What HIV Teaches Us: The Need for Affordable Health Care

HIV and COVID-19 have both laid bare that stark racial disparities exist in population health and in access to quality medical care in the United States.

Iowans Push to Legalize Underground Needle Exchange

March 15, 2018

In the wake of the opioid epidemic in America, a new public health crisis has emerged: a surge in hepatitis C cases. In 2017, the White House Opioid Commission addressed a letter to President Donald Trump noting that 142 people in America die each day due to drug overdoses. That same letter is...

What is the Risk of Transmitting HIV?

December 01, 2015

There are new effective strategies to reduce the risk of HIV infection. Charlie Sheen’s recent announcement that he has HIV has raised concerns about whether he may have transmitted the infection to other people. While we obviously don’t know his specific medical details (and really,...

What Do Russian Teenagers Know About Sex?

May 03, 2015

Sex education in Russia was doomed from the start. The Duma continues to look for new ways to lower the number of abortions in Russia. The number is indeed high: In 2013, more than 1 million procedures had been carried out. Firstly, Patriarch Cyril, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church,...

Tweeting Racism: Lessons From Justine Sacco’s Twitter Scandal

December 30, 2013

South Africa’s AIDS epidemic exists because of colonialism and apartheid. In what has been dubbed the "Tweet heard around the world," Justine Sacco, former head of corporate communications at InterActiveCorp (IAC), tweeted the following before stepping on a plane to Cape...

The Legacy of Nelson Mandela

December 09, 2013

Mandela has become a symbol of what one can achieve with true dedication to a cause. Background When Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in 1918, South Africa was a country entirely different from what it is today. Since colonial times, people of color in South Africa were seen as...