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  1. 50,000 New HIV Infections Each Year in U.S.

    Aug. 3, 2011 -- Some 50,000 Americans are newly infected with HIV each year, the CDC estimates. That's slightly fewer new infections than the CDC's last estimate of 56,300 for 2006. But that's due to improvement in the way CDC calculates new HIV infections, not to a drop in the spread of HIV in the

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  2. No More Co-pay for Birth Control

    Aug. 1, 2011 -- Health care reform requires new insurance plans to fully cover women's preventive care, which now will include free birth control, yearly wellness visits, breastfeeding counseling and equipment, and screening for gestational diabetes, domestic abuse, HPV, sexually transmitted infecti

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  3. Antiretroviral Drugs May Prevent HIV Infection

    July 13, 2011 -- Drugs that suppress HIV in infected people may also help protect healthy people who take them from getting the virus through sexual contact, two new studies show. The studies found that the antiretroviral medications, which can be given as once-daily pills, cut the infection risk by

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  4. STD Trichomonas May Be More Common Than Thought

    July 12, 2011 -- A sexually transmitted infection known as Trichomonas vaginalis is more common than experts believe, especially in older women, according to a new study. Most likely to be infected were women 45 and older. "Women, when they go for their yearly checkups, should ask their doctors to s

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  5. CDC: Untreatable Gonorrhea a Possibility

    July 7, 2011 -- The CDC is warning that gonorrhea resistant to known antibiotic treatments could soon be a reality in the United States. A report in Friday’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report  highlights gonorrhea's declining susceptibility to cephalosporins, which is the only remaining class of

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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