On July 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Truvada - the first medication that can prevent individuals, including those who are at a high risk of HIV, from contracting the virus
Sexual Health News - July 2012
FDA approves Truvada for HIV prevention Movies may prompt teens to have sex at a young age
Could movies influence sexual behavior in adolescents? A new study published in the journal Psychological Science reports that watching sex scenes in movies can increase the likelihood of participating in similar behavior.
Switching up sexual activities may provide more satisfaction
Americans are having more sex than ever before - approximately 150 times a year or 3 times per week, according to the results of a study conducted by condom company Trojan.
CDC launches new campaign to fight HIV
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched its Let's Stop HIV Together campaign on July 16 in anticipation of the 19th International AIDS Conference, which will be held in Washington D.C.
High prevalence of HCV found to correspond with specific populations
According to a study funded by the National Cancer Institute and published in the journal Hepatology, the rate of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in injection drug users (IDUs) was higher in males and African Americans, as compared to other IDUs.
Healthcare professionals need to identify risky behaviors to prevent HIV
In order to treat infected individuals, researchers and practitioners need to better understand how risky behavior, access to medical resources and treatment relate to each other.
Researchers discover key to improving HIV antiviral therapy
HIV, which is most often acquired through sexual activity and intravenous drug use, is notably incurable, but can be managed through physician-prescribed drug regimens and lifestyle choices.
Maternal death may be avoided with use of contraception
Contraceptives such as condoms not only protect against sexually transmitted diseases, like chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV, but also prevent over 272,000 maternal deaths and 230 million unplanned pregnancies every year around the globe.
Generic ARVs expand HIV/AIDS treatment in Africa
Generic drugs are a cost effective therapeutic option for patients who may struggle with paying the full price of brand-name medications.
Men and women are encouraged by the state to carry condoms
When it comes to being prepared for sex, it is the general assumption of women that men carry condoms on them.
White Ryan program can help ex-inmates receive HIV treatment
Prisoners are disproportionately affected by HIV, but regardless of the reason for someone's incarceration, jails offer resources to get tested for HIV and obtain treatment.
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Study: Lesbian and bisexual women more likely to report abuse
According to a new study published in the journal Sex Roles, adult lesbian and bisexual women are more likely to report that they were abused during their childhood and sexually assaulted as an adult, compared to straight women.
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If approved, new measure could require condom use in porn
Just in time for National HIV month, a new ballot measure seeks to require porn actors and actresses to wear condoms during filming, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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WHO releases update for addressing the HIV epidemic
The World Health Organization (WHO) released an update in June 2012 regarding its concerns about the HIV epidemic and how it plans to move forward.
Teens girls found more likely to sext than boys
With a smartphone in the hands of just about every teenager in the U.S., the world is at their fingertips, including sexually explicit messages, photos and videos of their peers.
Nashua receives grants to help local AIDS patients
At the end of June, aldermen accepted two grants that will go to the city of Nashua, New Hampshire and its residents who have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD), and, in particular, AIDS.