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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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What Does Dr. Oz Know About HPV? If His Show Is Any Indication, Not Much

Dr. Oz’s segment on HPV left much to be desired. It didn’t speak to all people at risk of HPV and cervical cancer, and deep ignorance was on display in the comments of some so-called expert panelists.

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How To Pay Homage To and Honor Henrietta Lacks?

How may we examine how we’ve benefitted from something horrific that we had nothing to do with but that allows for our existence today?

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Sexual Health Roundup: Promising Advances in HIV Prevention and Treatment; New Evidence on HPV, Cancer, and Vaccines

In this week’s sexual health roundup: scientists use engineered stem-cells to attack HIV; California tests a new pill that prevents HIV infection when taken daily but some question how expensive it is; the CDC releases alarming data on cancers caused by HPV in women; and South Carolina lawmakers take steps to increase HPV vaccination among middle school students.

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