News Brief: Scientists “One Step Closer” to HIV Vaccine

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News Brief Scientists One Step Closer to HIV Vaccine

News Brief Scientists One Step Closer to HIV Vaccine

News Brief:  Scientists “One Step Closer” to HIV Vaccine

Researchers have said humanity is “one step closer” to a vaccine for HIV after the latest breakthrough.  Scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have engineered an on/off switch on to a weakened strain of HIV.  This would in turn allow them to spread the virus throughout someone’s body, before deactivating the strain after it has immunized the host.

Around 35 million people have died of AIDS worldwide since the epidemic began, while 36.7 million are still living with HIV, according to the World Health Organisation.

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News Brief: 2017 Grabby Nominees Announced!

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News Brief 2017 Grabby Nominations

News Brief 2017 Grabby Nominations

News Brief:  2017 Grabby Nominees Announced!

Nominees for the 2017 Grabby Erotic Video Awards were announced!

The Grabbys, whose organizers operate Grab Magazine, has been honoring the best in gay porn for more than 20 years.

As in previous years, the awards will be presented in a live ceremony during Memorial Day weekend in conjunction with the International Mister Leather (IML) Contest.  The awards show will take place on Saturday, May 27th.

 

This year, the host hotel will be the Fairmont Chicago at Millennium Park.  A group rate, starting at $100, is available for stays between May 26ththrough May 31st.  To book a room visit AwardShowHotel.com.

See all of the nominees after the jump!

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News Brief: A Bare Bush May Increase Your Risk for STIs

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News Brief A Bare Bush May Increase Your Risk for STIs

News Brief A Bare Bush May Increase Your Risk for STIs

News Brief:  A Bare Bush May Increase Your Risk for STIs

A recent study from Dell Medical School at the University of Texas has found a link between extreme pubic hair grooming and increased rates of sexually transmitted infections.  The results indicate that high-frequency shavers have a quadrupled risk of contracting an STI.

One reason, researchers speculate, might be that infections can spread more easily due to tiny cuts or tears in the skin that occur as a result of grooming.  Another theory is that people who groom more often engage in more sex and are thus already at a higher risk for contracting STIs.

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News Brief: Texas Bill Would Fine Men $100 for Masturbating

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News Brief Texas Bill Would Fine Men $100 Masturbating

News Brief:  Texas Bill Would Fine Men $100 for Masturbating

A bill introduced in the US state of Texas would fine men $100 for masturbating, unless they do it in an approved medical facility.  Bill 4260, introduced by Representative Jessica Farrar, is in response to debates around women’s reproductive health across the US.

Intended as a satirical attack on male politicians’ dealings in issues concerning women’s bodies, the bill would restrict men in the same way that some seek to restrict women’s access to abortions and contraceptives.

“A lot of people find the bill funny,” Farrar told The Houston Chronicle.  “What’s not funny are the obstacles that Texas women face every day, that were placed there by legislatures making it very difficult for them to access healthcare.”

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News Brief: Italian Court Recognizes Gay Parents for the First Time

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News Brief Italian Court Recognizes Gay Parents

News Brief:  Italian Court Recognizes Gay Parents for the First Time

A landmark court ruling in Italy recognizes a gay couple as the legal parents of their children born to a surrogate.  The Court of Appeals in the city of Trento ruled that both men could be names as fathers to the children.

According to the court judges, parental relationships are not solely defined by a biological link.  “On the contrary, one must consider the importance of parental responsibility, which is manifested in the conscious decision to raise and care for the child,” the panel wrote. 

The details of the ruling were published on the Article 29 website, which links it to an article to do with family in the country’s constitution.

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