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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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Repro Rights Roundup: Afternoon-Style

Will Congress be voting for fair pay? Will women soon have access to certified professional midwives in Illinois? And are women in the U.S. really getting the message that we’re at risk of contracting HIV?

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New Study: “Game-Changing” Vaginal HIV-Prevention Gel Could Stem New Infections

Promising results of a new study released this week at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, suggest an effective HIV prevention method for women may be ready for marketing in a few years.

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Why Girls? Because They’re Ready to Change the World

Less than a half a cent of every international development dollar is directed towards girls. But we can change that – with skills, knowledge, self-esteem and personal security, a girl can be a change-agent for herself and her community.

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Got Condoms? You Can Be Arrested in New York

Under New York State law, carrying condoms is admissible as evidence of prostitution in a legal case. This means practicing safer sex is one more thing that can lead a sex worker to get arrested.

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Where is the National Strategy on AIDS?

During the intense healthcare reform debate President Obama occasionally mentioned HIV infections and AIDS-related illnesses as among those pre-existing conditions that could no longer be used by health insurance companies to automatically exclude consumers from health insurance coverage. Yet the broader scope and crisis of the HIV and AIDS epidemic in America failed to garner much attention.

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