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Martha Kempner

Martha Kempner

Martha Kempner is a freelance writer, consultant and sexual health expert.

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Trump Puts Mike Pence in Charge of Coronavirus Response, Despite His Disastrous Record on Public Health

The former Indiana governor’s negligence paved the way for an HIV outbreak. Can we really trust him with this public health crisis?

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News Analysis

Newest Abortion Restrictions May Affect HIV Screening and Care

Creating stigma for abortions may have a chilling effect on those seeking any sexual health care.

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Viewpoints

First Kidney Transplant From Donor Living With HIV Challenges Longstanding Stigma

"Society perceives me and people like me as people who bring death," said Nina Martinez, the first HIV-positive organ donor. "And I can't figure out any better way to show that people like me can bring life."

Patients and spokespeople for Planned Parenthood Massachusetts' 'My Care, My Way' campaign

Planned Parenthood Affiliates Extend Transgender Health Care Services Across the Country

As part of a larger initiative to better serve the needs of transgender patients, Planned Parenthood affiliates in 21 states now offer gender-affirming hormone therapy to transgender patients.

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Activists Demand Gilead Rescind nPEP Patient Access Program's Once-Per-Lifetime Use Limit

Gilead Sciences is coming under fire from HIV/AIDS activist groups for a recent change to its patient assistance program, imposing a once-per-lifetime limit on access to Truvada as part of non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis (nPEP).

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'Glaringly Obvious' Aetna Letter Exposed HIV Information of 12,000 People Through Envelope

"If they sent that to somebody who is positive and their family doesn't know, I can't imagine the depth of harm that could be caused by such a ridiculously dumb mistake," said one of the recipients of the letter.

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Female Condoms, Used by Women and Men for HIV Prevention, Will Now Be Prescription Only

The oft-overlooked method may now cost as much as $20 per condom for the uninsured, if they can't get it through health departments or non-profit groups.

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Southern U.S.

Mississippi to Start Charging for HIV and STI Testing

What's up next for the poorest state in the United States, where communities are battling a mounting HIV epidemic with scarce resources? Fees for HIV tests. And no one thinks it's a good idea.

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Trump Reinstates 'Global Gag Rule' -- and It's Even Worse for HIV Than the Previous Version

If you like high HIV transmission rates, you'll love Trump's expansion of the "global gag rule," which will make it much harder for countries around the globe to keep up the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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Remembering Regina 'Gina' Quattrochi, Influential AIDS Activist and CEO of Bailey House

Quattrochi grew a small agency providing housing to those living with HIV into an $18-million-dollar organization that provides housing, mental health care, treatment for substance use and care coordination.