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  1. First at-Home HIV Test Nears Approval

    May 15, 2012 -- The FDA should approve the first HIV test for at-home use and over-the-counter sale, the agency's advisory committee said today in a unanimous 17-0 vote. The test is OraQuick from OraSure. It's a home version of a rapid HIV test already being used by health care professionals in comm

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  2. FDA Panel OKs Truvada as First HIV-Preventive Drug

    May 10, 2012 -- An FDA advisory panel today recommended approval of the drug Truvada to prevent the spread of HIV infection in high-risk, healthy people. Since 2004, the drug has been been approved to treat people already infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The FDA's Antiviral Drugs Advis

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  3. FDA Approves New Erectile Dysfunction Drug Stendra

    April 27, 2012 -- The FDA has approved Stendra (avanafil) for men with erectile dysfunction (ED). Stendra, from Vivus Inc., is in the same drug class as the four oral ED drugs now on the U.S. market: Cialis, Levitra, Staxyn (an orally dissolving version of Levitra), and Viagra. An estimated 30 milli

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  4. Propecia, Proscar: New Sexual Dysfunction Warnings

    April 13, 2012 -- The baldness drug Propecia and the BPH drug Proscar may cause infertility and more sexual problems than previously thought, the FDA warns. The main ingredient of both drugs is finasteride. Finasteride reduces male hormone activity. A dose of Proscar, used to reduce symptoms of enla

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  5. New Warning for Some Birth Control Pills

    April 10, 2012 -- Birth control pills that contain the hormone drospirenone must now carry a warning that they may increase the risk for potentially fatal blood clots, according to the FDA. Drospirenone is a synthetic version of the female sex hormone progesterone. Birth control pills containing thi

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  6. Many Gynecologists Don’t Talk About Sex

    March 22, 2012 -- Many gynecologists aren’t asking women enough questions about their sex lives or sexuality, and this may compromise care. According to a new study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 63% of more than 1,150 ob-gyns said they typically ask women about their sex lives. That said, these

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  7. Few Sexually Active Women Get Chlamydia Test

    March 13, 2012 -- Nearly two-thirds of sexually active young women don't get regular chlamydia tests, a CDC study finds. That means more than 9 million young American women don't know whether they've been infected, study leader Karen Hoover, MD, MPH, said in a teleconference from this week's Nationa

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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