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Turning the Tide on HIV

Aug 3, 2012 | STDs/STIs |Sexual Health |Sex ed |Condoms |HIV | Comments (4)
Reports of dramatic decline in sexual risks among black youth is certainly news that brings cheer and deserves universal appreciation. The advances made by a community that has been disproportionately affected by the scourge of HIV/AIDS are certainly encouraging. The data covering 1991 to 2011 was presented by Dr Laura Kann, Ph.D., Chief, Surveillance and Evaluation Research Branch, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the XIX International AIDS Conference held on July 25, 2012, at Washington, D.C.

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Sex and the (Elder) City

Jul 20, 2012 | General |STDs/STIs |Sexual Health | Comments (4)

Recently, 74-year-old icon Jane Fonda stirred up the imagination of her ardent admirers as she admitted in an interview that she ‘never had such a fulfilling sex life’ as she has now. Looking through the hourglass of time, this statement by the twice Academy award winning American actress challenges established myths and demolishes preconceived notions about indulgence in sex by seniors.


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June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

Jun 25, 2012 | HIV |Sexual Health | Comments (2)
Picture yourself reading newspaper articles and reports in the early 1980s about the discovery of AIDS - a term used for the first time to describe sudden cases of sarcoma or pneumonia infection in healthy people. AIDS was a tragedy of unknown proportions unfolding in all parts of the world, baffling the medical community and its innocent victims.

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LGBT Youth at Risk

Jul 15, 2011 | Adolescent health |Sexual Health |LGBTQ | Comments (0)

Recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the striking health disparities faced by LGBTQ youth. The data from Youth Risk Behavior Surveys, conducted during 2001–2009 in seven states and six large urban school districts, shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are at greater risk than their heterosexual peers for a host of unhealthy behaviors.


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Health care savings–at what cost?

Jun 24, 2011 | STDs/STIs |Sexual Health | Comments (1)
A recent piece in the Huffington Post profiled a young man named Greg Hartman. While Hartman was working his way through college in Manitowoc, WI, he learned that a close friend had been infected with hepatitis C. Hartman thought about getting tested as himself, but with his restaurant job only pulling in about $150 a week, he couldn’t afford the $300 for testing. Instead, he went to the University of Wisconsin’s campus health center and applied for BadgerCare, Wisconsin’s Medicaid-funded family planning program, which reimburses low-income individuals for preventative reproductive health needs, such as STI testing and birth control. Hartman was then able to get tested for both hepatitis C and HIV, and tested positive for the former. Without affordable medical coverage like BadgerCare, Hartman notes, he wouldn’t have bothered to get tested.

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