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  1. Long-Term Birth Control Without Surgery

    You don’t have to take a pill every day. Several birth control methods last weeks, months, or even years with little effort on your part. They are safe and effective for most healthy women of childbearing age. “The best method of contraception for any woman is the method that she’s going to use corr

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  2. The Truth About ‘The Pill’ and Your Sex Drive

    Not in the mood lately? Wonder if your birth control pills are affecting your sex drive? It's possible, but not likely. For most women, birth control pills don't affect their desire to have sex (libido). But if you've noticed a shift in your libido since you started taking "the pill," you can get yo

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  3. U.S. Birth Rate Hovers at All-Time Low, CDC Reports

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. birth rate remained at an all-time low in 2013, due largely to a significant drop in teen births, new research shows. More than 3.9 million births occurred in the United States in 2013, down a bit less than 1 per

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  4. Oral HPV Infection Lasts Longer in Older Men

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- One type of oral HPV (human papillomavirus) infection, HPV16, seems to last a year or longer in men over the age of 45 than it does in younger men, new research indicates. HPV16 is the form of HPV often associated with the ons

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  5. Study: HPV Vaccine Doesn't Increase Risk for MS

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The HPV vaccine for cervical cancer and other diseases doesn't increase the risk for multiple sclerosis or other central nervous system disorders, according to a new study. More than 175 million doses of HPV vaccin

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  6. HIV Tied to Worse Hearing in Older Adults

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that adults with HIV tend to have worse hearing than those not infected with the AIDS-causing virus. Researchers led by Peter Torre, of San Diego State University, assessed the hearing of 262 men

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  7. Pill Remains Most Common Birth Control Method

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The pill remains one of the most popular methods of birth control for women, along with female sterilization and condoms, a new report shows. Among the two-thirds of women aged 15 to 44 who used birth control between 2011

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  8. Is HIV Becoming Less Contagious?

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research in Africa suggests that the AIDS virus is getting smarter about evading the immune system while evolving into a less contagious and less lethal infection overall. In the country of Botswana, at least, "anyone w

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  9. Most Americans With HIV Don't Have It Under Control

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than one-third of Americans living with HIV had the virus under control in 2011, with many either not receiving regular medical care or unaware they carry the virus, a new U.S. study finds. The U.S. Centers for Di

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  10. Semen Boosts HIV's Ability to Infect Cells: Study

    Nov. 13, 2014 -- Semen increases HIV's ability to infect cells, which may explain why it's so difficult to develop genital creams or gels to protect against the AIDS-causing virus, a new study says. "We think this may be one of the factors explaining why so many drugs that efficiently blocked HIV in

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