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You can now test for HIV at home

TweetThe Food and Drug Administration has approved OraQuick, a product that allows you to test for HIV in your own home. An over-the-counter test already existed but required you to prick your finger and send the blood sample to a lab.  But the new test allows users to take a swab from the inside of [...]
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The morning-after pill is not an abortion pill

TweetThat’s just some outdated medical information that is repeated on practice, but has never been scientifically proven. According to investigation by the New York Times–the morning-after pill doesn’t stop the fertilized egg from implanting but instead slows down ovulation, before the egg is even fertilized. It turns out that the politically charged debate over morning-after [...]
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Pharmacists routinely misinform young women about whether they can get emergency contraception

TweetOn the heels of the outrageous, unprecedented HHS decision to overrule the FDA’s recommendation to make Plan B fully available without a prescription comes a new study revealing just how inaccessible emergency contraception is–even for those women who theoretically already have over-the-counter access. Researchers posing as 17-year-old women called pharmacies around the country to ask [...]
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Breaking: FDA may approve EC to be sold on drugstore shelves

TweetVia our very own Jessica Valenti comes the news that the Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce tomorrow that it will approve making Plan B (the brand name for emergency contraception or the morning after pill) available for purchase on drugstore shelves.  I think I join a lot of my colleagues in the [...]
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Center for Reproductive Rights takes the FDA to court for EC restrictions

Tweet Good to see them take action on this. The Center for Reproductive Rights is taking the FDA to court today for ignoring a court order to reconsider their age restrictions and allow emergency contraception to be sold over-the-counter to all ages: At the start of his administration, President Obama declared that politics would no [...]
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