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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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Making HIV Testing For Women “Routine”

HIV testing is understood to be a cornerstone in effective HIV prevention policy. Yet too many women are not tested because they or their healthcare provider do not perceive that they are β€œat risk,” says the HIV Law Project.

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Facing the Real Threats: Achieving a Meaningful National HIV/AIDS Strategy for Women

Although HIV is considered a chronic manageable condition in the U.S., AIDS-related illnesses continue to be the leading cause of death among African-American women aged 25 to 34 years old.

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District of Columbia To Offer Free Female Condoms

The District of Columbia will begin distributing free female condoms in an effort to reduce HIV infections.  The new program will make 500,000 female condoms available in beauty salons, convenience stores and high schools in parts of the city with high HIV rates. DC is the first city in the nation to make female condoms available for free.

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(VIDEO) Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga Team Up on HIV Prevention

Two female rock icons join together to fight the rise in HIV infections among women and girls worldwide.

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HIV-Positive and Pregnant in the United States

In the United States, women living with HIV are often considered incapable or unworthy of having children, and if pregnant, unable to make appropriate medical decisions during pregnancy.

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