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People with lymphatic filariasis more likely to acquire HIV infection, study shows

People with lymphatic filariasis more likely to acquire HIV infection, study shows

People infected with a parasitic worm called Wuchereria bancrofti in areas where HIV is endemic may be more likely to acquire HIV than people who are not infected with the worm, according to a new study in southwest Tanzania, published in The Lancet. [More]
Community-level ART coverage, male circumcision linked to decline in new male HIV infections in Uganda

Community-level ART coverage, male circumcision linked to decline in new male HIV infections in Uganda

Increasing the number of men who undergo circumcision and increasing the rates at which women with HIV are given antiretroviral therapy (ART) were associated with significant declines in the number of new male HIV infections in rural Ugandan communities, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health research suggests. [More]
Sexual abstinence, marital fidelity programs not effective in reducing HIV risk

Sexual abstinence, marital fidelity programs not effective in reducing HIV risk

The U.S. government has invested $1.4 billion in HIV prevention programs that promote sexual abstinence and marital fidelity, but there is no evidence that these programs have been effective at changing sexual behavior and reducing HIV risk, according to a new Stanford University School of Medicine study. [More]
WHO highlights need to expand antiretroviral therapy, reverse HIV epidemic on World AIDS Day

WHO highlights need to expand antiretroviral therapy, reverse HIV epidemic on World AIDS Day

On World AIDS Day the World Health Organization emphasizes that expanding antiretroviral therapy to all people living with HIV is key to ending the AIDS epidemic within a generation. [More]
WHO recommends new strategies to treat HIV patients, reduce new infections

WHO recommends new strategies to treat HIV patients, reduce new infections

The world is poised to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 – provided it can accelerate the pace of progress achieved globally over the past 15 years, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report. [More]
Vaginal silicone ring may protect women against HIV, herpes virus

Vaginal silicone ring may protect women against HIV, herpes virus

Researchers at University Jean Monnet of Saint-Etienne, France have succeeded in developing a vaginal silicone ring that delivers molecules that act on both HIV and herpes virus. This research is presented at the 55th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC/ICC). [More]
WHO prequalifies new male circumcision device to prevent HIV

WHO prequalifies new male circumcision device to prevent HIV

The ShangRing, a novel medical device for voluntary medical male circumcision, has received prequalification from the World Health Organization (WHO) for use. [More]
Men undergoing circumcision may be at increased risk of infecting female partners with HIV

Men undergoing circumcision may be at increased risk of infecting female partners with HIV

In the midst of an international campaign to slow the spread of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, the World Health Organization recommends male circumcision (the surgical removal of foreskin from the penis) which reduces HIV acquisition by 50-60%. [More]
HCV more common in West Africa yet lacks equal attention as HIV/AIDS or Ebola

HCV more common in West Africa yet lacks equal attention as HIV/AIDS or Ebola

More than 180 million people in the world have hepatitis C, compared with the 34 million with HIV/AIDS and the roughly 30,000 who have had Ebola. [More]
Circumcised boys more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder

Circumcised boys more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder

Research published today by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine suggests that circumcised boys are more likely than intact boys to develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) before the age of 10. [More]
ED more prevalent than previously thought

ED more prevalent than previously thought

Specialists in treatment of erectile dysfunction recognize that ED is more prevalent than previously recognized. [More]
Researchers examine association between ritual circumcision procedure and HSV-1 in infants

Researchers examine association between ritual circumcision procedure and HSV-1 in infants

A rare procedure occasionally performed during Jewish circumcisions that involves direct oral suction is a likely source of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) transmissions documented in infants between 1988 and 2012, a literature review conducted by Penn Medicine researchers and published online in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society found. [More]
Parents expect information about circumcision, not recommendation from health-care providers

Parents expect information about circumcision, not recommendation from health-care providers

Most parents expect healthcare providers to answer their questions about circumcision, but they don't want a specific recommendation on the procedure, according to a new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. [More]

Men do not engage in riskier behaviors after circumcision

Men do not engage in riskier behaviors after they are circumcised, according to a study in Kenya by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers. [More]
New research indicates circumcision may help prevent prostate cancer in some men

New research indicates circumcision may help prevent prostate cancer in some men

Circumcision is performed for various reasons, including those that are based on religion, aesthetics, or health. New research indicates that the procedure may help prevent prostate cancer in some men. [More]
Circumcision after age of 35 may reduce risk of developing prostate cancer

Circumcision after age of 35 may reduce risk of developing prostate cancer

Researchers at the University of Montreal and the INRS-Institut-Armand-Frappier have shown that men circumcised after the age of 35 were 45% less at risk of later developing prostate cancer than uncircumcised men. [More]

Despite years of investment, female genital cutting still has major support in Somalia, Ethiopia

Despite years of heavy investment, female genital cutting still has major support in countries such as Somalia and Ethiopia. Well intentioned campaigns initiated by international organisations are being met with skepticism. "Changes must come from within," say researchers. [More]
State highlights: R.I. Gov. plans $43M in Medicaid cuts; N.M. judge rules in favor of 'aid to dying'; long-term care protections still awaited in Mass.

State highlights: R.I. Gov. plans $43M in Medicaid cuts; N.M. judge rules in favor of 'aid to dying'; long-term care protections still awaited in Mass.

A selection of health policy stories from Rhode Island, California, Massachusetts, Virginia, Florida, Wisconsin, Missouri and Minnesota. [More]
First Edition: January 21, 2014

First Edition: January 21, 2014

Today's headlines include news on the health law's implementation at both the federal and state levels. [More]
Research reveals that HPV infection is associated with higher subsequent risk of HIV infection

Research reveals that HPV infection is associated with higher subsequent risk of HIV infection

A study of 2,519 Kenyan men conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina revealed that infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) was associated with a higher subsequent risk of infection with HIV, a precursor to AIDS. [More]
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