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  1. Officials Warn About Blinding Syphilis Cases

    March 11, 2015 -- Health care providers on the West Coast need to look out for syphilis that can cause blindness, public health officials say. More than a dozen cases of ocular syphilis -- most among gay men -- have been reported between Seattle and San Francisco, and two more potential cases have b

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  2. Surprise Pregnancy: Could It Happen to You?

    Almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned. If you’re wondering whether it could happen to you, the answer is probably yes. “If you’re a woman and haven’t gone through menopause yet, then it’s possible for you to get pregnant,” says Siobhan Dolan, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gyne

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  3. Pill Before, After Sex Cuts HIV for Gay Men

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's new evidence that gay men not infected with HIV can stay that way if they take a pill called Truvada in the days before and after a sexual encounter with an infected partner. The strategy is known as "pre-exposure

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  4. Long-Acting Birth Control Use Up Fivefold: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The use of long-acting birth control methods such as IUDs or under-the-skin implants jumped fivefold between 2002 and 2011, according to a new U.S. government report. Among U.S. women aged 15 to 44, the use of these lon

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  5. Why Child Who Appeared HIV-Free Suffered Relapse

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- HIV hid deep inside a young Mississippi girl born with the virus who suffered a disappointing relapse last July, after more than two years in which she appeared to have been cured by early, aggressive drug treatment,

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  6. New, Aggressive HIV Strain in Cuba

    Feb. 16, 2015 -- A new, highly-aggressive HIV strain has been identified in some patients in Cuba, according to researchers. They said untreated infection with the CRF19 strain -- a combination of HIV subtypes A, D and G -- can develop into AIDS within three years, and that progression occurs so qui

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  7. IUDs, Birth Control Implants: How Long They Work

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants appear to prevent pregnancy one year beyond their approved length of use, according to early results from an ongoing study. Researchers are assessing whether

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  8. Contraceptive Knowledge and Safe Use of Acne Drug

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say giving birth control information to women visiting dermatology clinics can help promote the safe use of the drug isotretinoin, an acne medication known to cause birth defects. Isotretinion was originally

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  9. Smartphone Device Detects HIV, Syphilis

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone accessory that can detect HIV and syphilis has been developed by Columbia University researchers. The low-cost device can spot markers of the infectious diseases from a finger prick of blood in 15 minutes. I

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  10. Continuous Birth Control

    Have you ever wished that your menstrual period would just go away? Well, there are drugs that can help you say good-bye to “that time of the month” for months or a year at a time. These drugs aren't right for everyone, though. And while some doctors believe that they could have harmful long-term si

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