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At Heaven on Seven, 111 N. Wabash Ave., a portion of every meal’s cost will be donated during Dining Out For Life April 26 to TPAN in the hopes of preventing HIV.

Restaurant event aids in HIV awareness

April 20, 2018

After a three-year absence from Chicago, the international fundraising campaign Dining Out For Life will hit bars and bistros again to raise funds in support of HIV and AIDS prevention.The April 26 event pa...

Student Financial Services works to improve customer service

Student Financial Services works to improve customer service

April 16, 2018

Student Financial Services will contract with a new vendor to improve customer service on the toll-free consultation line and online chat services for students. Acting on the student feedback that they received about the customer service lines, Columbia will begin outsou...

Sexual health education continues to be important

Sexual health education continues to be important

October 30, 2017

A report released Oct. 23 in the online publication Pediatrics responded to recent studies revealing a significant need for improvement in the way pediatricians teach patients about sexual and reproducti...

Jeff Daniels harmonizes music and acting

Jeff Daniels harmonizes music and acting

By Miranda Manier

October 23, 2017

Jeff Daniels’ acting career has spanned small and silver screens to regional and Broadway theater. He has been nominated for Tony and Golden Globe awards and even won an Emmy for his performance in the TV...

Initiative works to eliminate HIV in most-affected group

Initiative works to eliminate HIV in most-affected group

October 2, 2017

When Erik Glenn, executive director of Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, first came to Chicago when he was 22, he knew almost nothing about HIV. He was a gay, sexually active man who assumed he had alrea...

Ornaments with HIV information and resources on the inside will be hung in the Austin and North Lawndale neighborhoods until February.

World AIDS Day encourages uptick in testing

December 7, 2015

Several awareness and outreach events took place on  World AIDS Day Dec.1 to increase awareness and urge people to identify  their HIV status.It was the 27th World AIDS Day, which was first honored ...

Students Paul Abood and Jewell Donaldson help rebrand Lupe Fiasco’s nonprofit organization in “Agency,” a class in the Communication and Media Innovation Department that works with clients on their marketing needs.

Students help show go on with Lupe Fiasco nonprofit

April 6, 2015

Some marketing students will receive a real-life “Superstar” experience this semester.“Agency,” an 11-year-old class in the Communication and Media Innovation Department that pairs marketing st...

Neurological basis for munchies now less hazy

CB1 cells

By Sports & Health Reporter

March 2, 2015

The relationship between marijuana and the sudden hunger smokers experience is a little less hazy thanks to researchers at Yale University. Researchers have discovered the neurological basis for “the...

Colleges could improve counseling

By Editorial Board

November 10, 2014

As the number of young adults enrolling in higher education continues to rise, the need for colleges to provide adequate services for students with mental illness has increased.Like most institutions, Columbia offers various forms of counseling to its students. The office of Counseling Services provides them with a maximum of 10 free individual sessions per academic year and an unlimited number of group therapy sessions. Al...

Media spread Ebola hysteria

By Editorial Board

October 13, 2014

Dominating headlines and spurring 24-hour coverage on news channels, the Ebola virus is infecting the minds of Americans despite assurances from White House officials that the illness will not spread to the U.S.As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue their efforts to mitigate a potential U.S. outbreak, media outlets are reporting developments with undue urgency even though the first Ebola death on U.S. ...

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Free HIV testing returns to campus

September 8, 2014

After a two-year hiatus, free on-campus HIV testing will return to Columbia to promote safe sex. On-campus HIV testing had been discontinued in 2012 after city funding that supported the service was cut. Without the funding, the college could no longer afford to provide it, said Mar...

FDA tissue ban outdated, discriminatory

By Editorial Board

September 2, 2014

An Iowa woman is calling for the Food and Drug Administration to lift its ban on tissue donations from men who have sex with other men (MSM) after her deceased 16-year-old son’s eye and skin donations were denied because he identified as gay and she was unable to answer questions about his sexual history, according to an Aug. 12 Des Moines Register report.The FDA’s ban is a remnant of the 1980s AIDS crisis when little else was known about the disease other than its high incidence and fatality rates among sexually active gay men. Since then, stigmas attached to gayness have lessened and the advent of better HIV detection methods and treatments have rendered the FDA’s policy more bigoted than fact-based. The ban unjustly prevents gay men from making tissue donations and endangers the lives of individuals on donation lists awaiting imperative transplants.While gay and bisexual men accounted for 63 percent of new HIV infections in 2010, the remaining 37 percent can be attributed to other groups, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The FDA’s ban appears to be based on an outdated stereotype that only gay men can contract HIV. Because the FDA did not know the teen’s sexual history, it was assumed his identity as a gay man meant he was sexually active and therefore too great of a risk. This is an unfair assumption that the FDA applies to all gay men and MSMs.The ban seems even less logical considering that organ donations of gay men are accepted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is why the gay teen’s organs were transplanted but not the tissues. The U.S. HHS oversees the donation of organs such as the heart, kidneys and pancreas, according to its website. While organs are considered a life-saving donation and tissues considered a life-enhancing donation, according to the department’s website, all donations should be thoroughly screened for diseases and rejections should be based on medical grounds. It is the FDA’s policy to test all organ and tissue donations, according to the CDC’s website.Criticism of the FDA’s policy surrounding gay individuals shows the medical establishment is moving past the stereotype of HIV being a gay disease, as in 2013 when the American Medical Association voiced disapproval of the FDA’s lifetime ban on gay men donating blood.One tissue donor can enhance the lives of 50 people, according to the U.S. HHS’s website. Banning gay men from donating tissue negatively affects potential tissue recipients and hinders their quality of life.The FDA should consider the changing views of society and adopt a more socially tolerant attitude like other health authorities. It would prevent the FDA from treating gay people as second-class citizens and would provide those who need donations with more choices.

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