Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Marching and Moving Forward 2.0

Raising a Hair Affair for a Cause

Have you got tickets yet? Its the first ever "Hair Affair" event serving as a duel fundraising event for The Living Affected Corporation and continuing fundraising effort for the Lucie's Place concept that will address LGBTQ youth issues. The event will take place, March 22, at the Terry Mansion, 411 East 11th Streeet, from 6- 11 p.m. 

Organizers are planning a full evening of fashion, vendors, networking and spotlights on the "Big Hair" trend that's being seen on runways from NYC to Milan. 

Local stylist will offer tips and tricks of the trade, meanwhile clothes designers will be offering their latest looks for spring or fall. It promises to be a night to be remembered. Tickets are still are available for purchase at levels of $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Check out this link to get tickets on line:  https://www.wepay.com/events/a-hair-affair 

Daily-use HIV Prevention Approaches Didn’t Work for African Women in the VOICE Study

According to findings of a major HIV prevention trial presented Monday, March 4, 2013 at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections Exit Disclaimer (CROI), study participants who received daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) did not experience any protection against HIV compared to those in the placebo arm, likely because very few were taking the study drugs as directed.

The trial, known as the Vaginal and Oral Interventions to Control the Epidemic (VOICE) study, was designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of three HIV prevention strategies compared to placebo. It was sponsored and largely funded by National Institutes of Health-funded Microbicide Trials Network Exit Disclaimer, a worldwide collaborative clinical trials network focused on preventing the sexual transmission of HIV.

View the webcast of the presentation Exit Disclaimer by one of the study’s co-leaders, Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo of the University of Washington. Read the presentation abstract Exit Disclaimer.
The NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases issued this statement about the study findings, noting that the results were likely due to very low levels of product use, particularly among young, single women.

A statement about the study results from Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, stresses that consistent use is imperative when using pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV infection. Read the CDC statement.
Finally, the NIH-supported Microbicide Trials Network also issued a statement Exit Disclaimer discussing the study findings.

Legislative A-GO-GO: Let's Party like its 1874

COP 24/7 was glad to see some musings and other outrage being expressed with the current tidal wave of crazed legislative measures that not even Gov. Bebee can do a damn thing about it whether he's in the state or out of the state. Case in point with Lt. Gov. Mark Darr taking it upon himself to some "governoring"with signing into law a bill to make secret the list of 130,000 Arkansans with concealed weapons permits.

Darr signed the while Gov. Mike Beebe was in Washington, D.C. attending the Governors Conference.Beebe opposed the bill but, after it passed both houses, said he'd let it become law without his signature.

Had Beebe vetoed the bill, legislators could have overridden the bill with simple majority votes in the House and Senate, both of which are controlled by Republicans. Darr says he didn't want to see a delay in the bill becoming law. Thank you to the "Quit the Crazy" folks who are calling out wingnuts who just don't seem think that we need to be moving forward in the 21st Century. Check it out  on Facebook and share your "stop the insanity" plea.



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