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June 2, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
In a move that has angered physicians and AIDS activists, Los Angeles County may shake up the management of its sexually transmitted disease program, which has aggressively investigated the spread of HIV among porn performers. Critics say the proposed change could weaken efforts to halt the spread of HIV in the Los Angeles-based, $12-billion-a-year porn industry. "This appears to be a political move which could significantly interfere with disease control activities," said Dr. Gary Richwald, who headed the STD program between 1989 and 2000.
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October 10, 2007 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
An estimated 1 million young Californians had a sexually transmitted disease in 2005, including 1 in every 4 or 5 young people in Los Angeles County, researchers said Tuesday. "We were expecting high numbers . . . but this was a shock even to us," said epidemiologist Petra Jerman of the Public Health Institute in Oakland, who led the new study reported in the California Journal of Health Promotion.
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May 11, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON and LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The county Board of Supervisors accepted more than $700,000 in state grants Tuesday to extend a program that provides the controversial drug azidothymidine--AZT--to low-income residents with AIDS or AIDS-related illnesses. The new funding will extend the drug distribution program through September and pay for 13 new drugs that will be added to the list of medications made available to poor residents with HIV or AIDS.
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February 20, 1989
The federal Centers for Disease Control, seeking to accelerate AIDS-prevention programs, especially in minority populations, came to town with an innovative new program the other day, but the response raised danger signs for Los Angeles. A small number of agencies accepted invitations to a day-long briefing, and many of those that did attend demonstrated extremely limited knowledge of the pandemic. This is a serious, critically serious, matter.
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April 25, 1999 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the first day of Santa Monica's historic weekend election, a handful of voters trickled into a City Hall polling place past a crowd of some 200 homeless people waiting patiently outside for their free lunches. Restless poll workers with nothing better to do Saturday watched television at one polling place next to a bustling farmers market. At another polling place inside a coffeehouse, even the lure of free gourmet coffee wasn't enough to dramatically turn up the turnout.
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February 20, 1998 | MARY JANE ROTHERAM-BORUS, Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus is director of the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention & Treatment Services, and a professor of psychiatry at UCLA
The debate over HIV has irrevocably changed how business is conducted in many segments of America. The Food and Drug Administration now recognizes alternative routes for approval of new drugs in life-saving situations. Scientific projects are now usually informed by community advisory boards. Congress has become increasingly diversified, providing a voice to groups traditionally stigmatized.
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October 4, 1989 | ROBERT STEINBROOK, Times Medical Writer
Los Angeles physicians have confirmed the first West Coast case of infection with a variant AIDS virus called HIV-2, which is extremely rare in the United States but common in western Africa. The patient is a West African man in his 30s who has lived in Los Angeles since 1979, physicians at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services said Tuesday. He had sought medical care for another condition and has not developed AIDS.
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April 8, 2000 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
The number of syphilis cases reported in an outbreak among gay men in Los Angeles County has doubled to 51 in the past two weeks, adding urgency to public health officials' efforts to contain the spread. Twenty-eight of the 51 infected people also have the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS--worrisome because syphilis sores facilitate transmission of HIV, said Peter Kerndt, director of the county's sexually transmitted diseases program.
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April 8, 2000 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
The number of syphilis cases reported in an outbreak among gay men in Los Angeles County has doubled to 51 in the last two weeks, adding urgency to public health officials' efforts to contain the spread. Twenty-eight of the 51 infected people also have the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS--worrisome because syphilis sores facilitate transmission of HIV, said Peter Kerndt, director of the county's program on sexually transmitted diseases.
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April 23, 2004 | Caitlin Liu and Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writers
Raising privacy concerns, adult film industry advocates denounced Los Angeles County health officials Thursday for taking the files of more than 50 porn actors that contained personal identification information and their HIV test results. County health officials ordered Sherman Oaks-based Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation -- a nonprofit group that provides testing and counseling for the pornographic community -- to turn over the records on Wednesday.
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