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[27 Mar 2006|12:05pm]

thebethkid
Rhode Island Department of Education Bans Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Program from Schools.

WASHINGTON, DC (March 24, 2006) The Rhode Island Department of Education has banned from public schools an abstinence-only-until-marriage program found to violate students’ rights, embrace sexist stereotypes, isolate GLBT youth, and, in accompanying materials, promulgate religious views.

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[08 Mar 2006|01:23pm]

thebethkid
March 10th, 2006 marks the first National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day aimed at raising awareness of the increasing impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on women and girls.

In the United States, women represent a rising share of AIDS cases, increasing from only 8% of new AIDS diagnoses in 1985 to 27% by 2004. The impact of the epidemic on women of color, particularly African American women, is striking.

In advance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Kaiser Family Foundation has an updated fact sheet that provides the latest data on women and HIV/AIDS in the U.S.
[ http://www.kff.org/hivaids/6092.cfm ]

(1 prevented STI | throw me a condom!)

[06 Mar 2006|11:23pm]

thebethkid
South Dakota bans most abortions

Gov. Mike Rounds signs the law despite his prediction that it would be challenged in court.

(CNN) -- South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds signed a bill Monday that bans nearly all abortions in the state, legislation in direct conflict with the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973.

The new law defines life as originating "at the time of conception."

"In the history of the world, the true test of a civilization is how well people treat the most vulnerable and most helpless in their society," said a statement released by Rounds, a Republican.

"The sponsors and supporters of this bill believe that abortion is wrong because unborn children are the most vulnerable and most helpless persons in our society. I agree with them."

Although the law -- intended as a constitutional challenge to Roe v. Wade -- is set to take effect July 1, Rounds said in the statement that he expects legal action will prevent that. He added that a settlement of the issue could take years and might ultimately be decided by the nation's highest court. (FindLaw: Text of bill)

"The reversal of a Supreme Court opinion is possible," Rounds said, pointing to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision that reversed the 1896 ruling that states could segregate public facilities by race if equal facilities were offered.

The bill "will give the United States Supreme Court a similar opportunity to reconsider an earlier opinion."

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America, as well as its chapter that covers Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, has said it plans to fight the legislation in court.

The national group said 10 states are considering similar bills.

"These abortion bans, and the politicians supporting them, are far outside the mainstream of America," Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said in a written statement.

"Planned Parenthood will fight these attacks in court, in the state houses, and at the ballot boxes, to ensure that women, with their doctors and families, continue to be able to make personal health care decisions without government interference."

The bill signed by Rounds allows doctors to perform abortions only to save the lives of pregnant women, but even then encourages them to exercise "reasonable medical efforts" to both save mothers and continue pregnancies.

Anyone who performs an abortion under any other circumstance -- even in a case of rape or incest -- can be charged with a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The mother cannot be charged.

In his statement, however, Rounds pointed out that the bill does not prohibit doctors from prescribing contraceptive drugs before a pregnancy is determined, such as in a rape or incest case.

State lawmakers had rejected proposed amendments that would have made exceptions for rape or incest.

"We must help each mother to see the value of the gift that is a child, and nurture the mother for her own sake and for the sake of her child," Rounds said in the statement.

'Completely contradictory' to Roe

The passage of the bill comes at a time many abortion rights opponents feel is right for a direct challenge of Roe v. Wade, coming on the heels of two Bush appointees -- Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito -- to the high court. (Full story)

"This is potentially an earthquake, because there is no doubt that this law conflicts with Roe v. Wade," CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said earlier. "It is completely contradictory to what the current law on abortion is."

The Supreme Court has not accepted a direct challenge to abortion since the Roe v. Wade decision.

Most appeals the court has heard since then have dealt with more limited legal questions, such as government funding of the procedure, waiting periods, parental and spousal notification, and abortions late in pregnancy.

In January, the justices issued a ruling on parental notification but sidestepped the sort of definitive ruling that many activists on both sides of the issue had hoped for.

In a unanimous but narrow opinion written by now-retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the high court concluded that a federal appeals panel went too far by blocking enforcement of a New Hampshire law requiring minors to notify their parents before receiving an abortion.

The case was thrown back for reconsideration, essentially delaying a final word on the matter.

The ruling from the high court thus bypassed the larger question of whether such laws are an unconstitutional "burden" on a woman's access to the procedure.

(throw me a condom!)

[22 Feb 2006|10:05am]

thebethkid
..check it out! it's THIS saturday. it's FREE. teen to teen is presenting there. && my mom is doing a workshop. [how freakin' cute, right?!] want more info: check out www.oqyc.org


OQYC
----------------3rd Annual--------------


Getting past the stereotypes from gutter punks
to Republicans.

Who
All LGBTTQQI* Youth and their allies
under the age of 23. [anyone under 23 basically.]

What
OQYC is a FREE conference for LGBTTQQI
youth and allies from all over Oregon to
talk about what we are doing, what we
want to do, and how we are going to do
it.

Where
Catlin Gabel School
8825 SW Barnes Road
Portland, Oregon 97225

When
Saturday, February 25th, 2006
9:00am to 4:00pm

Why
To give LGBTTQQI and allied youth a
chance to get together, discuss the
issues, and have a crazy cool time.

Register at www.OQYC.org or just show up between 9:00-10:00am to register!

Want more info?

Contact Stew Towle at towles@catlin.edu


*LGBTTQQI stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender,
Transexual, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex

(1 prevented STI | throw me a condom!)

the U.S. needs to catch on next... [16 Feb 2006|05:01pm]

thebethkid
Sexual health tests for all

Free home-testing kits to be given away at petrol stations, supermarkets and hairdressers. Sex diseases at record high as ministers prepare to invest millions in improving awareness
By Marie Woolf, Political Editor
Published: 12 February 2006
Free home-testing kits for sexually transmitted diseases are to be given away at supermarkets, barber shops and even petrol stations in a bid to combat record levels of sex infections sweeping the country.

The Government is to invest millions of pounds into testing for infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, and funding home-testing kits. Results will even be texted to mobile phones, along with details of where to receive treatment.

Sexually transmitted diseases have been steadily increasing over the decades, with a current figure of almost 700,000 new diagnoses a year in England alone. There are fears that high levels of sexual activity among young people may be leading to an epidemic. Syphilis cases have risen by 1,421 per cent in England over the past decade, and diagnoses of chlamydia, the most common sex infection, have risen by 217 per cent since 1995.

The Department of Health is worried that thousands of people may be carrying diseases such as chlamydia, which can cause infertility in women, without realising it.

It fears that many young people are put off from making appointments to be tested in clinics and are spreading diseases among sexual partners. As part of the drive to "normalise" diagnosis, free test kits, funded by the Department of Health, are to be made available in the high street.

Caroline Flint, the public health minister, told The Independent on Sunday that she wanted to be "more visionary about the sort of way in which we provide these services" and to use new testing technology to help remove the "taboo" of testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

"If we make this whole area less of a taboo, we make it much more normal - as normal as people thinking about their weight or how many pieces of fruit they have every day," she said.

"The technology is moving so fast. People don't have to have somebody standing over them while they are doing the test."

The Department of Health believes that by offering home-testing kits, which can be sent in for a result, queues can be cut in clinics and money saved later in treating the symptoms of diseases. Health ministers fear that chlamydia is a major contributing factor to infertility, which causes misery for millions of couples and costs the NHS millions of pounds.

The move towards home testing follows a successful pilot at Boots, where more than 6,000 testing kits for chlamydia have been given away.

Ms Flint said the trial showed that the public wanted a move away from "traditional" sexual health services to those available on the high street.

It is also planned that mobile testing units will travel to army bases, football matches and even shopping malls. And a public information campaign to combat the rise of STIs among 16- to 24-year- olds, and particularly men, is to be launched this year.

The numbers of young people affected by sexual disease stabilised or fell during the 1980s and early 1990s but have risen again since Labour came to power. The highest rates of chlamydia are in teenage girls between 16 and 19, and among men and women aged between 20 and 24.

New diagnoses of sexual diseases including syphilis and gonorrhoea have also risen steeply. Almost 17,000 people were newly diagnosed with herpes in 2004, while 21,000 tested positive for gonorrhoea.

The Government is planning to invest up to £130m to develop one-stop clinics where people can be tested for sexually transmitted diseases and treated in the same place. This week, the Government will also launch a campaign to ensure that GPs offer a variety of choices for contraception to women and men, including relatively new technology such as implants and jabs.

And the Department of Health is lobbying the Treasury to have VAT removed from condoms.

(3 prevented STI s | throw me a condom!)

[14 Feb 2006|04:20pm]

thebethkid
Canadian students embracing virtual sex
By Natalie Armstrong

Call it a sexual revolution of the virtual kind -- young Canadians are practising a new style of safe sex and the only touching required involves a keyboard.

Of more than 2,500 university and college students polled across Canada, 87 percent of them are having sex over instant messenger, webcams or the telephone, according to results of a national survey released on Monday.

"We were very surprised," Noah Gurza, a founder of Toronto-based CampusKiss.com, an online dating community for students, which commissioned the first annual Canadian CampusKiss & Tell Survey.

"We did realise that new technologies are always embraced by younger individuals, but we didn't think it would've reached such a high number."

Gurza said most post-secondary school students grew up using computer technology, and their lives currently revolve around technology, so it makes sense that it would extend to their sex lives.

"It's now extended within their sexual world, whether it be as a social lubricant as a means to then engage in something that's more real, in more real time, or if it's just a means in itself of pleasuring here and there," he said.

Some 2,684 students from more than 150 university and college campuses across Canada took part in the survey. Fifty-one percent of the participates were female and 49 percent were male.

Of those surveyed, 53 percent of students enjoyed sex over instant messenger, while 44 percent did the deed using a webcam and over the phone.

When it comes to having actual sex, eighty-seven percent of those polled claimed to be sober at the time. Ninety percent of students who responded said their campus promotes and supports safe-sex practices.

(throw me a condom!)

[14 Feb 2006|04:16pm]

thebethkid
NATIONAL CONDOM WEEK!!


starts today. run and grab a mercury...

inside is a coupon you can take to any planned parenthood for a dozen free condoms of your choice!

[heck yes!]

HOPE EVERYONE HAS A BEAUTIFUL LOVE DAY!!
<3

(throw me a condom!)

[05 Jan 2006|11:53am]

thebethkid
OQYC
----------------3rd Annual--------------

Getting past the stereotypes from gutter punks
to Republicans.

Who
All LGBTTQQI* Youth and their allies
under the age of 23.

What
OQYC is a FREE conference for LGBTTQQI
youth and allies from all over Oregon to
talk about what we are doing, what we
want to do, and how we are going to do
it.

Where
Catlin Gabel School
8825 SW Barnes Road
Portland, Oregon 97225

When
Saturday, February 25th, 2006
9:00am to 4:00pm

Why
To give LGBTTQQI and allied youth a
chance to get together, discuss the
issues, and have a crazy cool time.

Register at www.OQYC.org

Want more info?

Contact Stew Towle at towles@catlin.edu


*LGBTTQQI stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender,
Transexual, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex

(3 prevented STI s | throw me a condom!)

will these people ever shut up and let lives be saved? [31 Dec 2005|01:59pm]

heaven_or_vegas
From: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/30/opinion/30falk.html?incamp=article_popular_4

FORBIDDEN VACCINE Ever year, about 500,000 women throughout the world develop cervical cancer. In the United States alone, the disease kills about 3,700 women annually. This year, scientists developed a vaccine against human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease that is the primary cause of cervical cancer. The vaccine produced 100 percent immunity in the 6,000 women who received it as part of a multinational trial. As soon as the vaccine is licensed, some health officials say, it should be administered to all girls at age 12. But the Family Research Council and other social conservative groups vowed to fight that plan, even though it could virtually eliminate cervical cancer. Vaccinating girls against a sexually transmitted disease, they say, would reduce their incentive to abstain from premarital sex.

(2 prevented STI s | throw me a condom!)

[24 Dec 2005|09:03pm]

punkybexster
This was posted in damnportlanders and I thought it was awesome and so appropriate for this community.

http://www.youtube.com/watch.php?v=QGTMFhWQU1c&search=sex

It's pretty funny, but it's got a good point too.

Merry Chrisanukkah.

(2 prevented STI s | throw me a condom!)

[22 Nov 2005|12:49pm]

thebethkid
what are you doing on World AIDS Day?!

(throw me a condom!)

AOL News [22 Nov 2005|12:15am]

sweetjello
NEW DELHI (Nov. 21) - Almost 5 million people were infected by HIV globally in 2005, the highest jump since the first reported case in 1981 and taking the number living with the virus to a record 40.3 million, the United Nations said on Monday.




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The 4.9 million new infections were fueled by the epidemic's continuing rampage in sub-Saharan Africa and a spike in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, the UNAIDS body said in its annual report.

"Despite progress made in a small but growing number of countries, the AIDS epidemic continues to outstrip global efforts to contain it," the report said.

More than 3.1 million people have died this year from AIDS, including 570,000 children -- far more than the toll from all natural disasters since last December's tsunami.

Southern Africa, including South Africa -- which has the world's most cases at more than 5.1 million -- continues to be worst-hit.

Saying nine out of 10 people in developing countries do not know their HIV status, UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot called for an unprecedented response to the global AIDS crisis.

"A business-as-usual approach will not do," he told a news conference in New Delhi. India, with about 5 million HIV sufferers, has the second-highest number of cases after South Africa and there are concerns many cases are unreported.


By the Numbers



Getty 4.9 million

New cases of HIV infection globally in 2005

1/5

Sources: Reuters

Focusing on South Africa where the infection rate among pregnant women touched 29.5 percent in 2005, the report said deaths of people aged between 25 and 44 had more than doubled.

Other southern Africa countries such as Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland had high rates of HIV among pregnant women -- more than 30 percent -- and sign of growth rates stabilizing.

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 25.8 million HIV-positive people, or 64 percent of the world's total.

In Asia, a total of 1.2 million new cases since 2003 pushed total cases to 8.3 million, with conditions in countries such as Vietnam and Pakistan ripe for a rapid spread.

UNAIDS said the number of HIV-positive women reached 17.5 million this year, more than one million more than in 2003.

"In many countries, marriage, and women's own fidelity are not enough to protect them against HIV infection," the report said, adding in India many new infections were being reported in married women infected by their husbands after visiting sex workers.

In Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Russian federation, infections due to unprotected sex are rising after the initial momentum given to the epidemic by injecting drug use.

The report said a total of 1.6 million were living with HIV in 2005 in the region, up from 1.3 million in 2003 and AIDS deaths soared to 62,000 in 2005 from 36,000 in 2003.

Piot slammed the response in a region which has seen the number of infections rise 20-fold in a decade.


Some Good News


"Because of recent treatment scale-up since the end of 2003, between 250,000 and 350,000 deaths were averted in 2005."
-UNAIDS annual report, refering to the increased accessibility of anti-retroviral drugs

"The responses has been fragile and insufficient," he said.

But he added leaders across the world were far more aware of the crisis and spending to combat AIDS had touched $8 billion this year compared with $250 million in 1996.

"UNAIDS and governments should wake up and smell and the coffee," Anjali Gopalan, executive director of the Naaz Foundation, a leading Indian HIV group, said.

"If there is so much money, why can't we combat the disease? Why is there such a desperate situation? UNAIDS and governments must be made more accountable about where the money is going."

The outlook on accessibility of anti-retroviral drugs for people in developing nations is looking brighter, the U.N. said.

"Because of recent treatment scale-up since the end of 2003, between 250,000 and 350,000 deaths were averted in 2005."

But it added too many HIV-positive people were missing out, with just one in 10 Africans and one in seven Asians who need anti-retroviral treatment actually receiving it.

Two decades into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the report said that in many parts of the world, including southern Africa and South Asia, knowledge about HIV transmission was alarmingly low.

The outgoing chief of India's official National Aids Control Organization, S.Y. Quraishi, said 70 percent of Indian sex workers either did not know what a condom was or how to use one.

"If the situation remains unchanged, India could have an estimated 50 million HIV cases by 2025," he said.


11-21-05 14:14 EST

(1 prevented STI | throw me a condom!)

[27 Oct 2005|02:59pm]

thebethkid
NAPWA invites you to attend the 13th Annual Ryan White National Youth Conference on HIV & AIDS (RWNYC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 18-20,2006. RWNYC is an unmatched opportunity to learn about HIV prevention, treatment, advocacy and support services that work, share challenges and successes and network with others who seek to end the AIDS crisis for America's youth.



CHECK IT OUT FOR MORE INFO!!! IT'S AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!
http://napwa.org/rwnyc/

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[10 Oct 2005|09:29pm]

thebethkid
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this is our kick-off meeting to inform people about teen to teen and the agents. free food! [most likely pizza.]
come! bring a friend!

620 sw 5th ave. [3rd floor]
portland, or 97204

it's above ross...downtown. in between alder and morrison.

(4 prevented STI s | throw me a condom!)

[03 Oct 2005|12:50pm]

thebethkid
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it's being held at the CAP office, downtown.
620 SW 5th ave. [3rd floor.]
portland, or 97204

MAPQUEST THAT GOODNESS!!

(2 prevented STI s | throw me a condom!)

[06 Sep 2005|12:57pm]

thebethkid
ATTENTION WARRIORS!


it's that time of year, again! Teen to Teen is starting their recruitment for members! for those of you who don't know, Teen to Teen is this awesome peer education group, inside of Cascade AIDS Project. it's open to ages 15-19.

if you are interested please fill out a volunteer application at www.cascadeaids.org and attend a volunteer training.

if you have questions about it, please email me at: beth_myrick@yahoo.com

(throw me a condom!)

[04 Aug 2005|03:54pm]

thebethkid
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it's a benefit for the Campaign to End AIDS.

(3 prevented STI s | throw me a condom!)

[13 Jul 2005|04:21pm]

thebethkid
axillism: penis-armpit intercourse.

example: "the rise of female shaving and deodorant has led to a decline in axillism."

see also- COITUS A MAMMILLA [ thrusting penis between breasts. AKA intermammary intercourse. or titty-fuck ] COITUS INTERFERMORIS [between thighs] GENUPHALLATION [between knees]

(2 prevented STI s | throw me a condom!)

[11 Jul 2005|04:03pm]

thebethkid
alright. alright. i admit it. i'm a jerk. i have neglected this community so much lately! but i'm gonna step up! to start it off, here's a new slang word that i challenge you to use today!

cassolette: [kas-so-let] original reference to perfume box with perforated lid, worn inside the vagina in 18 century france. revival of ancient egyptian custom.:a woman's natural personal scent, especially the aroma of her genitalia.

example: "she put a bit of her cassolette behind her ears to subconsciously attract the boys."

now, go teach your parents what you learned today!

(throw me a condom!)

[22 Jun 2005|02:40pm]

fuckdaglitz
[ mood | excited ]

on bbc 1xtra there are always these really cool documentries and they have a new one on a sexual health clinic in essex, england called the clinic. it's pretty cool, plus there's awesome accents!
there's a lot about music and other stuff too!

check them out here seriously!

click-a-roo!

my personal favorite:
female MCs. totally my calling!

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