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 Chal
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
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
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
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
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
Jan 4, 2012 -- It’s back to the drawing board for researchers seeking to develop a vaccine that protects against genital herpes. Earlier studies of the vaccine were promising, but the new report shows that an experimental genital herpes shot was only mildly effective against herpes type 1 (HSV-1) --
Nov. 17, 2011 -- Half of Americans with chlamydia don't know it, yet it's still No. 1 among all the sexually transmitted diseases reported to public health authorities. The No. 2 reported sexually transmitted disease: gonorrhea. While gonorrhea rates remain near the record low, there are ominous sig
Oct. 24, 2011 -- It's well known that several types of human papillomavirus (HPV) cause most cases of cervical cancer. Now new research suggests that some of these same types of HPV may also increase a woman's likelihood of having a heart attack and/or stroke -- even without any other risk factors.
Sept. 9, 2011 -- One or two doses of a vaccine that prevents cervical cancer may be just as effective as three doses, according to a new study from the National Cancer Institute. But investigators say more years of follow-up are needed to confirm the findings. If confirmed, the research could have a