Sexual and Reproductive Health Day – February 12 – CANADA

Sexual and Reproductive Health Day, held annually on February 12, is an opportunity to raise awareness of sexual and reproductive health issues and to educate yourself and others on how to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections. Sexually transmitted infections continue to be a significant and increasing public health concern. Over the past decade, reported rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and infectious syphilis have steadily increased. The majority of reported chlamydia and … [Read more...]

Rapid HIV Testing, Increase Life Expectancy, Cost Effective

Incorporating Rapid HIV Testing in drug treatment programs is both cost effective and increases life expectancy for an HIV-positive person, according to an NIH-funded study published in September 2012 in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence. This study expands upon a previous finding of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network Rapid HIV Testing and Counseling Study that showed that onsite rapid HIV testing in substance abuse treatment programs correlated with increased … [Read more...]

Ugandan HIV campaign targets “cheaters”

KAMPALA, January 2013 (PlusNews) - A new Ugandan HIV-prevention campaign that frankly addresses sexual infidelity is generating heated debate over the direction the country's HIV strategy should take. Billboards erected in various parts of the capital, Kampala, by Uganda Cares - a programme of the US NGO AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) - bear the image of a broken heart and the lines "Cheating? Use a condom" and "Cheated on? Get tested". The campaign aims to address the growing … [Read more...]

JOHANNESBURG, HIV/AIDS: The female condom showdown

JOHANNESBURG, (PlusNews) - Introduced more than 15 years ago, the female condom has gotten a bad rap, with some comparing it to having sex with a plastic bag, while many others still don't know about the only female-controlled HIV prevention method available. Its uptake and distribution have been outpaced by traditional male condoms: according to a recent UNAIDS report, only one donor-funded female condom was available for every 10 women of reproductive age in sub-Saharan Africa last year. … [Read more...]

Abortion …Act of right, race consciousness or spiritual dis-ease?

  A Celebration of Women has no opinion to make on this 'Issue' other than to suggest stopping the Debate and seek a Solution:  "Judging or challenging an 'effect' in life is like pissing in the wind if one nevers seeks the truth to the 'cause'. One would still think that if we, as a society, researched more into the cause; that being 'pregnancy', and less into 'effect'; that being 'abortion', there might be some HOPE for CHANGE."   While abortion can be an election issue, access is … [Read more...]

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