· · · · · 

When It Comes to STDs and Relationships, Skip the Website and Talk to Each Other

When it comes to STDs, I can’t help but wonder if we would do best to leave the digital world in our pocket and just talk.

A new website asks members to sign up for frequent STD testing and lets them share their results with other members confidentially. Encouraging STD testing is a good thing, but the site has major flaws. And when it comes to STDs, I can’t help but wonder if we would do best to leave the digital world in our pocket and just talk.

· · · · · 

This Week in Sex: Advances in Infertility, HIV Prevention, and Treatment for Gonorrhea

The answer to preventing drug-resistant gonorrhea may be in our own immune systems.

This week, a novel approach to infertility is announced, a new vaginal ring might be able to protect from HIV transmission, and the answer to preventing drug-resistant gonorrhea may be in our own immune systems.

· · · · · 

What Sandy Wrought, Part 2: In the Wake of Disaster, Reproductive Health Care Falls by the Wayside

A volunteer at work in a room in the YANA clinic.

In the year since Sandy hit, reproductive heath care and care for other specific, marginalized populations, has been affected in many communities.

· · · · · 

This Week in Sex: Surprises Involving Foot Cream, a Homecoming Queen, and George H.W. Bush

Researchers are hopeful after a common topical anti-fungal medication is found to kill HIV-infected cells in a culture.

This week, researchers are hopeful after a common topical anti-fungal medication is found to kill HIV-infected cells, a transgender high school student experiences highs and lows after being named homecoming queen, and President George H.W. Bush is a witness at a same-sex wedding.

· · · · · 

When Being HIV-Positive Becomes a Prison Sentence

People discovering they are HIV-positive may find themselves facing prison time. And that has got to stop.

People discovering they are HIV-positive may find themselves facing prison time. And that has got to stop.

· · · · · 

Arkansas School Tells Students They Can’t Return Until They Prove They Don’t Have HIV

Though many thought this issue was settled in the 1980s, a school system in Arkansas has demanded to know the HIV status of three siblings saying that their behavior poses risk to students and staff.

Though many thought this issue was settled in the 1980s, a school system in Arkansas has demanded to know the HIV status of three siblings, saying their behavior poses a risk to students and staff.

· · · · · 

UN Releases Annual Report on AIDS: Mostly Good News

The CDC confirmed a case of sexually transmitted HIV from one woman to another.  Though rare, this should remind all of us that safer sex remains important.

Released Monday, the report found that the number of new HIV infections is down, more people are getting the treatment they need, and fewer people died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2012, compared to the peak in 2005.

· · · · · 

Almost 13 Million Women of Reproductive Age Were Uninsured in 2012

There are significant potential gains to be made as the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of public and private insurance coverage gets underway on January 1, 2014.

Bleak statistics not only underscore the urgent and ongoing need for safety-net programs such as the Title X national family planning program, they also demonstrate the significant potential gains to be made as the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of public and private insurance coverage gets underway on January 1, 2014.

· · · · · 

Porn Stars Will Head Back to Work With New Rules and No Condom Law

A porn star gets blood work done at a Los Angeles clinic.

Despite the recent HIV outbreak among porn stars, a bill to require condoms on set died in the California senate. So porn stars will head back to work on Friday without condoms, but with new STD testing rules.

· · · · · 

CDC Labels Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea an ‘Urgent Threat’

Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis all continued to rise in 2012, according to the CDC.

A new report from the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns of a post-antibiotic era in which none of the drugs we have work on gonorrhea and there are no new options.

· · · · ·