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July 2010

President Barack Obama Unveils National HIV/AIDS Strategy
Throughout his presidential campaign and during his administration, President Barack Obama has affirmed his commitment to addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. To that end, he directed the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) to develop a National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) to realize his vision that ...
HIV Testing for Teens Not Being Implemented as Recommended
A recent examination by the Chicago Tribune reported disparities between the 2006 recommendation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urging all health care providers to routinely offer HIV testing to patients ages 13–64 and current practices. This critical recommendation is being disregarded for many teenage patients. ...
Argentina Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
After more than 14 hours of debate that lasted into the early morning, Argentina’s Senate voted 33–27 to pass a measure legalizing same-sex marriage on July 15, 2010. The legislation, known as the Marriage Equality Bill, affords same-sex couples equal marriage rights as heterosexual couples. Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez de ...
After 65 Years, United Nations Establishes Central Agency for Women
The United Nations cast a historic unanimous vote on July 2, 2010, creating a single agency to lead the global initiative for women’s equity and rights. Officially named the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, the new “UN Women” agency will be fully functional by ...
Provincetown, Massachusetts Passes New Condom Availability Program
Provincetown, Massachusetts has become the source of a major national controversy after a new condom availability policy was approved by its school committee in June 2010.[1] The policy reads: “Condoms will be available, upon request, to Provincetown students,” and was intentionally written with no minimum age limit for students who ...
Pentagon Survey in Preparation for Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Denounced
Recent optimism caused by advancements made by Congress and the administration of President Barack Obama to repeal the ban on openly gay and lesbian individuals serving in the military, commonly known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), has been tempered by the publication of a survey distributed to 400,000 servicemembers ...

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