Martha Kempner

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

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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.

By Martha Kempner

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.

By Martha Kempner

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.

By Martha Kempner

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?

By Martha Kempner

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.

By Martha Kempner

TAF as Effective as TDF in Cisgender Women, With Fewer Side Effects

A pooled analysis presented at CROI 2019 showed fewer kidney and bone density issues with tenofovir alafenamide in cisgender women than were found with the older formulation.

By Martha Kempner

New Study Triggers Concerns Over Use of Molecular HIV Surveillance

This study identified some information about transgender women's sexual networks in Los Angeles. But activists worry about privacy and the potential that the surveillance method will be used in HIV criminalization cases.

By Martha Kempner

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Responsible for 10% of New HIV Infections Among MSM, According to New Study

Sexually transmitted infections are on the rise in the U.S. A recent study explored whether chlamydia and gonorrhea infections have a direct relationship to HIV rates and, if so, how large the impact is.

By Martha Kempner

HIV Prevalence Among Transgender Women Lower Than Previously Estimated, but Rates May Not Be Going Down, New CDC Study Finds

New data from CDC show that rates of HIV infection among transgender women in the U.S. are lower than previous estimates, but still, nearly 45% of black transgender women are living with HIV.

By Martha Kempner