Category Archives: Women’s Health

  1. Don’t Upset This Rectal Microbicide Advocate!

    by Mike PetersIRMA Intern A couple of weeks ago, I returned to Ohio for a weekend excursion.  The director of the Women’s Studies program at my university informed me that I was named Graduate Student of the Year for Women’s Studies and that there was a short awards ceremony that I should attend.  In preparation for this Read More >>

    activists, advocacy, community engagement, education, hiv prevention, IRMA, rectal microbicide, Women's Health
  2. TIME SENSITIVE: Have You (or Your Organization) Endorsed Our Global Call to Action on Lubricant Safety Yet?

    Have you and/or your organization endorsed the Global Call to Action on Lubricant Safety yet? (lists or endorsers in formation below.) We are going to be closing the call soon, so please make your move on lube safety NOW. Click here to read the Call and to endorse. We must KNOW whether water-based and silicone-based lubricants used during sex Read More >>

    activists, advocacy, anal intercourse, anal sex, IRMA, lubricant, research, sexual health, Women's Health
  3. Anal health is not just a gay issue: Women need rectal microbicides too

    via Citizen News Service, by Bobby Ramakant “It is high time that anal health and hygiene comes out of the closet” said Dr Ross Cranston from University of Pittsburgh, USA. Dr Cranston was referring to the multitude of anal health complications people practicing receptive anal sex are likely to be dealing with in their lives and very Read More >>

    Africa, AIDS 2012, anal sex, Citizen News Service, herpes, HIV, hiv prevention, HIV/AIDS, International AIDS Conference, IRMA, Project ARM, rectal microbicide, STI, women, Women's Health
  4. Researchers Stress the Importance of Screening Women for Precancerous Anal Lesions

    via AIDSmeds, by Tim Horn Results from a study conducted in the Bronx, New York, serve as an important reminder to HIV care providers: Comprehensive screening for precancerous anal lesions isn’t of importance only to HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM). According to the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes report by researchers at Albert Read More >>

    anal cancer, anal health, anal intercourse, anal sex, HIV, MSM, women, Women's Health
  5. From Tuskegee to Transparency: An Evolution in the Ethics and Accountability of Clinical Trials Involving Human Subjects

    via RH Reality Check, by Anna Forbes and Kate Ryan People who participate in clinical trials take the enormous step of volunteering to test a product that may be useful and, sometimes, life-saving if it turns out to be effective. They play an irreplaceable role in research to prevent, treat, and sometimes cure illness – as well Read More >>

    ART, clinical trials, HIV, Microbicides, women, Women's Health
  6. 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
  7. HIV Prevention in Women Requires a Full Toolbox

    Via Medscape, by Emily Paulsen. Women account for more than 50% of the worldwide AIDS epidemic, and a disproportionate number of those women are people of color. In the United States, black women make up a growing share of new AIDS cases; the rate for black women is nearly 20 times the rate for white women. Although Read More >>

    HIV transmission, new prevention technologies, transmission probability, women, Women's Health
  8. HPV and Anal Cancer in Older Women: Risk and Prevention

    via Women’s Voices for Change, by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. Excerpt: Although it has not been documented rigorously, there is a reason to believe that anal cancer could develop very much the way cervical cancer does. The change in the cells begins with mild atypica, progresses to more serious abnormal change (mild, moderate and severe dysplasia), before Read More >>

    anal cancer, anal health, Gardasil, HPV, women, Women's Health
  9. Heterosexual anal sex reported by women receiving HIV prevention services in Los Angeles County

    Womens Health Issues. 2010 Nov-Dec;20(6):414-9. Heterosexual anal sex reported by women receiving HIV prevention services in Los Angeles County. Reynolds GL, Fisher DG, Napper LE, Fremming BW, Jansen MA. California State University, Long Beach, Center for Behavioral Research and Services, Long Beach, California 90813, USA. Abstract BACKGROUND: This study examined reported heterosexual receptive anal intercourse (HRAI) Read More >>

    anal sex, heterosexuality, injection drug use, Los Angeles, sexual behavior, women, Women's Health
  10. Via IPS Kenya: “More Men Preventing HIV Transmission to their Unborn Children”

    From IPS, by Isaiah Esipisu Pastor Joseph Muhembeli and his wife, Beatrice, queue at the Vihiga health centre with their six-month-old daughter for their prevention of mother-to-child treatment (PMTCT). But before long, as per the clinic’s policy, the couple are whisked to the front of the line – all because Muhembeli has accompanied his wife for the Read More >>

    HIV transmission, Kenya, men, pregnancy, Women's Health