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UN Releases Annual Report on AIDS: Mostly Good News

The CDC confirmed a case of sexually transmitted HIV from one woman to another.  Though rare, this should remind all of us that safer sex remains important.

Released Monday, the report found that the number of new HIV infections is down, more people are getting the treatment they need, and fewer people died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2012, compared to the peak in 2005.

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This Week in Sex: Hollywood Edition

Khloe Kardashian with Lamar Odom.

This week, Khloe Kardashian gets tested for STDs after learning of her husband’s infidelity, Jennifer Aniston does not want wax statues of STDs in her living room, and sex research goes primetime with a new series on Showtime.

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No More Needles in the Stomach: New, Non-Invasive Prenatal Test Is Introduced

The test requires a simple blood draw from the pregnant person.

The new cfDNA test can detect 98 percent of Down syndrome cases and has a 0.5 percent chance of false positives, but the medical community is still approaching it with caution.

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Pope Francis: Roman Catholic Church ‘Obsessed’ With Abortion, Contraception, Homosexuality

While last week's comments are an important (and long overdue) first step for the Vatican, it's hardly time for advocates of gender, reproductive, and sexual justice to rest on their laurels.

In a wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis said the Roman Catholic Church spends too much time talking about abortion, contraception, and homosexuality and suggested that these might not be the most important aspects of church doctrine.

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Porn Stars Will Head Back to Work With New Rules and No Condom Law

A porn star gets blood work done at a Los Angeles clinic.

Despite the recent HIV outbreak among porn stars, a bill to require condoms on set died in the California senate. So porn stars will head back to work on Friday without condoms, but with new STD testing rules.

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CDC Labels Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea an ‘Urgent Threat’

Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis all continued to rise in 2012, according to the CDC.

A new report from the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns of a post-antibiotic era in which none of the drugs we have work on gonorrhea and there are no new options.

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This Week in Sex: More Porn Stars Test HIV-Positive and Researchers Take On Testes and Testosterone

Filming stops yet again as two porn more porn stars test positive for HIV.

This week, filming stops yet again as two more porn stars test positive for HIV, researchers find that men with smaller testicles are more-involved dads, and it turns out that estrogen may play a bigger role in male libido than testosterone.

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The ‘Pullout Generation’ Is Here. What Do Sex Educators Think?

The Internet has been abuzz this week with talk of the "pullout generation"—women who eschew modern birth control methods in favor of "coitus interruptus." It's a method that has been around since the dawn of time and has likely averted millions of pregnancies, but is it really good enough?

The Internet has been abuzz this week with talk of the “pullout generation”—women who eschew modern birth control methods in favor of “coitus interruptus.” It’s a method that has been around since the dawn of time and has likely averted millions of pregnancies, but is it really good enough?

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New Study Adds to the Confusion Over Mammograms

After analyzing medical records of women who died of breast cancer, researchers at Harvard concluded that early mammograms can save lives. Other experts disagree.  What should women do?

After analyzing medical records of women who died of breast cancer, researchers at Harvard University concluded that early mammograms can save lives. Other experts disagree. What should women do?

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Birthrates Stabilize Overall, but Teen Births Reach Yet Another Record Low

Physicians in California believe that they have cleared HIV from a 9-month-old born with the virus.

Good news from the preliminary birthrate data for 2012: Teen births are down to yet another historic low, births to women in their early 20s also fell to an all-time low, the rate of cesarean sections is stabilizing after years of increasing, and fewer babies were born preterm or at low birth weight.

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