California reduces penalties for knowingly infecting someone with HIV

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that reduces the crime from a felony to a misdemeanor

Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill — authored by two openly homosexual legislators — that reduces the crime of a person knowingly infecting another person with HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor. The bill, SB 239, also removes the felony classification for intentionally donating AIDS-infected blood and makes it a misdemeanor. Penalties are … [Read more...]

The ‘great secret’ of San Francisco’s AIDS response

In early days of epidemic, archdiocese acted decisively

The following comes from a December 3 Catholic News Agency article by Adelaide Mena: The early days of the AIDS epidemic of San Francisco marked a time of fear, uncertainty and suffering. But amid the anxiety and confusion, those in need of treatment and care found one of their biggest advocates and supporters in the Catholic Church. “I always think it’s one of the great … [Read more...]

Who wants AIDS?

Bill would mandate positive spin on HIV epidemic

The following comes from a May 7 email from Pacific Justice Institute: Sacramento, CA—Parents in California are questioning why legislation making its way through the California Assembly would force schools to put a positive spin on the HIV and AIDS epidemics. AB 329, by Assemblywoman Weber, would make a number of changes to sex education, including de-emphasizing the … [Read more...]

Syphilis outbreak in West Coast gay community

Cases involve blindness, HIV

The following comes from a March 10 LA Times article by Joseph Serna.   Public health officials across the West Coast are urging medical professionals to look out for cases of ocular syphilis – a sexually transmitted disease that can cause blindness – after two potential cases in Los Angeles recently. On Thursday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public … [Read more...]

Porn actor contracts AIDS in sex filming

Industry, pinched in L.A. County, blames Nevada’s inferior testing and tracking

The following comes from a Jan. 8 story on A pornographic film performer contracted HIV/AIDS from an on-scene sex shoot, say the pornography industry's trade group and the California Department of Health. The state health officials said Monday that the performer was infected in September at a film shoot in Nevada. The Free Speech Coalition, which … [Read more...]

Planned Parenthood doesn’t think that someone with AIDS should tell their partner

  The following comes from a May 2 story on Life by Chris Rostenberg. If someone with the AIDS virus was about to have sex with you, should they have to tell you about their HIV-positive status first? Planned Parenthood doesn’t think so. In a brochure entitled Happy, Healthy, and Hot, which Planned Parenthood describes as a “guide for young people living … [Read more...]