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Teens More Cautious About Sex When Parents Set Rules, Study Finds

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MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 – A new analysis suggests that parents who set rules and keep tabs on their teenagers may have kids who are more cautious about sex. "Parents really matter, and they're influential," said report co-author Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, co-director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health at New York University's Silver School of Social Work. At issue: How can parents convince their children to engage in less sexual activity, especially risky unprotected intercourse? The study authors said that statistics suggest that hundreds of thousands of U.S. teens become pregnant each year, and more than 75 percent of the pregnancies are unplanned. Sexually transmitted disease is another risk for teens and young adults: Research shows that in 2012, people aged 20 to 24 had the highest rate of new infections with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In the new report, ... Read more

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1 in 6 Female College Freshmen Raped While Incapacitated: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – More than one in every six freshmen women are raped during their first year at college while too drunk or drugged to fend off their attacker, a new U.S. study reports. Even worse, about the same proportion say they entered college having already been raped while incapacitated by drink or drugs, the research revealed. Incoming freshmen with a prior history of "incapacitated rape" are the ones most at risk of another sexual assault during their first year at college, the researchers concluded. Freshmen women also have a higher risk of rape while drunk or drugged if they believe that heavy drinking can enhance a person's sexual experience, said lead researcher Kate Carey. Carey is a professor of behavioral and social sciences at Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, R.I. Although Carey and her colleagues identified risk factors that may ... Read more

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Once-a-Week Sex Makes for Happy Couples: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – An active sex life is important to couples' happiness, and they don't have to go at it like rabbits – those who make love once a week are happiest, a new study suggests. More frequent sex isn't a buzzkill for a relationship. It just doesn't pack the same punch, Canadian researchers report Nov. 18 in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. "Our research suggests that couples do not need to aim to engage in sex as frequently as possible but instead aim to maintain a connection with their partner," said study lead author Amy Muise, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The findings are based on three studies involving more than 30,000 people in all. At issue: How does sexual frequency affect well-being? Not surprisingly, the research showed that sex is good, and more sex is better, Muise said. Regularly having sex ... Read more

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Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia Rates Rising for First Time in Years: CDC

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TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 – The number of cases of three key sexually transmitted diseases increased last year for the first time since 2006, concerned U.S. health officials reported Tuesday. In 2014, 1.4 million cases of chlamydia were reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – a 2.8 percent increase since 2013. This is the highest number of cases of any STD ever reported to the CDC, the government researchers said in the annual report. Substantial increases were also reported in rates of syphilis (15 percent) and gonorrhea (5 percent). And the syphilis rates were highest among gay and bisexual men, according to the CDC's Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance, 2014 report. "In the previous years, we have had some declines in some diseases and increases in others. But, we are concerned about the alarming increases we are seeing in chlamydia, gonorrhea and ... Read more

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Gonorrhea Becoming More Resistant to One Antibiotic: CDC

Posted 3 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 – One of several antibiotic treatment options for the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea seems to be losing its effectiveness, U.S. health officials warn in a new report. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest tracking suggests that although resistance to the antibiotic treatment cefixime went down between 2011 and 2013, it started to creep back up in 2014. The good news is that cefixime isn't usually the first drug of choice for treating gonorrhea infections. The CDC's most recent guidelines for gonorrhea treatment (issued in 2012) recommend only using cefixime when the preferred option – ceftriaxone-based combination therapy – isn't available. And the CDC's new report doesn't indicate any recent waning in the effectiveness of that combination therapy. Still, indications of antibiotic resistance among any gonorrhea treatment is ... Read more

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Teens Do Listen to Parents' Advice About Sex: Study

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – Teens whose parents talk with them about sex are more likely to wait to have sex and to use birth control and condoms when they do, a new study finds. Although a parent's voice is only one in the mix of influences, it does have a significant, though small, role in helping their kids avoid sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies, the researchers said. And the effect was slightly stronger when moms were the ones doing the talking, the study found. "Communicating about sex can be uncomfortable for both parents and teens, but these conversations are a critical component of helping teens make safe and healthy decisions," said lead researcher Laura Widman, an assistant professor in the department of psychology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. "What parents say to their kids about sex matters," she said. Although the study found an ... Read more

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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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