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Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'

A UK study on why teenage heterosexual couples may engage in anal sex has revealed a climate of coercion, with consent and mutuality not always a priority for the boys who are trying to persuade girls into having it.

Published
19 May 2015
From
Independent
Abstinence-only curriculum is not sex education, judge rules

California’s sex-education law prohibits school districts from indoctrinating students on the need to remain celibate before marriage or teaching them that abstinence is the only safe way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, a judge has ruled.

Published
14 May 2015
From
SFGate
Gender-neutral HPV vaccination

Peter Baker is Campaign Director for HPV Action, a collaborative partnership of patient and professional organisations that are working together to achieve gender-neutral (both boys and girls) vaccination for the human papilloma virus (HPV). He presents a clear argument for introducing a gender-neutral vaccination programme in the UK, and highlights the potential public health benefits, long term savings in treatment and care and reduction in human suffering that would result.

Published
05 May 2015
From
MEDFASH
Tense debate over ethics of trial on link between HIV, contraception

Thus far, most evidence pertaining to the use of Depo-Provera and the risk of HIV-infection come from observational studies, which can reveal whether two factors are associated with each other, but cannot determine whether one is causing the other to occur. Given this limitation, some scholars are looking to develop a randomised controlled trial, an experimental study that is better at determining cause and effect.

Published
01 May 2015
From
Mail & Guardian
Men taking HIV treatment have undetectable viral loads in the rectum; sexually transmitted infections make no difference

A small study assessing the infectiousness of HIV-positive gay men taking antiretroviral therapy has found that all study participants had an undetectable viral load in the rectum.

Published
24 April 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Ebola Researchers Take New Look at Risk of Sexual Transmission

Concerned about the potential for sexual transmission of Ebola, international health officials are investigating new reports of suspected cases and beginning studies to determine how often and how long the virus remains active in semen. And, for now, they are warning Ebola survivors to practice protected sex indefinitely.

Published
17 April 2015
From
New York Times
HIV prevention within serodiscordant couples: A changing paradigm

Serodiscordant couples (where one partner is HIV negative and the other is HIV positive) are often thought to be at “high risk” of HIV transmission. However, new understandings of the biology of HIV transmission and the emergence of new HIV prevention options mean that the HIV transmission risk within these couples can be reduced to very low, even negligible levels.

Published
07 April 2015
From
CATIE
Bacterial STI testing rates low among sexually active HIV population

Testing rates for bacterial sexually transmitted infections were low among sexually active patients with HIV, particularly those at elevated risk, according to findings from the Medical Monitoring Project.

Published
07 April 2015
From
Healio
I'm Young, I'm Gay, and I'm Not Afraid of HIV

Every day more than 5,700 people contract HIV — that’s 240 new infections every hour. Worldwide, 35 million people live with the virus, which is nearly the population of California (that's about one out of eight people who live in the U.S.). But despite the increase in HIV infections, I’m not afraid of HIV. There, I said it. Now, let me explain. I’m not afraid of HIV because I’m in control of my health and status. If I discovered I was positive, I would be anxious but definitely not afraid. The scariest part of a being HIV-positive would be battling stigma every day — not be the medical implications.

Published
02 April 2015
From
HIV Plus Mag
Most people think they’ll never get HIV. We spoke to two students who did

Unless you watch Comic Relief or own Team America on DVD, chances are HIV doesn’t cross your mind that often. Yet rising rates of young gay men across the country are being diagnosed every year with the chronic illness. HIV may no longer be the death sentence it once was – nonetheless, it dramatically changes the lives of those who contract it.

Published
01 April 2015
From
The Tab
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