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Congenital Syphilis Taking Toll on Mothers and Babies

On April 16th, the CDC released new data about the rates of congenital syphilis (CS) and the trends are going totally in the wrong direction. Nearly 500 children were born in 2008 with a totally preventable life-threatening illness.

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“We’re Not Dolls! Don’t Play With Women’s Lives”

A demonstration on the steps of Brooklyn’s Borough Hall on March 10 raised awareness of the effects of HIV and AIDS on women and girls.

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Facing the Real Threats: Achieving a Meaningful National HIV/AIDS Strategy for Women

Although HIV is considered a chronic manageable condition in the U.S., AIDS-related illnesses continue to be the leading cause of death among African-American women aged 25 to 34 years old.

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The Facts About Abortion Rates Among Women of Color

The abortion rate for black women is higher than for any other group. But anti-choicers exploit and distort facts to serve their agenda while ignoring the fundamental reason women have abortions: unintended pregnancy.

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Minnesota Faces Crisis of Sexually Transmitted Infections

To say that Minnesota is in a state of crisis when it comes to sexually transmitted infections is like saying sure, it gets a little cold here in the winter.

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Planned Parenthood Has A Widget For You

Interested in figuring out the right birth control method for you? Wondering if you should be tested for an STI? Need to know where the closest Planned Parenthood clinic is located? Planned Parenthood now has three widgets that can be added to a blog or webpage.

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UPDATED: Virginia Delegate: Handicapped Children Are God’s Punishment to Women

Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall, trying to end all state funding of Planned Parenthood, offers a Biblical explanation for why children are born handicapped: God is punishing women for their sins.

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Multipurpose Prevention Technologies for Sexual and Reproductive Health: Gaining Momentum and Promise

Multipurpose prevention technologies were the focus of Advancing Prevention Technologies for Sexual and Reproductive Health, an international symposium held in Berkeley, CA, in March 2009. For 2 days, more than 150 participants from developing and industrialized countries discussed and debated the opportunities and challenges for advancing technologies that address multiple sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs. The symposium proceedings draw from those presentations and the subsequent discussions.2 This editorial seeks to convey the key points of these discussions and engage health care professionals in the effort to fulfill the potential that these technologies might offer.

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On Valentine’s Day, Give the Gift of Conversation

Open conversations about sex are critical to a relationship but can also be difficult to initiate. So this Valentine’s Day, how can you make these conversations easier on yourself and your partner?

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Ab-Only May Help PreTeens Delay Sex

Research released this week on an “abstinence-only” program for young, urban African American preteens found success in delaying sex for up to 24 months, but does not support the failed ab-only-until-marriage programs of the Bush era.

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