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NKorean missile launch may be testing rivals, not technology

NKorean missile launch may be testing rivals, not technologySEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's latest missile test Monday may have less to do with perfecting its weapons technology than with showing U.S. and South Korean forces in the region that it can strike them at will.



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TSA Is Testing a Change That Could Make Airport Security Even Slower

TSA Is Testing a Change That Could Make Airport Security Even SlowerTravelers at some U.S. airports are being asked to place electronic devices bigger than a cellphone in separate bins.



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GM Backing Bills That Could Block Uber, Waymo from Testing Self-Driving Cars

GM Backing Bills That Could Block Uber, Waymo from Testing Self-Driving CarsGeneral Motors says the bills protect public safety by restricting self-driving car testing to automotive manufacturers. Competitors disagree.



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Text young Kenyan women about sex to boost HIV testing – experts

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Texting young women in Kenya with regular information about sex, contraception, and sexually transmitted diseases could encourage more to get tested for HIV in a country where stigma surrounding the virus is rife, researchers said on Wednesday. Some 600 female college students in Kenya received monthly text message surveys about their sexual behavior, and half were also sent weekly messages about HIV prevention, for a recent study by medical researchers and mobile research firm mSurvey. Two-thirds of the 300 women who were sent the weekly texts said they got tested for HIV within six months of the study, while among those who received the monthly surveys, only half reported going to be tested for the virus, the study found.
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Haiti launches new AIDS testing, information campaign

Members of a local NGO distribute condoms to people in Port-au-Prince, the capital of HaitiPort-au-Prince (AFP) – Haiti's Ministry of Health and the United Nations launched a new anti-HIV/AIDS campaign, providing information and rapid testing to help thwart the spread of the epidemic. "If a person does not protect him or herself, it's because of a lack of information," Valerie Toureau, a doctor with the UNAIDS organization, said on Friday. More than 100 people got tested at a center installed in downtown Port-au-Prince, and condoms were also distributed.



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Social media-based HIV testing finds new cases

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – Outreach on social media may help encourage men at high risk for HIV infection to get themselves tested, a new study from the U.K. suggests. When researchers advertised home sampling kits to gay and bisexual men through social media and apps, nearly 6,000 men returned saliva or blood sampling kits they requested from the online service. Eighty-two of them were newly diagnosed with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS.
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Targeting social media may increase HIV testing among gay men

Two men kiss as they sit in a riverside park in New YorkBy Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – Promoting HIV testing on some of the same social media sites that men who have sex with men and transgender people use to meet friends and sex partners can raise testing rates in these communities, according to results of a U.S. trial. “Our results are surprising because we were not sure that men and transgender persons would readily accept HIV testing information within the social media and social networking sites that some of them use,” said lead author Scott D. Rhodes of Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “But we learned that after trust was built, they were eager for information about HIV testing and guidance about how to access testing services.” We assume that people are knowledgeable about HIV and how to get tested, but that’s not the case, he told Reuters Health by email.



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Dating app Tinder adds STD testing locator, ending feud with non-profit

By Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) – A feud between the operator of popular “hook-up” software and a leading sexual health advocacy group was settled on Thursday after the dating site agreed to add links to sexually transmitted disease testing locations. The battle between dating site Tinder and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation stretches back to last fall when the Los Angeles based non-profit group put up billboards and advertisements in Los Angeles and New York associating Tinder with sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia and gonorrhea. Tinder, which is part of Match Group Inc, owned by IAC/InterActiveCorp, sent a “cease and desist” letter to the group after the billboards were erected.
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HIV testing uncommon in teens despite recommendations: CDC

FILE - This Thursday, June 26, 2008 file photo shows a developer solution vial, left, and test device, right, for an oral rapid HIV test at a medical center in the Bronx borough of New York. In a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, fewer than 1 in 4 high school students who've had sex have ever been tested for HIV, a troubling low rate that didn't budge over eight years, government researchers say. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)CHICAGO (AP) — Fewer than 1 in 4 high school students who've had sex have ever been tested for HIV. That's according to a government study that found the rate didn't budge over eight years, despite recommendations for routine tests.



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Planned Parenthood rolls out STD testing apps

By Daniel Gaitan (Reuters Health) – Planned Parenthood has launched mobile apps that let users in California, Minnesota and Washington state request a home lab kits that tests for two of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Residents of those states can download Planned Parenthood Direct through Apple or Android app stores and order a kit to test for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
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