The National Transgender Study is a Start – But More is Needed to Protect the Sexual Health of Transgender Teens

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On Thursday, December 9th, the largest survey of transgender people ever conducted was published by The National Center for Transgender Equality. The anonymous online survey had nearly 28,000 participants and found transgender people are twice as likely to live in poverty and three times more likely to be unemployed, according to an article in TIME Magazine. Other findings included that one-third of respondents reported issues in finding healthcare and 42%  reported higher rates of mistreatment by health care providers.

Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Director, Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D., lauded the recent national study highlighting the healthcare needs of transgender people in the United States. “More is needed on the health care experiences of transgender adolescents, especially their experiences with family physicians who often do not have the training to provide necessary gender affirming care,” she noted.

Fisher’s research with colleagues from Northwestern University, supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), has highlighted the critical need for physicians who are trained and open to providing gender minority youth with not only transitioning information, but also gender and sexual orientation specific sexual health information and services to prevent HIV and related STIs.

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TEDxFordhamUniversity: Lesson in Bioethics Given by Golden Girls | Dr. Elizabeth Yuko

As one of the most groundbreaking sitcoms of all time, The Golden Girls introduced a range of bioethical issues on the show regarding medicine, the human body and women’s health.

In this TEDx Talk, Dr. Elizabeth Yuko, a Fordham University Center for Ethics Education  fellow and adjunct professor, discusses how influential Golden Girls was, and still is, as a lens for the study of bioethics and its principles using examples from the show’s most notable episodes.

Watch below:

Dr. Elizabeth Yuko is also the Health Editor at SheKnows Media, a women’s lifestyle digital media company operating SheKnows.com. BlogHer.com. HelloFlo.com and STYLECASTER.com. Please visit her website and Twitter page for more information.

Ethics & Society Newsfeed: World AIDS Day 2016

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World AIDS Day, December 1, 2016

“World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.”

Please visit the World AIDS Day website for more information about the history of the day and how to get involved, support and show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV.

AIDS in the News

Search for HIV Vaccine Resumes With Test in South Africa
In the ongoing search for an HIV vaccine scientists have begun testing a more powerful version of the only shot that has ever shown promise in a new study being conducted in South Africa.

World AIDS Day: ‘Nobody is satisfied with the state of healthcare’, says Tim Cook
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, comments on the company’s biggest-ever World Aids Day event, and why saving lives is part of the tech giant’s business model.

World AIDS Day: When Will There Be A Cure For HIV? 2016 Brings Vaccine Trials, Medical Breakthroughs
The first AIDS cases were reported over 35 years ago.  Now the world asks: When will there be a cure for HIV?

HIV Tests, Vaccine Spotlighted as World AIDS Day Approaches
What’s the best way to prevent the spread of HIV?  The World Health Organization is calling for more self-testing as a new vaccine trial gets underway in South Africa.

World AIDS Day: Pope calls for solidarity and treatment for all
Pope Francis calls for solidarity and responsibility on the eve of World AIDS Day

Mike Pence’s Defining Moment As Governor?  Enabling An HIV Outbreak
On World AIDS Day, Hoosiers recall how vice president-elect, Mike Pence’s health cuts as Governor helped spur an Indiana HIV outbreak.

World AIDS Day: Saraki seeks End To Stigmatization
As the world celebrates World AIDS Day 2016, medical doctor and Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki calls for an end to stigmatization.

Report: More People with HIV on Treatment, Fewer People Dying from AIDS
On World AIDS Day, it’s important to remember the positives- more people with HIV are now on treatment than ever before, and fewer people are dying from the disease.

AFAN Turns the Town Red for World AIDS Day
Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) will show its support for World AIDS Day by turning Las Vegas red.

The Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI)

The Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute encourages studies highlighting the various voices in HIV research, including those of the patients, participants, physicians, researchers, and communities.

As today is World AIDS Day, the Ethics & Society blog would like to reflect on the HIV research, as well as research on the areas, populations, and co-morbidities that are still in need of research attention, that has been done by previous fellows of RETI. Please visit our Funded Projects page, as well as our Publications and Presentations page, to read more about our fellows’ and faculty’s HIV research.

The HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute is now accepting applications for its 2017 session taking place July 13-21! Please visit our website or contact the Program Administrator Rimah Jaber (ethicsinst@fordham.edu) for more information. The deadline for applications is February 25, 2017. 

Fordham RETI Fellow Discusses Addiction with U.S. Surgeon General on NPR

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Earlier this month, the United States Surgeon General issued a report declaring substance use disorders, like addiction, the “most pressing public health crises of our time.” The report called the country to action to both help those struggling with the chronic illness of addiction and change how addiction in the U.S. is perceived as a “criminal justice problem” rather than the public health problem that it is.

Fordham University Center for Ethics Education HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI) Fellow Dr. Erin Bonar, an assistant professor and researcher at the University of Michigan, recently addressed addiction in a panel along with the U.S. Surgeon General on NPR titled, “How To Spot — And Treat — Addiction In Your Family.”

“Many people still believe that addition is a moral failing or a sign of weakness, but decades of research as summarized in the surgeon general’s report support the notion that this is medical condition brought about by a number of factors, including genetics and environmental influences,” Bonar explained.

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Seeing Red, Feeling Blue: Fordham Historians Discuss the 2016 Election

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Following the 2016 election this month, a panel of historians at Fordham University discussed the results and President-Elect Trump through the lenses of different historical perspectives on November 22, 2016.

The panelists discussed several issues including, but not limited to, Latino/hispanic votes, immigration, fascism and the “alt-right,” mistrust of the United States government, misogyny, white supremacy, Islamophobia, women’s rights and more.

The panel was comprised of faculty with various levels of expertise in diverse fields of history:

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Moderator David Myers with panelists

Sal Acosta, Ph.D., United States history and United States Latino/Hispanic history

Christopher Dietrich, Ph.D., United States history and foreign policy, specifically post-WW2 era

Kirsten Swinth, Ph.D., U.S. since 1945 and U.S. women’s and gender history

Magda Teter, Ph.D., European history

To listen to this discussion, please play the audio below:

Highlights:

On the Latino vote: The media “distorted” the Latino vote in the media to have people believe they voted in favor in Trump. In reality, an exit poll of 5,600 people found that 79% of Latinos voted in favor of Clinton. – Dr. Acosta

On fascism: The “dual crisis” of political arrangements not functioning well and malfunctions in the government creating mistrust make “fascism appealing.” – Dr. Dietrich

On women: White women voted Republican in the 2016 election as “party affiliation trumps gender” typically when voting. – Dr. Swinth

On trends across Europe and the U.S.: There is a wave of nativists and right-wing movements in countries like Russia, Poland and England, and America and Israel are “part of that shift” as emotions of “fear, despair and post-economic crisis” dominate. – Dr. Teter

Now Accepting Applications: Fordham University’s Master’s Degree in Ethics and Society and the HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute

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Master’s Degree in Ethics and Society: Spring 2017

The Master of Arts in Ethics and Society provides students with a solid grounding in moral theory and ethical practice in fields such as philosophy, theology, bioethics, research ethics, business and law.

Preparation for:
– Doctoral programs in the humanities and biological and social sciences
– Professional degree programs in medicine and law
– Employment in a variety of fields including government, nonprofit, academia, business, and healthcare)

Engage in practicum experiences throughout the New York Metropolitan Area at:
– St. Barnabas Hospital
– Global Bioethics Initiative
– Generation Citizen
– Fordham University Institutional Review Board
– Families and Work Institute
– And more

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Ethics & Society Newsfeed: November 11, 2016

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President-Elect Trump and Ethics

Trump and Pence on science, in their own words
Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s career and campaign track record of false claims about science, rejection of research conclusions and dangerous rhetoric on misconceptions such as vaccines and autism

Donald Trump Will Face Unprecedented Ethics Decisions as President
Conflicts of interest between Donald Trump’s business interests and his presidency

Ethics laws don’t require Trump to give up control of his ‘unprecedented’ portfolio
Donald Trump has no legal requirement to forfeit control of his businesses

Trump left something out of his Obamacare speech — the 21 million his plan leaves uninsured
The public health consequences of Donald Trump’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare

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