Coming of age in the 1980s, I can remember the palpable fear and uncertainty that existed in the early years of the HIV and AIDS epidemic. For a long time, this diagnosis was not only a death sentence but one that came with a social stigma that its victims carried with them to their graves.
And then America was introduced to a young boy in Indiana named Ryan White, who had contracted the virus during a blood transfusion. He showed us that this is a virus that does not discriminate; it is one that impacts people of all ages, on all continents, of all races, and from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Ryan White showed us that every AIDS victim is a child of God, worthy of dignity and respect, and fighting the disease took on a moral dimension that had been absent.
Over time, the stories of Ryan White and other victims of HIV and AIDS created an important groundswell of support for policies to combat HIV/AIDS. A landmark law named after Ryan White has helped millions of Americans, including many low-income patients in Florida, receive the life-saving treatments they need. Early on in my Senate term, I saw firsthand how critical this program could be when we succeeded in pressuring the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to clear the waiting lists of 8,600 patients in 13 states — including over 3,800 in Florida — for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. more >>
After paying "upwards of $10 million" to extortionists to keep his illness secret, actor Charlie Sheen publicly admitted on Tuesday morning that he is HIV positive.
"I am in fact HIV-positive," Sheen confessed to Matt Lauer during a "TODAY" show interview.
The confession comes after gossip website radaronline.com sparked speculation earlier this month about an unnamed actor's HIV positive status. The National Enquirer identified Sheen as the actor in a report on Monday and several other media outlets did the same. more >>
To say that a former Planned Parenthood facility in Texas has been given new life would be an understatement.
A commercial property located in Bryan-College Station that once housed a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic is now the home of a healthcare facility, pregnancy center and a pro-life organization.
Last week Hope Pregnancy Centers celebrated the one year anniversary of its closing on the Bryan-College Station complex. more >>
Sixteen fighters from the Islamic State terror group have reportedly contracted the HIV from two Moroccan sex slaves, and as a result have been ordered to carry out suicide bombings and sacrifice their lives.
"Most of those infected are foreign militants who had sexual intercourses with two Moroccan women. The women passed on the disease to the militants before their infection was revealed. We were ordered by the group's local leadership to transfer the infected militants to a quarantine center in the city," a Syrian doctor in the city of al-Mayadeen in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, told ARA News earlier this week.
After IS leadership found out that the two Moroccan women, who have since escaped to Turkey, tested positive for AIDS, they ordered more of its fighters to carry out medical tests in order to avoid further spreading the disease. more >>
The Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City, Philippines, opened its doors last December, and has been working to provide care to low income children with critical orthopedic needs. The hospital has partnered with Christian organization CURE International to perform 100 surgeries since its opening, which is being showcased on the Tim Tebow Foundation website.
"The Tebow CURE Hospital is the result of years of planning, building, and praying without ceasing. After opening its doors in December, we are so excited to announce that we recently admitted our 100th patient for surgery," reads a statement from the foundation.
"100 surgeries is a major accomplishment for TCH and a true testament to the faithfulness of our Lord. But, the number is not the focus, rather the 100 stories of healing and renewed lives behind each and every surgery," the statement continued. more >>
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Milwaukee Jerome Listecki has criticized a portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI made out of 17,000 colored condoms and displayed at the Milwaukee Art Museum as an "attack on faith." The museum is arguing that the portrait, called "Eggs Benedict," is only meant to spark a discussion about the pontiff's opposition to condoms as a method to battle AIDS.
"What's at play here is either an intentional attack on a faith tradition and its teachings or a publicity stunt for the artist," said Jerry Topczewski, chief of staff for Listecki, according to the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. "And we would be opposed to any faith tradition or religious leader being attacked in such a way."
The museum reportedly noted that it has received over 200 complaints about the portrait, and said that a handful of patrons have dropped their membership as a result of the controversy. It insisted, however, that the point of the art piece is to get people to think about Benedict's opposition to condoms as a method of birth control, which is a position upheld by the Vatican. more >>