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Sexual Health Roundup: Big Apple Edition

In this week's sexual health roundup, we take a close look at New York City.

In this week’s sexual health roundup, we take a close look at New York City: a new app for teens, a little-known regulation that prevents schools from teaching sex ed in buildings owned by the Catholic Church, and a new report that finds huge reproductive health disparities across the five boroughs.

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How Discrimination Leads to Health Disparities in the Transgender Community

Data shows that transgender people are more likely to be uninsured, face discrimination in health care, be HIV positive and suffer from depression and attempted suicide.

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Race-based Health Disparities and the Politics of Difference: What Rates of HIV Among Latinos Tell Us

The 10th anniversary of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day reminds us how far we still have to go to address race-based health disparities. But we must keep our efforts trained on the real causes of these statistics: social and economic conditions.

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Maternal Mortality in Uttar-Pradesh, India

India has seen a fall in maternal mortality rate (MMR) by 59 percent between 1990 and 2008, but the huge rural urban divide in these rates are overlooked making it home to the highest number of women dying during childbirth across the world. One such state is Uttar-Pradesh, a highly populous state with more than170 million people which continues to have highest reported maternal mortality ratio at 440 per 100, 000 live births and which still remains above the national average. Even within a state, the access to and utilization of maternal health care varies based on region rural or urban, caste, religion, income, and education. Research has identified four important reasons for the continuing high maternal mortality rate in Uttar Pradesh: barriers to emergency care, poor referral practices, gaps in continuity of care, and improper demands for payment as a condition for delivery of healthcare services.

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Afternoon Roundup: Reproductive Justice and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

News of reproductive and environmental justice on the day of remembrance for Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Politico: Reid Says No Health Reform Vote Before August Recess

Politico reports that that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has stated the Senate “would not attempt to pass sweeping health care reform until after returning from the August recess.”

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Sixteen Governors Call on Congress to Include Medicaid Family Planning State Option in Health Reform

Sixteen governors have written a letter to Senate and House Leadership urging swift action on the Medicaid Family Planning State Option under health care reform, a change in law that will improve health and save money.

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Report: Higher Rates of Unintended Pregnancy, Abortion Among Women of Color

A new report provides strong evidence debunking claims by anti-choice activists that high abortion rates among minorities result from targeted marketing to minority communities.

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The Future of Family Planning: Where Are We Headed?

The nation’s family planning program, Title X, is effective but needs an overhaul, a new Guttmacher study finds. Gains made against unintended pregnancy are stagnating, and funding is flat.

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Roundup: Seven States Take Bush’s HHS Regulations to Court; Sharp Health Disparities in Utah

Seven states take Bush’s provider conscience regulations to court; African-Americans living in Utah face serious health disparities; pregnancy a serious health risk to women in the developing world; students form anti-choice groups in Dallas public schools.

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