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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

Cutting Prison Sentences Could Reduce Spread of HIV

Feb. 9, 2016 — Reducing the number of men who go to prison could help curb the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in a community. A new computer model suggests that reducing incarceration in a ... read more

Five Common Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Feb. 8, 2016 — You’ve seen the late night commercial come across your screen. An older man is on a date with a beautiful woman in a romantic setting. A big smile stretches across his face as he looks in her eyes, ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — An online 'pop quiz' researchers developed in 2009 shows promising accuracy in predicting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in young women, although not, apparently, in young ... read more

Smartphone App Linked to Increase in Contraceptive Use in India

Jan. 28, 2016 — A smartphone app containing motivational videos developed to help married rural women in India better understand contraceptive choices led to a dramatic increase in the number of women using modern ... read more

Better Access to Contraception Means More Sex for Married Couples

Jan. 26, 2016 — Married couples in low- and middle-income countries around the world that use contraception are having more frequent sexual intercourse than those that do not, new research ... read more

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as Safe as Aspirin

Jan. 14, 2016 — The researchers reviewed major studies of both PrEP for HIV prevention and aspirin for heart attack prevention. They found that both had similar low rates of serious side effects. Aspirin users ... read more

Preventing HIV Infection With Prophylactic Drugs Important to Reversing HIV Epidemic Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in the UK

Jan. 13, 2016 — The use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) taken as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) could lead to a marked decline in HIV incidence -- the annual rate of infection -- among men who have sex with men ... read more

Legal Barriers to Adolescent Participation in HIV, STI Research Need to Be Removed

Jan. 11, 2016 — Parental permission for adolescent participation in research on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is not required ethically and may undermine public health ... read more

Most Top-Selling, Over-the-Counter Sexual Treatments Unproven, Some Could Be Harmful, Review Shows

Jan. 11, 2016 — From horny goat weed to ginseng and maca, over-the-counter dietary supplements sold to improve male sexual health contain a wide variety of “natural” ingredients. A review of the scientific ... read more

Efficacy of Major Chlamydia Drug Confirmed

Dec. 23, 2015 — In one of the most tightly controlled trials ever conducted of drugs used to treat sexually transmitted infections, researchers have confirmed that azithromycin remains effective in the treatment of ... read more

In China, Training Doctors Reduced STI Risk

Dec. 23, 2015 — Results of a randomized, controlled clinical trial in two Chinese provinces show that providing sexually transmitted infection training and education for physicians resulted in significantly reduced ... read more

LGBT Migrants Persecuted Because of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Before Immigrating

Dec. 16, 2015 — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) migrants who obtained refuge or asylum in the US or Canada on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity report extensive recollections of abuse ... read more

Contraceptive Implants, Injections Associated With Repeat Abortions

Dec. 11, 2015 — Women who used contraceptive implants or injections after an initial termination were among those with an increased likelihood of a repeat abortion in the long term, finds a new ... read more

Have Sex Workers Revealed a Connection Between Semen Exposure and HIV Resistance?

Dec. 9, 2015 — In a new study, scientists have found that continued semen exposure in sex workers sustains changes in the cervical and vaginal microenvironment in a way that may actually increase HIV-1 resistance. ... read more

Increase in Alcohol Tax Appears to Have Decreased Gonorrhea Rates in Maryland

Dec. 9, 2015 — Increasing state alcohol taxes could help prevent sexually transmitted infections, such as gonorrhea, according to US researchers, who found that gonorrhea rates decreased by 24 percent in Maryland ... read more

Men's Interest in Babies Linked With Hormonal Responses to Sexual Stimuli

Dec. 7, 2015 — Young men's interest in babies is associated with their physiological reactivity to sexually explicit material, according to new research. The study showed that young men who reported more ... read more

Risky Sexual Behavior by Young Men With HIV Who Have Sex With Men

Dec. 7, 2015 — Young men who have sex with men and have detectable levels of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) were more likely to report condomless anal sex, including with a partner not infected with HIV, ... read more

Sexual Dysfunction: Overdiagnosed or Undertreated?

Dec. 3, 2015 — The difference between mild sexual difficulties and clinically diagnosable sexual dysfunction is not a new source of debate among health professionals, but it has been stirred up recently by changes ... read more

Window Into Women's Sexuality

Dec. 2, 2015 — Heterosexual women have more diverse patterns of sexual response than previously reported, new research shows. Among women, say the authors, there is significant diversity among women in their sexual ... read more

Scientists Draw Evidence-Based Blueprint for HIV Treatment, Prevention

Dec. 1, 2015 — For many years, clinicians debated the best time to start antiretroviral therapy for HIV infection, with some worrying that the risks of treatment in terms of drug toxicities could outweigh the ... read more

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