. It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause. So I was readying myself physically and emotionally, discussing options with doctors, researching alternative medicine, and mapping my hormones for estrogen or progesterone replacement. But I felt I still had months to make the date.
Oh look at this! Obamacare is actually getting people diagnosed early enough that people are suffering less of those pesky side effects like heart attacks.
The number of new diabetes cases identified among poor Americans has surged in states that have embraced the Affordable Care Act, but not in those that have not, a new study has found, suggesting that the health care law may be helping thousands of people get earlier treatment for one of this country’s costliest medical conditions.
One in 10 Americans have diabetes, and nearly a third of cases have not been diagnosed. The disease takes a toll if it is caught too late, eventually causing heart attacks, blindness, kidney failure and leg and foot amputations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the disease accounts for $176 billion in medical costs annually. The poor and minorities are disproportionately affected.
If you’re a Brooklyn Nine-Nine fan, you may not be surprised to learn that Terry Crews is a feminist. Especially if you’re infatuated with his fictional alterego Terry Jeffords, the deep feeling, anxious bodybuilder , who effortlessly manages a precinct full of misfit detectives, while ready to drop everything at the request of his wife and twin girls, Cagney and Lacey. That is, until you learn that the former art student from Flint, Michigan, was in the NFL for six seasons. Not since Rosey Grier have we encountered a football player who genuinely identifies as a champion of women’s causes. Married for 25 years, with five kids and one grandchild, 46-year-old Crews’s singularly warm, comedic presence has brightened a series of famously surreal Old Spice ads, as well as an impressive résumé of sitcoms. Last spring, he published a memoir entitled Manhood chronicling his path toward rejecting traditional notions of masculinity and gaining awareness of the need for gender equality. While many men in Hollywood say that women’s issues matter to them, the actor has taken a proactive approach, speaking frankly about his eye-opening journey to feminism and lending his voice to non-profits like the Polaris Project, a global leader in combating human trafficking. DAME spoke with the funny man about his feminist awakening.
One of the world’s most popular weed-killers — and the most widely used kind in the U.S. — has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
The decision was made by IARC, the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, which considered the status of five insect and weed killers including glyphosate, which is used globally in industrial farming.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which makes its own determinations, said it would consider the French agency’s evaluation.
Senate Republicans slipped anti-choice language into a bipartisan, broadly supported human trafficking bill, outraging Democrats who are blocking further amendments to the bill until that language is taken out.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), lead sponsor of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, said the anti-choice provision in that bill was nothing more than the status quo. It’s the language of the Hyde Amendment, which for 39 years has discriminated against low-income and vulnerable women by restricting federal funding for abortion care.
But the use of that language in this bill would actually expand the Hyde Amendment, making its restrictions permanent and applied to private funds, not just taxpayer dollars. And the restrictions would specifically apply to the often underage, female victims of underground sex slavery in the United States.
“I’m old enough to remember …”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein stands up for women’s rights in a debate with John Cornyn on the Senate floor.