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October 25, 2016

Shooting Galleries: Time To Change Our Drug Policy

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

A hospital in Paris has opened that country’s first “shooting gallery,” a medically supervised facility where drug addicts can use their injection drugs in a safe, clean environment.…

August 29, 2016

Testing Donated Blood for Zika: Politics or Prudence?

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

The FDA has announced that within the next 3 months, all donated blood in the United States should be screened for Zika virus.…

April 12, 2015

What’s the Matter with Indiana?

Note: The Bioethics Program blog will be moving to its new home on April 1, 2015. Be sure to change your bookmarks to http://bioethics.uniongraduatecollege.edu/blog/ by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership With all of the hoopla over Indiana’s recent enactment of its Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a poorly-written law that gives businesses […]
August 29, 2014

The Boys in the Ban

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership For over 30 years now, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned blood donations from gay and bisexual men. It is a lifetime ban. Currently, no man who has ever had sex with another man can donate blood in the US. […]
June 6, 2014

Living With HIV/AIDS Should Not Be A Crime

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership It went largely unnoticed by the public and the press, but last month Iowa’s Senate and House of Representatives did something groundbreaking. With broad bipartisan support, that state became the first in the country to repeal and replace its existing HIV criminalization law. Prior […]
June 6, 2014

Living With HIV/AIDS Should Not Be A Crime

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership It went largely unnoticed by the public and the press, but last month Iowa’s Senate and House of Representatives did something groundbreaking. With broad bipartisan support, that state became the first in the country to repeal and replace its existing HIV criminalization law. Prior […]
April 10, 2014

New Tools for HIV Prevention: Why I am a Truvada Whore

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Although the epidemic likely started a decade or two earlier, AIDS wasn’t identified as a new disease until 1981. It took a few more years to isolate HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and to develop reliable tests for diagnosing infection. In the thirty […]
April 10, 2014

New Tools for HIV Prevention: Why I am a Truvada Whore

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Although the epidemic likely started a decade or two earlier, AIDS wasn’t identified as a new disease until 1981. It took a few more years to isolate HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and to develop reliable tests for diagnosing infection. In the thirty […]
November 21, 2013

Potential Organ Donation + HIV Infection = HOPE

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HOPE Act (HR 698), a companion bill to one passed by the U.S.…

May 17, 2012

Caplan: Problems with At Home HIV Testing

Ultimately, at home HIV testing could be an important piece of HIV prevention and treatment. But there are important concerns about ethical gaps in at home testing for HIV says Arthur Caplan in his post on MSNBC.…

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Published Articles (3)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 6 - Jun 2012

How Good Is “Good Enough”? The Case for Varying Standards of Evidence According to Need for New Interventions in HIV Prevention Bridget Haire, John Kaldor & Christopher FC Jordens

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 12 - Dec 2011

Problems With Prioritization: Exploring Ethical Solutions to Inequalities in HIV Care

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 4 - Apr 2011

An Ethical Evaluation of the 2006 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Recommendations for HIV Testing in Health Care Settings

News (365)

November 23, 2016 9:00 am

Young African women are especially vulnerable to HIV/AIDS (Science)

91% of new infections in the 15- to 19-year-old group were in adolescent girls.

July 25, 2016 5:04 am

The HIV Trap: A Woman's Lack Of Control (NPR)

When you’re pregnant, going to the doctors can be exciting. You get to find out if you’re having a boy or a girl. Maybe hear the baby’s heart beat. But in southern Africa, many women find out something else.

June 17, 2016 8:04 am

Orlando Shooting Renews Debate Over Limits on Gay Men Donating Blood (New York Times)

In the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., 53 people were alive but wounded, many in desperate need of blood. Blood banks in the area put out a call for donors. Gay men were ready to volunteer. Rumors even went around that blood centers in Orlando had relaxed a ban on donations from sexually active gay men. But the rumors were false. The ban, imposed by the Food and Drug Administration, remains in place, infuriating some gay rights activists.

September 12, 2013 4:50 pm

Vaccine seems to clear monkeys of HIV-like infection; humans next?

A new vaccine against simian immunodeficiency virus has proved effective in monkeys, offering hope that researchers can develop a similar vaccine against HIV.

August 15, 2013 2:19 pm

Johns Hopkins expert says crucial ethics should be considered in HIV cure research

In his opinion, Sugarman highlights the importance of considering and managing risk for the sexual partners of research subjects, and maintaining confidentiality as has been done.

July 10, 2013 2:58 pm

Calimmune Initiates HIV Stem Cell Study at Two California Research Sites

The HIV gene medicines company Calimmune announced today that the first patient has begun treatment in a Phase I/II clinical trial designed to determine whether a pioneering genetic medicine approach can help to protect individuals infected with HIV.

May 1, 2013 1:44 pm

Federal panel says everyone 15 to 65 should have HIV test

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force finalizes its guideline that everyone 15 to 65 be screened for the virus that causes AIDS.

April 18, 2013 3:39 pm

Why Circumcision Lowers Risk of HIV

Promising trials hinted that circumcision could lower rates of HIV infection, but until now, researchers didn’t fully understand why.

March 6, 2013 3:02 pm

Hydeia Broadbent, Born With HIV, Reacts to 'Cure' (ABC News)

Hydeia Broadbent was born with HIV coursing through her veins, invading her white blood cells and eroding her immune system. Her adoptive parents would find out three years later, after her biological mother and brother tested positive for the virus.

January 25, 2013 1:29 pm

Stanford lab creates HIV-resistant cells (SF Gate)

Stanford scientists have developed a technique to genetically engineer certain immune cells and make them resistant to HIV – a technique that, if proved successful in human subjects, could provide an alternative to the lifetime of medication that people with HIV infections now face.


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