This Week: Women and HIV, Decriminalizing Prostitution, & more

US apologizes for STD experiment

MSNBC: “The researchers were trying to determine whether the antibiotic penicillin could prevent syphilis infection, not just cure it, Reverby writes. After the subjects were infected with the syphilis bacteria — through visits with prostitutes who had the disease and direct inoculations — it is unclear whether they were later cured or given proper medical care, Reverby notes. While most of the patients got treatment, experts estimate as many as a one-third, did not.”

Respecting HIV-Positive Women, Regardless of their Pregnancy Status

Feministing: “And, too often, HIV-positive women are only given life-saving medication during pregnancy, suggesting that their health matters only in the context of the health of their child.”

DR Congo sexual violence victims speak to UN

BBC News: “Either alone or in small groups, they are being heard by the panel including UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang, a member of the International Criminal Court’s Trust Fund for Victims and a doctor from the Panzi Hospital in South Kivu, who specialises in the treatment of rape victims.  The aim of the hearings is to improve the treatment, support and compensation currently given to victims.”

Judge decriminalizes prostitution in Ontario, but Ottawa mulls appeal

The Globe & Mail: “Judge Himel, however, found current laws offer little protection. Her judgment pointed at evidence that established violence against sex workers is endemic – from a string of gruesome serial killings by Vancouver pig farmer Robert Pickton, to a rash of missing prostitutes in Alberta and frequent violence against sex trade workers in the Atlantic region.”

An 11-year-old schools us on what’s wrong with the current food system

Grist: “At a TEDx “Next Generation” event recently, 11-year-old Birke Baehr got up on stage and announced his intention ‘to talk about what’s wrong with our food system.’ He started off decrying ‘all the marketing and advertising on TV, at public schools and pretty much everywhere else you look,’ that attempts ‘to get parents to buy stuff that isn’t good for us or the planet.’ ”

Emily’s List eyes female vote ‘surge’

Politico: “Among the key findings from the Women’s Monitor poll: Many women don’t currently have much information about the 2010 campaign. They’re responsive to narrowly tailored attacks on candidates who oppose abortion rights or who can be equated with politics as usual. And if a health-care-themed message works with anyone, it’ll likely be with this voting group.”

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