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Here’s a Secret: Size Really Does Matter

Condoms are 98 percent effective when used perfectly, but only 82 percent effective with typical use. Wearing a condom that is too small or too big can impact how effective a condom is at preventing pregnancy.

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Weekly Roundup: News on Tennessee’s “Gateway” Law, Parental Consent for HPV Vaccines, and Olympic Sex

In this week’s sexual health roundup: there is new information on the origin of Tennessee’s law that prevents schools from promoting “gateway” behaviors to sex at the same time that anecdotal information suggests teachers are censoring themselves because of it; a new poll shows that adults see the HPV vaccine differently than other STI treatment and prevention efforts and do not want to see parental consent for the vaccine waived; and a new tell-all book suggests that the Olympic village is a hotbed of sex, booze, and drugs.

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Crusading Against Condoms, from Matchsticks to Mental Health Issues

Condemning condom use sure is popular this week, as Focus on the Family (located in Colorado Spring, site of devasatating wildfires this month) compares condom distribution to giving children matches as toys.

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New York Lawmakers Compromise Public Health by Failing to Pass “No Condoms as Evidence” Bill

This year’s New York State legislative session has ended, and by failing to vote on and pass the “no condoms as evidence of prostitution” bill, lawmakers missed an opportunity to be national and global leaders in ensuring that counterproductive policing and prosecuting practice does not compromise disease prevention and public health.

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Sexual Health Roundup: CDC Say Hormonal Methods Don’t Increase HIV Risk and Cheaters Less Likely to Have Safe Sex

In this week’s sexual health round up: a CDC review of available evidence found that hormonal contraception (including Depo-Provera) does not increase a woman’s risk of contracting or transmitting HIV; a new study found that cheaters were less likely to practice safer sex than those in open relationships; an online club will send you condoms for as little of $1 a month; and a man steals a vibrator for a reason.

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It’s 2012. Shouldn’t College Students Know to Wrap It Up Already? (A Graduate Student’s Perspective)

It is impractical to believe that college students will not be sexually active. Not using the appropriate preventive measures (i.e. a condom) can lead to both unintended and unwanted consequences, high-risk situations or not. It is obvious that changes need to be made. But where to begin?

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New Pornography Regulations In LA: Are They Addressing the Right Problem?

On January 25, the mayor of Los Angeles signed regulation that requires the use of condoms by all performers in adult movies filmed within the city’s borders. Public health advocates have unsurprisingly celebrated the regulation, but there are some reasons why the ordinance may not be as effective as one might hope.

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Lights, Camera, Condoms: Activists Try for Another Ballot Initiative Requiring Porn Stars to Use Condoms

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The battle in Los Angeles over whether porn stars should be required to use condoms is heating up again as an AIDS activist group started collecting signatures last week for a new ballot initiative.  If it gets on the ballot, the voters of Los Angeles County may get to decide how much latex we see in adult films. 

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Porn Stars Back to Work but Controversy Persists Over Industry Handling of Prevention

Last week the porn industry voluntarily shut down production on movie sets around the country after an unnamed actress initially tested positive for HIV. While it turned out to be a false positive, the incident exposed the ongoing controversy around industry handling of the possibility of spreading infections on set. 

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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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