This week, the Illinois senate took up a bill requiring that sex education be medically accurate, West Virginia took on teen sexting, and a new study suggested we may need to change our HPV messages if we want more women to get the vaccine.
A new study in Pediatrics found sexting teens are more likely to be sexually active than their non-sexting peers. Before we lock up our teens or their smartphones, it’s important to note that this study found a correlation. It did not find that sexting leads to sex.
In this week’s sexual health roundup: researchers at the University of Michigan looked at the sexting behavior and psychological health of over 3,000 college students and determined that sexting did not, in fact, lead to heartache; another study of college students found that mixing alcohol and caffeinated energy drinks may increase risky behaviors such as drunk sex and casual sex; and a survey of Google searches since 2006 confirms what birth records have suggested for years — Americans do actually think about sex more in the summer.
In this week’s sexual health roundup: new research suggests that the HPV vaccine lowers the likelihood of HPV in both the young women who have had them and others in their communities; the FDA approves the first completely in-home HIV test but some worry about its potentially high rate of false-negatives; and the latest addition to research on teens and sexting finds those who sext are more likely to have had sex.
In this week’s sexual health round up: study finds that teens who know of the possible consequences are actually more likely to sext; traces of HIV found in the man who was thought to be cured of the virus by a bone marrow transplant; and a study in mice finds human breast milk may block the transmission of HIV.
South Carolina lawmakers are set to look at laws that make sexting between minors a crime and they are not alone; 21 states took up sexting laws in 2011. But in their rush to address this issue, too many states are punishing first and asking questions later.
Congressman Anthony Weiner joins the long line of men in public office who have risked their families and careers for sexual indiscretions. Maybe it’s time for politicians to have a little sex ed.
Lawmakers agree that sexting shouldn’t be handled by existing child pornography laws yet in their rush to change the rules, the possiblity of criminal prosecution remains.
This morning it seems if Senator Ben Nelson doesn’t get his way on the issue of abortion coverage in the final health care reform bill he might sandbag the whole effort.
Want to stop your child from potentially sexting? A University of Michigan study suggests blocking images may help.