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Sex and Seniors: As Infections in Older Adults Rise, We Need More Gray Hairs and Wrinkles in Sex-Ed Materials

It is easy to overlook seniors when we see the dire numbers around STIs and teens, yet we remain at risk for sexually transmitted infections as we age. 

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Title X and The Role of Family Planning Providers in Preventing and Treating Sexually Transmitted Infections

To ensure quality sexual and reproductive health and address economic burdens, continued efforts to educate, screen, test, and treat for STDs is critical to our nation’s public health and well-being.

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The Cancerous Politics and Ideology of the Susan G. Komen Foundation

This week it became clear there are things more important to the Susan G. Komen Foundation–the fundraising giant that each year during breast cancer awareness month virtually swathes the United States in pink, a la Christo–than ensuring women are able to access exams for early detection of breast cancer.  In a word: Politics.

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Screen More Women for Cervical Cancer — Not the Same Women More Often!

Problems with cervical cancer screening practices are a major contributor to more than 4,000 women per year dying of this 100% prevantable cancer.

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Mitch Daniels Continues GOP’s Use of Women’s Bodies as Political Pawns

Indiana women: Your bodies are now officially political pawns.  And Governor Daniels is calling check mate.

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Another Advance for HIV Prevention: STD Testing

Nearly 15 years ago the Institutes of Medicine called for development of a national STD strategy to address the destructive links between STDs and HIV. To this day, it remains mostly unheeded.

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Rape Culture No More: What the Medical Community can do to Eliminate Violence Against Women

Several complex and interconnected social and cultural factors have kept women particularly vulnerable to violence directed against them, all of them manifestations of unequal power relations between men and women.  The acceptance of violence as a means by which to solve conflict as well as fear of and control over female independence and female sexuality are just some of the contributing factors that allow violence against women to persist. How are the public health and medical communities implicated in all of this?  What can they do to address violence against women not just as a legal issue, but as a fundamental human rights health issue that requires medical attention, clinical care, and sustainable public health interventions?

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Saving Our Women: Are We Really Prepared to Address Intimate Partner Violence?

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a growing public health concern in the United States, which has increased discussion about routine screening for IPV.  But, are we really ready to implement this measure?

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