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Links Round Up: Week Ending 17 March 2013

Hey all, and welcome to the St. Patrick's Day edition of our Links Round Up!

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This week's round-up includes: arrested for carrying condoms, what foster parents wish other people knew, benefit of quick HIV treatment, belief in false rape allegations, and analyzing period trackers.

  1. Women In New York Are Getting Arrested For Carrying Condoms by Rebecca Baird-Remba at Business Insider (Keywords: HIV, AIDS, New York, safer sex, condoms, sex work)
    If a New York police officer thinks your skirt is too short and you happen to be carrying condoms, that's reportedly enough evidence to arrest you.

    Molly Crabapple at Vice reports on a study released last year by the Sex Workers Project and the PROS Network. It reveals shocking stories of police stopping, searching, and hauling away women who are minorities or transgender and happen to have condoms in their purses.

  2. What Foster Parents Wish Other People Knew by Sharon Astyk at Science Blogs (Keywords: children, parenting, foster parenting)
    We hate being told we must be saints or angels, because we’re doing something really ordinary and normal – that is, taking care of kids in need. If some children showed up dirty and hungry and needing a safe place on your doorstep, you’d care for them too – we just signed up to be the doorstep they arrive at. The idea of sainthood makes it impossible for ordinary people to do this – and the truth is the world needs more ordinary, human foster parents.

  3. French patients nearly free of HIV show benefit of quick treatment by Maggie Fox at Vitals on NBC News (Keywords: HIV, treatment, diagnosis)
    Fourteen HIV patients who got quick treatment with AIDS drugs have been able to stop the treatment without the virus coming back, French researchers reported on Friday.

    While it’s clear the patients are not cured, they may be able to continue healthy lives without the drugs, the researchers report in the journal PloS Pathogens. And their cases point to the importance of diagnosing and treating HIV patients as quickly as possible.

  4. Rape investigations 'undermined by belief that false accusations are rife' by Owen Bowcott at The Guardian (Keywords: rape, police, criminal investigation, victim blaming)
    A "misplaced belief" that false accusations of rape or domestic violence are commonplace may be undermining police and prosecutors' efforts to investigate such crimes, the director of public prosecutions has warned.

  5. Menstruation according to Apple by Breanne Fahs at re: Cycling (Keywords: menstruation, period trackers, Apple, fertility)
    Much like the messages featured in advertisements for pregnancy tests—which emphasize women’s longing for pregnancy and their sheer and utter joy when finding out the news of their pregnancy—Period Tracker also frames the purpose of the app as a sort of fertility monitoring tool even though reviews of the app suggest that most women use it to do what the title says: to track periods.

Thoughts on any of these stories? Also, what have you been reading (or writing!) this week?
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