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New $8.3M NIH contract to advance hormone-free birth control research at University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota researchers will investigate pharmaceutical alternatives to existing hormone-based birth control under a new $8.3 million contract from the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The primary goal of the five-year research contract is to develop new non-hormonal male and female birth control drug targets while expanding on existing targets.

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AHC game changer: Eli Coleman

This past year, the University of Minnesota positioned itself as a national leader in shaping and promoting sexual health courses in medical schools across the United States and Canada. Eli Coleman, Ph.D., director of the Program in Human Sexuality, has led this push with his vision for a required national curriculum for sexual education…

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A new approach to putting condoms in the hands of those who need them most

Here’s a stat that might stun you: in 2008, philanthropic giving ensured 2.4 billion condoms were distributed worldwide.

The number is impressive, but now consider this: by 2015, some experts estimate that more than 18 billion condoms will be needed worldwide to meet global HIV prevention and family planning needs.

The takeaway? Despite the best efforts of many – access to condoms is still fairly limited in many parts of the world, and often in the places that need them most.

The benefits of the almighty condom are fairly well documented. If used properly, an effective condom can prevent unwanted pregnancies and stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

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In the news: U of M researchers find program improves teen contraceptive use

A recent examination of a two-year study at the University of Minnesota is giving health care professionals an encouraging look at the future of care for girls at high risk of teen pregnancy.

The results appeared this week in JAMA Pediatrics.

Renee Sieving, R.N., Ph.D., an associate professor in the School of Nursing, and an interdisciplinary team of researchers created an intervention program called Prime Time to study the effects of immediate and immersive intervention in the lives of teenage girls identified for sexual health risk behaviors.

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The mystery of the male birth control pill

February is National Condom Month … and, if you didn’t already know, February 14th is National Condom Day.

When it comes to birth control for men, National Condom Day seems like an appropriate commemoration, because while women can choose from an array of female condoms, pills, contraceptive injections and more, men are limited to either condoms or a more permanent option: the vasectomy.

So why, after years of research, do we still lack an in-between: a male birth control pill?

As it turns out, one University of Minnesota expert may soon have the answer.

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