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.
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.
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.
Many people living with HIV are often denied the autonomy to freely make decisions about their bodies, relationships, and children—fundamental rights sought by the reproductive justice movement.
One of the best ways to reduce the risk of HIV is to educate those who are sexually active. Kenya is working hard to teach everyone about the importance of protection, of getting tested, and of staying informed about the best ways to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases/infections and HIV. [via the World Health Organization]
On World AIDS Day this December 1, imagine the impact on women’s lives if people who wanted to prevent a pregnancy and steer clear of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) could use one product that simultaneously did both.
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.
Bailey De Young of MTV’s Faking It and Emily Quinn of Inter/Act list nine things you should know about intersex people. You can read Quinn’s piece about her journey here.
On this episode of Reality Cast, Jennifer Moss, a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, explains how the HPV vaccine is linked to lower cancer rates even before its protective effects kick in. In another segment, I discuss how the abstinence-only ideology is not completely dead.
Thanks to restrictive laws and limited health-care options, halting the spread of HIV and hepatitis C is often a losing battle—one that puts women substance users in particularly high danger.