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  1. New Birth Control Pill Recall

    Feb. 27, 2012 -- Seven lots of generic birth control pills have been recalled by Glenmark. It's the second recall of birth control pills in one month. The new recall is not linked to the previous recall of Pfizer birth control pills. The pills recalled by Glenmark, made and packaged in India, must b

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  2. Condom Knowledge Not Common Knowledge

    Feb. 24, 2012 -- Knowing how to use a condom correctly -- and actually using it -- may mean the difference between life and death. A new review of research shows errors in condom use -- such as putting it on too late, or not using condoms throughout sex, or not leaving space at the tip -- are common

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  3. 1 Million Birth Control Pill Packs Recalled

    Feb. 1, 2012 -- Pfizer has recalled 1 million packs of Lo/Ovral-28 and generic norgestrel/ethinyl estradiol birth control pills. The pills, which must be taken in the correct sequence, may be mixed up. Women using the products risk pregnancy and should consult their doctors. Although the pills are m

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  4. Oral HPV Infection More Common in Men

    Jan. 26, 2012 -- The human papillomavirus (HPV), which is often sexually transmitted, is responsible for a rapidly growing type of oral cancer. And now new research may help explain why men get the cancer more than women do. In the first study to examine the prevalence of oral HPV infection nationwi

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  5. Genital Herpes Vaccine Misses the Mark

    Jan 4, 2012 -- It’s back to the drawing board for researchers seeking to develop a vaccine that protects against genital herpes. Earlier studies of the vaccine were promising, but the new report shows that an experimental genital herpes shot was only mildly effective against herpes type 1 (HSV-1) --

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  6. Herpes Drugs Don't Stop Herpes Shedding

    Jan. 5, 2012 -- People with genital herpes can still infect their sex partners -- even if they are taking anti-herpes drugs that prevent herpes outbreaks. Even when they don't have an active herpes outbreak, people who carry genital herpes viruses are at risk of infecting their sex partners. With th

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  7. FDA: Stronger Labeling Needed for Newer Contraceptives

    Dec. 9, 2011 -- An FDA panel has voted 15-11 that the benefits of newer oral contraceptives outweigh their risks of dangerous blood clots. But the panel voted 21-5 that the contraceptives’ labels don’t adequately reflect that risk/benefit profile. The newer oral contraceptives, which contain the man

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  8. Plan B: Sebelius Overrules FDA, Nixes Sale Without ID

    Dec. 7, 2011 -- Plan B One-Step -- the emergency contraceptive "morning-after pill" -- will remain hidden behind pharmacy counters. Girls under age 17 will still need a prescription. Teva Pharmaceuticals had petitioned the FDA to allow stores to put Plan B on shelves with other family-planning produ

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  9. Most Americans With HIV Don’t Have Infection Under Control

    Nov. 29, 2011 -- Nearly three-quarters of Americans with HIV don’t have their infection under control. That’s in large part because they may not know they have HIV or because they aren’t taking drugs that suppress the virus, according to a new study from the CDC. The study is published in the Morbid

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  10. Higher Cancer Risk in People With HIV

    Nov. 22, 2011 -- People with HIV infection have a higher risk of many kinds of cancer -- but not all the risk is due to the AIDS virus. The finding comes from a study comparing 1996-2008 medical records of nearly 21,000 people with HIV to those of over 215,000 matched people without HIV. That was en

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