Saturday, December 1, 2012
The disease is no longer a death sentence, but the county health department says the need to be tested is especially important for 15- to 24-year-olds.
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- Dawn Aulet
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Vic Riato has worked at the Will County Health Department since 1981. He remembers when the AIDS epidemic exploded in the mid-'80s. "I can recall during that timeframe, if you were diagnosed with AIDS, you were dead; that was a death sentence," he said. The statistics for today show that is no longer the case. As of June 30, 2012, there are 309 Will County residents living with HIV. "These are people who have been diagnosed with HIV and they are living with HIV," said Riato, health department media services manager. And they are living with AIDs, too -- 352 in Will County -- thanks to treatments for both the early and more advanced version of the disease. "I think it illustrates how far we have come that you have that many people living …
Monday, November 19, 2012
The county and a private nursing company were also named in the suit filed by the attorney for an unidentified man with HIV.
A nurse working at the county jail told an inmate's brother he has HIV, causing him "great humiliation and mental anguish," according to a lawsuit filed in Will County court on Friday. The HIV-infected inmate's name was withheld in the lawsuit. The man's attorney, William R. Cassian, filed a petition to "proceed under (a) fictitious name" on the grounds that the suit "involves very private information that is so sensitive" it is protected by the state's HIV Disclosure Act. The petition says the man is older than 18 and lives in DuPage County. The lawsuit alleges the unidentified man was "confined in the detention center" on Nov. 18, 2011. According to jail records, of the 24 men locked up in the Will County Adult Detention Center on Nov. …
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
In the U.S., an estimated 80 to 85 percent of men are circumcised. Up to 20 percent of those not clipped as a baby will eventually undergo the procedure later in life.
Circumcision is an explosive topic for a lot of people. The decision to remove the foreskin from a baby boy’s penis may involve religious beliefs, hygiene and health factors. In biblical times, routine circumcision derived from a pact between God and Abraham. “Then God said to Abraham, ‘As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised’.” Genesis 17: 9-10. In modern America, circumcision is widely practiced among most men just because boys don’t want to look different in the locker room. When our son was born, having him undergo surgery on his penis was a …