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Wild Resivoir of Ebola Larger Than Previously Thought

Wild Resivoir of Ebola Larger Than Previously Thought

Scientists have mapped the range of the Ebola virus in the wild. The range is greater than previously estimated with nearly 220 million individuals at risk for exposure to infected animals. The Oxford-led research team mined the scientific literature for every reported case of Ebola virus since the disease was discovered in 1976. Using spatial and statistical models the scientists mapped each Ebol... »

Male Circumcision and HIV

Male Circumcision and HIV

Queereka recently received a comment through our “contact us” portal asking us to weigh in on this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwX5zfC0hgc about the recent evidence that’s been uncovered that HIV transmission can be reduced by circumcision and this article as a possible rebuttal to the point. The commenter further worried that “This is bad on many levels because it could also filter back... »

Truvada: A Late Take

Truvada: A Late Take

The CDC issued guidelines in May of this year recommending that people at high risk for HIV transmission including men who have sex with men, people with HIV-1 positive partners, intravenous drug users and women who have unprotected sex with partners of uncertain status undergo pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) regimens to prevent HIV infection. The WHO issued similar guidelines but targeted it dire... »

Where are all the LGBT scientists at?

Where are all the LGBT scientists at?

I’m in the ongoing process of being out in a couple of life aspects, being gay and atheistic, (gaytheistic?) which involves a bunch of references to my boyfriend in casual conversation and honest but non-confrontational answers to questions like “So where do you go to church”. I try to be the best “normalizing” presence that I can be so that the benefits of visibility... »

Retort and Riposte: More Grad School Stuff

Retort and Riposte: More Grad School Stuff

So for those of you who missed the earlier exchange Dan and I have been having a bit of a back-and-forth RE: the state of graduate education. I broke the topic with an article on the Duke Collective, a group of students who had resorted to wage sharing to help minimize the perilous funding situations they found themselves in. I argued that the move places a spotlight on the structural problems wit... »

Collectivism at Duke

Collectivism at Duke

The Student Union of Michigan recently published an interview with a group of Duke graduate students that contained the unthinkable in a capitalist system, collectivization of wages. The Duke Collective, as they are known, was dissatisfied with the way that the university handled stipends and so decided to take matters into their own hands.  ” And so it initially began as a kind of emergency... »

In Defense Of Magneto. My Final Word On The Hashtag.

In Defense Of Magneto. My Final Word On The Hashtag.

First of all I would like to point out that the point of the magneto metaphor is in fact “being nice doesn’t pay, don’t bother, smash oppressors” and has nothing to do with real life violence, I do not and will never advocate violent actions and anyone who reads that into this metaphor is a fool, it is a metaphor, a symbol and nothing more. You can always nitpick any metaph... »

a copper IUD

The IUD Option: Stigma, Falsehoods, and Shaming

This confession may come as a shock to some: I have never been in love with menstruation. The dread of a surprise attack, cramps, the discomfort of cotton wads crammed where no wads of cotton should be. While still respecting those who savor their bloody womanhood, I grew up wishing that I could do anything to turn off that monthly hell. When I first started college I jumped on birth control pills... »

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