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The Much Maligned Condom: Why We Can’t Be Surprised Use Is Down Among Teens

Once hailed as a lifesaver and necessity for everyone thinking about having sex, condoms are now frequently maligned.

Once hailed as a lifesaver and necessity for everyone thinking about having sex, condoms are now frequently maligned—young people are surrounded by messages suggesting they don’t work, they break, and they take all the fun out of sex.

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Teen Survey Shows No Progress in Safer Sex Behavior

The results of the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, which were released on Friday, are somewhat discouraging. On almost every measure of safer sexual behavior, progress has either stagnated or, in cases like condom use, reversed.

The results of the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, which were released on Friday, are somewhat discouraging. On almost every measure of safer sexual behavior, progress has either stagnated or, in cases like condom use, reversed.

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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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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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Teen Birth Rates Hit Historic Lows; More Access to Contraceptives Credited

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Teen birth rates fell to an historic low in 2011 thanks, in part, to new policies that make it easier for teens to access contraception. 

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Potential Major Breakthrough in Early Detection of Gynecological Cancers

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In what could be a major breakthrough, researchers developed a test—similar to the Pap Test—that was able to find ovarian and uterine cancer cells in cervical fluid. Though it is years from the market it has the potential to save thousands of lives.

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Babies on Hold: Data Show Women Acting to Make Better Lives for Themselves and Their Families

New CDC birth data out Wednesday confirm that the U.S. birthrate dropped one percent to reach an all-time low in 2011, extending the downward trend begun with the recession in 2008. Put down your knee-jerk fears about smaller population. This drop is a good sign, foretelling not a diminished but a strengthened workforce down the line.  

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Sexual Health Roundup: Promising Advances in HIV Prevention and Treatment; New Evidence on HPV, Cancer, and Vaccines

In this week’s sexual health roundup: scientists use engineered stem-cells to attack HIV; California tests a new pill that prevents HIV infection when taken daily but some question how expensive it is; the CDC releases alarming data on cancers caused by HPV in women; and South Carolina lawmakers take steps to increase HPV vaccination among middle school students.

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Kaiser Permanente: Dropping the Ball on Gay Men’s Sexual Health

Kaiser Permanente makes it incredibly challenging for gay men to get the STD tests they need, hurdles that help fuel the spread of STIs in our community – including HIV. This is especially troubling at a time when new antibiotic-resistant strains of gonorrhea have emerged.

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Teen Dating Violence – A Sad Reality

Statistics show that 1 in 3 teens will experience dating violence and more than two-thirds never come forward and tell anyone. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), teen dating violence is a serious public health problem that is growing in the United States.

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