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Martha Kempner

Martha Kempner

Martha Kempner is a freelance writer, consultant and sexual health expert.

Latest by Martha Kempner

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Features

HPV Vaccine Rates Are Low Because People Still Don't Understand Its Cancer Risks

The vaccine for human papillomavirus got a bad rap when it debuted. And yet time has shown it's very effective in reducing cancers linked to HPV.

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News

Trans Women Are Increasingly A Focus of HIV Programs, But What About their Cisgender Male Partners?

This population is under-represented in HIV data, and few prevention or treatment interventions exist to support them. A new meta-analysis hopes to paint a picture of what's needed.

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News Analysis

We Have a Cure for Hepatitis C. Why Are Rates So High?

An in-depth update on what we know about HCV risk, symptoms, screening, outcomes, and treatment (including financial barriers).

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News

HPV Rates Similar Among Gay and Bisexual Men and Cisgender Women

A new study adds to mounting evidence that all people should be screened and offered the vaccine for human papillomavirus.

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News

New Study Finds HPV Infection High -- and Vaccination Rates Low -- in Young Sexual Minority Men and Transgender Women

More awareness of human papillomavirus is needed for gay/bisexual men and transgender women of color -- and their health care providers, research suggests.

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Conference Coverage

Depression Linked to Cognitive Dysfunction in HIV-Positive Women

More research is needed to understand the connections between HIV, mental health, and the neurocircuitry that controls executive function.

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Conference Coverage

CDC Explains and Defends Molecular Surveillance System

A leading researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention addressed community concerns that surveillance data will be used to put people in prison under HIV criminalization laws.

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News

The Genetic Mutation Behind the Only Apparent Cure for HIV

The HIV-resistant gene mutation CCR5 delta 32 has an interesting past. Could it also be the future of HIV treatment and prevention?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report showing HIV diagnoses (incidence) among trans people in the U.S. between 2009 and 2014
News Analysis

Mixed Findings on HIV Prevalence Trends Among U.S. Trans Women

A new systematic review conducted by researchers at the CDC estimates that 14% of trans women and 3% of trans men are living with HIV. The estimate in trans women is lower than previous calculations, but still shows that trans people are a vulnerable population with a substantial risk of contracting HIV.