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Can text messages lead to safer sex?

New £1.4m trial investigates if sexual health support via text can reduce STIs among young people. ...

At least one in ten young people in Britain report a recent distressing sexual problem

Climaxing, erectile dysfunction and lack of interest in sex are main issues, with young people rarely seeking professional help. ...

Homosexual activity documented in female gorillas for the first time

As part of a study facilitated through the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, a researcher from The University of Western Australia has documented the first detailed evidence of homosexual behaviour in female gorillas. ... Full story

Sex exchange a heightened risk factor among women with incarceration history

A new study suggests that if prison health providers ask women whether they have exchanged sex for drugs or money, they may find that more than one in four have, and that they are at especially high risk for health and social problems. ... Full story

Does Frequent Sex Lead to Better Relationships? Depends on How You Ask

Newlywed couples who have a lot of sex don’t report being any more satisfied with their relationships than those who have sex less often, but their automatic behavioral responses tell a different story, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. ... Full story

Gonorrhoea cases continue to rise

In Norway, the number of notified gonorrhoea cases are now the highest for 25 years. Reported cases of syphilis declined slightly but are still high compared to a few years ago, according to 2015 figures released by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. ... Full story

Nanoparticles hold promise as double-edged sword against genital herpes

Antigen presenting immune cells are able to process ZOTEN-bound viral particles in a first step towards developing immunity to HSV-2. Credit: Deepak Shukla. ... Full story

What Scientists Know—And Don’t Know—About Sexual Orientation

Over the last 50 years, political rights for lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals have significantly broadened in some countries, while they have narrowed in others. In many parts of the world, political and popular support for LGB rights hinges on questions about the prevalence, causes, and consequences of non-heterosexual orientations. ... Full story

Results of sexual misconduct climate survey released

More than 90 percent of students at the University of Notre Dame are familiar with and understand the University’s sexual misconduct and sexual assault policy, but 6 percent of women and 2 percent of men report they have personally experienced non-consensual sexual intercourse, and 19 percent of women and 4 percent of men experienced other forms of non-consensual sexual contact. ... Full story

Is it really give and take? New research examines how young people talk about oral sex

Study highlights need for sex education programmes to focus on gender dynamics. ... Full story

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