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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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The Real Scandal

Until Americans, and our media, stop insisting that our male leaders be a manly and upright family fellow with a docile wife who gazes at him adoringly, we shouldn’t be surprised when that spouse remains devoted in the face of infidelity.

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Voices from the Sidelines

While not one national anti-choice organization supports contraception or science-based sexuality education, some individuals who oppose legal abortion are making the connections on their own: birth control and education reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy and abortions.

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What Kind of Movement Are We?

As we approach our last chance to improve the PEPFAR reauthorization bill, we must ask ourselves: do we care about claiming a victory on a mediocre piece of legislation and maintaining relationships with Congress, or do we care about taking a principled stand for the needs of people around the world?

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What About the Boys? Young Men at Risk

Yesterday the CDC finally released data it had long held internally that demonstrates an alarming increase in the number of HIV/AIDS cases among young African-American men who have sex with men (MSM).

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A Person’s a Person — Unless She Has a Uterus?

Can we stop the anti-abortion movement from co-opting the words of beloved children’s author Doctor Seuss?

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Sen. Vitter Reinserting Ab-Only in PEPFAR

Sen. David Vitter (D-LA), of DC Madame fame, will offer an amendment to PEPFAR to reinsert the abstinence-only earmark. What exactly does he know about either abstinence or being faithful?

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PEPFAR: Beware of Americans Bearing Gifts

What do European AIDS advocates have to say about PEPFAR? “The ab-only earmarked funding in PEPFAR goes against modern principles of effective aid … ab-only approaches have no effect in the developing world where a significant percentage of sexual initiation among young girls is coerced or forced.”

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A Hidden Procedure Is a Threatened Right

No matter how much people intellectually accept that contraception has a failure rate and that even very good, responsible people have a behavior failure rate, admitting an abortion in our society is taken as an admission of carelessness.

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Iowa 17th State to Refuse Federal Ab-Only Funds

Iowa has become the seventeenth state to refuse Title V, Section 510 funding for abstinence-only sex education. Iowa currently receives roughly $319,000 in matching funds from the federal funding stream.

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