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Beyond the Millenium Development Goals

Reproductive health is not a strong enough theme in any of the millenium development goals. And as the MDGs remain a primary international development agenda at least until 2015, that means a continuing compromise for reproductive health in international development.

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Did Congress Forget About Women and Girls?

Considering the current status of legislation to reauthorize PEPFAR, it seems as though Washington lawmakers didn’t get it. Did they not hear the arguments of global AIDS prevention advocates fighting for real change to impact those at greatest risk for HIV infection?

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PEPFAR: When Words Matter

Few words could mean the difference between life and death for people, and success or failure for a vital program. Eight little words in a bill that will be voted on in the House this week will severely limit the US’s ability to respond to the AIDS crisis which needlessly claims the lives of over two million people each year.

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Wanderlust: A Bike Tour of Reproductive Justice

A young reproductive justice advocate hops on her bike and travels across the U.S. to uncover what sexual politics looks like across America. Want to join her?

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Silenced in a Sex Obsessed Culture

In our sex-saturated consumer culture, abstinence-only’s refusal to talk openly about sex sends a mixed message. How can we talk about sex in a way that makes sense to us, and to our relationships? What is healthy sexuality? And how can we teach it in such a toxic environment of extremes?

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The Future of PEPFAR: What Zambia Teaches Us

Zambia is an ideal country in which to assess the effects of U.S. policy and funding through PEPFAR. SIECUS and Population Action International’s recent policy research trip to the country led to some disturbing observations that should inform the current debate over PEPFAR reauthorization.

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No Room for Orthodoxy in HIV Prevention

The HIV epidemic in India needs to be fought by accessible testing, lessening stigma, widespread education, and needle exchange programs, but above all, it needs to be fought by a humane and scientific prevention program coming from the government.

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Facts Have No Place in Ab-Only

On the front lines healthcare providers and volunteers meet young women who learn prevention post-infection, who explore contraceptive options after a pregnancy and who are growing up in a culture where sophisticated media outlets sell sex as power.

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Not Just Girls in Trouble

In the Philippines as elsewhere, the stereotype of who usually undergoes abortion and why doesn’t exactly fit the hard data.

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Health Providers Unsurprised by Teen STI Rate

Last week’s revelation by the CDC that one-quarter of teen-age girls have at least one sexually transmitted disease came as no surprise to Michigan health providers, who say such an epidemic is the fruit of a widespread failure to teach teens about sex.

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