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STI Awareness Month: The reality condom is a safe alternative for sex work

Apr 8, 2013 | STDs/STIs |Condoms | Comments (0)

For sex workers, condom usage is extremely important to protect themselves against HIV and STIs, but in reality, this doesn’t always happen. A customer might pay much more for sex without a condom then sex with a condom, and depending on the day a sex worker has, the decision to not wear a condom may be one of necessity, then one of safety. Wearing a condom might be more risky in the short term if a sex worker is threatened with violence, or a sex worker has had something to drink.  Based on these barriers, for sex workers to exclusively use the male condom during sexual contact might be unrealistic, unsafe, and a question of survival.


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STI Awareness Month

Mar 29, 2013 | General |STDs/STIs |Sexual Health | Comments (0)

20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the U.S. each and every year.

20 million…

ASHA recognizes each April as STI Awareness Month and an appropriate theme this year might be STIs By the Numbers.


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Spring Break, College Hookups, and Doctors

Mar 19, 2013 | STDs/STIs |Sexual Health | Comments (0)
Spring Break is here and it’s time to party. For many college students, this can mean finding oneself in a stranger's bed having no recollection of the previous night's activities. We laugh about it afterwards, but no one talks about the health implications.

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Wrapping It Up Still Feels Good – Why the Bad Rap?

Jan 23, 2013 | Condoms |Sex ed |STDs/STIs |General | Comments (0)

We’ve all heard it before – sex with condoms isn’t as good as sex without condoms.

However, a new study by ASHA board member Dr. Debby Herbenick and other researchers from Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion shows that condoms’ bad rap might be unwarranted.

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Connections: Sexual Health, Society, and HIV

Sep 20, 2012 | HIV |Sexual Health |STDs/STIs | Comments (0)

The XIX International AIDS conference was recently held in Washington, D.C. It had been 22 years since the International AIDS conference was held in the United States (mainly due to the unwillingness on the part of the United States to grant visas for HIV-infected individuals–only recently lifted).

Here 25,000 scientists, policy makers, health and education ministry officials, advocates, and activists from around the world were gathered with a renewed determination to stem the tide of this epidemic.  Medical advances, improved access to care, prevention initiatives, and revived determination were all good signs, but as a global culture we will need to shift our perspective to stop the spread of HIV.


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