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Circumcision Rates Down 10 Percent Over Past Three Decades. Why?

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New research shows that the practice of newborn circumcision is falling out of favor, despite the fact that the data suggests the benefits of the procedure far outweigh the costs.

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Sexual Health Roundup: HPV Vaccinations Work, Circumcision Reduces STDs, and You Should Have More Sex Than Your Friends

New research shows that widespread HPV vaccination works to reduce genital warts, at least in Australia.

New research shows that widespread HPV vaccination works to reduce genital warts, at least in Australia. And the key to happiness? Don’t just have more sex—make sure you’re having more sex than your friends.

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Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation—A Public Health and Cultural Perspective

A public service announcement in Gambia.

Culture is one of the most sensitive aspects of people’s lives, particularly as it relates to sexual and reproductive behavior, attitudes, and norms. Therefore, when we talk about female circumcision (I still cannot call it mutilation), we should always look at this cultural practice as one of many good and bad things that happen to women universally, and not only to African women but women worldwide.

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Voters in Two California Cities Asked to Ban Male Circumcision Based on Scientifically Inaccurate Claims

Activists opposed to male circumcision hope that someday cutting a boy’s foreskin will be a federal crime. In the meantime, they’re working to ban the procedure in two California cities.

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Afternoon Roundup: Republicans Set to Strip Health Care From Millions, Abstinent Teens with STDs?

It’s the dawn of a new year and with it comes new stories on the same old issues, I’m afraid. Republicans in the House are looking to pass a repeal of the health reform law, a new study shows a surprising percentage of “abstinent” teens with STDs, and Iran is gearing up for HIV/AIDs prevention efforts with a new campaign targeting women and young people.

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Forced Gential Mutilation of 120 Women and Girls in Uganda Sparks Public Debate

Forced mutilation of some 120 young women and girls in Uganda last week has sparked a public debate inside the country about the limitations of a new law and the politics behind the practice.

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To Cut Or Not To Cut: A Circumcision Debate

There are many, many things in this pregnancy that I get to control.  But this decision, I’m leaving up to my husband, and he’s still undecided.

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Roundup: Circumcision and HIV, Patient Care and Catholic Teaching

Circumcision benefit doubted for gay men; Catholic hospital under fire for allowing abortion referrals and birth control prescriptions; Ohio top court mulls admission of medical files in Planned Parenthood case; U.S. Supreme Court refuses Missouri prison abortion rights case; Breast cancer vaccine within reach.

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The No-Brainer Syndrome

Both male circumcision and the new HPV vaccine have been called “no-brainers” in the fight to reduce HIV and HPV infection rates. But are they really the magic bullet solutions that they seem to be?

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Gimme Some Skin

In defense of the foreskin: One writer argues that using circumcision to combat AIDS gives prevention the shaft.

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