Thursday, August 24, 2006

good news

So much good news.

First and most importantly, I had my last day of work. Retired once again. My next day of labor will be in new york in september.

The big news is that the emergency contraception pills Plan B have been FDA approved for over-the-counter sale to women over 18. This is a major victory many years in the making. It still raises questions about whether those under 18 should be able to purchase EC without a prescription, as well as should men be able to purchase the product (which could be a non-issue but all the articles i find refer to "women 18 and older" ignoring the possibility that a man might wish to purchase ec for his partner; similar to a woman buying condoms only for emergency situations).

More good news, not specific to today, is the FDA approval of Famvir, a single dose treatment for herpes (earlier this August). A single dose of the medication is administered at the first inkling of an outbreak. Tests show that it reduces the severity and length of outbreaks. As a single-dose it is more cost-effective than other chronic treatments such as valtrex (for my poverty-striken pals living with herpes). The downside is it does not reduce asymptomatic shedding or frequency of outbreaks.

Let's all do a happy sexual health dance. Boogey oogey oogey...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy that you are back, my have I missed you.

Thank you.

8/25/2006 9:10 PM  
Blogger Jane Vincent said...

regarding EC OTC, scarleteen has posted an awesome Q&A about what the decision means to you here:

9/14/2006 3:35 PM  

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