The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday issue a revised policy statement advocating the use of condoms by teenagers pointing to the "unacceptably high" rates of STIs/HIV that currently exists among adolescents.
In an abstract of the Academy's revised policy statement on condom use published in the organization's journal Pediatrics, pediatricians noted that while positive markers such as a decline in teen pregnancies and sexual activity were evident, STI/HIV infections are too high.
"Rates of sexual activity, pregnancies, and births among adolescents have continued to decline during the past decade to historic lows. Despite these positive trends, many adolescents remain at risk for unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)," noted the pediatricians in the abstract. more >>
A man dressed up as Jesus Christ attended the AIDS Walk in Los Angeles, Calif. over the weekend, standing next to protesters of the walk while holding a bundle of red balloons. Photos of the man have since gone viral on the internet, including user sharing websites such as Reddit and Facebook.
The photo shows a man dressed like Jesus, wearing a long white robe and having long, brown hair past his shoulders. The "Jesus Christ" impersonator stood on the sidewalk next to protesters who held signs that read, in part: "homo sex is sin." The impersonator carried along with him over one dozen red balloons that were reportedly meant to block the protesters from the view of those participating in the event.
The protesters reportedly attend the event every year to show their opposition to the homosexual lifestyle. As Los Angeles-based journalist Brody Brown told The Huffington Post, the event's organizers usually try to find a way to position them off of the main walk so they don't distract participants. "It was kind of amazing seeing Jesus posing with a cluster of red balloons, early on in the L.A. AIDS Walk, just after the masses turned off Santa Monica down La Cienega," Brown told The Huffington Post. more >>
CNN journalist and television program host Anderson Cooper has denounced televangelist Pat Robertson for his recent remarks regarding "gay rings."
On a segment titled "The RidicuList," the host of "Anderson Cooper 360" said Wednesday evening that Robertson was "that elderly relative who you only see at Thanksgiving." "He doesn't get out of bed much and he's sitting around the table and he suddenly blurts out nonsensical sentences in between chewing on soft foods," said Cooper.
Cooper was responding to a recent claim made by Robertson on the conservative Christian's program the "700 Club" that some gays give people AIDS via a type of ring. more >>
Televangelist Pat Robertson is making headlines again for some controversial comments made recently on his 700 Club show. He made a claim that some of the gay community in San Francisco spread HIV/AIDS on purpose.
On a recent episode of the 700 Club on The Christian Broadcasting Network, a woman wrote in to the show explaining a situation where she had been driving a man from church around for months while he was suffering from a terminal case of AIDS and had no idea he had the disease.
The woman asked whether Robertson felt someone with HIV/AIDS should have to disclose their condition in case of an emergency such as a car accident or an injury where an exchange of blood is possible. more >>
Does this sound familiar? Congress is more partisan than ever; Republicans and Democrats do not know how to work together; the Parties are so divided that nothing gets accomplished. But there have been a number of issues for which Republicans and Democrats have recently worked across the aisle with one another.
Here are eight issues where Republicans and Democrats demonstrate a spirit of bipartisanship:
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Former President George W. Bush joined President Obama Tuesday to solemnly commemorate the 15th anniversary of Osama Bin Laden's first attack on the United States while the two American leaders were in Africa this week on separate trips. But politics could be farther from President Bush's mind now as he spends his retired life focused on humanitarian works and avoiding partisan debate and caring too much about public approval ratings.
Tuesday marked the first time two American presidents have met on foreign soil to commemorate a terrorist attack. As CBS' Major Garrett reported, "two embassy bombings in Africa announced Osama bin Laden's terror assault on the West."
On August 7, 1998, twin suicide truck bombs hit the U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 223, and wounding over 4,000. Presidents Bush and Obama shared a moment of silence at the plaque this week commemorating the attack, and greeted family members of victims and embassy survivors. more >>