Fordham’s Dr. Celia B. Fisher on Charlie Sheen’s HIV disclosures: ‘Sex workers may not have the economic or social power to say no’

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While there has been no shortage of coverage of actor Charlie Sheen’s announcement last week that he is HIV positive, one aspect of the story has been noticeably missing: the complex power dynamic when an HIV-positive individual solicits a sex worker. For many sex workers, negotiating terms or leaving the situation may not be an option.

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‘High-Profile and HIV+’ Revives Ethical Questions

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This piece was originally published yesterday on
the Fordham News blog

By: Gina Vergel

Actor Charlie Sheen made headlines in 2011 with a number of trips to rehab, his dismissal from hit show Two and a Half Men, and a public meltdown.

Four years later, he’s back in the news, as he revealed he is HIV positive in a TODAY interview with Matt Lauer.

“It’s a hard three letters to absorb. It’s a turning point in one’s life,” the 50-year-old actor said to Lauer.

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Faculty Voices Against Hate Speech on College Campuses

In light of recent events on college campuses across the country, we are reminded of the seminar organized three years ago by the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education where members of faculty offered their perspectives on hate speech on college campuses. This seminar focused on faculty responsibilities toward students, especially those who face systemic discrimination, to acknowledge and address their experiences of marginalization on campus and to support and facilitate open discussion about these themes, both in and outside of the classroom.

Watch the video from the Fordham faculty discussion here

Students at Fordham are encouraged to make your voice be heard, and join in the national discussion on creating equitable and inclusive university environments. Please consider submitting your thoughts on these recent events to Ethics & Society, particularly in the context of social justice, cura personalis, and ethical obligations to fellow students and other members of the university community.

Fordham University students, faculty and staff are also invited to attend a seminar next week exploring faculty responsibilities towards students in distress. It will take place on Wednesday, November 18th from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. in Keating 124 on the Rose Hill Campus. Please read the blog post on the event for more information, including how to RSVP.

Exploring Faculty Responsibilities Toward Students in Distress

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On Wednesday, November 18th, the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education will host a seminar exploring faculty responsibilities towards students in distress. The event will take place from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. in Keating 124, on the Rose Hill Campus.

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‘Family is Family’: Why Intel’s New Adoption & Fertility Policies are a Step in the Right Direction

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By Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D.

This week Intel announced new job benefit policies that include tripling their adoption assistance program, and quadrupling their fertility coverage, noting, “family is family – no matter what it looks like.”

This comes after the company unveiled an expanded “family bonding leave” policy in January, which allows employees who are new parents to take up to eight weeks of paid leave, in addition to the existing pregnancy policy that provides new mothers with up to 13 weeks of paid time off. The “family bonding leave” can be taken any time within the first 12 months of a child’s birth, adoption, or foster care placement.

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Dr. Celia B. Fisher Presents Webinar on Ethics in Adolescent HIV Prevention Research: Youth and Parent Perspectives

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On October 14, 2015, Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Director Dr. Celia B. Fisher presented a webinar for the HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC) on youth and parent perspectives on ethics in adolescent HIV prevention research.

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Invitation to Open Meeting on APHA Ethics Code Revision

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Public Health Code of Ethics Revision Kick-Off Meeting

The new APHA Ethics Code Task Force (ECTF) invites you to an open meeting for all APHA members at the annual APHA meeting Monday, November 2, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Room S105A at McCormick Place Convention Center.

The first Public Health Code of Ethics, adopted by APHA in 2002, represented a major milestone, envisioned as a living document that would change over time to accommodate and respond to shifts and innovations in the field. The ECTF, chaired by Celia B. Fisher under the guidance of the APHA Ethics Section, comprises APHA members from a broad range of science, practice, policy, and teaching activities.

We are committed to a transparent and representative process to develop a document that reflects the values of the field and provides practical guidance for promoting and protecting the health of people, communities, and ecosystems in which we live. The ECTF looks forward to recommendations from and open discussion with APHA members.

“Achieving the healthiest nation in one generation will require all public health practitioners to address with the highest integrity the ethical challenges we face in research, practice, and policy.”

– Lisa M. Lee, Inaugural Chair of the APHA Ethics Section.