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Judge’s Ruling in California Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Case Shows Importance of Strong Policies

In what advocates are calling an historic ruling, a judge in Fresno County, California, ruled last week that a lawsuit against the Clovis Unified School District’s abstinence-focused sex education program was justified because it was out of compliance with the state’s law.

In what advocates are calling an historic ruling, a judge in Fresno County, California, ruled last week that a lawsuit against the Clovis Unified School District’s abstinence-focused sex education program was justified because it was out of compliance with the state’s law.

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New Orleans Students Could Soon Have Accurate Sex Ed Information

Louisiana teens have some of the highest rates of pregnancy, birth, and STDs but schools there can only teach abstinence. Some lawmakers would like to change that, at least for Orleans Parish.

Louisiana teens have some of the highest rates of pregnancy, birth, and STDs but schools there can only teach abstinence. Some lawmakers would like to change that, at least for Orleans Parish.

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New Study: HPV Vaccine Prevents Host of Teen Health Issues

A new study finds that the HPV vaccine prevents genital warts and precancerous changes to the cervix in young women ages 14 to 17. Not only does this provide further evidence of the vaccine's efficacy; it suggests that early vaccination is important.

A new study finds that the HPV vaccine prevents genital warts and precancerous changes to the cervix in young women ages 14 to 17. Not only does this provide further evidence of the vaccine’s efficacy; it suggests that early vaccination is important.

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Sexually Transmitted Infections Are on the Rise Across the Country  

A number of reports released last week show that cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are on the rise in states and localities across the country.

A number of reports released last week show that cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are increasing in states and localities across the United States.

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Used Condoms on Playgrounds Are Gross, But Not Cause for Alarm

Last week, a boy in Colorado picked up a used condom on his school’s playground and put it into his mouth. Though this might not seem like news, media outlets across the country, and even internationally, have focused on his risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection.

Last week, a boy in Colorado picked up a used condom on his school’s playground and put it into his mouth. Though this might not seem like news, media outlets across the country, and even internationally, have focused on his risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection.

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IUDs Might Be Exciting, But There’s More to Sexual Health Than Preventing Pregnancy

I worry that in our excitement to promote long-active reversible contraceptives as an effective way of preventing teen pregnancy, members of the public will overlook the importance of sex education and the need for condoms.

I worry that in our excitement to promote long-active reversible contraceptives as an effective way of preventing teen pregnancy, members of the public will overlook the importance of sex education and the need for condoms.

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We’ve Been Here Before: Congress Quietly Increases Funding for Abstinence-Only Programs

The bipartisan $200 billion Medicare “doc fix” and health program funding bill includes a two-year extension of the Title V Sec. 510 program, which funds the implementation of ineffective and stigmatizing abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

The bipartisan $200 billion Medicare “doc fix” and health program funding bill includes a two-year extension of the Title V Sec. 510 program, which funds the implementation of ineffective and stigmatizing abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

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It’s Not Enough to Just Mention Condoms—Sex Education Should Be Sex-Positive

Even where conservatives have abandoned "abstinence-only" education, they are still pushing the "sex is evil and will kill you" line. It's time for pro-choicers to open up a broader conversation demanding sex-positive curricula.

Even where conservatives have abandoned “abstinence-only” education, they are still pushing the “sex is evil and will kill you” line. It’s time for pro-choicers to open up a broader conversation demanding sex-positive curricula.

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Health Officials Issue New Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Ebola

A case in which an Ebola survivor appears to have transmitted the virus to his female partner many months after recovery has health experts changing their advice.

A case in which an Ebola survivor appears to have transmitted the virus to his female partner many months after recovery has health experts changing their advice.

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‘Period Poem’ Celebrates the ‘Holiness’ of Menstruation

Poet Dominique Christina recites her “Period Poem,” which seeks to undermine the notion that menstruation is shameful.

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