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Condoms Come to Philly Schools, At-Home HIV Test Hits Shelves, and One-Size-Fits-All Condoms Don’t

Twenty-two Philadelphia schools installed condom dispensers as part of a city-wide effort to reduce STDs; a new at-home HIV test hit drug store shelves but some worry if this is the best way for individuals to find out their status; and a new study suggests that public health efforts may be leaving some men unprotected.

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Sexual Health Roundup: HPV Vaccines Protect “the Herd,” FDA Approves In-Home HIV Test, and More on Sexting and Teens

In this week’s sexual health roundup: new research suggests that the HPV vaccine lowers the likelihood of HPV in both the young women who have had them and others in their communities; the FDA approves the first completely in-home HIV test but some worry about its potentially high rate of false-negatives; and the latest addition to research on teens and sexting finds those who sext are more likely to have had sex. 

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“Got STD Testing?:” Meeting the STD and HIV Testing Needs of Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)

It’s rare that my MSM patients know which STDs they ought to be screened for, and how often. Men who have sex with men don’t get screened often enough for diseases like syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV.

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The HIV Epidemic Among Blacks: Social Services Cannot be Cut

Black Americans are at the intersection of high rates of HIV and high rates of poverty.  As a result, cuts to services are acutely felt by Black Americans living with HIV/AIDS.

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Morning Roundup: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, is the GOP’s anti-women, anti-abortion plan backfiring, sex education is needed throughout life, and a high school sets up HIV testing as a class project.

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Morning Roundup: Santorum, Alaska Parental Notification, Sporty HIV-Testing

Rick Santorum’s presidential bid; estrogen-tainted water; more on the Pope and condoms; Alaska’s parental notification law; HIV-testing at sporting events; and the Governor of Guam vetoes an anti-choice bill that’s not anti-choice enough.

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Roundup: Taking Care of Business Can Lead to Positive Social Change

Businesses are asked to help protect women around the world from violence, and workers believe their employers should offer equal benefits to same-sex partners. Plus, HIV tests at the DMV.

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A Dangerous Precedent: Using Anti-Terrorism Laws to Prosecute HIV Transmission

The misuse of bio-terrorism laws to prosecute an HIV positive man is but one example of how efforts to criminalize HIV stigmatize individuals and simultaneously threaten public health.

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Michigan’s HIV Disclosure Law: Overly Broad and Open to Abuse

Michigan’s law criminalizing HIV transmission can be used vindictively against populations already stigmatized, say legal experts.

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Colorado Legislator: HIV Testing for Pregnant Moms Rewards “Sexual Promiscuity”

Colorado Democrats were outraged Wednesday morning when Republican state Sen. Dave Schultheis said he planned to vote against a bill to require HIV tests for pregnant women because the disease “stems from sexual promiscuity.”

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