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FDA Asked To Add HIV Warning To Birth Control Label

Nearly two dozen doctors and scientists have signed off on a citizen petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urging the agency to add language to Pfizer Inc.’s Depo-Provera birth control shot indicating that the shot could increase a woman’s chances of being infected with HIV.

Published
03 June 2015
From
Law 360
Depression strongly associated with risky sex in UK gay men

HIV-negative gay men who have several symptoms of depression are more likely to report sex without a condom, according to a study presented to the British

Published
02 June 2015
By
Roger Pebody
The Independent claims HPV vaccine unsafe. Science says The Independent is wrong.

The Independent is the latest newspaper to do a hack job on the safety of the HPV vaccine and stoke false concerns about safety by publishing this poorly researched and alarmist piece on Sunday written by Paul Gallagher.

Published
02 June 2015
From
Dr. Jen Gunter (blog)
UK male rape charity Survivors UK has state funding slashed to zero despite 120% rise in men seeking help

Survivors UK, which has received £70,000 a year from the Ministry of Justice for the past four years to fund its counselling services, is now being placed under significant pressure at a time when tackling rape, sexual violence and child sexual abuse has become a key focus for the police and the government following the revelations of Jimmy Savile’s years of abuse.

Published
28 May 2015
From
The Independent
Rhode Island Blames STD Spike On Hookup Apps Like Tindr

Sexually transmitted disease rates in Rhode Island rose sharply between 2013 and 2014, and the state's department of health is pointing to hookup apps like Tinder as one of the driving forces behind new outbreaks. The rise has been precipitous: Syphilis cases in Rhode Island increased by 79 percent between 2013 and 2014 while gonorrhea cases increased by 30 percent. Newly identified HIV cases increased by almost 33 percent, according to a new state report. Gay men made up 75% of new cases of syphilis.

Published
27 May 2015
From
Huffington Post
Surviving Life Itself

Mark S King on long-term survival: "In the decades since those sorrowful days, I have faced a host of perilous circumstances apart from AIDS, including a car crash, drug addiction, serious medical procedures and weapons pointed in my direction. Like everyone else, positive and negative alike, I am a survivor of life itself. That life has included falling in love, changing careers, teasing my friends, watching my cats wrestle one another, and looking forward to whatever lies ahead with a deep sense of gratitude and joyful anticipation. And it is this prism—one that includes AIDS as only a segment of my life—through which I view the world today."

Published
26 May 2015
From
POZ
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

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