It is by no accident that the AIDS Memorial Quilt -- which now measures more than 50 miles laid side by side and weighs 54 tons -- is gracing the National Mall in Washington this weekend as the global HIV and AIDS community gathers nearby for the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012).
As a gay black man who came of age just before the 1969 Stonewall riots, I've seen far too many examples of the inequalities that exist in America. But I'm also highly encouraged by recent developments: same-sex marriage support from President Barack Obama and the NAACP, and a wave of federal court rulings -- from the Defense of Marriage Act being deemed unconstitutional to the rejection of California's Proposition 8 -- that have opened a promising new chapter in the gay rights movement.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer talks to a doctor about Truvada, a new drug approved to prevent HIV infection.
A drug already approved for treatment of AIDS might one day be approved for prevention of the deadly disease in individuals at high risk.
A U.S. presidential commission uncovers details of human experiments by American researchers in Guatemala in the 1940s.
The victims and heirs of U.S. experiments involving sexually transmitted diseases and human subjects in Guatemala between 1946 and 1948 will appeal following the dismissal of their lawsuit against the U.S. government.
The small fraction of women who choose intrauterine devices (IUDs) or under-skin implants as their preferred method of birth control may be on to something: According to a new study, these long-acting forms of contraception are 20 times better at preventing unintended pregnancies than the Pill and other short-term methods.
Sen. Scott Brown talks to CNN's Piers Morgan about contraception rights for women.
How can it be that we are firmly into the 21st century and reading claims that birth control pills can cause prostate cancer and abort babies? Or, my personal favorite, that a woman can be considered pregnant before her egg unites with a sperm?
Consumers may soon be able to test themselves for HIV and quickly learn the results in privacy of their own homes following unanimous approval recommendation from a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Tuesday.
John Meletse is deaf, gay and HIV positive. He's is inspiring the deaf community to communicate openly about sex.
It's been 11 years since John Meletse, a deaf, gay South African man, first learned he was HIV positive.
Women in Arizona may be forced to share certain private medical conditions with their employers if they want their contraception to be covered by health insurance, a bill proposes.
KTVK reports Arizona lawmakers are considering a bill that allows employers to deny women coverage for contraception.
Student Sandra Fluke discusses her CNN.com commentary and responds to criticism on her stance on contraception.
Last month, students from several Catholic universities gathered to send a message to the nation that contraception is basic health care. I was among them, and I was proud to share the stories of my friends at Georgetown Law who have suffered dire medical consequences because our student insurance does not cover contraception for the purpose of preventing pregnancy.
Congress is attempting to eviscerate women's health care. Like many women across America, I am outraged.
Democrats hold a contraception hearing in stark contrast to a GOP effort that included no women. CNN's Dana Bash reports.
Seven states on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the federal government requirement that religious employers offer health insurance coverage that includes contraceptives and other birth control services.
President Obama announces a compromise in the dispute over contraception.
President Obama outlines the compromise reached with religious groups over the debate on contraceptives.
Congressional Democrats and Republicans escalated their rhetorical war Thursday over a pending federal rule requiring religiously affiliated employers to provide full contraception coverage to women -- one day after hints emerged of a possible compromise between the White House and conservative religious critics.
Students at a Pennsylvania university can now buy emergency contraceptive Plan B from a vending machine. WHP reports.
Vending machine offerings at a Pennsylvania university are expanding beyond the world of junk food and into the world of contraception.
The Catholic church is outraged at new contraception rules. CNN's Brianna Keilar has more.
Recently, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Religious Liberty argued that the Obama administration's requirement that most health insurance plans cover contraception goes against "the mandate of Jesus Christ."
Komen Foundation comes under fire after cutting funds to Planned Parenthood. CNN's Mary Snow reports.
One of the truly remarkable and relatively recent boosts to the health of poor women in this country has been their opportunity to get preventive, reproductive health services at little or no cost in one place.
A new study says implanting three or more embryos during IVF increases health complications.
Women undergoing in-vitro fertilization should have only one or two embryos transferred during the process, depending on their age, says a study published Wednesday in the British medical journal The Lancet. Transferring three or more embryos during any IVF cycle should be avoided when possible, researchers say.
The United States has rejected the grounds of a lawsuit stemming from experiments involving sexually transmitted diseases and human subjects in Guatemala between 1946 and 1948.
Ma Soe Soe Kyi's skeletal frame is visible above her blanket; she is too weak to keep her eyes open. Her husband waves away the flies and looks on helplessly.
This week, we hosted a renowned expert in HIV/AIDS care currently practicing at a hospital known for serving the poor and vulnerable in New York.
Thirty years after AIDS was first recognized by the CDC, Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how far we've come to finding a cure.
Marianne Swanson closes her eyes, with smoky gray circles beneath her long lashes, as she counts the number of pills she takes every day for HIV: "One, two, three, four" in the morning, and three more at night.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen on the status of the HIV/AIDS epidemic 30 years after the disease was discovered.
An additional $50 million is going toward treatment and medical facilities across the United States to help combat the AIDS virus, President Barack Obama announced Thursday during a Washington event marking World AIDS day.
CNN's Monita Rajpal speaks to designer Kenneth Cole who is raising awareness of AIDS.
It should be time to celebrate key milestones in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Recently, the United Nations announced that new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths fell to their lowest levels since the epidemic's peak. Today, 6.6 million people in low- and middle-income countries are on life-saving antiretroviral therapy, and people with HIV are living longer.
Eight years ago, I suffered a life-threatening complication after delivering my daughter. I was fortunate to have access to health care providers who managed the situation. The experience set me on a path to ensure that geography alone no longer determines whether or not childbirth is deadly for women and infants.
Something about the redness of the red ribbon continues to haunt me. I have had many dreams of it: one is a bonfire of ribbons. Red like blood, red like passion and anger, and red like love.
When an old widower from the central Chinese city of Wuhan went into hospital last summer because of a persistent high fever, he was diagnosed with the AIDS virus -- and made national news.
Dr. Valerie Delpech of the UK Health Protection Agency discusses the challenges of tackling HIV/AIDS.
Her blue-green eyes are as clear as her name would suggest, but her wants and needs are muddy as she walks with aching joints on the streets of Atlanta, trying to resist the urge to get high.
When the topic of HIV/AIDS enters a conversation, Earl Thompson hears that it's "just what gays get."
As an infertility specialist, the first, and sometimes hardest, thing I have to accomplish is to assess a couple's understanding of how the whole getting pregnant thing -- naturally or otherwise -- works. Despite widespread sex education and increased public awareness of the issue of infertility, many people still don't really get it; a study from New Zealand, for instance, showed that 74% of women presenting to a fertility clinic had inadequate fertility awareness.
The stakes in the current budget battles are enormous. As the super-committee deliberates over how to reduce the deficit and other congressional committees struggle to cut spending, the fate of important programs hangs in the balance.
Gov. Rick Perry responds to claims made by Rep. Michele Bachmann about the HPV vaccine and mental retardation.
A federal government advisory committee voted Tuesday to recommend that males ages 11 to 21 be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus, which is blamed for thousands of cases of cancer among women and men.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry responded to Rep. Michele Bachmann's criticism of his short-lived 2007 executive order requiring girls to get a vaccination for human papillomavirus, during Thursday night's Republican presidential candidates' debate in Orlando. Bachmann said a drug company that produced the vaccination hired his former chief of staff to lobby him.
Rep. Michele Bachmann continued to criticized Texas Gov. Rick Perry's short-lived 2007 executive order requiring girls to get a vaccination for human papillomavirus, during Thursday night's Republican presidential candidates' debate in Orlando.
On Monday night at the CNN/Tea Party Republican Debate in Tampa, Florida, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas suggested that he couldn't be bought for a campaign contribution of $5,000. That raises the question: Is there a price at which Perry's loyalty is for sale?
An Alabama pharmaceutical company issued a voluntary nationwide recall Friday for "multiple lots" of birth control pills due to what it described as a systemic "packaging error."
Elizabeth Cohen explains the science behind the HPV vaccine, a topic that tripped up Rick Perry at the Tea Party debate.
During the recent Republican presidential debate, the issue of vaccinating girls against human papillomavirus, or HPV, came up several times, and some statements have been made that may concern parents of children scheduled to receive the vaccine.
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann accuses Rick Perry of helping drug companies with the HPV vaccine.
CNN's Anderson Cooper looks into Rep. Michele Bachmann's suggestion that the HPV vaccine is dangerous.
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) prevent unwanted pregnancies, and as an added benefit they may also help protect against cervical cancer, according to a new study in the Lancet Oncology, a British medical journal.
Middle-aged men who take steps to improve their heart health by eating better, getting more exercise, or taking cholesterol-lowering drugs may end up improving their sex lives as well, according to a new analysis of existing research.
A U.S. presidential commission has uncovered more details regarding human experiments conducted by American researchers in Guatemala in the 1940s in which the subjects were exposed to sexually transmitted diseases.
Michael Lee Howard, like many HIV-positive men, lives with a biohazard tattoo. He explains the significance of his "ink."
As he puts a straw in his fruit smoothie, Michael Lee Howard accidentally knocks over the cup, spilling the seaweed-colored liquid. "Well, it happens," he says. As he collects the smoothie overflow in the plastic lid, he exposes the tattoos on his wrists: a biohazard symbol on the right and a radiation symbol on the left.
Dr. Kamiar Alaei and his brother, Dr. Arash Alaei, have been called pioneers for their community-based approach to HIV and AIDS in Iran.
This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the latest data on HIV in the United States, and it should give us all pause: 30 years into the epidemic, about 50,000 Americans still become infected with the virus each year.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new guidelines in Washington Monday requiring health insurance plans beginning on or after August 1, 2012 to cover several women's preventive services, including birth control and voluntary sterilization.
Contraceptives, sterilization and reproductive education should be covered by health insurance plans with no cost to patients under the health care reform law, a new report recommends.
India's health minister said Tuesday he was misquoted by the media in comments made at an AIDS conference that homosexuality is "unnatural" and a "disease" that was brought into India.
Asunta Wagura has emerged as a symbol of hope for those suffering with HIV and AIDS.
Two weeks after a routine medical test, Kenyan nursing student Asunta Wagura was summoned into her principal's office. There, a crowd of tutors, student leaders and her mother was waiting for her.
Through her Discover to Recover Centre, Patricia Sawo supports nearly 100 children who have been impacted by HIV.
HIV is a curse from God. That's what Patricia Sawo used to tell others as a church leader in Kitale, Kenya.
Tonya Rasberry dialed her husband's number, her composure shaken and her nerves numb.
Thirty years ago this month, the first report of a lethal disease that appeared to be selectively stalking gay men appeared in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The disease was AIDS; its cause, unknown. But it quickly became clear that the disease didn't threaten only gay men -- hemophiliacs and intravenous drug users, among others, soon joined the list.
A patient in his early 20s from our clinic will be buried later this week. His story is unfortunately all too common here in Atlanta. He had been in and out of treatment and care for several years as he fought homelessness and poverty. Despite recently returning to care, he would spend his final year battling AIDS-related lymphoma. This fight he did not win.
As we mark the 30th anniversary of the CDC's official reporting of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, it's surprising to see which nation has fared the best in response. It's not the United States; it's not China, India, or even Russia ... It's our good friend to the south, Brazil.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen tells us about a woman who has survived with HIV for more than two decades.
In 1985, Edmund White had five or six published books behind him, a Swiss lover with him and the outcome of an HIV test ahead of him. When the results came in, White told his partner:
Thirty years ago, the CDC published its first mention of the HIV virus. In honor of that anniversary we take a look back at the most important moments in AIDS history.
Public attitudes about HIV and AIDS have changed dramatically since the first AIDS cases were reported 30 years ago.
CNN Hero Patricia Sawo is fighting the stigma of HIV and AIDS in her native Kenya.
Fifty-one years ago, Frank lost something he considers valuable. It was his foreskin, and Frank would like it back.
In the early 1980s, Elizabeth Taylor stepped up when others were afraid.
HLN's Joy Behar talks with Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards and Rep. Gwen Moore about debate over funding.
Lazy ovaries, depressed vaginas, testicular cancer, breast cancer, STD tests, and fertility drugs ... our show and movies covered pretty much every aspect of reproductive and women's health important topic for our viewers and for women, men and families nationwide.
A group of Guatemalans who were infected with syphilis during U.S. human experiments and their heirs have filed a lawsuit against U.S. health officials.
HIV and AIDS hampers Lesotho's largest industry, textiles, where 40 percent of employees are HIV positive.
Responding to the latest undercover video by an anti-abortion group, women's reproductive health care provider Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday it will retrain more than 11,000 staff members at more than 800 centers across the United States.
From 2009: Oral cancer has primarily been a man's disease, but more women are developing it and one factor is HPV.
Boys and young men who receive the human papillomavirus vaccine appear to be at reduced risk of contracting the virus and developing the genital warts associated with the common sexually transmitted disease, according to a large international study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.
I was infected with HIV in 1981, the year the disease was discovered.
A new report about the sex habits of young adults has turned up a worrisome discrepancy.
Researchers in Germany are reporting that they may have cured a man of HIV infection. If true, that would represent a scientific advance, but not necessarily a treatment advance, said researchers familiar with the work.
What is the deal with the HPV shot for teen boys? I have heard that is now being advised for males. I have a 15-year-old son.
As an African man, I have always felt a sense of responsibility, not only toward my country, but to those living on the continent who face the daily challenges that poverty and disease bring.
CNN's Zain Verjee asks Global Fund's executive director what the organization is doing to mark World AIDS Day.
As the global community commemorates World AIDS Day on Wednesday, international health organizations report both promising and sobering trends.
Pope Benedict XVI said that the use of condoms may be acceptable in some cases to prevent the transmission of AIDS.
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