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Poderosa Profile: Dian Alarcón

With my Director Maria Azuri, I’ve been able to better understand women and our needs. I understand my job more, and why despite the difficulties we face we must continue to strengthen education and leadership among women.

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Rates of HIV and Teen Pregnancy Highlight Sexual Health Education Gap Among Jamaica’s Youth

HIV won’t disappear overnight. Unintended pregnancy won’t magically cease. But by working with and through young people to gradually change Jamaicans’ access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, JFPA is ensuring that the next generation of Jamaicans will be knowledgeable and empowered to demand and the care they deserve.

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Why Are Sex Workers Being Banned From Participating in the International AIDS Conference? A Call to Action on Sex Work and HIV

Sex workers and allies demand US policy change in lead up to the International AIDS Conference.

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Anti-Sex Ed Curriculum Makes the List: Don’t Blame Obama, Blame the System

A recently updated list of federally approved “evidence-based” teen pregnancy prevention programs has been causing a stir. Rather than blaming Obama for this, we’d all do better to recognize that it was the result of a fundamentally flawed system sorely in need of review and repair.

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He-Men, Virginity Pledges, and Bridal Dreams: Obama Administration Quietly Endorses Dangerous Ab-Only Curriculum

Thirty years of public health science clearly demonstrates that providing young people with information about the health benefits of both abstinence and contraception and condoms, does not cause young people to initiate sex earlier or have sex more often. Abstinence-only-until marriage programs leave young people unprepared. They are unethical.

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Have You Thanked Your Disease Investigation Specialists Lately?

Have you ever wondered how epidemics are controlled? Well, you can thank your local DIS for that.

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Moving Away from “Silos” and Toward an Integrated Model of Sexual Health

Sometimes I wonder if we are not missing the larger picture. Perhaps instead of talking about preventing STDs and treating an illness, maybe we could talk in terms of promoting sexual health.

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Teen Birth Rates Are Down: Ten Proven Assertions About Why We’re Succeeding

To confront the most often-repeated misrepresentations, I ask readers to consider these ten assertions about sexual health and education in the United States.

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Arizona “Don’t Say Abortion!” Bill Will Force Schools To Talk Up Adoption to Teens

The state legislature argues that if teachers even mention abortion, that is supporting it with taxpayer dollars.

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Constituents Demand Utah Governor Veto New 72 Hour Waiting Period

Utah’s new three day abortion wait isn’t law yet, and pressure is on the governor to make sure it never is.

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