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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first ever condom made specifically for gay males.

The FDA has authorized the sturdy condoms for use during anal intercourse, specifically green-lighting the condom for the LGBT+ community.

The One Male Condom was designed and manufactured by the Global Protection Corporation.

Most condoms are already recommended for anal sex, but they are required to be marketed specifically towards vaginal sex.

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The One Male Condom will be marketed specifically towards gay males. The FDA's approval is seen as a victory for sexual health by experts, since unprotected anal sex is considered the highest risk for HIV transmission.

"The FDA's authorization of a condom that is specifically indicated, evaluated and labeled for anal intercourse may improve the likelihood of condom use during anal intercourse," said FDA scientist Courtney Lias in a statement.

In clinical studies, the durable condoms prevented transfer of bodily fluids in 95% of test subjects. The study included 252 straight men between ages 18 and 54.

"The important thing about condoms is they don't just prevent HIV, but they prevent gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis," Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease doctor and medical director of an HIV clinic in San Francisco, told AFP.

She added it was surprising that the FDA authorization took so long to occur.

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The Centers for Disease Control has updated its guidelines to recommend pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to all adults and adolescents who are sexually active.

According to the new guidelines, all sexually active adult and adolescent patients should receive information about PrEP.

The new guidance allows primary care doctors to advise patients who are sexually active that the HIV prevention drug PrEP should be a routine part of their care.

PrEP is a drug prescribed to reduce the risk of getting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or the virus that causes AIDS.

PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99%. Studies determined that only about 25% of adults and adolescents who can benefit from PrEP are actually taking the drug.

"It just makes sense to expand it to everyone," Kristen D. Krause, PD, MPH, tells Health.com. "PrEP is a big tool in the tool kit of HIV prevention."

"Having the CDC give the green light and say that this is an expected and routine part of your care potentially gives license to providers who otherwise might not have had this conversation," Seth Glassman, MD, an infectious disease expert, tells Health.

Before going on PrEP, all patients are required to take an HIV test. People who are already HIV-positive should not take PrEP.

The CDC stresses that PrEP is safe for everyone, and side effects caused by PrEP are mild and resolve eventually.

Those side effects include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach pain

 
"Taking this medication dramatically reduces the chance that you will be infected with HIV if you are exposed to the virus," Jamie Alan, PharmD, PhD, tells Health.

"These side effects should be weighed against the possibility of getting infected with the virus," Alan says.

HIV Exploding Among Gay Men

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning that HIV infections among gay men is 'exploding' at an alarming rate.

"We are seeing exploding epidemics," warned Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads WHO's HIV department.

Hirnschall warns that infection rates are rising again among men who have sex with men -- the group that was at the epicentre of the AIDS pandemic when it first emerged in the 1980s.

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Rare case of female-to-female HIV transmission

The CDC is reporting a rare case of female-to-female HIV transmission. According to the CDC, a lesbian in Texas contracted HIV from her female partner.

The woman is believed to have been infected by her 43-year-old lesbian partner through "rough sex."

Cases of female-to-female HIV transmissions through lesbian sex are so rare that when it does happen, it makes headlines.

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A 4th adult film star has been diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS, The Washington Times reports.

But rather than halt filming, it's business as usual in the porn industry.

The 4th adult film star has not been identified, but he is a male who performed in gay films.

“I can confirm that a male performer came to us and indicated that he had become infected with HIV,” Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, told The Guardian newspaper.

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NBC Cancels The New Normal

NBC quietly canceled its groundbreaking gay sitcom "The New Normal" after just one season on Friday. The news was met with very little fanfare from the liberal media, which stood in stark contrast to the circus atmosphere hype surrounding the show's premiere on September 11, 2012.

The cancellation was among a long list of shows such as "Go On" and "Guys With Kids" which were also canceled Friday.

"The New Normal" was produced by Glee's Ryan Murphy, who sought to redefine the way families are portrayed on TV. Murphy arrogantly described TNN as "changing the face of television."

But not everyone jumped on the bandwagon. NBC affiliate KSL-TV in Utah made the decision not to run the program at all. “For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time,” said Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL-TV’s parent company.

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HIV baby Once again the media runs with a headline without checking their facts. On Sunday researchers announced a newborn baby had been "cured" of HIV for the first time.

HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome or AIDS. The newborn girl acquired the infection from her mother while she was still in the womb.

Normally, pregnant women who test HIV positive are given a cocktail of drugs (antiretroviral therapy) to prevent HIV transmission to their fetus.

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