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Sexual Health Roundup: HIV Vaccine May Be a Decade Away and Men May Have to Choose Between Baldness and Erections

Scientists now believe an HIV-vaccine that works could be just ten years away; the state of Georgia is adopting a “treatment as prevention” strategy; and the popular anti-baldness medicine, Propecia, has been found to have sexual side effects that last long after men stop taking the drug. 

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In HIV Prevention, Protect the Mothers: A Message to the World Health Assembly 2012

It is critical that the barriers facing women in relation to accessing supportive peri-natal services are fully understood and addressed including structural drivers such as poverty, gender-based violence from partners, in-laws and neighbours, and property and inheritance rights loss. If we do not address these issues, we can not “save the babies.”

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Prosecutions of HIV-Positive Sex Workers: Bad Human Rights and Bad Public Health

Greece has been in the news for prosecuting HIV positive sex workers and posting the  women’s photographs on the Internet. The Greek health authorities and many other governments and local authorities that have taken similar actions against sex workers have both the human rights and the public health very wrong.

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HIV-Postive Women Need Access to All Health Services, Including Abortion

HIV-positive women—like all women worldwide—have the right to decide when and if to have children. At a minimum, non-biased pregnancy options counseling and referrals to safe abortion and/or post-abortion care services should be part of comprehensive SRH services provided to HIV-positive (and all) women.

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Vatican Officials Toe The Line on Condoms At Symposium on HIV Prevention

While some had hoped this weekend’s meeting would build on recent comments about condoms from the pope, Vatican officials toed the line and emphasized chastity and behavior change. 

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Advocates Hope Vatican Conference on HIV/AIDS will Build On Pope’s Comments About Condoms

This weekend the Vatican is hostings a symposium on preventing HIV and caring for those  living with the virus.  Advocates are hoping that the Vatican will use this opportunity to build on the pope’s recent comments regarding condoms.

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Proposed Nebraska Law Includes Inaccurate Information About HIV

The Nebraska legislature is working on a law that would make it a crime to assault a public safety officer with bodily fluids but it’s based on inaccurate information about HIV transmission. 

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(UPDATED) “Pro-Life” Ohio Republican Seeks to “Zero Out” International Family Planning Funds

Today’s bully, or let’s say one of them because there are so many to deal with each day, is Representative Bob Latta, Republican from the 5th District in Ohio.  Mr. Latta has introduced an amendment to the GOP’s proposed Continuing Resolution that would eliminate all funding for international family planning.  It could be voted on today.

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Study: New Therapy Shows Promise for HIV Prevention

Long-awaited results were released today in the New England Journal of Medicine of a study on the effectiveness of a single daily tablet for preventing HIV transmission among those at high risk of infection.

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A Pill to Prevent HIV? What the New iPrEx Results Mean for Women

Proof that PrEP works – that there is, literally, a pill can help to prevent HIV — is an extraordinary breakthrough, as was the news received last summer that an effective vaginal microbicide had been identified.  But what does a study focused on people engaging in rectal-penile sex have to do with women and their reproductive health?  There are many ways to answer that question — some of them cause for celebration and some reasons for real concern.

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