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Girls Lose Friends for Having Sex But Boys Don't, Study Shows

Posted 24 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 – The impact that young teens' sexual activity has on their circle of friends differs for girls and boys, a new study finds. Researchers looked at data from youngsters in 28 rural communities in Iowa and Pennsylvania who were followed from ages 11 to 16, and found that girls lost friends for having sex and gained friends for making out without sex. But boys lost friends for making out and gained friends for having sex, according to the study scheduled for presentation Monday at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) in Chicago. The investigators found that after having sex, girls had a 45 percent loss in peer acceptance, while boys had an 88 percent increase in acceptance, on average. After making out, girls had a 25 percent increase in peer acceptance, while boys had a 29 percent decrease, the findings showed. "In our sample of early ... Read more

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U.S. Teens Waiting Longer to Have Sex: CDC

Posted 22 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 – Less than half of U.S. teenagers aged 15 to 19 are having sex, a rate dramatically lower than it was a quarter-century ago, a new federal government report shows. Only 44 percent of girls and 47 percent of boys between the ages of 15 and 19 had sexual intercourse at least once from 2011 to 2013, the researchers found. That's down from 51 percent of girls and 60 percent of boys in 1988, said study author Gladys Martinez. She is a demographer/statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The drop in teen sexual activity is most likely due to the AIDS epidemic and the cultural shift that resulted from increased awareness of sexually transmitted diseases, said Dr. Jill Rabin, co-chief of the division of ambulatory care & women's health programs-PCAP Services at North Shore-LIJ ... Read more

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Anti-Rape Program Halved Number of Campus Assaults: Study

Posted 10 Jun 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 – A program aimed at teaching women how to recognize dangerous situations and resist sexual coercion almost halved the risk of rape on three college campuses, a new study shows. "We expected that providing women with knowledge and tools could increase their ability to defend themselves and reduce the severity of the sexual violence they experience," said study author Charlene Senn, a professor of psychology at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. "We didn't expect the reductions to be as dramatic as they were. Only 22 young women need to receive the program for one completed rape to be averted." The findings were published in the June 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. An estimated 20 percent to 25 percent of women attending universities will be sexually assaulted, with the highest risk occurring in their freshman and sophomore years, ... Read more

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Nearly 1 in 5 Female College Freshmen Sexually Assaulted: Study

Posted 20 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – Almost one out of every five young women was raped or experienced attempted rape during her freshman year at a large private university in upstate New York, a new study reports. Alcohol and/or drugs played a major role in sexual assaults, with as many as 15 percent of young women reporting that they had been subjected to "incapacitated" rape during their first year in college, according to the study. "We find that the likelihood of incapacitated rape compared with forcible rape is higher in college than in the community," based on these results and previous studies of sexual assault, said lead author Kate Carey, a professor of behavioral and social sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, R.I. The study findings were published online May 20 in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The study also found that a sizable minority of young ... Read more

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Millennials More Tolerant, Less Promiscuous Than Their Parents

Posted 6 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 – Millennials aren't pairing off with as many sex partners as Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, but they're more accepting of premarital sex and same-sex relationships. That's the conclusion of a new review that charted Americans' evolving views on sex, relationships and behavior. "We found a really profound shift in sexual attitudes and behavior," said study lead author Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University. "In the 1970s, it was much more common to say that sex before marriage was wrong or sometimes wrong. And it was by far the majority view to say sex between two adults of the same sex was wrong. "That has changed a huge amount," she added. Twenge and her colleagues launched their study to gain a better understanding of how generational attitudes about sex and sexuality have shifted over the past four decades. The researchers looked at ... Read more

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Few Military Women Seek Care After Sexual Assault: Study

Posted 1 May 2015 by

FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 – Most American servicewomen who are sexually assaulted don't seek health care right away, a new study suggests. Of more than 200 women who said they had been sexually assaulted while in the armed forces, fewer than one-third sought medical care after the attack, researchers found. "There are numerous health consequences associated with sexual assault," said lead author Dr. Michelle Mengeling, an affiliate investigator with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "Examples include gynecologic, gastrointestinal, chronic pain symptoms and sexual dysfunction. There are also mental health outcomes such as [post-traumatic stress disorder], depression, substance abuse and anxiety," she said in a VA news release. According to the study authors, women who are sexually assaulted tend to need more health care than other women in the years after they're assaulted. The ... Read more

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Genital Herpes Vaccine Shows Promise in Mouse Study

Posted 10 Mar 2015 by

TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 – There's a glimmer of hope for millions of people infected with genital herpes: A new study in mice hints at the success of a vaccine against the virus. Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City report that the vaccine was safe and effective in protecting mice against herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), the virus that causes genital herpes. The vaccine also shows indications of being effective against oral herpes, which causes cold sores, according to the authors of the study published March 10 in the online journal eLife. While the findings are promising, experts note that results from animal studies often do not pan out in human trials. According to the researchers, genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, affecting about 500 million people worldwide. Genital herpes is transmitted during sex or from a ... Read more

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Did Columbus Really Bring Syphilis to Europe?

Posted 3 Dec 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 – A new study is intensifying the debate over whether Christopher Columbus or his crews brought syphilis from the New World to Europe, setting the stage for hundreds of years of illness and death. Researchers in Bosnia report that an ancient skeleton of a young Croatia-area man shows signs of the disease. That would mean that the sexually transmitted infection existed there long before the era of the great explorers, they said. Two specialists questioned the study's findings. They said it's still most likely that the crews of Columbus' ships are responsible for spreading the sexually transmitted disease across Europe. "Despite the many efforts to suggest otherwise, there is no Old World evidence of syphilis prior to 1492," said Dr. Bruce Rothschild, a professor of medicine at the University of Kansas who studies the origins of diseases like syphilis. But study ... Read more

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CDC Endorses Circumcision for Health Reasons

Posted 3 Dec 2014 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 – U.S. health officials are poised to endorse circumcision as a means of preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday released its first-ever draft guidelines on circumcision that recommend that doctors counsel parents and uncircumcised males on the health benefits of the procedure. The guidelines do not outright call for circumcision of all male newborns, since that is a personal decision that may involve religious or cultural preferences, Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, told the Associated Press. But "the scientific evidence is clear that the benefits outweigh the risks," Mermin said. Circumcision involves the surgical removal of the foreskin covering the tip of the penis. Germs can collect and multiply under ... Read more

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Multiple Drug Use Raises Infection Risk for 'Swinging' Couples

Posted 24 Oct 2014 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 – Multiple drug use put couples who "swing" at increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), a new study shows. Swingers are defined as heterosexual couples who have group sex, swap partners and/or visit sex clubs for couples. Researchers looked at 289 people, average age 49, in the Netherlands who said they were swingers and visited an STD clinic between 2009 and 2012. Half of the participants said they'd had six or more sex partners in the last six months, and had not used a condom during vaginal sex. More than half said they'd had group sex during the same time, and half of them did not use condoms. One quarter of the men reported having sex with other male swingers in the last six months, according to the study published Oct. 23 in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. Overall, rates of chlamydia and/or gonorrhea were 13 percent, but no other ... Read more

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Nearly 5 Percent of Young U.S. Women Have Chlamydia: CDC

Posted 26 Sep 2014 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 – An estimated 1.8 million Americans aged 14 to 39 are infected with the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia, and many don't know it, federal health officials reported Thursday. Rates of infection are highest among young women. An estimated 4.7 percent of women aged 14 to 24 were infected with the easily treated disease in 2012, which often has no symptoms. But, if left untreated, chlamydia can lead to infertility, problems during pregnancy and other health threats. "Chlamydia is common, and it's especially common in young women. Most young women who are infected don't know they have it," said study author Elizabeth Torrone, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's division of STD prevention. "This report really underscores the need for young women to be screened for chlamydia annually," she said. The report was based on ... Read more

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Behavioral Counseling Urged for Teens, Young Adults at Risk for STDs

Posted 23 Sep 2014 by

MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 – Teens and young adults at risk for sexually transmitted infections should undergo "intensive" behavioral counseling to help prevent risky sexual behaviors, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Every year, about 20 million new sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea and chlamydia occur in the United States. About half involve people between 15 and 24 years old, according to the task force. Its new report, published Sept. 22 in Annals of Internal Medicine, updates its 2008 guidelines. The task force is an independent panel of health experts that reviews a broad range of preventive health care services and develops recommendations for health care providers. Adults at risk for sexually transmitted infections include those who've had one within the past year, those who don't always wear condoms and those with ... Read more

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Many STDs May Go Undiagnosed, U.S. Report Finds

Posted 10 Jun 2014 by

TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 – About 400,000 Americans may have the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia, but not know they have it, new research suggests. The new government report estimates that 1.8 million people in the United States have chlamydia, but that only 1.4 million infections have been reported. Women, particularly young women, seem to have an even greater risk of harboring this often symptomless infection, according to the U.S. National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention news release. Researchers analyzed data from the 2007 to 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that 1.7 percent of men and women aged 14 to 39 have chlamydia, which works out to about 1.8 million infections in the United States. However, only about 1.4 million chlamydia infections are reported each year, which indicates that many chlamydia infections go ... Read more

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STD Education Must Start Long Before Kids Engage in Sex

Posted 17 Feb 2014 by

MONDAY, Feb. 17, 2014 – Having a stable home life as a child, nice friends and success at school reduces the odds of getting sexually transmitted diseases as a young adult, according to a new study. The University of Washington researchers said the findings show that efforts to prevent STD infections should begin years before most young people start having sex. "Kids don't engage in risky behaviors in a vacuum. There are environmental opportunities that have to be created," study lead author Marina Epstein said in a university news release. "Monitor your kid more generally, and make sure they're engaged in school and have friends who don't get into trouble." The researchers analyzed data from nearly 2,000 Seattle-area participants in two youth-development studies that began in the mid-1980s and early 1990s. At age 24, the participants had been with an average of eight sexual partners. ... Read more

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Talking to Partners About STDs Often Awkward: Survey

Posted 6 Nov 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6 – Many people find it difficult to talk with their partners about sexually transmitted diseases, and public health campaigns need to find better ways to promote these types of conversations, according to a new study. The study included 181 sexually active men and women with an average age of 26, who completed an anonymous online questionnaire. Just more than half of participants said they felt "very comfortable" talking to their partners about how to prevent STDs. Less than half felt "very comfortable" talking with a partner about sexual histories. Comfort levels rose and conversations grew easier when people felt better informed about STDs and had practice talking about them with their partners. "Take time to get informed. It will only make your conversation more comfortable and ensure that you are really protecting your health," study lead researcher Margo Mullinax, ... Read more

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