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What’s Up With Women and HIV-Prevention Method PrEP?

The anti-retroviral drug Truvada, which is a combination of tenofovir and emtricitabine.

PrEP works when used properly. So why don’t women use it?

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Is Sexual Health Education Passé?

Until we see improvements in these numbers and a betterment of the lives impacted, we still very much need to talk about and frame the discussion on sexual health.

You can buy sex toys at the drug store these days. Does that mean we no longer need to talk about and promote sexual health?

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First Trial Proposed of a Candidate Microbicide for Women Living with HIV

Red algae Griffithsia, from which HIV entry inhibitor griffithsin was isolated. (Fed. Laboratory Consortium Newslink)

On January 7, the Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) made the welcome announcement that it had added the first clinical trial of a microbicide for women living with HIV to its research portfolio. 

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He-Men, Virginity Pledges, and Bridal Dreams: Obama Administration Quietly Endorses Dangerous Ab-Only Curriculum

Thirty years of public health science clearly demonstrates that providing young people with information about the health benefits of both abstinence and contraception and condoms, does not cause young people to initiate sex earlier or have sex more often. Abstinence-only-until marriage programs leave young people unprepared. They are unethical.

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The Case for Increased Funding for Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually transmitted infections cost the U.S. health care system $17 billion every year — and that number doesn’t even take into account the amount STDs cost to individuals in short-term and long-term consequences. We need more funding to prevent and treat these infections.

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Have You Thanked Your Disease Investigation Specialists Lately?

Have you ever wondered how epidemics are controlled? Well, you can thank your local DIS for that.

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Sex and Seniors: As Infections in Older Adults Rise, We Need More Gray Hairs and Wrinkles in Sex-Ed Materials

It is easy to overlook seniors when we see the dire numbers around STIs and teens, yet we remain at risk for sexually transmitted infections as we age. 

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Someone’s Gotta Do It: While Protecting Their Communities, Local Health Departments Face Rising Caseloads, Dwindling Resources

Coming from the public health perspective, it isn’t a fun job to notify someone about their exposure to an STD, but it is fulfilling to know that you have helped keep someone healthy. So the next time the phone rings, keep in mind, it may not be the call you want, but it may be the call you get and it will help protect you.

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Moving Away from “Silos” and Toward an Integrated Model of Sexual Health

Sometimes I wonder if we are not missing the larger picture. Perhaps instead of talking about preventing STDs and treating an illness, maybe we could talk in terms of promoting sexual health.

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Sexual Health as a Framework for Addressing Holistic Prevention Efforts: Connecting the Dots Between Movements

Sexual education and empowerment leads not only to responsible and respectful sexual behaviors and attitudes but also an increased access to effective preventative, screening, treatment, and support services that promote physical and sexual well-being. But we need integrated approaches and more connection to achieve our goals.

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