Archive for August, 2007

Oral Sex Suspected as Cause of Rising Cases of Throat Cancer

Recent statistics from the Houston M. D. Anderson Cancer Center show that although the rates of head and neck cancer have dropped in recent years, throat cancer rates in the United States have not dropped. In fact, cases of throat cancer could be on the rise.They suggest that the rise in oropharyngeal cancers, or cancer of the tonsil and base of tongue, could be linked to oral sex and the sexually transmitted infection human papilloma virus (HPV).HPV is a virus that causes genital warts and most…

HIV and AIDS in Myanmar

Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, is seen by many as reclusive. Its real HIV and AIDS situation is a mystery to most people, although Burmese officials claim that they are making progress in AIDS prevention. This claim is backed up by independent experts and AIDS researchers in the country, despite what some called its “unethical” abandonment by international AIDS organizations.At a discussion at the 8th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), the participants…

Drugs Can Lower Risk of Genital Herpes Reccurence

A recent study confirms the effectiveness of oral antiviral drugs commonly used to prevent genital herpes outbreaks in infected patients.The researchers evaluated acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir, which are sold under the trade names Zovirax, Valtrex, and Famvir, respectively. The study were conducted through a meta-analysis, where the results of several published trials were then analyzed to obtain information from a larger total number of patients, which provided the ability to draw mo…

Zimbabwe, Virginity Tests Useful in Fighting HIV and Aids

A local chief in Zimbabwe says that the virginity tests he once conducted in his area were a successful weapon in the fight against HIV and AIDS pandemic in the country. Chief Naboth Makoni conducted the tests, which he began four years ago, for both boys and girls. It has then sparked widespread protests from women and human rights activists in the country claiming that the practice was a violation of children’s rights and an intrusion to their privacy.However, Chief Makoni said the virginity t…

Abstinence Programs May Not Affect Risk of HIV Infection

Health programs that exclusively encourage people to abstain from sex do not seem to affect the risk of HIV infections in developed countries, according to a report in the British Medical Journal. This also calls into question the continued use of public money to fund abstinence-only programs in the United States.Proponents of abstinence-only programs claim that sexual abstinence is the only means of preventing HIV infections, while not promoting safer sex behaviors. Its effectiveness in high-in…

Herpes Awareness Project Divides Health Officials

An awareness campaign by drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline aimed to educate African-Americans about genital herpes, a sexually-transmitted disease that is far more common among them than any other racial or ethnic group, is causing debate among health officials.The “Say Yes to Knowing” campaign by Glaxo, together with the National Medical Association, the country’s main society of black physicians, and the American Social Health Association, was introduced last month in Detroit, where it had the support…