CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1996
A federal immigration appeals board in the District of Columbia should grant asylum to a young West African woman who fled Togo to escape the torture of forced genital mutilation, only to be put into a U.S. prison with convicted murderers and thieves. Fauziya Kasinga, now 19, is a victim of persecution and deserves sanctuary.
July 21, 2003 |
A vaccine to prevent genital herpes has so far shown mixed results. Although it has proved ineffective in men, the vaccine has reduced transmission and outbreaks in some women whose partners have the disease. Because immunizing even part of the population could slow the herpes epidemic, researchers are forging ahead with additional studies of the vaccine.
August 14, 2006 |
The first outbreak was devastating enough. But within weeks came another outbreak. Then another and another. For Gina Caprio, then 22, the virus that causes genital herpes was nightmarish, "like my life was over." An antiviral drug managed to keep the virus under control, preventing recurrences, but she had to take it every day, year-round.
February 20, 2007
FEMALE GENITAL mutilation -- not "female circumcision," a comforting euphemism -- is one of the world's most entrenched and pervasive violations of human rights. Each year an estimated 2 million women and girls, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, Egypt and Sudan, are cut, typically before their 14th birthday. But in the past few years, thousands of villages in Senegal, Egypt and Sudan have abandoned the practice.
November 19, 2004 |
IT is altogether fitting that the socially progressive Ousmane Sembene, the father of the sub-Saharan cinema, would, with his superb ""Moolaade," make an eloquent protest against the archaic tradition of female "circumcision." It is still practiced in 38 of the 54 African nations recognized by the United Nations, putting at risk an estimated 2 million girls annually, according to the World Health Organization.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2004 |
The day after arresting a self-described "body modification artist" for allegedly conspiring to perform genital mutilations on two girls, federal authorities said they have found no evidence that he had ever done the procedure. But prosecutors say they believe they have enough evidence to prove that Todd Cameron Bertrang, 41, and his companion Robyn Faulkinbury, 24, both of Santa Clarita, illegally conspired to break the federal ban on such procedures.
May 27, 2005 |
Scientists studying the effects of hormone-mimicking chemicals on humans have reported that compounds called phthalates, used in plastics and beauty products and widely found in people, seem to alter the reproductive organs of baby boys. In the first study of humans exposed in the womb to phthalates, the researchers, who examined the genitalia of male babies and toddlers, found a strong relationship between the chemicals and subtle changes in the size and anatomy of the children's genitals.
October 9, 2008 |
“Testees” is a new situation comedy from FX. Its title is a pun. It debuts tonight. Kenny Hotz created it. He is the Kenny of “Kenny vs. Spenny,” a Comedy Central reality show in which Hotz and his friend Spencer Rice compete with each other to see, for instance, Who Can Sit on a Cow the Longest, Who Makes the Most Convincing Woman, Who Can Smoke More Weed and Who Can Lift the Most Weight with His Genitals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1993 |
A little-known, infrequently discussed sexually transmitted disease is coming out of the shadows at Southern California universities, including three campuses in Orange County and at UCLA and USC. Physicians at university health centers say the topic is not pleasant. Even the name of the disease--genital warts--brings nervous reactions from students, the doctors said.
December 15, 2001 |
Kenyan women this week won a 20-year battle to outlaw genital excision of young girls, but doubts remain over whether the government will vigorously enforce the ban. Even after President Daniel Arap Moi promised to sign legislation criminalizing the practice, many parents defied him by subjecting their daughters to the procedure.