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  1. Is Your Birth Control as Safe as You Think?

    By Laura Beil Christen Childs woke up on September 12, 2009, in the pitch dark of early morning with what she thought was a pulled muscle in her leg. She reached down to massage the cramp, trying to fathom how her left calf could be so achingly sore when she hadn't made it to the gym in weeks. This

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  2. Regina King's Fight Against HIV/AIDS

    The November day in 1991 when basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced he was HIV-positive was a sobering reality check. All of a sudden, the disease many dismissed as affecting only gay men and intravenous drug users had hit a major celebrity. But the news struck Regina King especially har

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  3. Living With HIV: Staying Healthy and Avoiding Complications

    Many people still believe that if HIV doesn't kill you, then HIV-related complications will. But that is not true. Managing complications from HIV is a far cry from what it was in the past. If you and your doctor are vigilant, staying healthy and living a full life with HIV are very possible. "In th

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  4. Erections: Use It or Lose It?

    Men who have trouble getting erections have sex less often than men with normal sexual function, several studies have shown. But can a long sexual dry spell actually cause erectile dysfunction (ED)? And can men cut their risk for ED by having sex (or masturbating) on a regular basis? European scient

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  5. Happy, Healthy, and Hard

    As the saying goes, the best measure of a man's character is the company he keeps. But what about his health? According to Steven Lamm, MD, the best measure of that is his erect penis. In his book, The Hardness Factor, Lamm argues that a man's overall health directly affects the quality of his erect

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  6. Could You Use a Penile Implant?

    Urologist Drogo Montague, MD, is the go-to guy for penis implants. No, we’re not talking about the get-big-quick schemes clogging your spam folder. Penis implants enable men with erectile dysfunction, or ED, to get an erection. Most of the 30 million men in the United States who have ED can turn to

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  7. The New No-Period, No-PMS Birth Control Pills

    In the beginning, there was Seasonale -- the continuous birth control pill that offered women four periods a year. Women grabbed the chance to opt out of their periods. If you don't need it, why put up with it? Today, "the pill" has been finessed even more, with lighter-period or no-period birth con

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  8. Get the STD Picture

    Check out the first two words of "sexually transmitted diseases." If you're having sex, you may be at risk. Do you know as much as you think you do about STDs? It's easy to find out. Read through the list of symptoms below, then name that STD. It's been three weeks since I had sex with that guy who

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  9. Actress Gloria Reuben: AIDS Activist

    Gloria Reuben first started grappling with HIV issues as part of her role on ER, as physician assistant Jeanie Boulet, one of the first openly HIV-positive characters on prime-time TV. But soon, the scripts began to take over her off-duty thoughts. “It follows you around wherever you go,” says Reube

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  10. What Is a Sex Therapist?

    The couple arrived at my office with a common problem. They had an 8-month-old and a 3-year-old. The husband was starved for physical contact and had been since baby No. 1 was born. But between the nursing infant and the clinging toddler, the wife was getting just about as much physical contact as s

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