Category Archives: female health

  1. Facilitator’s Guide for “The Rectal Revolution is Here” Video – English Version NOW Available

    As many of our readers  know – in December IRMA, the Microbicide Trials Network, and Population Council launched the video “The Rectal Revolution is Here: An introduction to rectal microbicide clinical trials.” The 14-minute video includes researchers, advocates, and trial participants and discusses the need for rectal microbicides and the role of clinical trials in developing products Read More >>

    activists, advocacy, anal health, female health, IRMA, Microbicide Trials Network, Microbicides, Population Council, rectal microbicide, Rectal Revolution, video
  2. Health Care Influenced by Masculinity

    via Daily Collegian, by Roy Ribitzky Men’s assumed and undeserving position in society is coming at a huge cost to our health. The performance of hegemonic masculinity is forcing men of all races, classes and education to sacrifice their mental and physical health. Men are expected to be strong, athletic, successful, competitive, in control, relentless, risk takers, Read More >>

    female health, gay men, men, standards of care
  3. Johns Hopkins: Studies Show the Likelihood of HIV Infection in Female Sex Workers

    via Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Female sex workers in low- and middle-income countries are nearly 14 times more likely to be infected by HIV compared to the rest of country’s population, according to an analysis by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The findings suggest an urgent need to scale up Read More >>

    female health, infectivity, Johns Hopkins, prevention, sex work
  4. Why So Anal about Pleasure?

    Via EmpowHer, by Hannah Cutts. Whether you are a committed fan, a non-subscriber, or have been considering engaging in anal play, I believe it is a subject that women should make an effort to include in their sexual awareness and conversations, even if only to expand their education on the female body and become resources for friends/family Read More >>

    anal sex, anus, CDC, female health, sexual behavior, women, Women's Health
  5. Hard Core Porn’s Pervasiveness and Evolving Sexual Behaviors

    via The Atlantic, by Natasha Vargas-Cooper Excerpt: Porn’s new pervasiveness and influence on the culture at large haven’t necessarily introduced anything new into our sexual repertoire: humans, after all, have been having sex—weird, debased, and otherwise—for quite a while. But pervasive hard-core porn has allowed many people to flirt openly with practices that may have always been Read More >>

    anal sex, female health, male sexuality, porn, sexual behavior, women
  6. South Africa and the 2010 World Cup: Pushing Women’s Rights Further to the Fringe…

    via SANGONeT pulse, by Tian Johnson Excerpt: Now, with the Soccer World Cup a few days away we wonder how far we as women’s rights activists need to go to ensure that this critical life saving (and sexy!) disease prevention tool remains on the agenda – free of profiteering, corruption and power games that strip away yet Read More >>

    Africa, female condom, female health, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, South Africa
  7. Will the Female Condom Ever Catch On?

    via The Daily Beast, by Joyce C. Tang The first version of the female condom made a weird noise, fell out, and was expensive, too. Now public health experts are pushing a new and improved version in American cities. Can it overcome stigma? Made from polyurethane, which is less pliable than latex, the female condom could be Read More >>

    condoms, contraception, female condom, female health, sexual behavior, sexual health
  8. Sexual tolerance and inclusion must not forget anal sex/health

    Acknowledging anal sexvia The Michigan Daily, by Rose Afriyie [thanks for this important piece Rose!] Excerpt: The vision of sexual tolerance we must adopt is one where everyday people acknowledge differences in sexual relations while promoting public health provisions that accommodate our sexual diversity. We need a sexually tolerant healthcare system that accounts for the various kinds Read More >>

    anal cancer, anal health, anal sex, female health, public health, reproductive health, sexual behavior, sexual health
  9. FDA Panel Backs New, Less Costly Female Condom

    An FDA advisory panel on Thursday voted 15-0 to recommend approval of the new, less costly version of the female condom developed by the Female Health Company, Reuters reports. When determining whether to recommend approval of the new product — called the FC2 female condom — the panel heard that the condom’s lower price could attract more Read More >>

    female condom, female health, HIV/AIDS policy, safer sex
  10. Keep Those LGBTI Health Summit Endorsements Coming!

    So far more than 100 people have endorsed the mission of the 2009 LGBTI Health Summit coming to Chicago next August. It’s a great start, but we need more support. Please keep spreading the word out far and wide. Remember, by endorsing the Summit, you are voicing your support for the health and wellness of the LGBTI Read More >>

    2009 LGBTI Health Summit, anal health, female health, gay men, HIV transmission, lgbt community, LGBT rights, sexual health, sexual identity, stonewall riots, transgendered