Martha Kempner

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

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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."

By Martha Kempner

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.

By Martha Kempner

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).

By Martha Kempner

Can Tick Saliva Reduce Heart Disease in People With HIV?

Some scientists believe that the very thing that makes ticks good at spreading disease -- their saliva -- might also be able to reduce heart disease in people living with HIV.

By Martha Kempner

'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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Good Communication Strategies to Make HIV Care Click

Being able to hold open, honest conversations with your providers is vital to good health. That's why it's important to feel at ease with your providers -- even in discussions that can make either or both of you uneasy.

By Martha Kempner

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.

By Martha Kempner

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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Fear That Parents Might Find Out Stops Some Kids From Getting Tested for STIs

Confidentiality issues are getting in the way for some young people who admitted that they avoid sexual health services out of fear that their parents will find out.

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With Trumpcare Cuts Predicted, Can At-Home STI Tests Help If Clinics Close?

With STI rates rising and resources for clinics drying up, more companies are offering simple at-home testing for a broader range of STIs. It's a good option, say experts, but also raises concerns.

By Martha Kempner