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The New York Times released an article earlier this week stating that clinical trial so of HIV treatments also decrease the rate of transmission. In other words, HIV patients who were on treatment were 96% less likely to pass the virus to another person.

This makes a lot of sense. If you lessen the viral load in a patient, it will be significantly more difficult for the virus to penetrate the immune system and take hold. The human immunodeficiency virus is a pretty impotent virus and takes it strength …

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As many of you know, the House of Representatives has passed a bill that will cut funding to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is an organization that provides birth control, annual exams, STI testing, and so much more. Their services are priced on a sliding scale such that individuals can afford the care they need.

Planned Parenthood has been targeted by conservative groups because some of their clinics provide abortions. However, that makes up only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services. They should be much more strongly tied with their contraceptive …

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I was talking with a few of my friends about condom negotiation over winter break. It came to my attention that not everyone takes condoms seriously. Although they are one of the most advertised and plentiful forms of birth control, I guess it isn’t enough. So here’s the …

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This weekend I watched Easy A. It’s a high school romantic comedy that is easily my new favorite over 10 Things I Hate About You. (I feel that I can make this judgment call because I watched them both back to back.) What inspired me to …

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I walked back from class with a friend of mine. He seemed somewhat uncomfortable and told me that he would like to talk. I asked him if everything was okay. He said that he’s fine, but he just needs someone to help him sort out some things.

I jogged my mind for a list of things that we often talk about, and prepared to talk about getting through undergraduate studies, preparing for graduate schools, money issues, issues with friends, and the ambiguous idea of life’s purpose. We sat down. …

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October happens to be a month of advocacy. It is both breast cancer and domestic violence awareness month. It also carries “coming out day” and “ally week.” During last week’s ally week, individuals across the country showed their support of the LGBT community by wearing purple. This week, my school wore purple to raise awareness of domestic violence. However, there was a stark contrast between the two purple days.

Campuses and individuals across the nation came together and wore purple for LGBT support. Only a handful of individuals wore …

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This past weekend was the Advocates for Youth’s Urban Retreat. The Urban Retreat is the one time each year that all of the Advocates come together for training and collaboration. However, I feel that there is so much more that goes on at this event.

I felt like I was flying on a cloud of inclusiveness and love. I was flying apart from the harsh reality that people are judged for their shell and aspects of their lives that they cannot change. For the first time in my life, my …