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Violence and HIV

Linking Intimate Partner Violence and HIV in Women A large body of research has linked trauma, and in particular intimate partner violence (IPV), to HIV in women. Women, as a group, are more likely to have experienced sexual trauma than…

Microbicide News

VivaGelĀ® (SPL7013, or astodrimer sodium) has been in the news lately. The microbicide, which is made by the Australian company starpharma, recently received regulatory approval in that country as well as in Japan. Clinical trials suggest that it is effective…

A Lack of Risk Awareness

A study recently published in the journal LGBT Health found that many men who have sex with men underestimate their risk of contracting HIV during sex. Furthermore, because of this underestimation, they don’t avail themselves of all the preventative options…

Pick Your Porn

You know what’s not sexy? Watching people get infected with STDs, and yet that’s what there’s a reasonable chance that you may be doing when you’re watching bareback porn. Although, in theory, the adult film industry polices itself with regular…

Narrowing the Risk Gap

Gay men are biologically and behaviorally more susceptible to HIV than heterosexual individuals, but research has shown that there’s something that can narrow that risk gap – genital herpes. According to a new study in PLOS One, genital herpes nearly…

Dildo Cozies

I’m always telling people that they should cover their sex toys before using them, and I don’t mean with a dildo cozy. Any insertable sex toy that is used without a condom poses a potential infection risk. Worse, that may…