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.
New research shows that the practice of newborn circumcision is falling out of favor, despite the fact that the data suggests the benefits of the procedure far outweigh the costs.
New research shows that widespread HPV vaccination works to reduce genital warts, at least in Australia. And the key to happiness? Don’t just have more sex—make sure you’re having more sex than your friends.
Culture is one of the most sensitive aspects of people’s lives, particularly as it relates to sexual and reproductive behavior, attitudes, and norms. Therefore, when we talk about female circumcision (I still cannot call it mutilation), we should always look at this cultural practice as one of many good and bad things that happen to women universally, and not only to African women but women worldwide.
Activists opposed to male circumcision hope that someday cutting a boy’s foreskin will be a federal crime. In the meantime, they’re working to ban the procedure in two California cities.
It’s the dawn of a new year and with it comes new stories on the same old issues, I’m afraid. Republicans in the House are looking to pass a repeal of the health reform law, a new study shows a surprising percentage of “abstinent” teens with STDs, and Iran is gearing up for HIV/AIDs prevention efforts with a new campaign targeting women and young people.
Forced mutilation of some 120 young women and girls in Uganda last week has sparked a public debate inside the country about the limitations of a new law and the politics behind the practice.
There are many, many things in this pregnancy that I get to control. But this decision, I’m leaving up to my husband, and he’s still undecided.
Circumcision benefit doubted for gay men; Catholic hospital under fire for allowing abortion referrals and birth control prescriptions; Ohio top court mulls admission of medical files in Planned Parenthood case; U.S. Supreme Court refuses Missouri prison abortion rights case; Breast cancer vaccine within reach.
Both male circumcision and the new HPV vaccine have been called “no-brainers” in the fight to reduce HIV and HPV infection rates. But are they really the magic bullet solutions that they seem to be?