Tag: HIV

Abstinence focused program not working in Africa

Last week, a published health study revealed that the money spent pushing abstinence as foremost in reducing HIV/AIDS infections in Africa might have been wasted. The United States has reportedly spent a cumulative $1.4 billion between 2004 and 2013 in some African countries through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) initiative.   Started… Read More

South Africa’s virginity scholarship stirs up controversy

For the past week, there has been a storm over the introduction of the Maiden’s Bursary Award in the Uthukela district of KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa. The award, a college scholarship uniquely for certified virgins, was pushed by mayor Dudu Mazibuko in order to encourage girls to focus on their education while remaining “pure”. The… Read More

Studies show higher prevalence of HIV/AIDS in African-American communities

Few diseases carry a stronger negative social stigma than HIV/AIDS: human immunodeficiency virus, which can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Part of the stigma comes from the high association of the disease with homosexual activity and sharing of drug needles, but indeed anyone can be infected. Despite recent advances in detection, and increased willingness to… Read More

Three and a Half Acres: Lara Land’s new non-profit promotes social change through yoga

Yogi Lara Land has made a name for herself teaching yoga in her own studio in Harlem, as well as around the world. For her, yoga’s ability to transform the mind, body, and spirit makes it far more than a physical activity; it makes it a possible force of social change. Land has harnessed this… Read More

Hot Topics in Health: Injectable 3D Vaccine Has the Potential to Cure and Prevent Cancer, HIV

While any medical breakthrough is significant in that it transforms the way we approach healthcare and disease, those which change the way we combat particularly difficult conditions and diseases, like cancer, can be especially valuable when they appear on the medical scene. This is the case for a recent innovation which may completely change the… Read More