January 9, 2015 - 10:55 am
As data emerges showing that syphilis rates are up yet again, the FDA has granted a waiver allowing a rapid test for the infection to be conducted in doctor’s offices, clinics, emergency rooms, maternity wards, and other non-laboratory settings. Experts hope that access to immediate results can increase both treatment and prevention and stem the tides of this growing epidemic.
January 8, 2015 - 9:35 am
Gardasil 9, the newest version of the HPV vaccine to be approved by the FDA, has the potential to prevent 90 percent of cases of cervical, vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancers, but only if the vaccine becomes more widely accepted.
December 19, 2014 - 2:23 pm
While physically taking X-Acto knives to textbooks is extreme and rare, the struggle to mandate what these texts do and do not teach children is not rare in the slightest—and it can manifest in ways that are far more insidious than ripping pages out of a book.
December 18, 2014 - 9:19 am
Intrauterine devices were popular until the ’70s, when one model caused infertility and even death in some women. Though the new generation of IUDs are safe and effective, it has been a slow climb back to their previous rates of acceptance.
December 17, 2014 - 9:43 am
Between the high-tech sex toys, transplanted uteri, lab-grown penises, and perils of hookup apps, 2014 sometimes sounded like a science fiction novel. But we can’t forget the news about IUDs and STIs that came out this year, either.
December 10, 2014 - 3:22 pm
A study this week adds to the large body of research that shows teens who have received the HPV vaccine are no more likely to engage in sexual activity or suffer consequences such as unintended pregnancy or STIs than their un-vaccinated peers.
December 9, 2014 - 9:46 am
The Michigan house passed a broad religious freedom bill on Thursday that many believe provides a “license to discriminate” in the name of deeply held religious beliefs.
December 4, 2014 - 4:07 pm
A new memo from the Department of Education clearly explains that schools cannot discriminate against transgender students on the basis of sex, and that, for the purpose of single-sex education, schools should treat these students based on their gender identity rather than the sex they were assigned at birth.
November 26, 2014 - 10:02 am
After a damning article about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity erupted in a firestorm of negative press, school officials leapt into action. But the timing of their response suggests it is more a public relations strategy rather than a real attempt to effect change.
November 21, 2014 - 10:22 am
This week, a presentation in Chicago had parents worried about what their kids might learn in sex ed class, and research shows that women with more male friends have more sex with their committed partners than their peers.