Less than a quarter of teens have been tested for HIV, according to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study shows that testing rates did not increase between 2005 and 2013, despite government recommendations and campaigns to get teens screened.
Today we catch up with Global Activist, Phyllis Wezeman. She's just back from Malawi. For our Global Activism segment, she’ll update us on some new initiatives to give aid and comfort to sub-Saharan Africa, a region with two-thirds of the world’s HIV infections and three-fourths of the globe’s AIDS-related deaths, according to the World Health Organization. She’s author of the book Through the Heart: Creative Methods of HIV and AIDS Education.
The Carrier is a lyrical film that follows Mutinta Mweemba, a 28-year-old subsistence farmer. Mutinta fell in love with dreams of marriage, children and a better life, but her new husband came with two other wives.
Uganda desperately needs surgeons. In a country of 32 million people, there are only about a hundred specialist surgeons. As a result, accident victims with critical injuries must sometimes wait weeks or months for operations.
On today's Global Activism, we talk to Beth Skorochod, who works on HIV prevention for Population Services International (PSI).The organization runs a host of health programs around the globe. These include an HIV prevention project in Togo that targets men who have sex with men.
Yesterday, President Obama rejected the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, making good on a promise to not give in to Republican ultimatums. The project was supposed to carry heavy crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada to refineries on the Texas coast.
Chicago lost a one-of-a-kind gay activist this summer when Ifti Nasim died at the age of 64. He left his native Pakistan more than 30 years ago to live an openly gay life. In Chicago, Ifti became an advocate for South Asia's gay community, which faces intense internal stigma.