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February 20, 2017

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February 20, 2017

New Findings Reveal Health, Aging Experiences of LGBT Older Adults Across Nation

Feb. 13, 2017 — In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have released new findings this month on the health and aging of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults in the ... read more

HPV Prevalence Rates Among US Men, Vaccination Coverage

Jan. 19, 2017 — Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, as well as a cause of various cancers, and a new study estimates the overall prevalence of ... read more

Jan. 17, 2017 — By studying the sexual behavior of a mutant strain of fruit fly called 'platonic,' researchers have found parallels between humans and flies in the neural control of ... read more

HIV Treatment Might Boost Susceptibility to Syphilis, Say Researchers

Jan. 16, 2017 — The antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV infection might inadvertently be boosting gay/bisexual men's susceptibility to the bacteria responsible for syphilis, Treponema pallidum, conclude ... read more

Jan. 10, 2017 — Researchers examined the characteristics of HIV-1 strains that were successful in traversing the genital mucosa that forms a boundary to entry by viruses and bacteria. Studying viral isolates from ... read more

Certain Species of Vaginal Bacteria Can Increase a Woman's Susceptibility to HIV

Jan. 10, 2017 — Specific bacteria living in the human vagina may play a previously unrecognized role in the sexual transmission of HIV. Researchers, working with young, healthy, South African women, found that ... read more

CDC Guidelines for HIV Prevention Regimen May Not Go Far Enough, Study Suggests

Jan. 10, 2017 — CDC guidelines for who should be on Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) don't go far enough because current standards could miss some people who should be on it, report experts who have developed an ... read more

Barriers to Sexual Health Among Male Teens and Young Men

Jan. 9, 2017 — Researchers who conducted a dozen focus groups with 70 straight and gay/bisexual Hispanic and African-American males ages 15 to 24 report that gaining a better understanding of the context in which ... read more

Indoor Tanning Study Reveals Surprising New at-Risk Group for Skin Cancer

Jan. 6, 2017 — In a new study of indoor tanning and skin cancer risk, the use of indoor tanning among non-heterosexual black male teens was found to be nearly equal to that of heterosexual white ... read more

Girls Feel Unprepared for Puberty, New Study Finds

Jan. 4, 2017 — Girls from low-income families in the US are unprepared for puberty and have largely negative experiences of this transition. A new study on the puberty experiences of African-American, Caucasian, ... read more

Hormonal Contraception Is Safer Than Expected for Women With Diabetes

Dec. 15, 2016 — Strokes and heart attacks are rare for women with diabetes who use hormonal contraception, with the safest options being intrauterine devices (IUDs) and under-the-skin implants, new research ... read more

Researcher Explores the Barriers Stopping Men Seeking Information on Sexually Transmitted Infections

Dec. 15, 2016 — A researcher in England is undertaking research into the social and cognitive barriers hindering men who have sex with other men (MSM) from finding out more information about sexually transmitted ... read more

The Pill Won't Kill Your Sexual Desire, Researchers Say

Dec. 15, 2016 — A new study busts the myth that contraceptives curb sexual desire. Other factors like age and length of relationship are more important, say ... read more

Using Herpes Drugs to Slow Down Alzheimer's Disease Could Become Reality

Dec. 13, 2016 — The first clinical study to investigate if herpes virus drugs can have an effect on fundamental Alzheimer’s disease processes has been launched. The research group has previously demonstrated a ... read more

Drinking 'Settings' Tied to College Sexual Assault

Dec. 12, 2016 — Although alcohol is believed to play a role in college sexual assaults, there is no evidence that male students' binge drinking per se boosts their odds of becoming a perpetrator, according to a ... read more

Sexual Harassment Common Among Middle School Children, Study Finds

Dec. 9, 2016 — Sexual harassment is a prevalent form of victimization that most antibullying programs ignore and teachers and school officials often fail to recognize, says a bullying and youth violence expert. The ... read more

Stress-Hormone Differences Identified Among Gay Men

Dec. 3, 2016 — Increased stigma and discrimination can affect circadian HPA-axis functioning, say researchers. The majority of previous studies have been conducted among white heterosexuals, with very little ... read more

Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation May Help People Manage Their Drive for Gambling, Sex, Alcohol or Overeating

Nov. 29, 2016 — A new study looks at theta burst stimulation as an intervention in problem behaviors. The study shows how non-invasive brain stimulation might be used as an intervention in sexual desire ... read more

Frontline Attack Against HIV Infection Is Closer to Reality

Nov. 21, 2016 — Significant progress has been made in the development of a potential vaccine to protect against HIV infection, report ... read more

Fear of Gaining Weight May Influence Contraception Choices

Nov. 17, 2016 — Concerns about weight gain may be driving contraception choices, according to researchers. Women who are overweight or obese are less likely than normal-weight women to use the birth control pill and ... read more

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