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This Week in Sex: At-Home STI Tests, New Virus-Killing Condom, and More

This week, LA County is reviving an at-home STI testing service, a new study shows that male circumcision can reduce rates of HIV among women as well as men, and an Australian company gets approval to produce a microbicide condom.

This week, LA County is reviving an at-home STI testing service, a new study shows that male circumcision can reduce rates of HIV among women as well as men, and an Australian company gets approval to produce a microbicide condom.

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HPV May Be Even More Common Than Previously Thought

3D rendition of the human papillomavirus.

A new DNA study found that more than two-thirds of healthy Americans have one or more strains of human papillomavirus in their skin, vagina, mouth, or gut. Researchers, however, insist that people should not overreact to these findings “until the harm or benefit of most of these strains becomes apparent.”

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Study: Rates of Cervical Cancer in the United States Higher Than Previously Thought

About 12,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer each year.

About 12,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer each year. While this number has not gone up, researchers have recalculated the rate of cervical cancer in the country and found that it’s higher than we thought, with some groups at much higher risk than previously believed.

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Scars as Stories: Breast Cancer in the Black Community

Improving access won't address our fear and the stigma associated with illness and poverty; stories of survival can.

Breast cancer advocates see the Affordable Care Act as a huge win for Black women, for whom breast cancer is the second most common cancer. But improving access won’t address our fear and the stigma associated with illness and poverty; stories of survival can.

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This Week in Sex: Chlamydia-Cancer Link, HIV Rates in Africa, and Disney Does Same-Sex Parenting

A new study may explain why there's a link between chlamydia (pictured above) and an increased risk of cervical cancer.

This week, a new study showed a possible reason for the link between chlamydia and cervical cancer, UNAIDS found that seven African countries have reduced new HIV infection rates in children, and a Disney Channel show is set to feature a pre-schooler with two moms.

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The Hidden Reality of Cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean

In Latin America and the Caribbean, cancer is a rapidly growing and increasingly deadly epidemic.

In poor countries, cervical cancer is often the most common cancer-related death among women, or even the leading cause of death for women, period.

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Despite Dangers of Cervical Cancer, Many Parents Still Don’t Vaccinate Their Kids Against HPV

Doctor giving vaccination into arm

When it comes to HPV, somehow many parents still have it backwards—in reality, the HPV vaccine is safe, but cervical cancer is both dangerous and all too common.

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Doctors, Patients Left in Dark About Faulty HPV Test Linked to False-Negatives and Undetected Cancers

Bob Ortega.

The Sidney Hillman Foundation, a New York nonprofit honoring excellence in journalism, announced today that Bob Ortega of the Arizona Republic has won the February Sidney Award for sounding the alarm about a faulty test for HPV.

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HPV and Things That Go Bump: Time for Action on Genital Warts

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

While we await the expected and demonstrated good news of few cervical and other cancer deaths among person immunized against HPV, a recent study from Denmark already shows us that vaccination can significantly reduce genital warts.

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Why the Latino Community Should Care About Reproductive Health

Texas Representatives Mary González (left) and Justin Rodriguez.

As colleagues and legislators, we have been discussing the current status and future of reproductive health care in Texas. Recent political discourse has prompted us to reignite a community conversation in hopes of raising some awareness about the intersections of race, class, and gender when it comes to health care.

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