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Should Some Teen Moms Be Exploited on Reality TV to Prevent Others From Having Babies?

A new paper suggests that MTV's 16 and Pregnant franchise has helped reduced the teen birth rate by almost 6 percent.

A new paper suggests that MTV’s 16 and Pregnant franchise has helped reduced the teen birth rate by almost 6 percent. Before we start celebrating, however, let’s remember that the show is stereotypical and exploitative and that the ends don’t always justify the means.

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New Research Suggests Middle Schoolers Who Sext Are More Likely To Be Sexually Active—But Please Don’t Panic

A recent study that suggests sexting is “not uncommon” among middle school students and is linked to higher rates of sexual behavior among tweens has made for some startling headlines this week. Before panicking, let's look beyond the headlines to see what these articles and the study really say.

A recent study that suggests sexting is “not uncommon” among middle school students and is linked to higher rates of sexual behavior among tweens has made for some startling headlines recently. Before panicking, let’s look beyond the headlines to see what these articles and the study really say.

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Report: Sexually Transmitted Disease Cases Increased in 2012

Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis all continued to rise in 2012, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released sexually transmitted disease surveillance data for 2012, and the news is not good: Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis all continued to rise.

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This Week in Sex: Condoms for Women, New Vibrating Underwear, and the ‘Fifty Shades’ Effect on Sex Toy Purchases

Students at New York City’s School of Visual Arts are working to redesign the packaging of condoms to make women feel more comfortable buying and carrying them.

This week, design students want to revamp condom packaging to appeal to women, a sex toy company released new underwear, and sex researchers predict 2014 will mark the return of “vanilla” sex for couples—but we’re not so sure we agree.

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36 Seconds Is Not Enough Time for Doctors to Discuss Sex With Teens

Susan Allen, director of marketing and communications at Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, told RH Reality Check that LB 1032 is unnecessary legislation because information about coercion is already provided for all patients considering abortion in Nebraska.

A new study suggests that many doctors are not talking to their teenage patients about sexuality, and those who are spend an average of just over half a minute on this important topic.

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This Week in Sex: Holiday Edition

This week, another shutdown in the adult film industry, a campaign in the UK suggests nobody wants chlamydia for Christmas, actress Geena Davis asks us to note the alarming lack of female characters in G-rated family moves, and carols to promote sex-positive health and wellness.

This week, another shutdown in the adult film industry, a campaign in the UK suggests nobody wants chlamydia for Christmas, actress Geena Davis asks us to note the alarming lack of female characters in G-rated family moves, and carols to promote sex-positive health and wellness.

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15 Parents in Princeton Fight Comprehensive Sex Ed

Even administrators seem to realize that this is an old fight over settled issues.

A group of parents in Princeton, New Jersey, has come together to protest their school district’s comprehensive sexuality ed program because they worry it promotes promiscuity and “alternative sexual activity.” The good news is even administrators seem to realize this is an old fight over settled issues.

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Clearing Up Confusion: Emergency Contraception and Weight

Once again, politics have trumped science, and it’s women and girls who pay the price.

RH Reality Check takes a look at the recent media storm around emergency contraception and weight and explains what readers need to know about the research.

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This Week in Sex: Meningitis Outbreak Update, Viagra Cures Menstrual Cramps, and a Male Birth Control Pill

New research suggests that the little blue pill for men may be able to stop menstrual cramps in women.

This week, an update on meningitis outbreaks at Princeton and the University of California, Santa Barbara; new research suggests that the little blue pill for men may be able to stop menstrual cramps in women; and after making mice infertile, researchers in Australia think they may have the key to a male birth control pill.

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HIV Returns in Two Men Thought ‘Cured’ by Bone Marrow Transplants

The results suggest that HIV reservoirs, latent cells that have the genetic code of the virus, are more persistent and deeper in the body that scientists had thought.

Researchers in Boston announced last week that HIV had once again been detected in two patients who had previously been thought to be rid of the virus. The results suggest that HIV reservoirs, latent cells that have the genetic code of the virus, are more persistent and deeper in the body that scientists had thought.

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