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    1. Today's Natural Family Planning

      When you use natural family planning, you don’t have to worry about side effects or deal with refills or replacements. And if you decide you want to get pregnant, you can try right away. But does it really prevent pregnancy? And is it right for you? When you choose natural family planning, you're re

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    2. Other Benefits of Birth Control Pills

      You know that birth control pills can keep you from getting pregnant. But the pill can have other benefits, too. One survey found that more than half of women who take birth control pills do so for reasons other than avoiding pregnancy. It can make your periods more regular. With the pill, you'll kn

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    3. Task Force: Screen All Teens, Adults at Risk for Syphilis

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- All adults and teens at increased risk for syphilis should be screened for the sexually transmitted disease, a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation says. The recommendation complements a 2009 task force

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    4. A Partner’s Guide to Erectile Dysfunction

      Anne, 63, of Medford, OR, knows a thing or two about erectile dysfunction (ED). Her husband, now 58, first started taking medication for it about 5 years ago. “At first you think, oh, you’re getting older and slowing down. But it got to the point where it was really bothering him, and he was unable

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    5. HIV Rates Fall, But Not All Groups Benefit

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans diagnosed with HIV each year declined by about one-fifth during the past decade, but not all groups saw drops in prevalence, a federal government study shows. Between 2005 and 2014, the overall annua

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    6. HIV Prevention Pill May Not Need to Be Taken Daily

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that men at risk for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can benefit from a preventive medication taken before and after sex instead of every day. The findings offer more support for so-called pre-exposu

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    7. Insurer Offering Life Insurance To People With HIV

      By Barbara Feder Ostrov Prudential Financial Inc., one of the nation’s largest life insurers, plans to announce this week that it will offer traditional individual policies to eligible people living with HIV, a condition that for decades has excluded most of them from any but the skimpiest of covera

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    8. Stop Your Periods With Continuous Birth Control

      Are you tired of the monthly cramps, bloating, and all the other not-so-fun things that come with your period? Well, there’s a way to stop them -- for months or even years. The answer is in your birth control. Women often ask if it’s OK to stop their periods, says Tara Kumaraswami, MD, an assistant

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    9. More May Benefit from HIV Prevention Pill Truvada

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Too few Americans who are at risk for HIV infection are taking Truvada -- a daily pill that could protect them against the virus that causes AIDS, federal health officials report. Health care providers must help boost pat

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    10. Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia Rates Rising: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of cases of three key sexually transmitted diseases increased last year for the first time since 2006, concerned U.S. health officials reported Tuesday. In 2014, 1.4 million cases of chlamydia were reported t

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