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Arizona removes informed consent requirement for HIV testing

Arizona has repealed a law requiring informed consent for HIV testing. On May 20, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill repealing a requirement that before administering an HIV test a health care provider give the patient "informed consent information," which the statute defined as "information that explains HIV infection and the meaning of a positive test result and that indicates that the patient may ask questions and decline testing."

Intersex advocates say Arizona's ban on surgeries for trans minors hurts both groups

Arizona's controversial ban on gender reassignment surgery for minors has been criticized as damaging for transgender youth, but advocates say a less-discussed aspect of such laws is also harmful: an exception for intersex children. The problem with the exception, advocates say, is that it is common for intersex youth to be given medically unnecessary “gender-normalizing” procedures when they are too young to consent.

Your COVID-19 symptoms might actually be the flu: Arizona is in the midst of a late spike

Your COVID-19 symptoms might actually be the flu: Arizona is in the midst of a late spike While a cough, fever and fatigue are often signs of COVID-19, Arizonans experiencing those symptoms right now may actually have the flu. Arizona is in the midst of an unusually late spike in flu cases, and it's not too late to get a flu vaccine, Carla Berg, Deputy Director for Public Health Services at the Arizona Department of Health Services, said in a May 19 blog post. The increase in flu cases comes

$25 million Phoenix campus offers one-stop shop for dementia support

A $25 million campus created to serve a fast-growing population of Arizonans with various forms of dementia has partially opened on 3.2 acres in Phoenix. Once it's fully open, the "Dementia Care and Education Campus," operated by the nonprofit Hospice of the Valley, will serve as a one-stop shop for dementia support, hospice officials say. The campus is on 44th Street just south of Indian School Road. The campus' singular focus is on dementia, combined with the breadth of services it offers,

Medical school grads who haven't completed a residency can practice in Arizona, but few do

Arizona is one of a just handful of states that issues special practice permits to medical school graduates who haven't completed a residency, but six months into the program, use of the permits is low. Supporters of the program say it's one way to address Arizona's dire physician shortage while also providing experience for medical school graduates who apply for a first-year residency program position but don't match with one because of an ongoing shortage of residency slots.

Arizonans are skipping medications because of cost. Sen. Kelly is advocating to change that

Judy Wilson, an older Arizona resident with multiple sclerosis, opted not to take her medication last year because she couldn't afford it. “The decision to stop my medication was based on money, not medicine,” Wilson said Tuesday at a U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing hosted by U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., in Phoenix. The hearing focused on lowering prescription drug prices for seniors.

A D65 drama teacher sued the district over antiracism programming. Here’s how it has unfolded so far.

The Evanston/Skokie District 65 Education Center, at 1500 McDaniel Ave. D65 Drama teacher Stacy Deemar is suing the district over its antiracism programming. Deemar, who is white, is represented by the Southeastern Legal Foundation, a conservative law firm. She claims the district’s programming divides students and staff by race and discriminates against white people. The district says Deemar has misrepresented its programming. It argues her lawsuit should be dismissed because she failed to ex

Evanston Public Library presents results of 2021 “listening sessions” about the library’s future

Evanston Public Library. The library held a series of listening sessions in late 2021 where residents described what they’d like to see for its future. Evanston Public Library presented community suggestions for potential changes to the library Thursday in a Community Shareback event. In a series of “listening sessions” that ran from September to December 2021, Evanston residents provided feedback on their hopes for the library’s future. Nearly 200 residents participated in the sessions, which

U.S. should do more for LGBTQ Afghan refugees, advocacy groups say

WASHINGTON -- The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has increased the threat to LGBTQ Afghans, according to several human rights groups who are urging the Biden administration to act quickly to allow more LGBTQ refugees from the country into the United States. Dire warnings from the advocate groups come after the United States and several other countries worked to evacuate vulnerable Afghans from Kabul after the Biden administration fully withdrew U.S. troops from the country in August.

Supreme Court weighs fetal viability in landmark Mississippi abortion case

Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday struggled with questions about fetal viability as it tackled a Mississippi abortion law that challenges the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision. Conservative justices, particularly Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and the newest member of the court, Amy Coney Barrett, pushed Julie Rikelman, a lawyer representing Jackson Women's Health Organization, on the issue during a hearing on the case.

VA is failing survivors of sexual violence, IG and veterans advocates say

WASHINGTON -- The inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs and advocates from veterans groups Wednesday highlighted systemic failings in how the VA handles military sexual trauma claims. Studies suggest that as many as one in three female U.S. service members are sexually assaulted. Despite the scale of the problem, however, survivors face systemic barriers in getting benefits for military sexual trauma-related post-traumatic stress disorder, witnesses told a House Veterans' Aff

Immigration bond hearings violate due process rights, ACLU says

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the constitutionality of federal immigration bond proceedings in Maryland. In Miranda v. Garland, Marvin Dubon Miranda and two other men who had been held by federal immigration authorities in Maryland argue the immigration judge who presided over their bond hearings violated their Fifth Amendment right to due process by requiring them to prove they were not flight risks or dangers to the community or by setting their bond unreasonably high. Attorneys with the ACLU, the ACLU of Maryland and the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition representing the men have proposed that the case be a class action for all detained individuals before the immigration court in Baltimore, the only one in Maryland
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