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June 3, 1987
San Francisco health officials report a 10% increase in the number of new AIDS cases in the city for May. The Department of Health said there were 117 new cases of acquired immune deficiency syndrome reported last month, an increase of 11 cases over April. There were 53 deaths in May, three fewer than the toll for April.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - Kim Knoble's past tracks an arc of promise, mental illness and descent into what her parents call "living hell. " But Knoble is not homeless, in prison or dead - outcomes common with stories like hers. Instead, on Wednesday, the woman with a head of wild red curls plans to walk into the St. Francis Yacht Club, tell her tale of recovery and lift the instrument she did not touch for a decade to play Massenet's "Meditation From Thais. " Now 31, Knoble was mastering Mozart violin concertos by the time she hit middle school.
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October 30, 1994 | DARA AKIKO TOM, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Richard has seen it countless times--the anger, the sorrow, the bravery of critically ill AIDS patients. Soon, he says, he'll know exactly how they feel. "Not everybody is courageous in the face of AIDS. Some go kicking and screaming and are horrible to everyone around them," said the former heroin addict-turned AIDS counselor. "I'm not sure how I'm going to act." Richard, who declined to use his last name, was diagnosed HIV positive in 1985. "So I'm panicking." He isn't the only one.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to offer Dr. Mitchell H. Katz, head of San Francisco's public health department, the job of leading L.A. County's massive and long-troubled health services department, a move that could bring to a close a two-year search. Katz, 50, said he plans to accept the job. He was told of the vote by e-mail in Seattle where he was giving a presentation on his work on Healthy San Francisco, a program to provide healthcare to the uninsured.
NEWS
May 8, 1987 | ILANA DeBARE, Times Staff Writer
The last remaining gay bathhouse in San Francisco closed with hardly a ripple this week, a victim of stricter laws and changing life styles brought about by the AIDS epidemic. In April, the San Francisco city attorney's office had charged 21st Street Baths with violating a 1984 court order requiring clubs to bar sexual activities that could spread acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
NEWS
February 11, 1987 | United Press International
High school students have been invited to compose a "rap" song to be used in a campaign to promote safe sex and halt the spread of AIDS. The San Francisco Health Department offered $500 and a local television performance to the student who crafts the winning rap, said department spokesman Paul Gibson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2003 | Daniel Costello, Special to The Times
Marking a first for a public agency in California, the San Francisco health department began dispensing a controversial anti-overdose medication to heroin addicts Saturday at a city-sponsored needle exchange program. Despite criticism that it could encourage further addiction, San Francisco health officials say their plan to distribute the prescription medicine, known as naloxone, will save lives and possibly give addicts a chance to eventually go clean.
OPINION
March 25, 2004
The policy implication of a recent federally funded study, showing 11% of men tested in gay bathhouses in Los Angeles County in 2001 and 2002 to be HIV-positive, should be clear enough: Close the bathhouses. That decisive step was crucial to San Francisco's successful containment of the nation's first major HIV epidemic, in the early 1980s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2003 | Errin Haines, Times Staff Writer
San Francisco health officials are hoping the Internet -- a catalyst in the spread of syphilis -- will encourage at-risk citizens to get tested and treated for the disease. This week, the San Francisco Department of Public Health -- in partnership with Internet Sexuality Information Services and Quest Diagnostics -- launched a Web site (www.stdtest.org) where visitors can make appointments for a free blood test at a nearby lab.
NEWS
February 27, 1987 | ILANA DeBARE, Times Staff Writer
Christine Geoghegan says her most wrenching interview was with a young mother of two who had recently been diagnosed with AIDS. As the woman was starting to plan for her children's future without her, Geoghegan gently took her back into the past. Geoghegan asked the woman, who has been separated from her husband for several years, for the names, addresses and telephone numbers of the men she had slept with in the previous eight years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2006 | Michelle Keller, Times Staff Writer
New cases of HIV in San Francisco dipped nearly 10% in the last five years, marking the first drop in infections since the late 1980s, according to preliminary estimates from the city's Department of Public Health. "It looks like we're on the waning side" of this wave in the epidemic, said department epidemiologist Willi McFarland. But, he said, "Certainly, the job is not done."
OPINION
March 25, 2004
The policy implication of a recent federally funded study, showing 11% of men tested in gay bathhouses in Los Angeles County in 2001 and 2002 to be HIV-positive, should be clear enough: Close the bathhouses. That decisive step was crucial to San Francisco's successful containment of the nation's first major HIV epidemic, in the early 1980s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2003 | Daniel Costello, Special to The Times
Marking a first for a public agency in California, the San Francisco health department began dispensing a controversial anti-overdose medication to heroin addicts Saturday at a city-sponsored needle exchange program. Despite criticism that it could encourage further addiction, San Francisco health officials say their plan to distribute the prescription medicine, known as naloxone, will save lives and possibly give addicts a chance to eventually go clean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2003 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
In a rare prosecution under a controversial AIDS law, a former city health commissioner was arrested on charges that he had purposely exposed partners to the disease through unprotected sex. Ronald Hill was taken into custody at his home in Nevada County late Tuesday under a two-count indictment handed down last week by a San Francisco grand jury.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2003 | Errin Haines, Times Staff Writer
San Francisco health officials are hoping the Internet -- a catalyst in the spread of syphilis -- will encourage at-risk citizens to get tested and treated for the disease. This week, the San Francisco Department of Public Health -- in partnership with Internet Sexuality Information Services and Quest Diagnostics -- launched a Web site (www.stdtest.org) where visitors can make appointments for a free blood test at a nearby lab.
NEWS
July 18, 2000 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a reversal of his own 1998 order, a federal judge ruled on Monday that an Oakland medicinal marijuana club can dispense the drug to seriously ill patients. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer came only two days after San Francisco announced it will allow sick people with doctors' notes access to marijuana through an identification card system used in at least two other Northern California counties.
NEWS
October 19, 1999 | PATT MORRISON
We've gotten used to actors being president, playing with the idea of being president--or at least a politician. But here's a politician with presidential designs who's looking to get into the movie trade. Sen. John McCain, Arizona's first GOP presidential contender since Barry Goldwater, has sold the rights to his memoirs to USA Films for an undisclosed sum reported to be top dollar, which is almost as high in Hollywood as it is on Capitol Hill.
NEWS
September 6, 1999 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the 1980s, the message health officials put out to the gay community was simple, straightforward and effective: If you are going to have sex, use a condom, every time. "It was the old health education model," recalled Linda Fisher-Ponce, who was then an HIV counselor with the city of San Francisco. "Someone would stand in the front of the room with an easel and colored chalk and do a group session." Health officials and AIDS activists agree that the message worked astonishingly well.
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