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Sexual Health News
December 12, 2019

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New Findings Could Lead to Improved Vaccinations Against Sexually Transmitted Infections

In a new study, researchers show how skin vaccination can generate protective CD8 T-cells that are recruited to the genital tissues and could be used ... read more

Sexual Behavior May Influence Gut Microbiome

A person's sexual behavior could affect their microbiome and immune system, potentially elevating their risk of HIV infection, according to a new ... read more

Layered Cocktails Inspire New Form of Male Birth Control

For decades, women have shouldered most of the burden of contraception. However, long-term use of female birth control pills could increase the risk for side-effects such as blood clots or breast ... read more

Does Herpes Cause Alzheimer's?

Herpes is the dreaded 'gift that keeps on giving'. But could it also be taking our memories? Decades of research show a striking correlation between Alzheimer's disease risk and infection with Herpes ... read more
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Family Support Reduces Chance of School and Workplace Bullying

Having a supportive family environment makes school-age LGB children in the UK significantly less likely to be victims of bullying, according to new ... read more

Laser Therapy Gains Credibility as Effective Option for Treating Vaginal Problems

Nearly 50% of menopausal women complain of vaginal dryness, itching, and burning, among other commonly reported menopause symptoms. Laser therapy is one of the newer techniques for addressing these ... read more

Tenfold Increase in Number of Adolescents on HIV Treatment in South Africa Since 2010, but Many Still Untreated

A new study of more than 700,000 one to 19-year olds being treated for HIV infection suggests a ten-fold increase in the number of adolescents aged 15 to 19 receiving HIV treatment in South ... read more

New Vaccine Prevents Herpes in Mice, Guinea Pigs

A novel vaccine protected almost all mice and guinea pigs exposed to a new herpes virus. This may lead to the vaccine being tested in human ... read more

Starting HIV Treatment in ERs May Be Key to Ending HIV Spread Worldwide

Researchers say they have evidence that hospital emergency departments (EDs) worldwide may be key strategic settings for curbing the spread of HIV infections in hard-to-reach populations if the EDs ... read more

High Social Support Associated With Less Violence Among Male Teens in Urban Neighborhoods

Researchers find that the presence of adult social support is linked to less violence among at-risk teen ... read more

Medical Marijuana Laws Impact Use Among Sexual Minorities Differently Than Heterosexuals

Bisexual women had higher rates of past-year and daily marijuana use compared to heterosexual women, and gay/lesbian women were also more likely to report daily marijuana use and past year medical ... read more

Repeated Semen Exposure Promotes Host Resistance to Infection in Preclinical HIV Model

Contrary to the long-held view that semen can only act as a way to transmit HIV-1 from men to women, scientists found that frequent and sustained semen exposure can change the characteristics of the ... read more

Parent-Targeted Interventions in Primary Care Improve Parent-Teen Communication on Alcohol and Sex

New research shows that brief parent-targeted interventions in the primary care setting can increase communication between parents and their teens about sexual and alcohol-related behavior. This ... read more

Charcoal-Based Drug Delivery System Improves Efficacy of Common Herpes Drug

A study has found that combining acyclovir -- a commonly prescribed topical herpes medication -- with particles of activated carbon improves efficacy of the ... read more

Teens Feel Pressured to Get Pregnant

Female adolescents are experiencing relationship abuse at alarming rates, according to a new study that specifically researched reproductive coercion - a form of abuse in which a woman is pressured ... read more

Can a Combination Immune Therapy Reduce Genital Herpes Outbreaks?

Investigators have shown that the combination of a vaccine and a medicated cream is a promising strategy to dramatically reduce the recurrence of genital ... read more

Worrisome Birth-Control Knowledge Gaps

A new study has uncovered concerning gaps in knowledge about birth control effectiveness. The research included four forms of contraception: IUDs, birth control pills, male condoms and ... read more

One Dose of HPV Vaccine May Be Enough

One dose of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has comparable effectiveness to 2 or 3 doses for preventing cervical pre-cancer, according to a new ... read more

Risk of Neural Tube Defects Higher for Babies of Women on HIV Therapy With Dolutegravir

Children born to women on HIV therapy containing the drug dolutegravir since conception have a slightly higher risk of neural tube defects, compared to children born to women on regimens of other ... read more

How Kissing as a Risk Factor May Explain the High Global Incidence of Gonorrhea

In 2016, there were 87 million people diagnosed with gonorrhea, the most antibiotic resistant of all the STIs. There is a global rise in gonorrhea rates and, until now, no one has understood ... read more

Why Sex Becomes Less Satisfying With Age

The number of women regularly having sex declines with age, and the number of women enjoying sex postmenopause is even lower. Although these facts are not surprising, the causes for these declines ... read more

Newly Discovered Immune Cells at the Frontline of HIV Infection

Researchers have discovered brand new immune cells that are at the frontline of HIV infection. Known as CD11c+ dendritic cells, these new cells are more susceptible to HIV infection and can then ... read more

Many Parents Struggle for Years to Adjust After Learning a Child's Sexual Orientation

Two years after their child 'comes out' as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB), many parents still say that it is moderately or very hard for them to adjust to the news, according to a new ... read more

Lack of Sleep May Increase Likelihood of Teens Engaging in Risky Sexual Behaviors

Teenagers who don't get enough sleep may be at an increased risk of engaging in unsafe sexual behaviors, such as not using condoms or having sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs, ... read more

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