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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.…

December 1, 2010

Caplan: Winning the War Against AIDS Means Fighting the Fight in Prisons, Too.

On this World AIDS Day, Arthur Caplan reminds us in his MSNBC column that there have been many forward strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS but where we have clearly failed is dealing with HIV/AIDS in our prison population.…

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 (362)

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.


August 7, 2012 9:24 pm

Milton Hershey School Has Change of Heart, Offers Spot To HIV-Positive Teen (ABC News)

A private boarding school in Hershey, Pa., has offered a spot to a teen who was denied entry last year because he is HIV-positive.  “Milton Hershey School will no longer refuse admission to otherwise qualified students who have HIV,” school president Anthony Colistra said.  Colistra said the school offered the ninth-grade student a place for fall classes in a private letter sent to the boy and his mother July 12.

August 6, 2012 7:52 pm

Bioethicist: School makes right call in offering to admit HIV-positive student (NBC News)

A lawsuit was filed, as it should have been, for a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ever since the legal battle that exploded when Ryan White got expelled from his Indiana middle school in 1984 for being HIV-positive, it has been clear that excluding children from school, any school, due to their being HIV-positive is wrong. Careful study has shown that kids with HIV do not pose any serious risks to their fellow students or staff — and that is why it is illegal to discriminate against kids or anyone else with HIV.

July 9, 2012 9:18 pm

This at-Home HIV Test Looks Simple, but Is It Accurate? (The Atlantic)

I think the disadvantage is small compared to the potential benefit of more people finding out,” Gallant says. “The CDC recommends that everyone be tested for HIV. This test offers a new option for many who wouldn’t otherwise be tested. It will allow infected people to start lifesaving treatment earlier, and will help prevent transmission to others.”

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