- December 2013
- November 2013
- October 2013
- September 2013
- August 2013
- July 2013
- June 2013
- May 2013
- April 2013
- March 2013
- February 2013
- January 2013
- December 2012
- November 2012
- October 2012
- September 2012
- August 2012
- July 2012
- June 2012
- May 2012
- April 2012
- March 2012
- February 2012
- January 2012
- December 2011
- November 2011
- October 2011
- September 2011
- August 2011
- July 2011
- June 2011
- May 2011
- April 2011
- March 2011
- February 2011
- January 2011
- December 2010
- November 2010
- October 2010
- September 2010
- August 2010
- July 2010
- June 2010
- May 2010
- April 2010
- March 2010
- February 2010
- January 2010
- December 2009
- November 2009
- March 2009
- October 2006
- July 2002
America's Leading Gay News Source
Health news in brief
Clinical trial discrimination investigation sought
WASHINGTON — Five U.S. senators are asking Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to investigate reports that gays and lesbians are being excluded from medical clinical trials.
A recent study conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine found that gay and lesbian patients were barred from participating in clinical trials, many dealing with sexual function. The letter from Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kirstin Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) asks Sebelius to determine if there is any proven medical rationale behind the practice.
“The New England Journal of Medicine is the gold standard for the medical community, and their study set off alarm bells,” Kerry said. “This is more than an equality issue. It raises huge questions about the quality of medical information from flawed trials.”
Merkley noted that for years, women were excluded from participating in clinical trials of medical treatments.
“This meant that American women were not represented in medical research of diseases and treatments that were prevalent among both men and women,” he said. “Today, this trend continues with individuals being excluded on the basis of sexual orientation. This is just wrong — it undermines rigorous scientific testing and it is morally reprehensible.”
Gillibrand and Menendez also said the any forms of discrimination must be eliminated from the clinical trials.
“Discrimination is wrong in any context, but discrimination in clinical trials is particularly troubling because it limits an entire community’s access to medical care,” Menendez said. “Getting answers on this will help us make sure that these trials are open to every member of our society.”
9 porn agencies to be targeted in labor complaints
LOS ANGELES — An AIDS advocacy group said April 15 it had filed labor complaints against nine porn talent agencies for promoting actors who are willing to have unprotected sex on camera.
The Associated Press reported AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein said the Los Angeles-area agencies were knowingly exposing the porn actors to sexually transmitted diseases.
The agencies should abide by state labor codes that prevent their licensing if they endanger the health, safety or welfare of their artists, Weinstein said.
“If there were a construction employment agency, they couldn’t say John Doe is available to dangle 100 feet over the ground without a harness,” Weinstein said. “That would be shut down instantaneously.”
The agencies named in the complaint sent last week to the Department of Industrial Relations are A List Talent, ATMLA, Gold Star Modeling, LA Direct Models, Lisa Ann’s Talent Management, Metro Talent Management, SpieglerGirls.com, Type 9 Models Inc. and World Modeling, according to Weinstein.
A porn performer and owner of ATMLA who identified herself as Shy Love said the risks faced by porn actors are similar to those in sports entertainment, where fighters can be exposed to blood, sweat and mucus.
The advocacy group was unfairly targeting the adult industry, Love said.
“We know the risks going in, the same way a fireman or a policeman knows the risks,” Love said. “We are adults, and it is up to us to choose what risks we face. It is not up to the government.”
In February, Los Angeles County public health director Dr. Jonathan Fielding said regulating condom use on porn sets is nearly impossible, citing typically clandestine porn shoots that require little more than a bed and a camera.
The nonprofit foundation has been pushing for mandatory use of condoms in porn films since an HIV outbreak in 2004 spread panic through the industry and briefly shut down production at several studios.
Confinement sought for N.Y. man who spread HIV
ALBANY, N.Y. — A New York man who was convicted of knowingly infecting at least 13 women with the AIDS virus has completed his prison sentence, but he may face civil confinement as a sex offender.
The Associated Press reported Attorney General Andrew Cuomo wants Nushawn Williams held under a law that allows for keeping the most dangerous sex offenders out of communities after they have served their sentences. Williams completed a 12-year sentence April 13.
Williams infected the women in western New York in the late 1990s. He had said at the time that he didn’t believe health officials who told him he was HIV positive.
The process of determining whether Williams’ mental state justifies confinement or intensive supervision could take months. Williams will be held until then. He now goes by the name Shyteek Johnson.
Tagged with AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Andrew Cuomo, HIV/AIDS, Jeff Merkley, John Kerry, Kathleen Sebelius, Kirstin Gillibrand, Michael Weinstein, New England Journal of Medicine, Nushawn Williams, Robert Menendez, Sherrod Brown, Shyteek Johnson
We welcome your thoughtful, respectful comments. Please read our 'Terms of Service' page for more information about community expectations.
Comments from new visitors, flagged users, or those containing questionable language are automatically held for moderation and may not appear immediately.