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New free resource for young people: A Quick Guide to the Menstrual Cycle & Periods

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SHINE SA, 10th May 2022 It can be hard to get accurate and helpful information for people getting their period for the first time. We’ve designed a new guide to answer the questions that young people want to know, like… What is a period? Why do we have periods? What is a menstrual cycle? What period products should I use?, and more. This quick guide helps to demystify periods and to reduce...

Trans and cis women and men all have similar levels of PrEP drugs in blood

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nam/aidsmap, 7 September 2020 A study in which 24 trans women and 24 trans men who were taking gender-affirming hormone therapy were directly observed to take a daily dose of the standard formulation of the HIV prevention medication PrEP found that the levels of the two PrEP drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine were similar to the levels seen in similar cis men and women, and were all above levels...

UK report gives thumbs up to generic HIV drugs used as PrEP

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A sexual health clinic in London has tested drug levels in users of generic PrEP medication bought online and found the drugs are genuine and effective.

Tests found adequate levels of both emtricitabine and tenofovir (used in PrEP medication Truvada) in patients’ blood, and no sample suggesting counterfeit drugs.

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Blood donor restrictions for gay men should be removed, Victorian Government says

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ABC, 7.10.16 he Victorian Government has called on its federal counterpart to end the ban on men who have sex with men from donating blood. Key points: Current restrictions prevent men from donating blood within 12 months of having sex with another man State and federal ministers have agreed to review the national donation policy in 2017 According to the Red Cross, the risk of infection from a...

Small risk of sexual transmission of HIV persists through first six months of ART

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nam/aidsmap, 10 May 2016 A risk of HIV transmission to sexual partners persists for six months after the initiation of antiretroviral therapy, investigators from a large prospective prevention study confirm in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Over 1,500 serodiscordant heterosexual couples were included in the analysis. Initiation of antiretroviral therapy...

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