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This Week in Sex: At-Home STI Tests, New Virus-Killing Condom, and More

This week, LA County is reviving an at-home STI testing service, a new study shows that male circumcision can reduce rates of HIV among women as well as men, and an Australian company gets approval to produce a microbicide condom.

This week, LA County is reviving an at-home STI testing service, a new study shows that male circumcision can reduce rates of HIV among women as well as men, and an Australian company gets approval to produce a microbicide condom.

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Rules Under Consideration in Two States Regarding STD Transmission to Children

Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection that causes open sores on the mouth or genitals which can be painful.

An Indiana grandmother is asking lawmakers to criminalize the transmission of STDs from a child molester to his or her victim, while New York’s mayor has declined to comment on whether he’ll support the continued enforcement of regulations to discourage a circumcision ritual that’s been known to spread herpes to infants.

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Circumcision Rates Down 10 Percent Over Past Three Decades. Why?

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New research shows that the practice of newborn circumcision is falling out of favor, despite the fact that the data suggests the benefits of the procedure far outweigh the costs.

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American Academy of Pediatrics Releases New Guidelines Supporting Male Circumcision

As European nations debate banning male circumcision entirely and states continue to cut Medicaid coverage for the procedure, the American Academy of Pediatrics releases a new opinion which says the health benefits outweigh the risks.  Still, the organization stopped short of recommending routine circumcision for newborn males. 

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Sexual Health Roundup: Say Goodbye to Your Annual Pap Test But Don’t Forget to Get Tested for Chlamydia

This week: Too few young women get tested for Chlamydia, circumcised men have lower rates of prostate cancer, new guidelines recommend less frequent Pap tests, and young people in the South fare worse than their peers when it comes to sexual health.

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On World AIDS Day, Remember Women

December 1st marks World AIDS Day and this year’s theme is “Getting to Zero.” Much of this day will be focused on a celebration of new technology and science that can help prevent HIV through daily treatment and male circumcision. And we should celebrate those advances – but we should also not lose sight of women who need both family planning and HIV services.

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Voters in Two California Cities Asked to Ban Male Circumcision Based on Scientifically Inaccurate Claims

Activists opposed to male circumcision hope that someday cutting a boy’s foreskin will be a federal crime. In the meantime, they’re working to ban the procedure in two California cities.

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New Study Suggests Male Foreskin is a Reservoir for HPV; May Have Implications for Vaccinations and Circumcisions

A new stdy found that male foreskin is a reservior for HPV.  The authors suggest that this shows we should be vaccinating boys as well. Others question its implications for circumcision. 

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Morning Roundup: Anti-abortion Group Disparaging Rep. Giffords

Earthquake that has not happened yet is pre-blamed on gay marriage, Lifesite.com wastes no time in calling Congresswoman Giffords a “pro-abort,” male circumcision may reduce spread of HPV, teen pregnancy in DC, a “gay hot potato,” and a beautiful tribute to the work of Planned Parenthood from an unlikely patient.

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To Cut Or Not To Cut: A Circumcision Debate

There are many, many things in this pregnancy that I get to control.  But this decision, I’m leaving up to my husband, and he’s still undecided.

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