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HIV Found in Baby Who Was Previously Thought ‘Cured’ of the Virus

Doctors were devastated to announce last week that their patient, an almost 4-year-old girl was once thought "cured" of HIV,  was found to have detectable viral loads and lowered T-cell counts.

Doctors were devastated to announce last week that their patient, an almost 4-year-old girl was once thought “cured” of HIV, was found to have detectable viral loads and lowered T-cell counts.

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How Are People Actually Using the ‘Pullout Method’?

New research shows a number of women say they use the withdrawal method as a backup method or in combination with other contraception methods to prevent pregnancy.

New research shows a number of women say they use the withdrawal method as a backup method or in combination with other contraception methods to prevent pregnancy.

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This Week in Sex: New Research on Improving Intimacy, and a Kegel Counter That Vibrates

New research suggests that orgasms promote positive pillow talk.

This week, new research suggests that orgasms promote positive pillow talk and improve intimacy but alcohol has the opposite effect; a study finds that the new HIV-prevention drug Truvada may also reduce the risk of genital herpes; and a vibrator company introduced a Fitbit for your vagina.

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Bill Requiring Condoms in Porn Narrowly Passes Out of California Senate Committee

A bill that requires adult film stars to wear condoms on set is one step closer to becoming law in California, despite pleas from porn performers.

A bill that requires adult film stars to wear condoms on set is one step closer to becoming law in California, despite pleas from porn performers.

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HelloFlo’s Hilarious Period Commercial

A new commercial for HelloFlo, which sells a starter kit to help with menstruation prep, addresses the oft-ignored reality of periods with shameless and hilarious directness. In it, a young girl fakes her first period and is surprised by her mother’s response.

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Sex Ed Through the Decades, and Sexism Against Female Politicians

On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk to Sarah Mirk about the history of sex education films. In another segment, I discuss how sexist attacks on female politicians are starting to be a real problem again.

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Treating Teenagers as People: The Debate Over Adolescent Medical Privacy

Medical privacy are ill-defined and need to be clarified, to protect teenage health.

A parent’s freakout over the possibility that her teenage daughter might talk to a doctor without a parent present is an important reminder that adolescent rights to medical privacy are ill-defined and need to be clarified, to protect teenage health.

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Dan Savage on Sex Education in the United States


Dan Savage, host of Savage Lovecast, discusses some of the major problems with sex education today in the United States. He employs an effective car-driving analogy and draws attention to sex ed sexism in the process of his run-through. [via Huffington Post]

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This Week in Sex: World Cup Players Told to Abstain, Women Debate Penis Size

FiveThirtyEight looks at whether World Cup players should have sex before a big game,

This week, women prefer different penis sizes depending on whether the man is a one-night stand or long-term lover, FiveThirtyEight looks at whether World Cup players should have sex before a big game, and vibrators go wireless.

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Rules Under Consideration in Two States Regarding STD Transmission to Children

Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection that causes open sores on the mouth or genitals which can be painful.

An Indiana grandmother is asking lawmakers to criminalize the transmission of STDs from a child molester to his or her victim, while New York’s mayor has declined to comment on whether he’ll support the continued enforcement of regulations to discourage a circumcision ritual that’s been known to spread herpes to infants.

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