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This Week in Sex: New Research on Improving Intimacy, and a Kegel Counter That Vibrates

New research suggests that orgasms promote positive pillow talk.

This week, new research suggests that orgasms promote positive pillow talk and improve intimacy but alcohol has the opposite effect; a study finds that the new HIV-prevention drug Truvada may also reduce the risk of genital herpes; and a vibrator company introduced a Fitbit for your vagina.

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This Week in Sex: Meningitis at Princeton, the Cheneys’ Public Dispute, and Herpes on a Library Book

(From left) Liz and Mary Cheney.

This week, Princeton University deals with an outbreak of meningitis, former VP Dick Cheney makes a public statement as his daughters disagree publicly over the legalization of same-sex marriage, and a scientist finds herpes on a library copy of Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Progress Seen in Efforts to Create Herpes Vaccine

herpes virus

Genital herpes infects as many as one in six adults in the United States. A vaccine to prevent its spread would be a huge public health victory. We are not there yet, but recent news suggests progress.

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This Week in Sex: Magical Thinking About Pregnancy, Home Herpes Testing, and Mr. Balls

Senhor Testiculo, or Mr. Balls

This week, a new study finds many young women who experienced an unintended pregnancy thought it couldn’t happen to them, a home STD test might provide false reassurance, and Mr. Balls reminds us about testicular cancer.

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When It Comes to STDs and Relationships, Skip the Website and Talk to Each Other

When it comes to STDs, I can’t help but wonder if we would do best to leave the digital world in our pocket and just talk.

A new website asks members to sign up for frequent STD testing and lets them share their results with other members confidentially. Encouraging STD testing is a good thing, but the site has major flaws. And when it comes to STDs, I can’t help but wonder if we would do best to leave the digital world in our pocket and just talk.

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Study: Today’s Teens Have Less Protection From Herpes

herpes virus

New research suggests that today’s teenagers may be more susceptible to genital herpes than previous generations. Public health experts worry that this could mean more cases in the future.

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Did Rihanna’s Lipstick Really Give a Woman Herpes?

A New York City woman is suing MAC cosmetics claiming that she got herpes from the Rihanna-branded RiRi Woo lipstick, which she sampled at the singer’s May 7 show in Brooklyn.

A New York City woman is suing MAC cosmetics claiming that she got herpes from the Rihanna-branded RiRi Woo lipstick, which she sampled at the singer’s May 7 show in Brooklyn.

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First Trial Proposed of a Candidate Microbicide for Women Living with HIV

Red algae Griffithsia, from which HIV entry inhibitor griffithsin was isolated. (Fed. Laboratory Consortium Newslink)

On January 7, the Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) made the welcome announcement that it had added the first clinical trial of a microbicide for women living with HIV to its research portfolio. 

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Unpacking a Bag Full of STI Stigma

Feeling awful about having contracted a sexually transmitted infection? Here’s the nitty-gritty on the stigmatization of STIs and people with them and how to deal.

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Chlamydia is Still the Number 1 STD

Chlamydia is still the number 1 STD in America. What are you going to do about it?

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