Still time to register! Click pic for more info….
Here’s an opportunity to do some good:
FREE 3-day Training!!!
FREE 3-day Training!!!
OraQuick Rapid Test, and
HIV CTRS Training
(Counseling Testing and Referral Services)
February 26 – 28, 2013
Please register by February 15!!!
Hampton Inn, Great Falls, MT
Register at: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/skcbear/189053
Click here for more info: CTRS Training February 2013
And if you’re interested in becoming a testing associate for AIDS Outreach, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michigan Awards Nearly $2.5M For HIV Prevention (detroit.cbslocal.com)
- Rollout of provider-initiated HIV testing (africanpress.me)
- Multiple factors affect HIV prognosis, study shows (yaledailynews.com)
- Need for education in the prison system imperative (kaieteurnewsonline.com)
- Rapid HIV testing first (theage.com.au)
The infographic below was created by the Girl Effect which is a movement about leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families and the world. It highlights the problem of child marriage which leads to pregnancy and childbirth which can be fatal for young girls- not to mention damaging to a country’s economy.
When: September 14 – 16, 2012
Where: Helena, MT
Registration Deadline: September 7, 2012
• Experienced facilitators and educators • Great workshops on accessing resources • Safe and confidential space
To Register, CLICK HERE, or if you have Questions, call:
FDH & Associates ● 406.829.8075 Or email: email@example.com
Montana does something that, to my knowledge, is not done anywhere else in the U.S.- we invite HIV+ persons and their partners/support persons to learn about coping and living with HIV. It’s a fantastic weekend filled with information, activity, relaxation, community and support, and I’ve been part of it for five years now.
I highly recommend it. Out-of-staters welcome. To check it out and/or register, click the pic below.
- Missoula County Sees Spike In HIV Infection (dgsmith.org)
- Analysis: Why some people do not receive continuous HIV medical care (dgsmith.org)
- Study finds HIV-infected men at risk for spreading HIV despite taking HAART (eurekalert.org)
Sadly, but perhaps unsurprisingly, Utah’s Legislature is moving forward on HB363, a piece of legislation that would effectively end any comprehensive sexual education in Utah schools. The Salt Lake City Weekly:
House Bill 363 sponsor Rep. Bill Wright, R-Holden, argued that teaching contraception only encouraged immoral behavior, so his bill would allow for schools to teach abstinence-only or to opt out of teaching sexual education entirely. Wright said teaching sexuality wasn’t a priority in education. “This is not like all our students are going to die if they don’t learn promiscuous behavior,” Wright said. (emphasis mine)
Yes. That’s what he said.
Anti-sex-education crusader Bill Wright would have loved me.
In seventh grade, I was just like the tiny blond granddaughter the Republican legislator from Holden hauled up to Capitol Hill last week as a prop for his legislative campaign, House Bill 363. I was the pristine product of a sex-free Utah public education and Mormon parents—innocent, naïve, clueless.
Then one day, I overheard a boy in the hall at school crudely describing the mechanics of copulation. In an instant, Troy rendered irrelevant my parents’ denial that we needed to have the talk and showed me the limits of my teachers’ silence. It was the end of innocence, delivered by a pimply teenage boy.
And that’s the problem with Wright’s (and my parents’) plan: It’s not rooted in real life.
American teens are shockingly misinformed about their bodies, birth control and pregnancy—Utah kids even more so.
A 2008 study by Self magazine and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy found many young adults had “magical thinking” when it comes to sex—unsure of how often to take birth-control pills, unfamiliar with 28-day fertility cycles.
And that was among young adults with some level of sex education. In the information vacuum created by Utah lawmakers, sex ed ranges from abstinence-only programs in four school districts—Alpine, Canyons, Jordan and Nebo—to oblique references from frightened biology and health teachers in others.
When are we going to wake up to science and truth? High school students are having sex. Right now. Probably without condoms, birth control, and in Utah, without rudimentary knowledge of biological processes.
While this “teaching kids about sex causes them to have more sex” nonsense avoids the reality of the situation: as a society, we are ridiculously stupid about sex.
And if this bill gets through, that ridiculousness will be enshrined in Utah law.
- Sex ed: How young is too young? (goerieblogs.com)
- Begin Sex Ed in Kindergarten, Says New ‘National Standards’ Report (truthsupport.wordpress.com)
- Nick Offerman Talks Sex Ed With Wife Megan Mullally (huffingtonpost.co.uk)
- Sex Re(Ed): I Was Duped Into Teaching An Abstinence-Only Curriculum at 15 (blisstree.com)
- Abstinence-Only Sex Educators Think They’re Teaching People To ‘Say No’; They’re Wrong (blisstree.com)
- Utah’s teen mothers lacked crucial knowledge, survey finds ()