Sexual Health

Psychosocial Stressors and Sexual Health of Sexual Minority African American Women

Psychosocial Stressors and Sexual Health of Sexual Minority African American Women

A study of Southern sexual minority African American women found associations between psychosocial stressors (depressive symptoms, incarceration, intimate partner violence) and STI history. The authors make recommendations for healthcare providers on treating this population for both mental health and sexual health.

Resource: Taking Comprehensive Sexual Health Histories for STD Awareness Month

Resource: Taking Comprehensive Sexual Health Histories for STD Awareness Month

April is STD Awareness Month and the 2018 theme is “Treat Me Right,” which focuses on the relationship between healthcare providers and patients. The CDC has a variety of resources for providers, including a comprehensive guide to taking sexual histories that includes information about LGBTQ patients.

HIV Prevention Meets the Vaginal Ring

HIV Prevention Meets the Vaginal Ring

New data from two clinical trials confirm suspicions that vaginal ring HIV prevention works better than originally observed. However, research must be built, conducted and disseminated in a way that gives service providers the tools and language they need to empower decision-making in all consumers, regardless of gender expression or sexual preferences.

PrEP and Disability Insurance: It's Everybody's Issue

PrEP and Disability Insurance: It's Everybody's Issue

More people have access to Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention than ever before, but stigmatizing barriers and misinformation remain. PrEP and PEP are not just for gay men, and when taken correctly, are effective at preventing HIV infection in all people.

Barrier Devices and Adolescent Female-to-Female Sex

Barrier Devices and Adolescent Female-to-Female Sex

Lesbian and bisexual girls are at higher risk for STIs and adolescent pregnancy than their heterosexual peers. Authors of this study find four key factors that lead to decisions not to use barriers in female-to-female sex among sexual minority adolescent girls.