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Preventing STDs Among Native American And Alaskan Native Populations

American Indian and Alaska Native communities represent smaller numbers but higher risks for STD infection than those found in other sub-groups in the U.S. population. Addressing these requires focused strategies.

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Risky Business: Pregnant in America

Pregnant women in the U.S. have a greater risk of dying from pregnancy or childbirth related complications than women in 40 other countries around the world.  It’s past time to fix this.

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U.S. Home Births Rise And It’s Not Because of Ricki Lake

Home births rise in the United States deflating the current myth that women chose out-of-hospital birth for “frivolous, selfish, or trendy reasons.”

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Eliminating HPV Vaccine Mandate For Immigrant Women: A Victory On the Road To Reproductive Justice

The removal, effective December 14, of a requirement that immigrant women and girls be required to get the Gardasil vaccine marks a major victory for the reproductive justice movement and a roadmap for how coalitions can work toward reproductive justice goals in the future.

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Failing African American Mothers and Babies

September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month. It’s a good time to explore a woefully under-addressed topic: the shocking disparity between the maternal and infant mortality rates of Blacks and Whites. 

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AIDS 50 Times Higher In Gay/Bi-Men Than Other Groups

Recent data indicate that HIV and AIDS affect gay and bisexual men at rates grossly disproportional to other groups. Why did it take CDC so long to ask these questions and what will we do to answer them?

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The AIDS Crisis in the United States: Will the Obama Administration Meet the Challenge?

The National HIV Prevention Conference opens at a time when healthcare reform and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy are seen as potential game-changers.

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More Troubling News from the CDC on the Sexual Health of Young Adults

The latest report from the CDC underscores what many already know: teens need medically accurate and age appropriate information and access to preventative health care to build healthier, brighter futures.

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Courting Common Ground

In the struggle over abortion and, more recently, abstinence-only education, attention has strayed away from what the CDC recognizes as one of the 10 greatest public health advances of the 20th century- modern methods of family planning.

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The Assault on Freedom of Conscience

O’Mara argues that parents’ freedom of conscience has been demonized – from a new mother, HIV positive, who was court-ordered to stop breastfeeding her baby and forced to give him AZT, to refusing to allow women the right to birth at home – intolerance for parents’ choices is growing.

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