SEX NEWS: Penis Size, Cuddling, a Pill to Prevent HIV Transmission

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This month has brought us all kinds of interesting news and the sex front is no different. Here is a quick roundup of some interesting research and news stories about health and sexuality that crossed our radar.


Photos by Alex Barth and Nick McGlynn.

MEN PREFER CUDDLING

The Kinsey Institute, which specializes in sex and reproductive research, recently found that for men, frequent kissing and cuddling is an accurate predictor of relationship happiness. The study, which surveyed over 1,000 couples aged between 40 and 70 years from the U.S., Brazil, Germany, Spain and Japan, found that women became happier with relationships as time went on. For women who’d been with their partners for less than 15 years, sexual dissatisfaction seemed to rank high on the list of complaints, but it dropped significantly after the 15-year mark. [Reuters]

A PILL TO PREVENT HIV TRANSMISSION

The antiretroviral drug Truvada, which is used to treat HIV, is seeing some encouraging results in recent studies conducted to determine whether the pill may also help prevent transmission. In the first study, men and women taking the pill saw their risk of infection drop 78 percent. In the second study, heterosexual couples in which one partner already had the virus tested the pill among the uninfected partners, discovering a reduction in risk of infection by 73 percent. More good news: Gilead Sciences, which manufactures Truvada, will now allow production of generic versions of the antiretroviral, making its benefits more accessible. [Jezebel]

CAN HANDS HELP DETERMINE PENIS SIZE?

We’ve all made a joke about this at some time or another, but there does appear to be a correlation between hands and penises. A team of researchers at Gachon University in Korea have found that the lower the ratio between the index and ring finger on a man’s right hand, the longer his penis may be. The study, which appeared in the Asian Journal of Andrology, surveyed 144 men over the age of 20. It suggests that penis length, much like the ratio of the two finger lengths, is determined by exposure to sex hormones in utero. Do your own research and see what you find. [Los Angeles Times]

AV Flox is the section editor of Love & Sex on BlogHer. You can connect with her on Twitter @avflox, Google Plus +A.V. Flox, or e-mail her directly at av.flox AT BlogHer.com

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