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  1. Single Men Show Higher Risk of Cancer-Linked Oral HPV

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 23 (HealthDay News) -- It's rare for men to contract an oral HPV infection, but single men and smokers face a relatively greater risk, a new study suggests. The study, published online recently in The Lancet, followed more than 1,600 men to chart rates

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  2. Michael Douglas Blames His Cancer on Oral Sex

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- Hollywood star Michael Douglas says oral sex caused his recent bout with throat cancer. "Without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus," Douglas, 68, t

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  3. Women May Have Natural Defense Against Common STD

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- Women appear to have a natural defense against the world's most common sexually transmitted infection, a new study says. This natural protective barrier consists mainly of lactic acid bacteria -- called lactobacilli. Th

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  4. Is Sex Addiction Real?

    You've probably heard of sex addiction, but you might be surprised to know that there's debate about whether it's truly an addiction, and that it's not even all about sex. "That's a common misconception," says Rory Reid, PhD, LCSW, a research psychologist at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience a

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  5. Bill Gates Offers $100,000 for Next-Gen Condom

    March 25,  2013 -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is offering a $100,000 grant to anyone who can develop what's being called the next generation of condom. The aim is to help curb unwanted pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted infections around the world. The foundation's Grand Cha

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  6. Incurable Gonorrhea Threat Forces Drug Change

    Aug. 10, 2012 -- Gonorrhea just got a little more painful to treat -- but at least it's still treatable. For now, at least. The common sexually transmitted disease has become resistant to all but one class of antibiotic: the cephalosporins. An alarming worldwide rise in resistance even to these last

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  7. Untreatable Gonorrhea a Global Threat

    June 6, 2012 -- Gonorrhea is fast becoming untreatable, spurring an urgent call to action by the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO alert follows an even more strident warning by CDC researcher Gail A. Bolan, MD, and colleagues. "It is time to sound the alarm," Bolan and colleagues wrote last

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Oral HPV Infection More Common in Men

    Jan. 26, 2012 -- The human papillomavirus (HPV), which is often sexually transmitted, is responsible for a rapidly growing type of oral cancer. And now new research may help explain why men get the cancer more than women do. In the first study to examine the prevalence of oral HPV infection nationwi

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