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This Week in Sex: Kansas’ Sex Toy Auction

This week, there are new recommendations for chlamydia and gonorrhea screening for young women, a secret shopper study found that young men may have a harder time buying EC over the counter, and Kansas seizes sex toys.

This week, there are new recommendations for chlamydia and gonorrhea screening for young women, a secret shopper study found that young men may have a harder time buying EC over the counter, and Kansas seizes sex toys.

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White House: ‘Critical’ to Handle Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

As RH Reality Check reported last year, the CDC has called neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacteria that causes gonorrhea, an “urgent threat.” Between 1940 and 2007, this bacteria became resistant to whole classes of drugs

The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a looming public health crisis. Last week, the White House simultaneously released a national strategy, a report, and an executive order from the president that takes aim at this issue.

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CDC: One in Five U.S. Women Have Been Raped

A new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds rape, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence are common in this country. Most victims know their perpetrator and experience the first incident before they turn 25.

A new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds rape, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence are common in this country. Most victims know their perpetrator and experience the first incident before they turn 25.

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This Week in Sex: Gadgets and Apps, Oh My

This week, one app is blamed for a syphilis outbreak, while another wants you to practice cunnilingus by licking your phone.

This week, one app is blamed for a syphilis outbreak, while another wants you to practice cunnilingus by licking your phone.

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CDC Confirms Rare Case of Woman-to-Woman HIV Transmission

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.

The CDC confirmed a case of sexually transmitted HIV from one woman, who was diagnosed previously but stopped receiving antiretroviral treatment in 2010, to her female partner. While rare, this case should remind all of us that safer sex remains important.

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Don’t Drink the Water: The West Virginia Chemical Spill as a Reproductive Justice Issue

Pregnant women and young families continue to face environmental, economic, and legislative hardships more than six weeks after a devastating chemical spill in West Virginia.

Pregnant women and young families continue to face environmental, economic, and legislative hardships more than six weeks after a devastating chemical spill in West Virginia.

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Why the CDC Stopped Calling Sex Without a Condom ‘Unprotected Sex’

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For many years, the term “unprotected sex” has been synonymous with “sex without a condom.” But some HIV advocates argue that this language is outdated and imprecise, and the CDC has agreed to change it.

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At Long Last, D.C. Legalizes Care for Partners of Patients With Some STIs

Expedited partner therapy is now legal in Washington, D.C., thanks to the passage of Bill 20-343. It's a progressive step for a medical practice whose day is long overdue.

Expedited partner therapy is now legal in Washington, D.C., thanks to the passage of Bill 20-343. It’s a progressive step for a medical practice whose day is long overdue.

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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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When It Comes to STDs and Relationships, Skip the Website and Talk to Each Other

When it comes to STDs, I can’t help but wonder if we would do best to leave the digital world in our pocket and just talk.

A new website asks members to sign up for frequent STD testing and lets them share their results with other members confidentially. Encouraging STD testing is a good thing, but the site has major flaws. And when it comes to STDs, I can’t help but wonder if we would do best to leave the digital world in our pocket and just talk.

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