City Leaders Troubled By New HIV Report | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

City Leaders Troubled By New HIV Report

Play associated audio

By Patrick Madden

City leaders in Washington say they are concerned by a new study on the HIV risks for gay men. The study finds that older men who have sex with men were more likely to not use protection or have multiple partners than their younger counterparts. Health officials say this is despite the fact that many of the older men had better health care and more education. They also had lived through the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and early 90s.

D.C. Councilman David Catania calls the findings startling and a wake up call for many in his age group.

"We are here because we escaped the epidemic, but we are still here. And just because we escaped the epidemic in the 80s and 90s doesn't mean we are immune," says Catania.

500 men were tested for the study. 14 percent or one in seven tested HIV positive.

Another surprising finding in the report: many of those who found out they were HIV positive through the study had seen a doctor in the past year but were not tested.

Catania says he will talk to the Medical Board to see what can be done to persuade doctors to offer more HIV tests.

NPR

Single-Named Singers From The Present And Past

Every answer is the name of a famous, one-named singer like Madonna or Beyoncé. Identify each one from its anagram, to which one extra letter is added. The singers are a mix of past and present.
NPR

No Resume? Criminal Background? No Problem At This Yonkers Bakery

Social justice is part of the recipe at New York's Greyston Bakery. The firm, whose clients include Ben & Jerry's, hires locals whose legal status or work history might otherwise make them unhirable.
NPR

Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

The Senate worked late into the night but was not able to figure out what to do about expiring provisions in the Patriot Act that authorize the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.
NPR

The Future Of Cardiology Will Be Shown In 3-D

The Living Heart Project aims to create a detailed simulation of the human heart that doctors and engineers can use to test experimental treatments and interventions.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.