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Sexual Health Roundup: Progress on Microbicides? Will Viagra Have “Stiff” Competition?

In this week’s sexual health roundup: scientists in China discover an HIV-blocking molecule that may become the basis for an effective microbicide; psychologists find that men believe women in red are more attractive and more willing to have sex; and the FDA approves a competitor to Viagra that acts fasters but warns that over-the-counter versions might not be all natural as promised. 

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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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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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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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Getting Young People to Get Themselves Tested … As a First Step

We need to make sure that young people are getting tested if they have had unprotected sex, getting educated, and using the tools and resources available to them to prevent both STD transmission and unintended pregnancy. 

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The “Big Chop” – How a Haircut, Congress, and the Toxic Zombie Toolkit Can Make You and the Planet Safer

Earth Day is just around the corner! So, how are you celebrating? Me, I’m getting the “big chop,” cutting inches off my hair.  My “big chop” decision was a step toward healthier hair without the use of toxic products.

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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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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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Teens Given the Opportunity to Know the Facts before Engaging in the Acts

One in two sexually active people will get an STD by age 25, but most won’t even know it.  Just as abstinence is the only 100 percent effective way to prevent pregnancy, the only way to be sure of your STD status is to get tested. April is the time to do it—STD Awareness Month.

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Sexual Health Roundup: States Have Made Little Progress on Sex Education

CDC study finds schools making little progress in sex education; Tennessee lawmakers warn against gateway “sexual behaviors,” and Springfield Massachusetts decides to provide condoms to middle school and high school students.

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