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Why the Male Pill Still Doesn't Exist  - The Atlantic
Various forms of hormonal male birth control have been in the works for decades. This article looks at reasons why the male contraceptive pill has not come to market. 
 
Many older Americans are having intimate relationships well into their 70s and 80s.These aging lovers have challenged traditional notions of growing old and, in some cases, raised logistical and legal issues for their families, caretakers and the institutions they call home.
 
There's a downside to remaining on the family insurance plan: Mom or Dad will get a notice from the insurer every time the grown-up kid gets medical care. So, some states have adopted laws that make it easier for dependents to keep medical communications confidential.
 
Safe Sex Without Condoms? With Drugs Keeping HIV in Check, Infected Partners Didn't Spread Virus - Los Angeles Times
Researchers recently studied hundreds of couples made up of one partner that had HIV and one that didn't. Of the more than 58,000 acts of unsafe sex that were counted, an HIV-positive person infected his or her partner zero times. 
 
What It Was Like to Be an HIV-positive, Closeted Olympian in the '80s  - Vox
times. Greg Louganis, widely regarded as the greatest diver in history, discusses competing in the Olympics shortly after discovering he was HIV-positive, and the impact the diagnosis has had on his life.  
 
GOP Wrestles With Change on LGBT Positions Before Convention - Time
As Republican senators finalize their party platform before the convention, LGBT issues were discussed in almost every platform subcommittee. According to Gregory Angelo, "Every Republican on the platform committee is at least now aware that LGBT issues go far beyond marriage."

The Truth About Getting Pregnant When You Have an IUD  - Self
An Olympic-hopeful runner recently discovered she was pregnant despite having an IUD, an extremely unlikely occurrence. This article describes the reasons why an IUD might fail and lead to pregnancy. 
 
A study presented at the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women annual conference found that women fake sexual pleasure to speed up their partner's orgasm as a means to end coercive sex.
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