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  • Are antimicrobial condoms the new frontier against STIs? Not quite…

    Australian biotech company Starpharma has announced the imminent launch of a condom coated with an antimicrobial chemical known as VivaGel. While it might be marketed as a great leap forward for preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs), it’s unlikely to offer any more protection than your average condom.

    14 October 2014 | The Conversation
  • Bareback Culture, HIV, and Our Gay Future

    I have commented several times on Facebook about my anxiety over the sudden popularity and push for widespread use of Truvada. I'm not opposed to the use of Truvada, and I agree that it is an exciting development in fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, while some reject the idea that the promotion of Truvada among gay men has anything to do with barebacking culture -- and subsequently vilify anyone who makes the suggestion -- it doesn't negate the reality that barebacking has become a widespread practice in gay male culture.

    05 September 2014 | Huffington Post
  • Young people speak out against stigma of youth condom use

    Young people around the world are not receiving clear messages or support to use condoms to prevent HIV infection, according to delegates at the AIDS 2014 conference.

    25 July 2014 | Key Correspondents
  • Female Condoms’ New Fit Adds Pleasure to Fight Disease

    Researchers' plans for a new female condom moved closer to reality. The product was one of 11 contraceptive projects to win $1.1 million in exploration grants from billionaire Bill Gates’s philanthropic foundation, and one of three focused on women. The aim is to improve on earlier female condoms with a product that’s easy to use and enjoyable to help protect women.

    18 July 2014 | Bloomberg
  • More young Australian women contract HIV on overseas trips, say counsellors

    Increasing numbers of young Australian women travelling overseas during their gap year or for working holidays are contracting HIV, frontline sexual health workers say, prompting them to call for targeted awareness campaigns. The chief executive of the HIV support organisation Living Positive Victoria, Brent Allan, has been working in HIV and AIDS advocacy since the early 1990s and said he is encountering more women who have contracted the virus overseas.

    26 June 2014 | The Guardian
  • India: Health Minister Questions Stress on Condoms in AIDS Fight

    India’s new health minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, has said that he would like to see a change in the way that the government promotes awareness of AIDS and H.I.V., with more emphasis on “promoting the integrity of the sexual relationship between husband and wife,” which he said was “part of our culture.”

    23 June 2014 | New York Times
  • Ethiopia’s Condom Dilemma

    Which is the better approach: to price condoms just like any other product, or to treat them as potential lifesavers that should be available to anyone, anywhere, free at any time?

    23 June 2014 | New York Times
  • Vietnam's counterfeit condom crisis

    A new report warning that nearly half of the commercially-available condoms in Vietnam are of poor quality has health officials worried the country's tenuous gains in safer sex habits could be at risk.

    10 June 2014 | IRIN Plus News
  • Gates Foundation funds female condoms and Trojan cows

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced funding for several projects which are attempting to reinvent the condom. The proposals focus on changing the materials or surface texture of existing condoms, with several suggestions of finding a way to make it more closely mimic human skin, the use of soft, pliant silicone and the use of polyester, which would be not only be a thinner, but more eco-friendly option.

    06 June 2014 | Wired
  • Unsafe sex: why everyone's at it

    They pay their bills, hold down careers – so why are young people taking risks when it comes to sex? We talk to the women (and men) ditching contraception and trusting in luck.

    24 May 2014 | The Guardian
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