September 26, 2010
After last Friday’s downer post, here’s some positive news regarding women’s health outcomes–a new report published in the Guttmacher Institute’s December 2010 Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health finds that induced abortion is not associated with poor mental health outcomes among adolescents.
This information, following a 2008 American Psychological Association report that found no evidence that adult women experience mental health issues as a result of abortion, used a nationally representative sample from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to identify and interview 289 adolescents. Of those who reported an abortion (N=69), none indicated later issues with low-self esteem or depression at two different points (directly after and five years post-abortion).
For the full article, click here and scroll down: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/4223010.html
For the APA’s 2008 report click here: http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/abortion/index.aspx
And for more information on the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (sometimes known as “Add Health”), click here: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/add_health_study.cfm
September 24, 2010
This coming Monday, September 27 marks the third annual National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Sponsored by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), the National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is meant to refocus attention on the HIV/AIDS crisis among this community. Men who have sex with men are still disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. In the United States, for example, an estimated 300,000 gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men have died and more than more than half a million diagnosed since 1981. Men of color are at particular risk: a recent CDC report notes that in 2008, black men who have sex with men had the highest estimated number HIV infection diagnoses.
These infection rates are, in part, spurred by stigma and fear. In a recent Savage Love column, Dan Savage lays out his own media campaign to address these issues — “It Gets Better.” Dan and his husband put up the first video just three days ago, and already have received hundreds of videos in response.
To view the “It Gets Better” campaign, click here: www.YouTube.com/ItGetsBetterProject
For the NIH press release, click here: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/sep2010/niaid-20.htm
For the CDC’s latest surveillance report, click here: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/surveillance/resources/reports/2008report/.