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  1. IUDs May Be Underused Form of Birth Control

    June 20, 2011 -- Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implantable contraceptives may not be popular, but they are among the most reliable contraceptive methods available. "IUDs and implants should be considered first-line contraceptives for a majority of women," says Eve Espey, MD, MPH, an associate prof

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  2. HPV Vaccine: Early Evidence of Impact

    June 17, 2011 -- Health officials in Australia are reporting what may prove to be the first evidence that the vaccine targeting the human papillomavirus (HPV) could prevent cervical cancer in a large population. The incidence of lesions that lead to cervical cancer dropped dramatically among Austral

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  3. Alfre Woodard Helps AIDS Orphans

    How will you be commemorating National HIV Testing Day, June 27? Alfre Woodard, the Emmy Award-winning actor and star of TNT's hit series Memphis Beat, makes it easy for anybody to make a difference: In 2009, she and other actors such as Matt Damon and Helen Mirren lent their voices to Nelson Mandel

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  4. 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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  5. FDA Approves New HIV Drug Edurant

    May 20, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Edurant (rilpivirine) for use in anti-HIV drug cocktails. In a head-to-head clinical trial, Edurant was as effective as the popular drug Sustiva (efavirenz). Edurant and Sustiva are in the class of anti-HIV drugs known as non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhi

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  6. Study: Early Treatment Makes HIV Less Infectious

    May 12, 2011 -- People who start HIV treatment while their immune systems still are strong are 27 times less likely to infect their sex partner than are those who delay treatment, an international study shows. Nearly all of the people who volunteered for the study -- 97% -- were heterosexual couples

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  7. Gov't: Some Products Falsely Claim to Treat STDs

    May 4, 2011 -- Two federal agencies are cracking down on bogus claims made by companies that tout their products as treatments, cures, or preventive medications for sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes, genital warts, and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The FDA and the Federal Trade Commiss

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  8. Clot Risk May Be Higher With Newer Birth Control Pills

    April 21, 2011 -- Women who take birth control pills with the newer hormone drospirenone have a higher risk for developing potentially serious blood clots than women who take oral contraceptives containing the older hormone levonorgestrel, two new studies show. The studies are published in BMJ Onlin

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  9. FDA Approves New HPV Test

    April 20, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Roche's new test for human papillomavirus (HPV), the first one-pass test to specifically identify the two HPV strains that cause 70% of cervical cancers. The sexually transmitted human papillomavirus causes nearly all cervical cancers. Current HPV tests can det

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  10. Genital Herpes' Silent Spread

    April 12, 2011 -- Even if they don't show any sign of infection, people carrying the genital herpes virus can infect a sex partner 10% of the time. The finding comes from a large study that collected daily genital swabs from nearly 500 people infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), the ge

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