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Don't douche, and other lessons about the vaginal microbiome

Exploring the microscopic world between our legs

April 30, 2015 | By Susan Keown / Fred Hutch News Service

While the gut microbiome has recently gotten a lot of attention, the vaginal microbiome also plays a powerful role in women's health.

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Circumcision may reduce prostate cancer risk

Jonathan Wright-led study shows males circumcised before first sexual intercourse 15 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer

March 12, 2012

A new analysis led by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center researchers found circumcision before a male's first sexual intercourse may help protect against prostate cancer. Published online March 12 in the journal Cancer, the study suggests that circumcision can hinder infection and inflammation that may lead to this malignancy.

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Genital herpes can spread even when lesions aren't present

Largest study of herpes simplex virus type 2 to date finds asymptomatic carriers can transmit virus to partners

April 25, 2011

Persons who have tested positive for herpes simplex virus type 2 but do not have symptoms or genital lesions still experience virus shedding during subclinical episodes, suggesting a high risk of transmission from persons with unrecognized HSV-2 infection, according to a study in the April 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Cancer-causing virus may increase HIV infection

Researchers link infection with anal human papillomavirus with a higher risk of new HIV infection

May 11, 2009

Marla Husnik, a biostatistician in the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute, co-authored a study that associated infection with anal human papillomavirus (HPV)—a virus that can cause anal and cervical cancers—with a higher risk of new HIV infection in previously HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM). Led by Dr. Peter Chin-Hong of the University of California, San Francisco, the study now appears on online ahead of print in the journal AIDS.

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