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New Research Blames Low-Income African American Women for Couples’ Contraceptive Choices

A new study concludes that adolescent girls who get spending money from their boyfriends are more likely to never to use condoms.  Yet again research is holding girls and women responsible for being sexual and moral gatekeepers and devaluing the capacity of men to be active participants in their relationships.

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Study Finds Teen Parents Didn’t Think They Could Get Pregnant

A study out last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that half of teens who experienced an unintended pregnancy were not using birth control even though they did not want to get pregnant.

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New Report from CDC Finds Drop in Risky Sexual Behavior

This week the CDC released a report that suggests that Americans are practicing fewer risky behaviors when it comes to HIV transmission.

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Herpes Vaccine Trial has Disappointing Results

The search for a vaccine to prevent Herpes faced a setback this month, when researchers published findings in the New England Journal of Medicine from a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that found a new vaccine to be useless against Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2).

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Vaccinating Children Is a Social Responsibility We Can Not Afford To Shirk

Last year research linking vaccines to autism was debunked as a complete fabrication.  Now a new study shows that the HPV vaccine does not cause promiscuity. There are no excuses left.  Parents have an obligation to society to vaccinate their children.  Not doing so is selfish.

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Response to Research On Knowing Woman’s Experience with Vaginal Orgasm from Her Walk

An examination into what readers have to say about the research by Belgium sexologists that states it is possible to know a woman’s experience and history of vaginal orgasm from the way she walks. 

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From Tuskegee to Transparency: An Evolution in the Ethics and Accountability of Clinical Trials Involving Human Subjects

People who participate in clinical trials take the enormous step of volunteering to test a product that may be useful and, sometimes, life-saving if it turns out to be effective. They play an irreplaceable role in research to prevent, treat, and sometimes cure illness – as well as to find other ways to improve people’s health and lives.

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Study: Teen Moms Face Unnecessary Obstacles Accessing IUDs

Researchers at the University of Chicago interviewed African-American, first-time adolescent mothers to determine what obstacles (other than cost) preventing them from obtaining IUDs. 

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The Science of Adolescent Sexual Health: Moving Beyond a Risk Framework

For years, research on adolescent sex was so entrenched in a risk perspective that “adolescent sexual health” was an oxymoron. Today, a new science of adolescent sexual heath is emerging that may help us look beyond risk.

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New Study Suggests Male Foreskin is a Reservoir for HPV; May Have Implications for Vaccinations and Circumcisions

A new stdy found that male foreskin is a reservior for HPV.  The authors suggest that this shows we should be vaccinating boys as well. Others question its implications for circumcision. 

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