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School-Based STD Screenings: One Way for Youth to Take Charge of their Sexual Health

How can we encourage youth to take control of their sexual health?  Here’s one example: school-based STD screening.

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From STD Prevention to Sexual Health, and Back

There is a lot to like about a more positive approach towards sexuality, but a causal link between better sexual health and lower pregnancy and STI rates ultimately requires scientific evidence that goes beyond intuitive reasoning.

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Paging Harm Reduction Activists: It’s Time to Take Our Destiny Into Our Own Hands

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No Global Fund, no international forums will be able to save us from our own trouble until we, ourselves, get to work, until we start to mobilize, until we take our destiny into our hands.

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Why Human Rights Must Occupy the Centre of the Global AIDS Response

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The AIDS response is not just about an epidemic; the AIDS response is, has been, and must be, an instrument to fight for social justice. It requires us to confront and overcome the inequalities that wrongly separate people into “deserving” and “undeserving”.

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For South Carolina’s Nikki Haley, Rape and Violence Are Not Public Health Issues

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Alice Keeney/AP

The Republican governor and potential vice presidential pick said funding rape and abuse prevention programs “distracts” the Department of Health from its real mission.

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Someone’s Gotta Do It: While Protecting Their Communities, Local Health Departments Face Rising Caseloads, Dwindling Resources

Coming from the public health perspective, it isn’t a fun job to notify someone about their exposure to an STD, but it is fulfilling to know that you have helped keep someone healthy. So the next time the phone rings, keep in mind, it may not be the call you want, but it may be the call you get and it will help protect you.

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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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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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Pelosi On Anniversary Of ACA: “Republicans Are Brazen” In Attempts To Undermine Women’s Health Care

With two years of health care reform already behind us, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other congresswomen remind women what is at state if the act is repealed.

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I Have Sex. And I Vote.

Lots of people take birth control pills because they are having sex and they don’t want to get pregnant. In fact, 86 percent of us take it at least in part because we want to be able to have sex and not get pregnant. Reproductive health, rights and justice advocates think it’s a really good thing that women have autonomy over their bodies, their sexuality, and access to a full range of good choices about how to manage their fertility. 

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