The Condom with the Most Studs in the World

By Jenny Tolep, External Relations and Communications Is there such thing as a perfect condom? The type of condom that’s effective, yet comfortable? One that adds excitement instead of interrupting the heat-of-the-moment? A recently published Slate article suggested why improvements must be made to the modern-day condom: In the 2010 National Survey of Sexual Health

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What ‘Prosperity with Equity’ Really Looks Like in Central America

By Alejandra Cabrera, PASMO Strategic Information Manager and Anna Dirksen, PSI Consultant The 7th Summit of the Americas kicks off tomorrow and all eyes are on Panama, where the meeting takes place. Mostof those watching will likely be focused on the return of Cuba to the hemispheric forum and the meeting of US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro.  But the

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Honoring Our Health Workers on World Health Day

Around the world today, many of our friends and colleagues are celebrating World Health Day. The day marks the anniversary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) First World Health Assembly, which was held on April 7, 1948. Each year, the WHO chooses a theme for the day — this year it’s Food Safety — and

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3 Innovative Ways to Use Family Planning Products to Encourage Healthy Behaviors

By Minal Bopaiah, Communications Manager, PSI Sometimes art can be the best form of advocacy. PSI loves engaging in creative social marketing. So we are completely inspired by the artists and activists who use family planning products in original ways to send a message. For example, OB/Gyn and jewelry-maker Virginia Smith has designed a line

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Making Safe Sex Fun on April Fools’ Day

By Regina Moore, Manager, External Relations, PSI On April 1, 2014 thousands of South Africans grabbed their morning paper or switched on the radio news to hear of a new sex tax imposed by the government. After a recently conducted study showed over-population as the driver for many of the country’s challenges, the new law,

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How Nigeria’s Election Is Affecting Health Care Delivery

By Anna Dirksen, PSI Consultant Millions of Nigerians cast their ballots this weekend in what some are calling the country’s most closely fought elections since independence. While voting took place with fewer problems than many predicted, some reports of violence showed that tensions in some parts of the country remain high. From a public health

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A New Start in Conquering TB

Photo of the Week

By: Jenny Tolep, External Relations and Communications On Tuesday, March 24th PSI recognized World Tuberculosis Day to raise awareness about the disease and encourage further efforts to address it globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one third of the world’s population has been infected with tuberculosis (TB). TB is the number one killer of those infected with HIV, responsible for one-fifth of all HIV-related deaths. With

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PSI Research Among the Best of Social Marketing Studies in 2014

By R. Craig Lefebvre, Chief Maven for socialShift Keeping up with the evolution of social marketing research and practice can be a tough problem. To help with that, I do an annual review of papers that document in the peer-reviewed literature how the field is developing (here are the links to the 2011, 2012, and

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Does Depo-Provera Increase the Risk of HIV Transmission? What the Data Really Says

By Minal Bopaiah, Communications Manager, PSI With all the controversy swirling around Depo-Provera and HIV risk — the alarmist headlines and counter-arguments about the assumed relationship and the need for future studies— one might want to reconsider the injectable hormonal contraceptive, right? Well, not so fast, says Dr. Paul Blumenthal, Stanford professor and global medical

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4 Critical Ways to Thwart the Spread of AIDS Among Teens in Africa

Last week, a coalition of leading global health organizations came together last week to launch a new platform aimed at the number one killer of adolescents in Africa: AIDS. “AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa. Globally, two thirds of all new infections among adolescents were among adolescent girls. This is

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Johnson & Johnson and PSI:
Increasing access to HIV prevention services in Lesotho

Read more from PSI’s Corporate Partnerships Report 2014

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Ashley Judd: The questions teens ask about sex

By Ashley Judd “Can you get HIV if you have sex in the sea?” That’s the kind of question that PSI-trained health educators like Jonas get asked. Jonas is meeting with 25 teens this afternoon in an open clearing in a Port Au Prince shantytown. He says, “We’re going to talk about HIV and STIs

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