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When Being HIV-Positive Becomes a Prison Sentence

People discovering they are HIV-positive may find themselves facing prison time. And that has got to stop.

People discovering they are HIV-positive may find themselves facing prison time. And that has got to stop.

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In South Sudan, Too Many Young Women Dying in Childbirth

Aerial of Juba, the capital of South Sudan, with river Nile on the right.

Women will continue to die far too young in South Sudan if public health strategies fail to reach youth before they become sexually active, and policies fail to address the family planning needs of communities.

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Family Planning Is Key to Healthy Pregnancies and Births

It is crucial to protect and invest in the programs that are needed to ensure that all women, regardless of income or background, can access the affordable care they need to have healthier pregnancies and births.

According to a new report, the United States has the highest first-day death rate in the industrialized world. Addressing this and related problems will require comprehensive efforts to reduce pervasive economic, social, and health disparities.

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Condoms as Evidence: Terrible for Sex Workers, Terrible for Public Health

Police have made sex workers—and people they suspect of being sex workers—afraid to carry condoms by harassing them and using condoms as evidence of crimes.

Police have made sex workers—and people they suspect of being sex workers—afraid to carry condoms by harassing them and using condoms as evidence of crimes.

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Is Sexual Health Education Passé?

Until we see improvements in these numbers and a betterment of the lives impacted, we still very much need to talk about and frame the discussion on sexual health.

You can buy sex toys at the drug store these days. Does that mean we no longer need to talk about and promote sexual health?

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Inter-American Court Approves Access to IVF in Costa Rica

In Vitro trial at the Inter-American Court of Human Rigts. Photo: Ticotimes.net.

Last month, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a final ruling in favor of the right to access in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Costa Rica. This is a win for women and Catholics and a blow to the bishops and conservatives who want to deny individuals the right to decide whether and when to have children.

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What Gun Control Advocates Can Learn from the Anti-Choice Movement

Both the current anti-choice movement and a potential gun control movement share the feature of wanting to limit something that is legal but contested. As Robin Marty put it in a recent post, how do we make guns as difficult to get as an abortion?

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Prosecutions of HIV-Positive Sex Workers: Bad Human Rights and Bad Public Health

Greece has been in the news for prosecuting HIV positive sex workers and posting the  women’s photographs on the Internet. The Greek health authorities and many other governments and local authorities that have taken similar actions against sex workers have both the human rights and the public health very wrong.

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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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Pregnant Women Need Health Care, Not Jail Time

We must put an end to policies that undermine basic constitutional principles in order to lock up the pregnant women and mothers who need health care most.

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