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Herpes Vaccine Trial has Disappointing Results

The search for a vaccine to prevent Herpes faced a setback this month, when researchers published findings in the New England Journal of Medicine from a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that found a new vaccine to be useless against Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2).

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Cervical Health Awareness Month: Trans Men and Genderqueer/Gender Nonconforming People

January is cervical health awareness month, and NCTE wants to remind everyone that cervical health is a critical issue for trans men and genderqueer/gender nonconforming folks.

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Sexual and Reproductive Health: the Year in Review

For much of the world, it’s the time of year for family, feasting, present giving, and of course the annual review. They always say if you can’t beat them join them, so here’s Marie Stopes International’s look back at what proved to be a pivotal year in sexual and reproductive health, and a peek forward at 2012.

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2011: The War on Contraception

The year was a frantic one in the fight over reproductive rights, but what was really remarkable was how anti-choicers quit pretending to simply love fetuses, and wage all-out war on women’s non-abortion reproductive rights. 

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Mainstream Media Perpetuates HPV Vaccine Mythology

The war cry of the GOP (Grand Old Puritans) is that the HPV vaccine is a license for public fornication. This is how they rally their financial base. I get that, but the press doesn’t have to take the bait. It only becomes a story if the press makes it so.

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Cervical Cancer is Preventable. Let’s Make it a Global Priority

CIES clinic in Bolivia where 400,000 health services are provided annually. Photograph courtesy of IPPF/WHR.

Diseases such as diabetes and cancer cause tens of millions of deaths each year, many of which are premature. Once the burden of rich countries, these non-communicable diseases are increasingly affecting individuals in low- and middle-income countries where they impose heavy burdens on already fragile health systems. Among the most deadly—and preventable—of these diseases is cervical cancer.

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Running for Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo

This week, millions of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a war-ravaged African country, voted in their second ever presidential and parliamentary election. As Congolese (and Egyptians) cast votes, they speak out for all rights.

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STOKING FIRE: Women’s Health Facilities are Crucial to All Pregnancy-Related Decisions

Good options counseling requires a mix of concrete information and careful listening so that individuals can decide which alternative best meets their needs. That’s why one former patient gets so riled up when conservatives condemn Planned Parenthood: “I want these legislators to know that my three-year-old is here, not despite, but because of, Planned Parenthood.” 

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Bachmann: HPV Vaccine Might Cause “Mental Retardation”

While hitting Perry on his HPV mandate, Bachmann claims the vaccine caused “mental retardation” in one recipient.

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Pointing Toward the Future: How Environmental and Women’s Rights Groups Can Work Together to Solve Global Problems

As part of our series on Seven Billion People, RHRC asks two experts, Dr. Carmen Barroso, Director of International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, and Carl Pope, former Executive Director and current Chairman of the Sierra Club, to explain the connections between environmental and population issues and how the movements can work together.

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