Minnesota Legislature has legalized the use of medical marijuana. This does not include the plant form but it allows the use of pills, vapors and oils only.
Only those that have received their doctor's permission will be allowed to legally purchase and use medical marijuana. As of the moment, nine serious conditions have been noted to respond to the effects of medical marijuana. Legislature however is determining if intractable pain may be added to the list.
Commissioner Ed Ehlinger mentioned that during the program's first successful months intractable pain would be added to the list starting August 1. more >>
Latest HIV cure news in 2016 revealed a promising new HIV vaccine to be tested in South Africa later this year. The said vaccine was able to meet standards that proves that it could be effective in fighting the virus epidemic in the continent.
According to the latest count, as of 2015 there were around 2.1 million new HIV infections reported. To note that two-thirds of all these infections were from the sub-Saharan African region.
Initial Testing in South Africa In 2015, testing for the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine called HVTN100 was done in South Africa. This was to determine if this vaccine could provide the strength needed to lauch on a larger scale. 252 healthy volunteers were part of the project. A number of volunteers received the ALVAC-HIV/gp120 while others received a placebo; this was done to compare the immune response that the volunteers presented. The result of this 2015 study were presented in the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. more >>
New research found that Azithromycin is slowly becoming resistant to gonorrhea infection, the second most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection in the United States.
With this, it may cause 10 million deaths a year from antimicrobial resistance which has brought worries to the public prompting them to ask, what other alternatives are availble and safe for the people.
Antibiotics Resistant to Gonorrhea more >>
Broadcasted live on Facebook, Prince Harry of Wales went on an HIV test on Thursday, July 14 at Guys and St. Thomas Hospital.
Prince Harry, Anxious on Being Tested
On Thursday, Prince Harry had himself tested for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) which was broadcasted on Facebook. "Even though I'm not from this part of London, or being the person that I am and the people that I ended up being around, I'm sitting here and I'm still nervous," he stated. This was done to help "destigmatize the disease and the testing process." more >>
The FDA policy on blood donation is discouraging gay and bisexual men would-be donors. They aren't allowed to give blood if they have been with other men in the past 12 months. Politicians and other gay rights groups have called on the national agency to loosen the policy in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting and other similar incidents that may happen in the future.
US FDA Guideline on Blood Donation a Hindrance
In the wake of what is considered to be one of the bloodiest mass shootings in the U.S., the aftermath of Orlando nightclub shooting had a lot of people lining up at blood banks to donate. Most of the 49 victims in the shooting were gay and bisexual men, and people who were willing to help by giving their blood were turned away because of their sexual orientation as mandated by the FDA guideline. more >>
A new study shows that providing free condoms to teenagers worsens the problem it purports to solve. The finding is unsurprising given that the programs are "propaganda for the Sexual Revolution," Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse says.
In an extensive working paper entitled "The Incidental Fertility Effects of School Condom Distribution Programs," University of Notre Dame researchers Kasey Buckle and Daniel Hungerman chart the effectiveness of distributing condoms to young students in order to curb teen pregnancy and reduce rates of sexually transmitted diseases. Their results reveal that both teen pregnancy and STD rates increased with the presence of such condom distribution efforts.
As noted in a June 15 Vox article about the study, the push to make condoms more accessible in school districts was largely in response to the alarming AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s. Such a push appears to have backfired. more >>