Latest Sexual health News

'Out of control' STD situation prompts call for changes

Sep. 19, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sharply rising cases of some sexually transmitted diseases — including a 26% rise in new syphilis infections reported last year — are prompting U.S. health officials to call for new prevention and treatment efforts. “It is imperative that we ... work to...

US may expand monkeypox vaccine eligibility to men with HIV

Sep. 08, 2022 17:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. officials are considering broadening recommendations for who gets vaccinated against monkeypox, possibly to include many men with HIV or those recently diagnosed with other sexually transmitted diseases. Driving the discussion is a study released Thursday...

UN condemns sexual violence and urges justice for survivors

Sep. 02, 2022 22:29 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution Friday condemning all forms of sexual and gender-based violence and urging all countries to provide victims and survivors access to justice, reparations and assistance. The resolution, co-sponsored by Sierra Leone...

UN experts warn of impact of abortion bans on US minorities

Aug. 30, 2022 11:10 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Independent U.N. human rights experts expressed concerns Tuesday about the adverse impact on the rights of racial and ethnic minorities from the U.S. Supreme Court decision that stripped away constitutional protections for abortion in the United States. The Committee...

Why is The Villages known as ‘the STD capital of America?’

Aug. 20, 2022 03:14 AM EDT

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — Friends up north and across Tampa Bay snickered when Brian Lafferty revealed where he’d bought a new home. His 30-year-old daughter in Boston called to express concern. Even his ex-wife asked him about it. “Without...

Nafis Sadik, women's health and rights champion, dies at 92

Aug. 16, 2022 01:03 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nafis Sadik, a Pakistani doctor who championed women’s health and rights and spearheaded the breakthrough action plan adopted by 179 countries at the 1994 United Nations population conference, died four days before her 93rd birthday, her son said late Monday. ...

Spain leads Europe in monkeypox, struggles to check spread

Aug. 05, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — As a sex worker and adult film actor, Roc was relieved when he was among the first Spaniards to get a monkeypox vaccine. He knew of several cases among men who have sex with men, which is the leading demographic for the disease, and feared he could be next. ...

If monkeypox spreads through sexual contact, is it an STD?

Jul. 28, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For most of the six decades that monkeypox has been known to affect people, it was not known as a disease that spreads through sex. Now that has changed. The current outbreak is by far the biggest involving the virus, and it's been designated a global emergency. So...

Republicans reject family planning contracts for 4th time

Jul. 28, 2022 08:49 AM EDT

HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) — The abortion landscape has changed but the votes didn’t when New Hampshire Republicans rejected family planning contracts Wednesday for the fourth time in less than a year. The Executive Council — which approves nominations and state contracts — voted...

Monkeypox virus could become entrenched as new STD in the US

Jul. 22, 2022 20:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The spread of monkeypox in the U.S. could represent the dawn of a new sexually transmitted disease, though some health officials say the virus that causes pimple-like bumps might yet be contained before it gets firmly established. Experts don't agree on the likely...