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Should a 13-Year-Old and Her 12-Year-Old Partner Really Be Considered Sex Offenders?

Let's take a moment to consider what is wrong with our age of consent laws.

The Utah Supreme Court heard arguments last Tuesday in an appeals case involving a 13-year-old girl who had “consensual sex” with her then-12-year-old boyfriend and ended up an accused sex offender.

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This Week in Sex: Surprises Involving Foot Cream, a Homecoming Queen, and George H.W. Bush

Researchers are hopeful after a common topical anti-fungal medication is found to kill HIV-infected cells in a culture.

This week, researchers are hopeful after a common topical anti-fungal medication is found to kill HIV-infected cells, a transgender high school student experiences highs and lows after being named homecoming queen, and President George H.W. Bush is a witness at a same-sex wedding.

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Arkansas School Tells Students They Can’t Return Until They Prove They Don’t Have HIV

Though many thought this issue was settled in the 1980s, a school system in Arkansas has demanded to know the HIV status of three siblings saying that their behavior poses risk to students and staff.

Though many thought this issue was settled in the 1980s, a school system in Arkansas has demanded to know the HIV status of three siblings, saying their behavior poses a risk to students and staff.

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UN Releases Annual Report on AIDS: Mostly Good News

The CDC confirmed a case of sexually transmitted HIV from one woman to another.  Though rare, this should remind all of us that safer sex remains important.

Released Monday, the report found that the number of new HIV infections is down, more people are getting the treatment they need, and fewer people died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2012, compared to the peak in 2005.

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Porn Stars Will Head Back to Work With New Rules and No Condom Law

A porn star gets blood work done at a Los Angeles clinic.

Despite the recent HIV outbreak among porn stars, a bill to require condoms on set died in the California senate. So porn stars will head back to work on Friday without condoms, but with new STD testing rules.

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CDC Labels Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea an ‘Urgent Threat’

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

A new report from the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns of a post-antibiotic era in which none of the drugs we have work on gonorrhea and there are no new options.

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This Week in Sex: More Porn Stars Test HIV-Positive and Researchers Take On Testes and Testosterone

Filming stops yet again as two porn more porn stars test positive for HIV.

This week, filming stops yet again as two more porn stars test positive for HIV, researchers find that men with smaller testicles are more-involved dads, and it turns out that estrogen may play a bigger role in male libido than testosterone.

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New Study Adds to the Confusion Over Mammograms

After analyzing medical records of women who died of breast cancer, researchers at Harvard concluded that early mammograms can save lives. Other experts disagree.  What should women do?

After analyzing medical records of women who died of breast cancer, researchers at Harvard University concluded that early mammograms can save lives. Other experts disagree. What should women do?

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Sex Education Is Improving, Causing Right Wing to Panic

On this episode of Reality Cast, I discuss how sex education in some states has improved, and the right wing’s response to those changes. In another segment, I chat with Stephanie Zvan, associate president of Minnesota Atheists, about the fight to end sexual harassment in the atheist/skeptic movement.

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This Week in Sex: Zurich’s ‘Sex Boxes,’ Second Porn Star Tests HIV-Positive, and a New Reason to Use Condoms

Zurich builds drive-in sex boxes (above) for sex workers and their clients.

This week, Zurich builds drive-in sex boxes for sex workers and their clients; a second porn star tests positive for HIV, bringing more calls for condoms on set; and researchers find condoms can increase healthy bacteria in the vagina.

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