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Truvada, Gilead's HIV drug, has been approved since 2004 for people with the virus. Taken daily, it can prevent HIV infections 92% of the time, meaning it could drastically reduce new infections in sexually active gay men, among the U.S.'s highest-risk communities.

 

A new version of the HPV vaccine that fights nine strains of human papillomavirus offered greater cancer protection for women than the earlier one that targets only four.

As gun rights advocates push to legalize firearms on college campuses, an argument is taking shape: Arming female students will help reduce sexual assaults.

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A new compound has blocked HIV infection so well in monkeys that it may be able to function as a vaccine against AIDS, the scientists who designed it reported Wednesday.

Most women with private health insurance can get contraception for free, but a lack of information means some are still paying out of pocket-even when they shouldn't be.
 
To reach young gay men about the need for HIV testing, health advocates are turning to an unconventional messenger: gay dating apps on smartphones.

Aggressive New HIV Virus Strain In Cuba Progresses To AIDS In Less Than 3 Years - Medical Daily
A study has found a new strain of the HIV virus in Cuba with the ability to progress into full-blown AIDS in as little as two to three years.

How To Store Condoms And Other Birth Control, Because Temperature Matters More Than You'd Think - Bustle
Keeping birth control in the wrong conditions can reduce its efficacy and increase the risk of bacterial nasties in your intimate parts.

Aging With HIV Presents Unique Set of Challenges - WNPR News
America is growing older, and so is its population of HIV-positive adults. This year, for the first time ever, half of Americans living with HIV are 50 years old and older.


The drug maker Sprout Pharmaceuticals has resubmitted a new drug application to the FDA for approval of a pill that claims to boost sex drive in premenopausal women. 

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