Between the high-tech sex toys, transplanted uteri, lab-grown penises, and perils of hookup apps, 2014 sometimes sounded like a science fiction novel. But we can’t forget the news about IUDs and STIs that came out this year, either.
From a 21-year-old who first saw the need for sex ed when he was the only out gay man at his Catholic school in Louisiana, to the 27-year-old web editor of one of the most popular love and relationship sites in India, these young activists are leading local sexual and reproductive health and rights movements around the world.
Many people living with HIV are often denied the autonomy to freely make decisions about their bodies, relationships, and children—fundamental rights sought by the reproductive justice movement.
On World AIDS Day this December 1, imagine the impact on women’s lives if people who wanted to prevent a pregnancy and steer clear of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) could use one product that simultaneously did both.
Thanks to restrictive laws and limited health-care options, halting the spread of HIV and hepatitis C is often a losing battle—one that puts women substance users in particularly high danger.
An international group of researchers believe they have pinpointed not just where and when the virus emerged in people, but the “perfect storm” that helped it become a worldwide phenomenon that has infected 75 million people to date.
This week, new estimates suggest almost two million cases of chlamydia, there’s more evidence that HIV therapy cannot eradicate the virus in babies, and a study finds that less pubic hair may mean fewer pubic lice—though they won’t be extinct any time soon.
For women in countries and communities with limited contraceptive choices and high rates of HIV, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, a shortage of funding for the ECHO (Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes) trial is an unacceptable development.
Johnson, a college wrestler who’s been charged with “recklessly infecting another with HIV,” offers us a lens through which to examine how Black gay men are particularly vulnerable to HIV criminalization.
Why are researchers only just beginning to recognize the connection between the decriminalization of sex work and HIV? And why is the trend toward criminalizing populations involved in the sex trades increasing in the United States—moving in the opposite direction from other countries?