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Telemedicine companies think the onerous process of in-office testing dissuades patients

Back in my college days, I was a volunteer at GHAP, Columbia University’s queer health program — and, more specifically, the wing of the student health center that was responsible for providing HIV testing and education. As part of my volunteer work, I provided counseling to students prior to their HIV tests, chatting with them about their sexual histories and identities, their behaviors and choices, and potential strategies for risk reduction.

The counseling I did was part of New York state’s legal requirements for HIV testing, which mandate counseling prior to receiving the test. But it was also representative of…


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Science is close to giving us effective male contraceptive, but it won’t matter unless men are willing to use it

In I/O, columnist Lux Alptraum explores how technology intersects with sexuality and relationships. I/O will embrace the uncertainty of our future and help us craft a better tomorrow, together.

For several decades, reversible male contraception has been the cold fusion of sexual health innovation: always 10 years away. But recently, that “10 years” figure has started to seem a little more realistic. Vasalgel, a much-hyped method from the startup Revolution Contraceptives, blocks sperm from leaving the body with an injectable plug that can be dissolved with a second injection and has been working its way toward human testing.

Other methods…


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What a new service that purports to confirm users are taking HIV prevention medication gets wrong about relationships

In I/O, columnist Lux Alptraum explores how technology intersects with sexuality and relationships. I/O will embrace the uncertainty of our future and help us craft a better tomorrow, together.

Back in 1984, during the early days of the HIV epidemic, Armistead Maupin’s novel Babycakes imagined a service that would help people partner up amid the crisis. “How do you let someone you are interested know that YOU ARE SAFE?” Babycakes’ fictional ad copy reads. “Now you can let others know simply by wearing your ‘I’M SAFE’ ring or pendant.”

Now 35 years later, dating with HIV is wildly different. HIV…

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