Is it possible to develop a product without this stigma, or better, one that is felt to enhance pleasure? If so, would such a product lead to substantial benefits for global health, both in terms of reducing the incidence of unplanned pregnancies and in prevention of infection with HIV or other STIs?A statement on the Grand Challenges for Global Health website • Discussing an initiative for a next-generation condom which recently received $100,000 in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The initiative, despite its potential to help global health worldwide, understandably leads to some jokes. “To say that Bill Gates is calling for new development on high-tech condoms might be a bit of an overstatement,” snarks PC Magazine’s David Murphy, “given that it conjures up the idea of Wi-Fi-friendly prophylactics running a stripped-down version of Windows 8 or something to that effect – we’ll let you make your own jokes on whether they’d be touch-friendly.”
Here’s Dr. Koop, discussing the AIDS crisis. Koop, who was one of the most high-profile Surgeon Generals in U.S. history, died Monday at 96. Koop, as he mentions above, was known for his role in informing the public during the AIDS crisis. ”I stepped into a job that nobody gave me. I became, more or less by circumstance and pressure, the government spokesperson for AIDS,” he says in the clip above. The Reagan-era appointee took an extremely public role during the era, warning the public of the dangers of smoking and other issues. His stances—including his decision to not call for a reversal of Roe v. Wade despite his personal stance against abortion—infuriated conservatives but won supporters among liberals. No matter your opinions of him politically (he didn’t care, he was just doing his job), he was nonetheless the trusted face of public health in 1980s America.
…an AIDS free generation is within our reach.President Obama, echoing remarks by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that medical advancements, prevention and education could usher in a new era, free from the scourge of AIDS.
Democracy In (NSFW) Action: Naked protesters gathered inside of Speaker of the House John Boehner’s office today to voice their displeasure with potential “fiscal cliff” budget cuts that could target HIV/AIDS-funding. To our knowledge, Speaker Boehner has not commented on the incident at this time. Our hats off to the recently rebooted Digg for finding this one. source
I should have contracted HIV in the 1980s and died in the 1990s, just like [Queen lead singer] Freddie Mercury, just like [actor] Rock Hudson. Every day I wonder, how did I survive?Sir Elton John • During his speech at the International AIDS conference on Tuesday morning. John spoke on his own battles with cocaine addiction, societal stigmas of those with HIV/AIDS, and recognized the $15 billion President’s Emergency AIDS Relief fund created by President George W. Bush while calling on the United States to do more for its people. If this country wanted to end HIV infections at home it could do so in a heartbeat,” said Sir Elton, adding, “All it takes is a bit more funding and a bit more understanding. All it takes is dialogue.” source (via • follow)
We are all here today because we want to bring about that moment when we stop adding names. When we can come to a gathering like this one and not talk about the fight against AIDS, but instead commemorate the birth of a generation that is free of AIDS.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton • During a speech at the International AIDS conference on Monday, announcing that the United States would increase AIDS research funding by $80 million. The money will go to a variety of research and clinical projects, including new projects focused on treating pregnant women with HIV and increasing the availability of volunteer circumcision services for men. source (via • follow)