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Alzheimer's Trial Stirs Talk of Senior Sexuality - Philly.com 

Experts from the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University, an NCSH member, say a ground-breaking Iowa court case illustrates why both consumers and long-term care facilities need to do more thinking about sex.

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A new study underlines the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine, showing the vaccine is protective against the virus on multiple sites on the body, even for women who have been infected in the past.
 
Research has shown that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are significantly more likely than heterosexuals to avoid or delay medical care. So it is important that physicians be LGBT-competent - aware of and sensitive to factors that can affect their LGBT patients' access to quality health care.

 

23 Things Everyone Should Know About IUDs - Buzzfeed

IUDs are more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. And unlike other birth control options like the pill, the ring, or condoms, there isn't a risk for straight-up human error. Here are the main things to keep in mind about the IUD.
 

Pentagon Chief Warns Sexual Assault Problem Could Deter Recruits - Reuters

Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned on Wednesday that the military's sexual assault problem could drive away new recruits, and urged a group of officer trainees to have the courage to speak out against behavior that contributes to sexual misconduct.

  
The need for sex doesn't disappear as we age, yet many facilities for the elderly have no policy on sex at all.

College women who choose an intrauterine device (IUD) for long-term contraception say it hurts to have the device inserted at first, but they are otherwise very happy with it more than a year later.
 

Hepatitis B Infection 100% Eliminated With Cancer Drug Combination In Preclinical Model - MedicalDaily

A cancer drug was 100% successful in clearing away hepatitis B infections in preclinical models for an Australian study. If researchers successfully replicate the results in human clinical trials, the drug may become the first-ever cure to the hepatitis B virus and may serve as a model for treating other viruses, such as HIV and herpes.

 

High Schools Adopt Programs on Sex Assault Awareness - The Boston Globe

Local high schools are seeking to raise awareness about sexual assaults, and they are taking a page from the expanding initiatives on college campuses.

 

Signs Ebola Spreads in Sex Prompt a CDC WarningNew York Times

The CDC has revised its guidelines on Ebola transmission, urging survivors to abstain from all forms of sex or use condoms every time "until more information becomes available," rather than three months as previously recommended.

 

By 2020, The Most Common HPV-Related Cancer Will Affect MenHuffington Post

A new analysis from researchers at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center in Toronto, Canada, points out that boys who get the HPV vaccine receive important protection not only against genital warts, but against HPV strains that cause oropharyngeal cancer.

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