Tag: medical

UNAIDS: There is no new superstrain of HIV

CHICAGO — The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) said on Tuesday that, despite media reports, there is not a new and untreatable strain of HIV. Louie R. Ocampo, country director for UNAIDS Philippines, said in a blog post that virus variants found in the country haven’t changed and are similar to…

Iowa sees big rise in gonorrhea cases

DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Health reported that there has been a 145 percent rise in gonorrhea cases in the state since 2013. Iowa had 3,600 cases of gonorrhea in 2017, according to a statement from the department. There were 2,600 cases reported in 2016. From the IDOH press release: In Iowa, increases are…

Trump fires HIV/AIDS council by FedEx

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has fired the entire Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) – via a letter sent through FedEx. The Washington Blade reported Friday that the remaining 16 members of the council were fired on Wednesday. Six had left the council in June. Chicago-based advocate and Lambda Legal lawyer Scott Schoettes told…

LGBTQ health care coming Cedar Falls, Iowa

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — A local health care facility will start offering LGBTQ health care services starting Jan. 3. The Waterloo, Iowa Courier reported last week that UnityPoint Health-Prairie Parkway will see LGBTQ patients from 5 to 7pm the first and third Wednesday of each month. The newspaper said the goal was to create a comfortable and…

Missouri county health department drops STD treatment

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — St. Charles County near St. Louis will no longer offer treatment and testing for sexual transmitted diseases (STD) through its public health, local media reported on Thursday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that after today, no more appointments would be allowed for the STD clinic’s nurse practitioner. Health department director Hope…

Minn. medical cannabis program to add autism, obstructive sleep apnea as qualifying conditions

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger on Thursday announced the decision to add autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea as new qualifying conditions for the state’s medical cannabis program. “Any policy decisions about cannabis are difficult due to the relative lack of published scientific evidence,” said Commissioner Ehlinger. “However, there…

National standards of care for TGIQ health announced

SEATTLE —RAD Remedy released the groundbreaking National Standards of Care for TGIQ Health at Gender Odyssey Seattle on Friday, Aug. 25. Based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services CLAS standards (National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care) and adapted for trans, gender non-conforming, intersex, and queer…