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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 But some HIV advocates argue that this language is outdated and imprecise, and the CDC has agreed to change it.

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Study Examines Spring Breakers, Sex, and Alcohol

A new study looks at college students’ behavior with regards to sex and drinking while on spring break and how that behavior is related to what they think everyone else is doing.

A new study looks at college students’ behavior with regards to sex and drinking while on spring break and how that behavior is related to what they think everyone else is doing.

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Pediatricians Group Advocates for Greater Condom Access for Teens

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The American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement Monday arguing that all barriers to condom access for teens should be removed because increased availability increases use—but does not increase sexual activity.

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Memo to Trojan: Non-Married People Have Sex. Get Over It

Trojan has sexy new ads for its condoms, but they only show married couples. Why are we still afraid of talking about non-married sex, even though sex between non-married people is a near-universal behavior in America?

Trojan has sexy new ads for its condoms, but they only show married couples. Why are we still afraid of talking about non-married sex, even though sex between non-married people is a near-universal behavior in America?

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Friends-With-Benefits Use Condoms but It Might Not be Enough, Porn Stars Aren’t Damaged Goods, and Harvard Gets a Sex Club

In this week’s sexual health round-up: research found that friends-with-benefits are more likely to use condoms than those in romantic relationships but since they’re also more likely to have multiple partners this might not have a positive impact on their sexual health; other research tested the theory that porn stars are “damaged goods” and the results may be surprising, and when you think Ivy League think kinky sex as Harvard gets a new club. 

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Global Roundup: Are Anti-Trafficking Efforts Doing More Harm Than Good?

Samira Ibrahim via Global Post

Weekly global roundup: “virginity test” doctor is acquitted in Egypt while women’s football gathers momentum; condoms may literally save South Africa; a rosier picture of sex work in Thailand; journalist threatened for exposing female genital cutting in Liberia; and a steamy drama series in Kenya tackles sexual taboos.

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Pope Benedict and Condoms: a Touchy Subject

The payoff for getting into debates with today’s Catholic hierarchy seems pretty low.

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Condom Sabotage Isn’t A Joke

The accusations against Julian Assange have brought forth a fancy new defense of abusive behavior, which is that condom sabotage isn’t that big a deal.  In reality, birth control sabotage is a common and particularly scary form of abuse.

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HIV-Positive Inmates: The Neglected Population

There’s a sense—not always spoken, but implied—that a person in prison deserves to be there, and therefore doesn’t deserve health care, preventative or otherwise.

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Teaching Withdrawal

Despite the taboo against unprotected sex, it turns out that the
withdrawal method, a.k.a. pulling out, is nearly as effective as condom
use when used properly. As more evidence surfaces about the reality of
withdrawal, should we include it in comprehensive sexual education?

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