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Attitudes of health care providers regarding female genital mutilation and its medicalization in Guinea.

PLoS One 2021 13;16(5):e0249998. Epub 2021 May 13.

UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

Background: Guinea has a high prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) (95%) and it is a major concern affecting the health and the welfare of women and girls. Population-based surveys suggest that health care providers are implicated in carrying out the practice (medicalization). To understand the attitudes of health care providers related to FGM and its medicalization as well as the potential role of the health sector in addressing this practice, a study was conducted in Guinea to inform the development of an intervention for the health sector to prevent and respond to this harmful practice. Read More

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A Snapshot of Image-Based Sexual Abuse (IBSA): Narrating a Way Forward.

Brandon Sparks

Sex Res Social Policy 2021 Apr 27:1-16. Epub 2021 Apr 27.

Department of Psychology, University of Saskatchewan, 9 Campus Drive, 154 Arts, Saskatoon, SK Canada.

Introduction: The rise of technology has ushered in a new means of sexual expression, commonly referred to as sexting, which involves the sending of sexual messages or images of oneself to another person. Growing in popularity particularly among youth and young adults, the sending of images to current or potential romantic or sexual partners is increasingly becoming part of courting and relationship maintenance rituals. Yet this new domain of sexual agency has been met with a rise in the non-consensual dissemination of intimate or nude photographs to third parties, in some cases to humiliate or shame the creator of the image. Read More

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International clinical practice guidelines for gender minority/trans people: systematic review and quality assessment.

BMJ Open 2021 Apr 29;11(4):e048943. Epub 2021 Apr 29.

Faculty of Health, Medicine, Education and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University - Cambridge Campus, Cambridge, UK

Objectives: To identify and critically appraise published clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) regarding healthcare of gender minority/trans people.

Design: Systematic review and quality appraisal using AGREE II (Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation tool), including stakeholder domain prioritisation.

Setting: Six databases and six CPG websites were searched, and international key opinion leaders approached. Read More

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The Impact of Adolescent Internet Addiction on Sexual Online Victimization: The Mediating Effects of Sexting and Body Self-Esteem.

Int J Environ Res Public Health 2021 Apr 16;18(8). Epub 2021 Apr 16.

Department of Personality, Assessment and Psychological Treatment, Faculty of Psychology, University of Valencia, 46022 Valencia, Spain.

Adolescents' problematic use of the internet and the risk of sexual online victimization are an increasing concern among families, researchers, professionals and society. This study aimed to analyze the interplay between adolescents' addiction to social networks and internet, body self-esteem and sexual-erotic risk behavior online: sexting, sextortion and grooming. While sexting refers to the voluntary engagement in texting sexual-erotic messages, sextortion and grooming are means of sexual-erotic victimization through the use of the internet. Read More

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Arguments in favor of and against the HPV vaccine school-entry requirement in Puerto Rico: a content analysis of newspaper media.

Cancer Causes Control 2021 Apr 28. Epub 2021 Apr 28.

University of South Florida College of Public Health, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Bld., MDC 56, Tampa, FL, 33612, USA.

Purpose: Vaccine requirements are effective population-based strategies to increase vaccination rates. In 2018, Puerto Rico's DOH announced that the HPV vaccine would be required for school entrance. This study explored arguments in favor of and against the HPV vaccine school-entry requirement in PR. Read More

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The relationship between sexual function and mental health in Iranian pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2021 Apr 26;21(1):327. Epub 2021 Apr 26.

Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Department of Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, P.O. Box: 51745-347, Shariati Street, Tabriz, 513897977, Iran.

Background: Sexual function, a significant contributor to quality of life, is affected by various factors, including overall mental health. COVID-19 is a current pandemic that influences the mental health of various populations, especially pregnant women. Despite the importance of sexual health, the specific nature of its relationship to overall mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic is not clearly defined. Read More

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Leveraging Social Media Activity and Machine Learning for HIV and Substance Abuse Risk Assessment: Development and Validation Study.

J Med Internet Res 2021 Apr 26;23(4):e22042. Epub 2021 Apr 26.

Department of Computer Science, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States.

Background: Social media networks provide an abundance of diverse information that can be leveraged for data-driven applications across various social and physical sciences. One opportunity to utilize such data exists in the public health domain, where data collection is often constrained by organizational funding and limited user adoption. Furthermore, the efficacy of health interventions is often based on self-reported data, which are not always reliable. Read More

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Evaluation of the One Love Escalation Workshop for Dating Abuse Prevention: a Randomized Controlled Trial Pilot Study with a Sample of US Navy Sailors.

Prev Sci 2021 Apr 14. Epub 2021 Apr 14.

School of Public Health, Boston University, 801 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA, 02118, USA.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of the Escalation Workshop with a sample of US Navy sailors. Escalation is a one-session workshop designed to promote bystander behavior related to dating abuse. We conducted a two-arm RCT with follow-up at 4 and 8 months. Read More

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Exposure to Campus Messages about Dating and Sexual Violence: A Latent Class Analysis.

J Interpers Violence 2021 Apr 13:8862605211005159. Epub 2021 Apr 13.

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA.

This study investigates college students' exposure to messages about campus dating and sexual violence (DSV) to discover classes of students based on the message source. Latent class analysis was performed with data assessing 5,284 students' exposure to 16 different sources of information regarding DSV, from having a professor discuss these topics to participating in related campus events. Several variables were included in the analysis to understand students' class membership in relation to pertinent student demographic factors. Read More

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Teaching privacy: A flawed strategy for children's online safety.

Child Abuse Negl 2021 Apr 7;117:105064. Epub 2021 Apr 7.

Crimes against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 03824 USA. Electronic address:

Teaching young people about "privacy" has serious defects if the goal is to promote children's online safety. This commentary points out some the key problems to programs and educational modules with this privacy orientation. Privacy is an abstract and complicated concept, whose norms are in flux, making it difficult to impart clear, relevant, consensus-based messages. Read More

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Pathways to sexual decision making by Pentecostal church youths in Botswana.

BMC Public Health 2021 Apr 6;21(1):659. Epub 2021 Apr 6.

University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana.

Background: The ways church youth make sexual decisions are incompletely understood and yet important for public health interventions. This study aimed to examine personal religiosity influences on the sexual decisions by church youth from the country of Botswana, taking into account their sense of personal agency.

Method: Participants were 235 Botswana Pentecostal faith church youth (females = 67. Read More

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Love in the Gay World: Negotiating Intimate Relationships in Lima´s Middle-Class Gay Scene.

J Homosex 2021 Apr 5:1-22. Epub 2021 Apr 5.

Grupo de Investigación en Comunicación y Salud, Instituto de Investigación Científica, y Facultad de Psicología, Universidad de Lima, Lima, Perú.

This article explores how young gay men who are involve in Lima's middle-class gay scene made sense of their intimate relationships regarding discourses about sexuality, intimacy, and love. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 14 such men, I found that diverse and seemingly conflicting discursive configurations coexisted and intertwined within aspects of their relationships such as monogamy, sex-role positioning, and interpretations of sexual intimacy. Although participants mostly endorsed "modern" categories, more attuned with global messages of gender equality and egalitarianism, they also combined them with discourses that were more "traditional"-gendered and related to romantic love. Read More

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Sexual Health Determinants of Normal Weight, Overweight, and Obese Sexual Minority Men.

Henrique Pereira

J Obes 2021 18;2021:1272316. Epub 2021 Mar 18.

Department of Psychology and Education, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã 6200-209, Portugal.

Background: With the growing recognition of overweight and obesity as significant, international public health concerns, the body of research investigating the relationship between body mass index (BMI), sexual health, and sexual functioning in sexual minority men is still scarce.

Objective: The purpose of this study is to assess sexual health determinants (sexual behavior and sexual functioning) in relation to normal weight, overweight, and obesity among gay and bisexual men.

Methods And Materials: The survey included four categories of questions/measurements, encompassing sociodemographic information, protected/unprotected sexual behaviors, sexual functioning, and BMI. Read More

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'Too old to test?': A life course approach to HIV-related risk and self-testing among midlife-older adults in Malawi.

BMC Public Health 2021 Apr 3;21(1):650. Epub 2021 Apr 3.

Department of Clinical Research and Infectious Disease, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.

Background: Despite the aging HIV epidemic, increasing age can be associated with hesitancy to test. Addressing this gap is a critical policy concern and highlights the urgent need to identify the underlying factors, to improve knowledge of HIV-related risks as well as uptake of HIV testing and prevention services, in midlife-older adults.

Methods: We conducted five focus group discussions and 12 in-depth interviews between April 2013 and November 2016 among rural and urban Malawian midlife-older (≥30 years) men and women. Read More

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Lessons Learned from Replicating a Randomized Control Trial Evaluation of an App-Based Sexual Health Program.

Int J Environ Res Public Health 2021 03 23;18(6). Epub 2021 Mar 23.

Child Trends, 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1200W, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA.

This study presents findings from a randomized control trial replication evaluation of Pulse, an app-based pregnancy prevention program implemented with Black and Latinx women aged 18-20, a population with high rates of unplanned pregnancy. We used social media advertisements to enroll 1013 women online across the U.S. Read More

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'Test Now, Stop HIV': COVID-19 and the idealisation of quarantine as the 'end of HIV'.

Cult Health Sex 2021 Apr 1:1-14. Epub 2021 Apr 1.

Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL, London, UK.

The emergence of COVID-19 precipitated varied responses from public health officials in London, England. In April 2020, clinicians at 56 Dean Street sexual health and advice clinic in central London described social isolation as 'a unique window of opportunity' to 'break the chain' in HIV transmission. This was followed by critical responses within HIV prevention circles. Read More

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Promoting Sexual Health in High School: A Feasibility Study of A Web-based Media Literacy Education Program.

J Health Commun 2021 Mar 29:1-14. Epub 2021 Mar 29.

Innovation Research & Training, Durham, NC, USA.

Comprehensive sexual health education (SHE) is an effective strategy for improving adolescent sexual health. However, few of these programs address media influence on sexual cognitions and behaviors. Also, more research is needed on using web-based instruction for SHE. Read More

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Stigma as understood by key informants: A social ecological approach to gay and bisexual men's use of crystal methamphetamine for sex.

Int J Drug Policy 2021 Mar 25;94:103229. Epub 2021 Mar 25.

Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia.

This paper explores the perceptions of 35 key informants (KIs) in a range of relevant health and community sectors regarding the stigmatisation of GBM's crystal methamphetamine use and sexual practice with view to informing stigma reduction efforts. A modified social ecological model was used to guide analysis and interpretation. At the individual level, KI participants indicated that crystal methamphetamine was used by some GBM to reduce the effects of internalised stigma. Read More

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Ethical Implications of eHealth Tools for Delivering STI/HIV Laboratory Results and Partner Notifications.

Curr HIV/AIDS Rep 2021 Jun 26;18(3):237-246. Epub 2021 Mar 26.

Programme in Demography and Population Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Schools of Public Health and Social Sciences, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Purpose Of Review: eHealth tools are increasingly utilized for communication with patients. Although efficacious and cost-effective, these tools face several barriers that challenge their ethical use in sexual health. We reviewed literature from the past decade to pick illustrative studies of eHealth tools that deliver results of laboratory tests for sexually transmitted infections, including the human immunodeficiency virus, as well as partner notifications. Read More

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"It really proves to us that we are still valuable": Qualitative research to inform a safer conception intervention for men living with HIV in South Africa.

PLoS One 2021 25;16(3):e0240990. Epub 2021 Mar 25.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, MRU (MatCH), University of the Witwatersrand, Faculty of Health Sciences, Durban, South Africa.

Objective: Many men living with HIV want to have children. Opportunities to reduce periconception HIV transmission include antiretroviral therapy as prevention, pre-exposure prophylaxis, limiting condomless sex to peak fertility, and sperm processing. Whether men have knowledge of or want to adopt these strategies remains unknown. Read More

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A three-arm randomised controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of a positive psychology and social networking intervention in promoting mental health among HIV-infected men who have sex with men in China.

Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci 2021 Mar 19;30:e24. Epub 2021 Mar 19.

Division of Behavioral Health and Health Promotion, The School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong.

Aims: There is a lack of mental health promotion and treatment services targeting HIV-positive men who have sex with men (HIVMSM) in China. The aim of this study was to evaluate the mental health promotion efficacy of an online intervention that combined Three Good Things (TGT) with electronic social networking (TGT-SN) and an intervention that used TGT only (TGT-only), compared with a control group.

Methods: We conducted a randomised controlled trial among HIVMSM in Chengdu, China. Read More

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Posts, Likes, Shares, and DMs: A Qualitative Exploration of How Social Media Is Related to Sexual Agency in Young People.

J Health Commun 2021 Mar 19:1-6. Epub 2021 Mar 19.

Department of Community Health and Social Sciences, City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, New York, USA.

It is well documented that social interactions have a crucial impact on all aspects of personal development for adolescents, however few studies have documented how social interactions affect a young person's sense of sexual agency. The aim of the current qualitative study was to examine young people's perceptions of their own sexual agency in relation to their social media attitudes and behaviors. Participants (n = 31) were recruited from a nonprofit organization and asked to complete a one-hour in-depth interview and a demographic survey. Read More

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Abusive Sexting in Adolescence: Prevalence and Characteristics of Abusers and Victims.

Front Psychol 2021 24;12:610474. Epub 2021 Feb 24.

Department of Psychology and Education, Portucalense University, Porto, Portugal.

Sexting has been defined as sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit messages, images, or photos to others through digital platforms, and can assume more consensual or more abusive and violent forms. This study aims to explore the prevalence of abusive sexting in Portuguese adolescents and the psychological characteristics of sexting abusers in terms of emotional and behavioral problems, potential markers of psychopathy, childhood trauma and maltreatment, and different forms of aggression. A cross-sectional study was conducted with 4,281 participants, aged 12-20 years (2,264 girls and 2,017 boys), of whom 204 (4. Read More

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February 2021

Social Media Preference and Condom Use Behaviors: An Analysis of Digital Spaces With Young African American Males.

Health Educ Behav 2021 Apr;48(2):190-198

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

. African American adolescents and young adults have an increased likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behaviors. With rising rates of sexually transmitted infections among this population, deeper consideration is now being focused on using social media to engage, educate, and improve sexual behavior in this group. Read More

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Mobile applications for sexual encounters accessed by men who have sex with men: Information on sexually transmitted infection.

Afr J AIDS Res 2021 Mar;20(1):88-92

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil.

We evaluated existing mobile applications (apps) on both Android and iOS (Apple) platforms that are used by men who have sex with men (MSM) to obtain sexual encounters. The word "gay" was used to search for apps in the Apple and Google Play virtual stores. The 10 most downloaded apps were analysed concerning safe sexual practices (SSP) messages. Read More

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Offenders convicted of child sexual exploitation material offences: characteristics of offenders and an exploration of judicial censure.

Psychiatr Psychol Law 2020 15;27(4):647-664. Epub 2020 Apr 15.

School of Social Work, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, USA.

Research on the discernments of child sexual exploitation material (CSEM), particularly delivered by judicial officers, is limited. Sentencing remarks can disseminate formal messages about the offender's character while censuring crime. This study aimed to: obtain a deeper understanding on the characteristics of CSEM offenders and explore the censure sentencing judiciary impart. Read More

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"Know your worth and play it safe:" messages to daughters from Mexican-origin mothers in conversations about dating and romantic relationships.

Cult Health Sex 2021 Mar 4:1-15. Epub 2021 Mar 4.

Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA.

This study aims to enhance understanding of mother-daughter communication about dating and romantic relationships. We explored how Mexican-origin, mostly immigrant mothers talked about these topics with their daughters (ages 13 to 16 years) using videotaped observational methods. Themes drawn from the maternal messages contained in the conversations of 132 mother-daughter dyads show that mothers promote positive decision-making among their daughters, advising them to take their time, choose partners wisely, insist on respect from boys, maintain autonomy in relationships, pursue education goals, and develop a sense of self-worth. Read More

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Piloting a brief intervention plus mobile boosters for drug use among emerging adults receiving emergency department care.

Drug Alcohol Depend 2021 04 16;221:108625. Epub 2021 Feb 16.

Addiction Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, North Campus Research Complex, 2800 Plymouth Rd. Building 16, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, USA; Injury Prevention Center, University of Michigan, North Campus Research Complex, 2800 Plymouth Rd. Building 10, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, USA.

Purpose: There are few efficacious prevention interventions for emerging adults (ages 18-25) drug use and concomitant risks (e.g., sexual risk behaviors). Read More

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Ann Ib Postgrad Med 2020 Jun;18(1):37-43

Department of Chemical Pathology, Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta.

Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) is the primary cause of genital herpes worldwide and also has a role in facilitating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission. The aim of the study was to determine seroprevalence of HSV-2 among the subjects and associated risk factors. In this cross-sectional study, 207 HIV Positive subjects attending a retroviral Clinic in Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta, Ogun state were interviewed and had blood samples taken. Read More

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Supporting youth 12-24 during the COVID-19 pandemic: how Foundry is mobilizing to provide information, resources and hope across the province of British Columbia.

Glob Health Promot 2021 03 18;28(1):51-59. Epub 2021 Feb 18.

Foundry, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Foundry is a province-wide network of integrated health and social service centres for young people aged 12-24 in British Columbia (BC), Canada. Online resources and virtual care broaden Foundry's reach. Its online platform - foundrybc. Read More

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