Comprehensive Sex Ed Not Mandatory in NY State

UNBELIEVABLE! Check out this article from New York Civil Liberties Union: Comprehensive sexuality education is not a part of the required curriculum in New York State. City schools are not required to provide sexuality education despite a clear need for it: New York City has the highest rates of HIV and AIDS infection in the United States. According to 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, 41 percent of New York City youth reported becoming sexually active by 9th grade and 58 percent by 12th grade. Share → Tweet

HIV/AIDS News Roundup

H.I.V.: Drugs Often Reserved for the Very Sick May Stem Mother-to-Baby Infections (NY Times) Johnson & Johnson Deal May Bring HIV/AIDS Drugs To Developing Countries Faster (Kaiser Family Foundation) Institute of Medicine Issues Second Report on HIV Screening and Access to Care (AIDS.gov) Federal Leads Explore Intersection of HIV/AIDS and Housing Insecurity or Homelessness (AIDS.gov) ADAP Watch: AIDS Drug Wait List Grows to 5,779 (Housing Works) National HIV/AIDS Strategy Tiptoes Forward (Housing Works) Share → Tweet

SWOP-NYC Announces Partnership with Uganda-based WONETHA

SWOP-NYC is pleased to announce a partnership in solidarity with Uganda-based Women’s Organization Network for Human Rights Advocacy (WONETHA). You can learn more about WONETHA here and here. Women’s Organization Network for Human Rights Advocacy (WONETHA) is a Ugandan sex worker led organization established in August 2008 by 3 passionate and determined sexworkers who have faced harassment, insults, stigma, discrimination and arrest without trial by misinformed societies and who have been stirred into responsive action concerning the plight of other sexworkers in the same working conditions. Macklean Kyomya, Daisy Nakato,... Read The Rest →

Final Project: PROS Network Services Finder App for Android and Mobile Web

Abstract PROS Network Services Finder is a mobile website / Android application that provides a listing of harm reduction services for sex workers in New York City based on GPS location information. The current services listings are organized under the following categories: harm reduction and syringe exchanges, shelters, legal services, youth services, advocacy and support services. In the next version, the application will include a two-way “bad date list” feature as well as the ability to report instances of violence with a focus on combating police violence. Problem Statement Sex... Read The Rest →

Condoms and Sustainable Product Design

The NYC Condom program was launched February 14, 2007. The program distributes more than 3 million condoms each month throughout the five boroughs to various locations free of charge. Condoms are a barrier used primarily during sexual intercourse to prevent unwanted pregnancy and STI transmission. Condoms have been manufactured out of a variety of materials for centuries, however rubber condoms were first used in 1855 and the modern latex condoms were were first used 1920. Due to latex sensitivities and the less effective nature of sheepskin, alternatives to latex were... Read The Rest →