The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it's easing restrictions on gay men donating blood, reversing a policy enacted during the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic decades earlier.
In a statement released Tuesday, the FDA said easing the ban came after several years of research into the matter.
"Following this review, and taking into account the recommendations of advisory committees to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the FDA, the agency will take the necessary steps to recommend a change to the blood donor deferral period for men who have sex with men from indefinite deferral to one year since the last sexual contact," stated the FDA. more >>
Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California, allowed Planned Parenthood employees to teach freshmen students sex education last month using a gingerbread man-like diagram of transgender expression and pamphlets asking students if they are ready for sex, according to the nonprofit law firm Pacific Justice League.
PJL said it has received complaints from parents who say their children felt "pressured to have sex" after Planned Parenthood distributed handouts about gender and preparing for sexual intercourse.
One of the three handouts in question, "The Genderbread Person" worksheet taken from a book titled The Social Justice Advocate's Handbook: A Guide to Gender by comedian and social justice advocate Sam Killerman, teaches that "gender isn't binary." more >>
Carrie Underwood put on a show-stopping performance at a World AIDS Day event in Times Square on Monday night.
The country singer, who is expecting her first child with husband Mike Fisher, took to the stage sporting her burgeoning baby bump and belted out a set which included her new baptism-themed single "Something in the Water."
The event, which also featured other acclaimed artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Kanye West, was held to support (RED), an organization that aims to raise HIV awareness and ultimately end AIDS. more >>
An anti-pornography group is taking aim at Harvard University's "sex week," by calling on people to file complaints against the annual event.
"Harvard's sex week encourages students to participate in acts that resemble or include sexual violence," Dawn Hawkins, executive director for Morality in Media, told The Christian Post. "Research has shown these sex acts very often employ coercion to gain the participation of one partner."
"Normalizing such actions has a profound effect on the participants, and society in general, by excusing sexual violence as 'kink' rather than seeking for healthy intimate relationships," added Hawkins, whose organization released a statement Monday denouncing the seven-day series of events that are based on a variety of sexual topics. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson has spoken out about "Biblically correct sex" and stated that one cannot catch STDs or AIDS if that type of sex is practiced.
"Biblically correct sex is safe," Robertson said during a sermon at the White's Ferry Road Church in Louisiana last month. "It's safe. You're not going to get chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, AIDS—if you, if a man marries a woman, and neither of you have it, and you keep your sex between the two of you, you're not going to ever get sexually transmitted diseases."
Robertson, the patriarch of his family and the hit reality series "Duck Dynasty," is known for being outspoken about homosexuality, sexual relations, and family issues. His statements have caused controversy at times and, in one famous instance, led to him being suspended from the show by A&E. Fans, however, were outraged and soon Robertson was back on the series, more popular than ever. more >>
A team of scientists has traced the spread of AIDS and the HIV virus to the city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1920s. Its report states that a growing sex trade, along with rapid population growth and unsterilized needles used in health clinics facilitated the spread of the deadly virus.
Published in Science Magazine, the report describes that the HIV virus originated in chimpanzees in the early 20th century and spread to humans, likely because central African hunters ate infected meat. This occurred on a number of occasions, which placed into circulation different HIV viruses, including the HIV-1, which would go on to infect millions of people around the world.
A BBC News summary of the report states that scientists traced the source of the spread of HIV to the city of Kinshasa in 1920s, then part of Belgian Congo, which was undergoing rapid population growth at the time. more >>