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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence makes a comment as Scott County Sheriff Don McClain listens during a meeting that Pence held with local officials in Scott County to discuss an HIV outbreak in the area, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Scottsburg, Ind. Pence is preparing to declare a public health emergency in the southern Indiana county where 72 cases of HIV have been confirmed. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indiana governor to allow short-term needle exchange program in attempt to stem HIV outbreak

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has authorized a short-term needle exchange program to help contain an outbreak of HIV in a county with 79 confirmed new infections since January. Pence on Thursday declared a public health emergency in Scott County, about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. He ordered the state health department to set up a command centre to co-ordinate HIV and substance abuse treatm…

  • Syphilis outbreak reported in eastern Newfoundland

    Eastern Health is reporting an outbreak of syphilis in eastern Newfoundland, with 15 cases confirmed so far this year. Dr. David Allison, medical officer of health for Eastern Health, said the number of cases has steadily increased over the last decade. "That's way above the number of cases of syphilis we would expect …

  • Amherstburg parents want details of new sex ed program

    The parents of four boys at an Amherstburg elementary Catholic school say they want to have more control over what parts of the province's new sex ed curriculum they're children take part in. Tammy and Gregory Moore have four boys at Stella Maris Catholic School in Amherstburg. They don't believe their children are ready …

  • Peter Gallagher fights sinus infection … The Canadian Press - Fri, 13 Mar, 2015
    This image released by Polk PR shows Kristen Chenoweth during a performance of the Roundabout Theatre Company's "On The Twentieth Century," in New York. (AP Photo/Polk PR, Joan Marcus)

    Peter Gallagher knows that sinking feeling all too well. He has battled a severe sinus infection to be able to star opposite Kristin Chenoweth when Broadway's "On the Twentieth Century" opens Sunday. It turned out it wasn't a cold," said Gallagher, who is on antibiotics and is never far from a bottle of water. Gallagher …

  • Robert Campbell to be sentenced in international cyberbullying case

    Campbell pleaded guilty to 63 charges of identity fraud, defamation and criminal harassment in a case that involved 38 people across Canada, the U.S. and U.K. Roland Stieda told CBC News he was harassed for 12 years, after working with Campbell for a few months in 2002. Stieda said the campaign against him included false …

  • Saint John police protection for Blacks Harbour unlikely

    Police and community agencies in Saint John are asking for federal funding to help get sex workers out of the trade. The federal government has made funding available as a complement to new prostitution laws that came into effect in December. Saint John Police Chief Bill Reid said the new laws will not change the way …

  • Suspensions lifted for men in Dalhousie … The Canadian Press - Mon, 2 Mar, 2015
    The Dalhousie University dentistry building is seen in Halifax on Jan. 6, 2015. Male dentistry students from Dalhousie University who participated in a Facebook page that contained sexually violent content about female classmates have expressed remorse in an open letter to the community. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

    Dalhousie University in Halifax has decided to allow 12 male dentistry students to return to clinical practice less than two months after they were suspended for allegedly participating in a Facebook page that contained sexually violent content about female classmates. In a statement released late Monday, university president …

  • Dalhousie dentistry students say public attention has been harmful

    The 29 members of the fourth-year dentistry class at Dalhousie University say they've all been hurt by the public attention.

  • New report into Jimmy Savile finds sex … The Canadian Press - Thu, 26 Feb, 2015
    Kate Lampard the independent author of the Investigation into Jimmy Savile and lessons learnt report speaks at a press conference in London to announce the reports findings Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. A new report into widespread sex abuse by the late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile has found that victims' complaints about his activities were ignored. The report released Thursday showed an extensive pattern of abuse at numerous National Health Service hospitals where the celebrity broadcaster was given wide access to patients even though he was known by some staff to be a sexual predator.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    Two new reports into widespread sex abuse by the late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile have found that victims' complaints about his activities were ignored. The reports released Thursday showed an extensive pattern of abuse by Savile at numerous National Health Service hospitals where the celebrity broadcaster was given wide …

  • BDSM in Canada is 50 shades of legal grey

    Under current Canadian law a person cannot consent to physical harm, says University of Toronto law professor Brenda Cossman, though there are a few obvious exceptions. Tattooing, piercing and other kinds of body modification are also accepted because they are seen to have cultural value. "Bodily harm is defined as something …

  • Ontario Tories distance themselves from … The Canadian Press - Wed, 25 Feb, 2015
    Ontario Tory MPP says he doesn't believe in evolution

    An Ontario Tory's statement that he doesn't believe in evolution has puzzled and frustrated his fellow Conservatives who admitted Wednesday that stance doesn't help a party trying to rebuild after four consecutive election defeats. Nicholls's heckle during debate on an updated sex-education curriculum was greeted with …

  • CBC-TV doc 'Transforming Gender' … The Canadian Press - Wed, 25 Feb, 2015
    Dr. Carys Massarella, a transgender Canadian physician who appears in the new CBC-TV documentary "Transforming Gender," is shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

    Transgenderism has been prevalent in the headlines lately, with transgender characters on TV shows including "Orange is the New Black" and "Transparent," and speculation over Olympic legend Bruce Jenner's gender identity. Dr. Carys Massarella, a transgender Canadian physician who appears in the new CBC-TV documentary "Transforming …

  • AIDS drug taken before and after sex … The Canadian Press - Tue, 24 Feb, 2015
    FILE - In this Thursday, May 10, 2012 file photo, a doctor holds Truvada pills at her office in San Francisco. A study released Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 shows that the drug, used to treat HIV infection, also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. The study, done in France and Canada, is the first to test "on demand" use of Truvada, a pill combining two AIDS drugs, by people planning to have risky sex. The uninfected men who took it were 86 percent less likely to get HIV compared to men given dummy pills. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. The results offer hope of a more appealing way to help prevent the disease beyond taking daily pills and using condoms, although those methods are still considered best.  …

  • Highlights from Ontario's new health … The Canadian Press - Mon, 23 Feb, 2015
    Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals presents the revised Health and Physical Education curriculum at a press conference at Queen's Park in Toronto, Monday, February 23, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Galit Rodan

    Grade 3: Identify the characteristics of healthy relationships, including those with friends, siblings and parents. Describe how visible differences, such as skin colour, and invisible differences, including gender identity and sexual orientation, make each person unique. Demonstrate an understanding of personal hygienic …

  • Ontario revises sex education curriculum … The Canadian Press - Mon, 23 Feb, 2015
    Sex ed

    Ontario kids as young as six will learn about consent while eight-year-olds will be taught about same-sex relationships under a revamped sex-education curriculum the province released Monday. The document — last updated in 1998 before smartphones were invented — brings Ontario in line with other provinces, Education Minister …

  • New Ontario sex ed curriculum ready for September

    Ontario has updated its sexual-education curriculum for the first time in nearly two decades and it will be rolled out across the province this fall. Education Minister Liz Sandals unveiled the new curriculum at a news conference Monday, saying the government won't back down in the face of criticism as it did in 2010 when …

  • Health PEI will cover costs of 3 surgeries for transgender patients

    The P.E.I. provincial government will fund three procedures for gender reassignment surgery. Health Minister Doug Currie said the change came after he had a meeting with Ash Arsenault and others from the transgender community last spring. He's certainly a real champion of the transgender community," said Currie.

  • Caribbean's different gender gap … The Canadian Press - Thu, 12 Feb, 2015
    In this Feb. 2, 2015 photo, student teacher Shane Sinclair, right, helps veteran teacher Lillia Lewin-Robinson teach third-grade boys a math lesson using a soccer ball at a co-ed primary school experimenting with single-sex classrooms in a poor community in Kingston, Jamaica. Educators in Jamaica say the research they have conducted has shown that boys in single-sex schools do better than those in co-educational ones. (AP Photo/David McFadden)

    When the young woman was preparing to open a business in Jamaica selling pipes, vaporizers and other smoking paraphernalia, some acquaintances suggested she would have difficulty succeeding in a niche trade dominated by men. Now, about a year-and-a-half after its launch at a hotel complex in Jamaica's capital, Ravn Rae's …

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