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Breaking News: Benitez decision expected Monday

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August 15, 2008

The Supreme Court of California has just announced that its decision in North Coast Women's Care Medical Group v. Superior Court, 137 Cal.App.4th 781 (2006), is forthcoming. In that case, Guadalupe Benitez sued a physician practice for refusing to provide her with intrauterine insemination because she is lesbian. Defendants asserted their federal and state constitutional […]

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SDNY allows Medicaid to deny gender transition treatment

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August 13, 2008

In a ruling last week arguably even worse for Medicaid law than for transgender health-related advocacy, Judge Kevin Castel of the Southern District of NY held that an MTF trans person had no cause of action against the decision of NY State's Medicaid agency to eliminate coverage for any "care, services, drugs or supplies rendered […]

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One more hurdle to lifting HIV immigration barrier

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August 2, 2008

President Bush has signed into law a repeal of the statutory ban on foreign nationals with HIV/AIDS entering the U.S. The next and final step in removing this policy requires the Department of Health and Human Services to remove HIV from its regulation listing "communicable diseases of public health significance." 42 CFR 34.2(b).     No […]

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AIDS = African-American health crisis

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August 1, 2008

U.S. Blacks, if a Nation, Would Rank High on AIDS – NYTimes.com By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN If black America were a country, it would rank 16th in the world in the number of people living with the AIDS virus, [according to the Black AIDS Institute]. The report, financed in part by the Ford Foundation and […]

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Sex ed that we can believe (in)

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July 28, 2008

Despite study after study finding that abstinence "education" does not work, except possibly to create funding streams for religious organizations and right-wingers, Congress keeps throwing money at them. Meanwhile, Australian educators have had a eureka moment – why not develop programs that teenagers might actually take seriously, because they provide genuinely helpful information and counsel? […]

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Sexual violence as an international health issue

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July 21, 2008

Following are excerpts from a speech arguing that sexual violence is an international health crisis. Follow the link for the full speech.  It is grim reading, but a compelling argument. HT to Mary Reed of the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies and Chai Feldblum. AIDS-Free World – Sexual Violence: An Issue of Health By Stephen […]

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