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Position statement on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination

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VAC, 2015/2017 Community members have recently been expressing interest in human papillomavirus vaccines (HPV) in online discussions. Health bodies in both the UK and Ireland have recommended that all gay and bisexual men receive the vaccine in order to reduce their risk of certain cancers. VAC developed a position statement on this issue back in July 2015 in association with Melbourne Sexual...

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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Male contraceptive jab almost as effective as female pill, trial shows

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Guardian, Friday 28 October 2016 05.00 AEDT A male contraceptive jab has been shown to be almost as effective as the female pill in a trial that could pave the way for men and women being able to share equal responsibility for birth control. In the study, 350 men were given injections of hormones that were shown to dramatically lower their sperm count by “switching off” the male reproductive...

Rescheduling of ulipristal acetate (EllaOne®) in Australia

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SHine SA, October 2016 SHine SA and Family Planning Alliance Australia put in submissions to the TGA for the rescheduling of ulipristal acetate (EllaOne®), a new emergency contraceptive pill in Australia. The rescheduling is from prescription-only to Schedule 3 (available in pharmacies with a pharmacy consultation). This has now been approved, to take place from February 2017. This is an...

Mirena IUD effective for seven years: new study

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Dr Jennifer Gunter, September 10 2016 The Mirena intrauterine system (IUS), the IUD with the hormone levonorgestrel, is a highly effective method of contraception currently approved for five years. Some data suggests that it probably good for six years, but a new study tells us with a good degree of confidence that the Mirena is safe and effective for seven years.  The study was funded by UNDP/...

‘Five days after’ contraceptive pill launched by RU486 supplier

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Sydney Morning Herald, April 27, 2016 – 12:01AM
An emergency contraceptive that works up to five days after unprotected sex has been launched by Australia’s sole supplier of medical abortion drug RU486.
The EllaOne pill, from non-profit pharmaceutical group MS Health, is available from Wednesday.
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SASHA is a current awareness service with news and views on various aspects of sexual health and sexuality, from a wide range of sources. These range from credible sources of sexual health and related information, to relevant opinion pieces in the media.

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