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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. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Late Doses of HPV Vaccine May Still Be Effective

    April 12, 2011 -- Delaying doses of a vaccine that protects against cervical cancer doesn’t appear to make it any less safe or effective, a new study shows. The vaccine against human papilloma virus (HPV) is given in three shots over a period of six months. Research has shown that the vaccine is hig

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  10. HIV Care System Is Getting Swamped

    March 17, 2011 -- The U.S. HIV care system is being swamped by a rising tide of new patients, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report warns. As HIV treatment continues to improve, people with HIV are living much longer. Meanwhile, the CDC's universal HIV screening program is bearing fruit, identifying

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